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Hey bros please help me out! Whats a good, affordable($200 or below) amp/dac for the Sennheiser...

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Also is Amazon the cheapest place to buy the headphone and amp/dac?  I don't know much about headphones and I'm ready to upgrade from my crappy klipsch image one headphones to the sennheiser 650s.  I don't plan on upgrading the headphones and amp/dac for at least 10 yrs so please recommend me a good amp/dac that costs $200 or less.  Thanks!

 

 

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I will be listening to mostly my computer but I will sometimes listen with my ipod touch and I like all genre but mainly hip hop, pop, all rock/metal.


Edited by TheChosen0ne - 1/3/12 at 11:18pm
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come on bros i need some responses

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1) Six hours isn't a very long time to wait for a reply.  Be patient, and members will read it and give you suggestions.  Some users don't like the bumps and impatience, and may choose to ignore it on principle alone.

 

2) For what it is, it's a decent little amp/dac.  It's not going to win any awards, but at your price point, it's pretty decent.  http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HMEF2A

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Any other suggestions?

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I will probably be upgrading in the future but from what I have read a E7/E9 combo would probably suit your needs.  I have that combo currently with my 650's and it sounds pretty good to my ears.  I plan on upgrading to a Bifrost/Asgard from Schiit in the future but that would be out of your price range ($800).


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Deleted by me.  Not worth my time.
 

 


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I will probably be upgrading in the future but from what I have read a E7/E9 combo would probably suit your needs.  I have that combo currently with my 650's and it sounds pretty good to my ears.  I plan on upgrading to a Bifrost/Asgard from Schiit in the future but that would be out of your price range ($800).



On a scale of 1 to 1 million how much better does the 650+e7/e9 combo sound than with the earbud that comes with the ipod touch?

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I am currently in between amps and using a Monitor 02 to amp my HD 650's. They sound pretty good. There's a Headphonia review on it too.

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On a scale of 1 to 1 million how much better does the 650+e7/e9 combo sound than with the earbud that comes with the ipod touch?


I don't know if its a good thing or not but I have never listened to the white earbud's that come with an iPod so I can't compare.

 

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i shouldn't have sold my CREEK OBH-21SE..  now i'm having a hard time finding a decent amp for a good price to power my HD650s.

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haha, that is a fairly huge change in SQ and sound signature.

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On a scale of 1 to 1 million how much better does the 650+e7/e9 combo sound than with the earbud that comes with the ipod touch?



I'd skip the e7 totally.  The e17 is coming out in the next few days.  I think I read that someone thinks it will power the 650. the E17 has twice the power as the e7 but I'm not sure if it's enough to totally wake up the 650, it may be though.  But even if it doesn't, you can just buy the e9 and that has the power to power about any dynamic phone on the market.  Though, if you are going from only using earbuds, I imagine you'd be pretty happy with the e17.   You can also hook the e17 up to your computer (or any CD player etc with digital outputs) for an even better increase in sound quality than what you will get with your ipod.


Edited by tme110 - 1/7/12 at 2:07pm
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haha, that is a fairly huge change in SQ and sound signature.



I'd skip the e7 totally.  The e17 is coming out in the next few days.  I think I read that someone thinks it will power the 650. the E17 has twice the power as the e7 but I'm not sure if it's enough to totally wake up the 650, it may be though.  But even if it doesn't, you can just buy the e9 and that has the power to power about any dynamic phone on the market.  Though, if you are going from only using earbuds, I imagine you'd be pretty happy with the e17.   You can also hook the e17 up to your computer (or any CD player etc with digital outputs) for an even better increase in sound quality than what you will get with your ipod.


Why do people recommend the e7 along with e9? i heard combined they are better than them by themselves.  also i plan on using the 650s with my ipod touch sometimes but mostly on my desktop computer.  also what exactly is the e17?

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The e17 is the new and much improved e7.

 

The e7 and e9 are different things meeting different needs.  FIIO has all finds of 'modular' solutions that fit about any need.  The e11 is a mid power portable amp, the e9 is a fairly high-powered desktop amp, the e7 is a low power amp with a DAC and the e17 is a mid power portable amp with a better DAC.  The e9 has plenty of power but it doensn't provide you with a DAC which is also important.  Really, you can hook any DAC you want up to the e9 but the e9 has a special connection specifically designed for the e7 or e17.  When connected you use the high-power e9 amp and the DAC of the e7 (skipping the amp and battery etc of the e7) to give you a better solution than either of the 2 alone.

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How much is it and will it be on amazon?  i searched but i dont see it there.  Also since the 650s price went up again on amazon I wont be buying it from amazon.  instead i might buy it at shoreline music cause its $325 the fiios and the headphones will most likely arrive at different times so im just curious if i use the 650s by themselves with no amp will it sound like horrible crap?  And is shoreline music a safe place to buy things?

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yea, I said it wasn't quite out yet.  First it has to get to the suppliers then it will be for sale and for some reason there is usually a few weeks delay until fiio products get to Amazon - but it should be somewhere around $140 and will be worth the wait.

 

Ohhh, that makes sense.  I was wondering why amazon was selling the 650 so cheap - but it looks like they were selling off thier supply of the previous version and now they are selling the new one.  I have no idea if they sound any different at all but they do look different. I have 650's for sale on the sale forum but with a silver cable (though I can split them up).

 

I don't know anything about that store.

 

The 650 really does need some power.  You can listen to them without an amp and you'll even get a good feel for how they sound but they will probably be flat and vieled and you'll probably have the volume most of the way up.

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