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How to set up my headphones / iPod for acceptable performance

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hey guys,

 

Right, a couple of days ago I came to purchase a pair of V-Moda V-80s. I'm loving them, they sound brilliant!  That is, they sound brilliant through my iMac aux. When I connect them up to my iPod, I'd say I'm getting around 2/3rds of same performance... Which is disappointing as these cans are obviously made to take on the go as well as all of their other uses. The iPod isn't as loud, nor does it pack the same 'umph' as when driven my iMac. Any advice? Would appreciate it!

 

Cheers,

 

Eddy

post #2 of 12

perhaps you should buy a portable amp? since you're using an iPod maybe the fiio e1? or the e6 and a lod if you're willing to pay more

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

Is there any way to go about solving my issue without having to buy anything? tongue.gif

post #4 of 12

maybe, but i can't think of any, the main problem is that the iPod can't drive the headphones properly and cause the headphone not able to work at its full potential, so an amp will definitely help, and the fiio e1 doesn't cost much.

post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 

How much better is the FiiO E6 than the E5??

post #6 of 12

I don't really know, but here are some comparisons:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/579847/fiio-e5-or-fiio-e6

http://anythingbutipod.com/2011/10/fiio-e6-portable-headphone-amp-review/

 

You will want to purchase a lod also if you're buying either of these and want better sound... sorry for your wallet =P though the amp will work fine without one.

post #7 of 12

Are you in Europe? A lot of devices will apply an EU mandated output limitation if you set the region to the EU. If you're driving a more than normally demanding device this will be too little. If so, resetting your region to the US or Asia may help... If iTunes allows this (because region affects the price and availability of music.)

post #8 of 12

'cmoybb' works great for me. Or you could buy more sensitive earphones.

post #9 of 12

If you do not want to spend any money, try the different EQs on the ipod and see if any of them help.

 

Otherwise for £21 off Amazon get a FiiO E5 and LOD.

 

 

post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by Prog Rock Man View Post

If you do not want to spend any money, try the different EQs on the ipod and see if any of them help.

 

Otherwise for £21 off Amazon get a FiiO E5 and LOD.

 

 

Given your description of the issue the only EQ setting on the iPod to try for overall lack of output power would be "loudness" but you won't be happy with that.

+1 on the FiiO and LOD recommendation. Small cost for much happiness on that setup.
post #11 of 12

Get a Fiio E5 and L9 LOD you will notice a drastic improvement on performance, doing so will also bypass any EU volume limits because you'll be running from a direct line out using E5's volume control. You could buy an E6 if you wish but I think E5 has stronger bass boost and even compared to my E11 deserves it's place in the line up of portable amps. They're amazing value for money, doing this will be well worth your $30. Your ipod can't drive the headphones properly, why you aren't getting the same kind of sound. E5 is tiny the size of a match box and thinner. You can use an elastic band strapping it to your ipod getting 20 hours out of it (longer than your ipod)

Goodluck.  


Edited by H20Fidelity - 3/17/12 at 5:01pm
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 

Cheers for all the advice guys! I bought myself a FiiO E6 and a L3 LOD for £20. Should arrive tomorrow so I shall report back with my thoughts! 

 

cheers,

 

Ed

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