Just wondering, has anyone have any experiences driving the harder to drive full sized cans like the HD 650, LCD-2, HD 800, or even one of the HiFiMAN orthos straight from the headphone out of a Z/F? Was debating if I should grab an amp for my Z1050 16GB or perhaps look into grabbing the F807 64GB (if these things can drive those sorts of headphones really well) as I have to keep shuffling music off the Z due to limited space... Thanks
I drive AKG501s off of a Z1060. The Z is the first mp3 player I have heard that is capable of driving the notoriously hard-to-drive 501s to listenable levels. However, the 501s definitely called for some amplification, so I took a there-is-no-way-I-can-lose-at-this-price attitude and bought a Fiio E11 amp. Brilliant. No loss of fidelity, gained gobs of power. The combo just sounds really good. Obviously the Fiio is not a high-end headphone amp. It fails to cut the mustard when hooked up to the big rig in my lounge. But I lose nothing when it is hooked up to the Walkman Z; in fact, I can more clearly hear the Walkman's limitations once the Fiio is hooked up. Was of great benefit with my Shure SE425s too. The Sony Walkman Z-series with Fiio E11 is a highly recommended cost-effective combination.