Originally Posted by Darkocean-62
Is this problem not solved by the use of an amp?
I find the stock W4 to have an electronic tizz, the silver cable accentuated this tizz even more resulting in a sound that I thought was sibilant and shrilly sounding. This can not be resolved by an amp unless the amp has extreme roll off thus negating all highs.
It is best to get a cable that adjusts the sound signature that you desire or as close to a reference that you like your sound to be. Then getting an amp takes you closer to your own sonic perfection. An amp basically amplifies the signal adding perhaps a touch of warmth or sterility to the sound. It usually improves staging and imaging due to better impedance matching and synergy with the earphone.
The fun of this hobby for me is getting every earphone which is revealing enough to sound ultimately very similar to my ideal sound reference which is an unmic 'ed live performance, with the exception of a few specialist IEMs that excels in just one particular genre of music.