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post #1 of 18
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Well. After going through two previous pairs of headphones recently I sprung up to the 200 dollar range and grabbed V-Moda LP2's. They satisfy me so they have become the pair I have decided to keep. My laptop can drive them and everything is good, but out of my own curiousity, unamped vs amped, will this make them sound better at all? Will there be a change in the sound in any way if I sprung for the 65 dollar E7 or possibly E5/6. Im just curious as to how big of a change in quality (especially in the high range which seems to roll off for some reason) there would be. The current earpads on them don't fit my ears entirely so my seal isn't quite that great, but hopefully V-Moda comes out with a pair of replacement ear pads for larger eared people. So, anyone know about amping the LP2's?

post #2 of 18

Well, Val, the CEO of V-Moda did mention bigger earpads as a possible accessory at some point, but we haven't seen any indication of that since.

 

As for amping, I don't know.  I doubt it will make much of a difference if they are anything like the M-80.

post #3 of 18
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Ok. I thought there was a rumor going around of bigger earpads somewhere so hopefully they get to that soon.

 

Anyone else got info on the LP2 + an Amp combo?

post #4 of 18

The M80s and LP2s improve a little when using an amp and better source, but I wouldn't go overboard. They were pretty much intended to be used with an iDevice or similar.

post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post

The M80s and LP2s improve a little when using an amp and better source, but I wouldn't go overboard. They were pretty much intended to be used with an iDevice or similar.

Alright. Its just that I love the headphones and the company but the highs just seem a bit to far in the back behind the bass. The bass punch and everything about the bass im a fan off, I love how their easy to drive, but the highs just aren't getting any better for me. 

post #6 of 18

There is a noticeable difference, but it's nothing major... It's not going to turn your Apple into an Orange in anyway (not saying either fruit is better than the other). Just expect tighter bass, more bass (with bass boost), slightly smoother treble, and maybe an improvement in the midrange. I haven't tested this yet, but from my experiences with Fiio Portable Amps, I am comfortable with saying all this. Instead of the E7, the E11 is better as a dedicated Amp and I think it's a better match with the LP2

post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by Fballboy23 View Post

Alright. Its just that I love the headphones and the company but the highs just seem a bit to far in the back behind the bass. The bass punch and everything about the bass im a fan off, I love how their easy to drive, but the highs just aren't getting any better for me. 

It could potentially improve the highs if you were to EQ down the bass a little.

post #8 of 18
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Thanks for the information guys. It seems like an amp isn't going to be my solution to this, just curious as if any of you guys have heard the ATH-M50's and the ATH-Pro700Mk2's because I am considering returning and purchasing one of them. Idk if the ATH-M50's/ProMK2's are going to give me the great features I love about the V-Moda's (The bass as a whole + ease of driving) and add in better highs. Any word on a comparison of the three? 

post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by DaBomb77766 View Post

It could potentially improve the highs if you were to EQ down the bass a little.

My problem with this is that a lot of my music I listen to is from a source that won't let you EQ. I mainly sit at home with Pandora on or listening to long youtube sets while playing a game, never really on the go or anything, and without getting to technical I can't EQ them. I had one thread a while back and someone try to explain it to me but it got to far in depth that I couldn't figure it out correctly and it just was frustrating to me overall (it was using VAC and another program)

post #10 of 18
I would spend the money on a DAC. Cleaner the source better the sound. The LP2 doesn't new much power to get what you paid for.
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post #11 of 18
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My problem with this is that a lot of my music I listen to is from a source that won't let you EQ. I mainly sit at home with Pandora on or listening to long youtube sets while playing a game, never really on the go or anything, and without getting to technical I can't EQ them. I had one thread a while back and someone try to explain it to me but it got to far in depth that I couldn't figure it out correctly and it just was frustrating to me overall (it was using VAC and another program)

Well you could just get something like the Fiio E17, which can EQ down the bass itself.


Another alternative is to just return the LP2s and get the M-100 when they come out, they will probably solve all of your problems with the sound.

post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by DaBomb77766 View Post

Well you could just get something like the Fiio E17, which can EQ down the bass itself.


Another alternative is to just return the LP2s and get the M-100 when they come out, they will probably solve all of your problems with the sound.

 

Is the E17 a DAC as well? I thought about returning and the M-100 but then I heard that they were going to be 300 dollars and that is way above what I could afford even with returning the LP2's, I couldn't justify it to myself to originally have payed 100 for headphones, bump up to 200, then up to 300. 200 Would be my max budget on headphones alone, possibly a few dollars strech if I were to return them (215 absolute max) I guess my question that is coming up is that whether or not I did the best bang for my buck by the LP2's, I love the headphones despite the few negative qualities such as the earpads and the lack of highs in them. 

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I would spend the money on a DAC. Cleaner the source better the sound. The LP2 doesn't new much power to get what you paid for.

See and that was one thing i was loving about the LP2's is how easy they were to drive from my crappy laptop, I had to return my phillips uptowns because despite even with an amplifier I couldn't pull more bass out of them and they would distort really bad because the low amount of power my laptop drives out to my headphone jack.

post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by Fballboy23 View Post

 

Is the E17 a DAC as well? I thought about returning and the M-100 but then I heard that they were going to be 300 dollars and that is way above what I could afford even with returning the LP2's, I couldn't justify it to myself to originally have payed 100 for headphones, bump up to 200, then up to 300. 200 Would be my max budget on headphones alone, possibly a few dollars strech if I were to return them (215 absolute max) I guess my question that is coming up is that whether or not I did the best bang for my buck by the LP2's, I love the headphones despite the few negative qualities such as the earpads and the lack of highs in them. 

See and that was one thing i was loving about the LP2's is how easy they were to drive from my crappy laptop, I had to return my phillips uptowns because despite even with an amplifier I couldn't pull more bass out of them and they would distort really bad because the low amount of power my laptop drives out to my headphone jack.

Yes, the E17 is a DAC.  I have never used it before though, so I can't say how well the bass EQ on it works.  It also has a treble EQ but again, I can't really say anything about it.

 

It's up to you whether you want it or not, seeing as how it is fairly expensive for your budget, at ~$120.  If the treble on the LP2s will really be that much of a problem for you and you didn't want to end up spending too much, you might just want to return it for something else.  I haven't actually heard the LP2 or anything comparable that's over-ear though, so I can't really say!

post #14 of 18
LP2 is normal headphone but not worth that money. And it doesnt benefit from my E6.
Maybe try JVC S500, which according to others is superb, with great highs.
Check their thread.
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by rikardoliepa View Post

LP2 is normal headphone but not worth that money. And it doesnt benefit from my E6.
Maybe try JVC S500, which according to others is superb, with great highs.
Check their thread.

Ok will do.

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