Originally Posted by reticon
I've been thinking about it. I worry an amp would make the base volume level even higher and I've always got it on 1 or 2 most of the time, plenty loud for me... or am I thinking about this the wrong way?
Also, does USB out to an amp basically bypass the source making it more of a file storage & playing device with all of the audio coming from the amp as far as quality goes?
correct me if im wrong but are you asking if you use a Line out directly to a amp from a usb does it bypass the internal amp of the source. if thats what your asking. yes if you use a line out to the amp the source acts more or less as a user interface for the music ie: storage,mp3 player, ect
if you use a mini to mini 3.5mm cable from the source to the amp its like amplifying the source amp. this can be done. but when you use the lod and have a decent amplifier, the sound quality will be better.
with that being said if you went with a decent amp, and the 535 the hiss will go away. but that really depends on the amp you choose, for instance:
i went tried the fiio e5 and stock cable and its a hissy amp i hated it....i then tried the fiio e7 and the amp the image was darker without music, no real noted hiss from it even with the music off but iem's plugged in and volume all the way up, no real hiss to speak of. then i went with a ibasso d2 - boa and this amp has no hiss at all.
im not sure if you tried the se535 with a amp yet, but imo amped the 535 are improved greatly, if you like the 535 the hiss issue can be solved by a amp.
downgrading imo would be a downfall, but again its up to you