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post #16 of 30
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Originally Posted by joelongwood View Post

For the most part, I would respectfully disagree with this statement. Very often people get an amp and expect it to sound vastly different immediately. Unfortunately, the changes are more subtle and require extended listening to appreciate the improvements in sound quality. I have quite a few IEMs (Shure, Westone, UE, Etymotic, etc.) along with a number of different amps, both portable and stationary. I cannot think of one case where the SQ did not change......usually for the better. More detail, clarity, tighter bass, smoother vocals, etc. My advice to anyone who feels that amps do not provide a richer, more satisfying listening experience is to possibly borrow an amp, listen to it with your favorite IEMs for a few days. THEN, listen without the amp. I think you'll understand what I'm talking about. If your ears tell you there is no difference, consider yourself one of the lucky ones..........you've just saved yourself a boatload of money! :-)

 

 


That there is one of the best explanations of what a good amp will do for you that I have seen on this forum ever! Well done sir, that should be a sticky somewhere at the top of the portable amp forum!

I have yet to find even the easiest to drive IEM or headphone that has not improved it's overall presentation of music by adding a good quality (note I did not say expensive!) amp.

Think of a portable amp in the same way as you would a subwoofer properly adjusted in a speaker based system. If done properly you actually won't hear the sub or barely with the main speakers disengaged but if you took it away your music would sound less appealing and you would think that a whole lot of layers are missing to the musical experience.

Likewise I always advocate as high a bit rate as possible with your music. You may not hear much difference if you think in terms of details but boy oh boy it makes a considerable difference in terms of emotional connection to the music!
post #17 of 30

To me it sounds like a lot of sound is being compacted down into a small space and it gives the sound s lot more energy and excitement compared to my MP3 player. Sounds more..... Amplified!

post #18 of 30

Would a really cheap amp like the Fiio E6 help any or would you need something a little more expensive?

post #19 of 30

I run my SE215's using an amp (PA2V2).  They are my main work headphone and I miss the amp when I don't run it (such as at the gym, where I find carrying an amp to be a PITA so I don't do it).

 

I completely agree that you can not expect a huge difference, especially during the initial few minutes of listening.  Remember that first you need a good source, then you need some decent headphones (I like the SE215's so I'd put a check mark there) and _then_ everything else.  Like an amp.

 

Just don't expect it to magically change the entire listening experience within the first few seconds  :)

post #20 of 30

I have not seen what you are using for a source...and that can make a huge difference. That being said my thoughts on amps are as follows....when the source is driven to the high end of output you are raising the distortion, so with an amp even from the headphone output on the source as long as you have that set to a midrange and allow the amp to raise the output level you should get a better detail as long as the secondary amp is not being pushed to high distortion levels. That is the primary reason a high quality amp sounds better than a low quality amp (they almost always have a higher output). I have not heard the Fios amps but can't imagine they are of the higher quality I am talking about. I myself have an C&C XO along with a Little dot I tube amp ( a great entry level home amp). I have had a cmoy and a total airhead and have felt an amp always helps if used properly.

post #21 of 30

My gym rig.... and yeah I feel like such a dork with this in my pocket.  :o  But the sound is so worth it and keeps me focused when I'm in there. :))

 

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post #22 of 30
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Originally Posted by Formula View Post

My gym rig.... and yeah I feel like such a dork with this in my pocket.  :o  But the sound is so worth it and keeps me focused when I'm in there. :))

 

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Does the bass improve alot for you with it amped?

 

post #23 of 30
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Originally Posted by bgee735 View Post



Does the bass improve alot for you with it amped?

 


That's the number one reason I use it for the gym. The old iPhone that I use as an iPod just doesn't provide the low end by itself with the EQ set to flat. And any of the other EQ options just plain suck. So yes the amp is a must for me. Got to have that bass thumping for my workouts. Still fits in my pocket good though. smily_headphones1.gif
post #24 of 30
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Originally Posted by Formula View Post


That's the number one reason I use it for the gym. The old iPhone that I use as an iPod just doesn't provide the low end by itself with the EQ set to flat. And any of the other EQ options just plain suck. So yes the amp is a must for me. Got to have that bass thumping for my workouts. Still fits in my pocket good though. smily_headphones1.gif



I wonder how much difference i'll notice using a i9's headphone jacket instead of line out. Very tempted to give it a try.

 

The size of that fiio is just right.

 

post #25 of 30
in a nutshell, yes amping the se215 will improve the sound in many parts. luckily i still have my se215 with me and i am pleased to say that there is a noticeable difference. with my E11s, the bass is very boomy and powerful (with lvl 2 eq [which is the highest lvl]) without sounding muddy and distorted. the midrange felt like it improved a bit and i can't really comment on the treble. even with the se215 being amped by my hifiman EF2A amp i feel there is a difference. the EF2A doesn't bring out as much bass as the E11 did, but i actually felt that the mids and treble was improved. it made the se215s more smoother and made my Audeo PFE232 worry for a moment
post #26 of 30
Greetings,

I have used the se215 with a cmoy amp and I don't know if is me or what!? every time I use my se215 with the cmoy amp, I get this kind of sound pressure and pain on my ears? I have to unplugged them from my amp, which sucks because I really would like to use my cmoy amp. I think they sound great with or without an amp. Listening to Katie Melua "Nine billion bicycles" and the sound is fantastic. Can't wait to win the lottery (update: no i did not frown.gif but i did get a supermodel's number smily_headphones1.gif lol jk) and upgrade to the shure se535, man I wonder how they sound at 4 hundred dollars must be like seeing the light or something like that lol smily_headphones1.gif
Forget about the jh17 they must sound amazing! smily_headphones1.gif
Edited by Luisantoniog80 - 3/31/12 at 1:05pm
post #27 of 30

Recently, I re-bought SE-215 for travel use and they are shining paired with a Leckerton UHA-6S MKII. The Leckerton has the default op-amp 209 featuring a wonderful transparency and the amp features ultra-low impedance. I am digging the sound it helps impart on the SE-215. No need to bolster the bass; it has an enriched kind of sound overall. Maybe it increases soundstage, I don't know. Just liking it over the SE-215 alone (which I like as well.) Source is an old iPod 20 gig from 2004.

post #28 of 30
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Originally Posted by djalberthiphop View Post


hey man, i just bought the 215's, and i am one of the very few around here, who is not really impressed with them, even after about 100 of burn in... thinking of buying an e6. you think it's worth the 30? will it change stuff? i need more bass and more empowering and warm sound.

 

 

 

off topic but I saw your question answered by some foreigner on youtube the other day. was a quesiton about the 215's and the guy couldn't pronounce your handle.  It made me laugh cuz who cant figure out DJ Albert Hip Hop
post #29 of 30

I used E10, fuller sounding overall. A little tighter bass

 

edit: SE215LTD if matters

post #30 of 30

How's the sound if my SE215 use the FiiO RC-SE1 cable and the FiiO E11

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