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post #16 of 25
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I ordered a Fiio A1 desktop amp. The bass is definately there, but it feels very underpowered even with the computer volume cranked up max. It sound level is still quite low. Then again i noticed some computers have much more powerful sound cards or maybe their just plain louder. 

The drivers are probably the heaviest I seen. Not juicing them with an amp seems like an insult. 

post #17 of 25
The A1 is for speakers, not headphones. The E9 is what you should've had.
post #18 of 25
Naw, they can get reasonably loud without an amp imo but nowhere near as much. Do you have a decent dac besides the onboard soundcard? That may add to distortion and the like. I just know that through my setup, the bass is pretty powerful.
post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

The A1 is for speakers, not headphones. The E9 is what you should've had.

O_o oh...well, that changes things. Dont those things have really high output impedance not suitable for most headphones?
post #20 of 25
Not exactly sure how the A1 works, but it for SURE is made for smallish speakers. The M50 is ridiculously easy to drive and don't benefit too much from amping. I've even used M50s with my first Schiit Lyr amp (which is a MONSTER in power), and the M50 sounded practically the exact same as it did off my E7 (very weak amp section), let alone the E9 which is powerful itself.
post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by B-Dawk20 View Post

O_o oh...well, that changes things. Dont those things have really high output impedance not suitable for most headphones?


Why would a speaker amplifier have high output impedance ? It is designed for 4-8 Ohm loads, so it is expected to be less than 1 Ohm. The actual problem with the FiiO A1 for driving headphones is that it is noisy (it can be, since the same voltage generally translates to lower SPL with speakers) which the very sensitive (38 Ohm and 104 dB/mW) M50 will readily pick up, and also has higher distortion than the E9.

 


Edited by stv014 - 12/31/11 at 5:30am
post #22 of 25
Oh okay.
post #23 of 25

lol sorry was reading something about the ATH-M50 bass and you posted a song and said to listen to it at high volume on the M50 and there was absolutley no bass at all on mine

post #24 of 25

I am also concerned with my m50's bass....my M50's perform wonderfully on my GS3....but very....very flat and bass (muffled sound?) lacking on my computer...I've owned logitech G35's and since its USB it had its own soundcard....wonderful bass. and sound quality they actually out perform my m50's on my COMPUTER. So im wondering if my MSI motherboard just has a VERY crappy soundcard. I even noticed the maximum volume is horrible.Not sure whats wrong with mine. I've done a 48 hour burn in too. Amp/upgraded soundcard should fix this right? 

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