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I would also like to take a moment to remind people that there's this thing out there called EQ that will let you adjust the sound of the MD if you're not entirely satisfied with it (and the T50RP does respond well enough to it). Upgraded tuning isn't the only way!

 

EQ may not be a practical option for everyone in all situations.   I'm frequently using MOG or Spotify on a Logitech Squeezebox Touch at work, where I currently use my Mad Dogs, but there is no option to EQ.  When I can EQ, the Mad Dogs sound even better to me.

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Hey guys I'm about to order a set of Mad Dogs and need help selecting a portable amp.

 

From my posts here I was recommended JDS' O2 amp, which is more in my budget, but less portable (looks rather large).  Dan recommended the iBasso D6, which is more portable and includes a DAC but less in my budget.  My budget is between $100-300, but the less the better...I need a good mix of price, quality, and portability.

 

In terms of how/where I'd be using the headphones, I will use them more on-the-go while on the train, walking to class etc, etc.  For home usage, I'm thinking I can use my Marantz PM5003 for now.

 

I listen to a pretty diverse set of music from The Beatles, to Metallica, to Radiohead, to Bhangra music, to Daft Punk, to acoustic John Mayer, etc.  Definitely more rock orientated, but I'd like something that can handle a wide variety of music.  A good soundstage is also important.

 

Anyway just want to get your guys opinions, anything additional you recommend?...or should I go ahead and take Dan's advice (he said to ignore Fiio).  All help is appreciated!

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Originally Posted by soadspecialk View Post

Hey guys I'm about to order a set of Mad Dogs and need help selecting a portable amp.

 

From my posts here I was recommended JDS' O2 amp, which is more in my budget, but less portable (looks rather large).  Dan recommended the iBasso D6, which is more portable and includes a DAC but less in my budget.  My budget is between $100-300, but the less the better...I need a good mix of price, quality, and portability.

 

In terms of how/where I'd be using the headphones, I will use them more on-the-go while on the train, walking to class etc, etc.  For home usage, I'm thinking I can use my Marantz PM5003 for now.

 

I listen to a pretty diverse set of music from The Beatles, to Metallica, to Radiohead, to Bhangra music, to Daft Punk, to acoustic John Mayer, etc.  Definitely more rock orientated, but I'd like something that can handle a wide variety of music.  A good soundstage is also important.

 

Anyway just want to get your guys opinions, anything additional you recommend?...or should I go ahead and take Dan's advice (he said to ignore Fiio).  All help is appreciated!

I'd recommend a Meier Corda Quickstep or 2Stepdance which is virtually the same as the Quickstep with no RF shielding or reinforced jacks. The MD's benefit from a clean, transparent sound IMO. The O2 is also a good choice in that it's cheaper but it's not as transparent as the Quickstep or as satisfying when using the Quickstep with a 15v PSU.

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Originally Posted by soadspecialk View Post

Hey guys I'm about to order a set of Mad Dogs and need help selecting a portable amp.

From my posts here I was recommended JDS' O2 amp, which is more in my budget, but less portable (looks rather large).  Dan recommended the iBasso D6, which is more portable and includes a DAC but less in my budget.  My budget is between $100-300, but the less the better...I need a good mix of price, quality, and portability.

In terms of how/where I'd be using the headphones, I will use them more on-the-go while on the train, walking to class etc, etc.  For home usage, I'm thinking I can use my Marantz PM5003 for now.

I listen to a pretty diverse set of music from The Beatles, to Metallica, to Radiohead, to Bhangra music, to Daft Punk, to acoustic John Mayer, etc.  Definitely more rock orientated, but I'd like something that can handle a wide variety of music.  A good soundstage is also important.

Anyway just want to get your guys opinions, anything additional you recommend?...or should I go ahead and take Dan's advice (he said to ignore Fiio).  All help is appreciated!

I dont understand why some people put Fiio down. There is nothing wrong with the E17, or the E12 if you want a portable. There is also nothing wrong with the E9 either if you want an inexpensive desktop amp. I use an E17 with a modded T50rp and an AKG Q701, with great results.
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I dont understand why some people put Fiio down. There is nothing wrong with the E17, or the E12 if you want a portable. There is also nothing wrong with the E9 either if you want an inexpensive desktop amp. I use an E17 with a modded T50rp and an AKG Q701, with great results.

 

I was told that the budget was $100-300 and portability with self-power was required.  I have nothing against FiiO, the products I've heard have been good values, but the iBasso D6 is about 500mW per channel into the Mad Dog's 50ohm load, fits his budget, allows op-amp rolling, includes a DAC, and has a long battery life, so it seemed a better fit to his needs for power, portability, battery and quality.  If the budge were lower the answer would have been different.  :-)

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I was told that the budget was $100-300 and portability with self-power was required.  I have nothing against FiiO, the products I've heard have been good values, but the iBasso D6 is about 500mW per channel into the Mad Dog's 50ohm load, fits his budget, allows op-amp rolling, includes a DAC, and has a long battery life, so it seemed a better fit to his needs for power, portability, battery and quality.  If the budge were lower the answer would have been different.  :-)

 

sounds good, no hard feelings. By the way, did my Alpha pads ship out today? beerchug.gif

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From what I have gathered, it seems like a really nice DAC seems to make a greater difference/better upgrade in these headphones than an amp (provided that you are already supplying them with ample amplification such as the o2 or the Schiit Modi). Is this true?

 

With that said, has anyone upgraded (or at least listened) from a Schiit Magni to another DAC? I am aware of the Bitfrost but I am curious of what others may recommend in this $300-$500 range. I have been just peeping at some possibles for a home setup as I have the Schiit Magni/Modi at school 

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I was told that the budget was $100-300 and portability with self-power was required.  I have nothing against FiiO, the products I've heard have been good values, but the iBasso D6 is about 500mW per channel into the Mad Dog's 50ohm load, fits his budget, allows op-amp rolling, includes a DAC, and has a long battery life, so it seemed a better fit to his needs for power, portability, battery and quality.  If the budge were lower the answer would have been different.  :-)

Whoops didn't mean to throw you under the bus there Dan! Also op-amp rolling means I could use the iBasso as a DAC w/ my laptop and roll the signal to my marantz pm5003 when I'm at home, right?
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Whoops didn't mean to through you under the bus there Dan! Also op-amp rolling means I could use the iBasso as a DAC w/ my laptop and roll the signal to my marantz pm5003 when I'm at home, right?

 

Thump thump go the wheels on the bus...  

 

Actually, op-amp rolling is like tube-rolling.  There are threads of conversation about which op amps work best as voltage gain and current buffers in different amps and with different phones.  It's less costly than tube rolling, usually, but some people get pretty into it.

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Nope, opamp rolling means you can change the amp chips to tune the sound.

I roll an ibasso PB2 and settled on the LME49990 opamp as the best for the Maddogs. You can buy opamps cheap and switch between them to see which one suits your taste best. Much better than listening to a standard sound signature.
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sounds good, no hard feelings. By the way, did my Alpha pads ship out today? beerchug.gif

 

No offense taken!

 

Yes, they shipped today.

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Nope, opamp rolling means you can change the amp chips to tune the sound.

I roll an ibasso PB2 and settled on the LME49990 opamp as the best for the Maddogs. You can buy opamps cheap and switch between them to see which one suits your taste best. Much better than listening to a standard sound signature.

Got it, I'm still really new to all this glad I'm learning!
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No offense taken!

 

Yes, they shipped today.

 

Thanks, I'm really looking forward to them. I'm using the 840 pads right now. I have a thing for angled pads, and they look super comfy, so i'm really excited.

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I was told that the budget was $100-300 and portability with self-power was required.  I have nothing against FiiO, the products I've heard have been good values, but the iBasso D6 is about 500mW per channel into the Mad Dog's 50ohm load, fits his budget, allows op-amp rolling, includes a DAC, and has a long battery life, so it seemed a better fit to his needs for power, portability, battery and quality.  If the budge were lower the answer would have been different.  :-)

Just so I know my options, what would you recommend if I had a lower budget?
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Just so I know my options, what would you recommend if I had a lower budget?

Definitely the O2.

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