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Shure srh840 unamped vs srh440+fiio e7

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

will be coming from my macbook air and almost every type of music

post #2 of 19

840 unamped

 

they're significantly better headphones than the 440's

in fact, they're very good closed headphones

whereas the 440's are OK closed headphones

 

an amp can & will only do so much

 

Moreover, if you have the 840's

the option is always there to add an amp

60 bucks or so will buy an amp that will make the 840's really come to life

 

Only thing is that you mentioned the E7

which is an amp and a DAC

if you need a DAC,

the story changes.

post #3 of 19
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Originally Posted by zazex View Post

840 unamped

 

they're significantly better headphones than the 440's

in fact, they're very good closed headphones

whereas the 440's are OK closed headphones

 

an amp can & will only do so much

 

Moreover, if you have the 840's

the option is always there to add an amp

60 bucks or so will buy an amp that will make the 840's really come to life

 

Only thing is that you mentioned the E7

which is an amp and a DAC

if you need a DAC,

the story changes.

Since you mentioned it, can you suggest a good portable amp for $60? I'm planning on getting the 840's as a portable to use with my Clip. Hope the OP doesn't mind a slight side track of his thread. For the OP to use out of a computer, I've read that the e10 is a good budget option.

post #4 of 19
Thread Starter 

yeah i was looking at the e7 because it has a dac which i don't have. The e10 would also work. Is it better than the e7 for non-portable use?

post #5 of 19

Yes, it's got a better DAC according to the reviews I've read.

post #6 of 19
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will be coming from my macbook air and almost every type of music

 

Heya,

 

Put more budget towards your headphone. Spending half your budget on a DAC/AMP for headphones that don't even need an amplifier isn't going to give you any gains on your audio experience other than volume.

 

If in the future you choose to get a better DAC than what your macbook is outputting, the Fiio E10 is excellent for it's cost and would suit well. However, if you want something portable that can also run with something like an ipod/iphone or equivalent, the E7 would be more appropriate. If portability is not a concern at all though, the E10 is going to be the better option for your money.

 

That said, have you considered other headphones, or are you sure on Shure?

 

Very best,

post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 

I'm not really sure (haha its punny biggrin.gif) about any other headphones. I have about a $150 budget. Any suggestions would be appreciated. The ath-m50s just don't seem to be for me for various reasons. I'm looking for true to the track sound. 

post #8 of 19

I have a pair of SRH 840's. They are fine playing from a portable player unamped, although they sound slightly better with an amp (I use a Fiio E11).

post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by lejaz View Post

Since you mentioned it, can you suggest a good portable amp for $60? I'm planning on getting the 840's as a portable to use with my Clip.

JDS Labs cMoy 2.03BB

 

(available at jdslabs.com)

post #10 of 19
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JDS Labs cMoy 2.03BB

 

(available at jdslabs.com)

Thanks....I got my O2 from them....great service....not to mention the amp, which I'm super happy with.

post #11 of 19
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I have about a $150 budget.  I'm looking for true to the track sound. 

 

Heya,

 

I would actually put you on the HM5.

 

Very best,

post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by CamBeck View Post

yeah i was looking at the e7 because it has a dac which i don't have. The e10 would also work. Is it better than the e7 for non-portable use?

 

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Originally Posted by lejaz View Post

Yes, it's got a better DAC according to the reviews I've read.

 

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Originally Posted by MalVeauX View Post

 

Heya,

 

Put more budget towards your headphone. Spending half your budget on a DAC/AMP for headphones that don't even need an amplifier isn't going to give you any gains on your audio experience other than volume.

 

If in the future you choose to get a better DAC than what your macbook is outputting, the Fiio E10 is excellent for it's cost and would suit well. However, if you want something portable that can also run with something like an ipod/iphone or equivalent, the E7 would be more appropriate. If portability is not a concern at all though, the E10 is going to be the better option for your money.

 

That said, have you considered other headphones, or are you sure on Shure?

 

Very best,

 

What they said ^  ^

post #13 of 19
Thread Starter 

and those would work fine without an amp for a little while?

post #14 of 19
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and those would work fine without an amp for a little while?

 

The SR840's will work fine and sound very good without an amp

you won't miss having an amp with them until you've had one

post #15 of 19
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by zazex View Post

 

The SR840's will work fine and sound very good without an amp

you won't miss having an amp with them until you've had one

Oops i meant the hm5's not the srh840s.

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