using a cmoy bb with the m-100
someone said they thought the cmoy would bring out the flaws of the m-100 so i tried it myself just to take a look.
my usual setup is an Odac- O2- m-100. in this case i replaced the O2 with a jds labs cmoy bb v2.03 (18v) with the bb off.
after around half an hour of listening i cant say i feel any significant "flaw" of the m-100. its different from the O2 to be sure, but in no way does it sound bad or wrong. the bass is slightly less textured and the soundstage also suffered a little. the largest difference i noticed (and again, while it was the most noticeable to me, it wasnt huge) was that the mids were more forward, effecting the vocals and some nuances that are usually more quiet when using the O2 (specifically - clubroot - tempt fate). so actually, since the cmoy kinda brought the mids more forward, id say it synergises very well with the m-100. its not as good as the O2, but as it costs about half the price, id say thats exceptable.
all in all, listening to downtempo electronica as i always do, i enjoyed the experience. i see no reason to believe that the cmoy is a bad pair for the m-100.
no this is by no way a conclusive or "proper" a/b test, no i didnt volume match, no it was not a blind test. this is just my quick impression of a well known (to me) portable amp which i felt needed to be defended. take it as you will =]
well i have never noticed any problem with clipping, then again, i use it on the go (using velodyne v-pulse iems) riding noisy buses, so perhaps that has something to do with it.
i guess i worded it wrong. more that i thought the cmoybb supposedly being a warm amp would only accentuate the bassier qualities the m-100 already has rather than help improve the headphone's purported weak points. it's nice to hear that it matches up well with the m-100s. as i have neither right now (yet; waiting on shipment for both) i'm mostly talking out of my a**, so take that as you will.
thanks for the quick analysis tho!
Edited by Rhymenoceros - 5/12/13 at 11:13pm