Good to hear that ur enjoying the w4s.. :) by the way w4's do benefit from amping.. but i wouldn't recommend u any fiio products if u want to see a day & a night difference.. but if u be able to get a "Head-stage Arrow 4G " ull realize what I'm trying to say.. it really opens up the w4's full potential.. mids become very crispy & the mid bass Vail vanishes.. + it gives a JH16 like a feeling ( a personal opinion though) . get a cowon j3 or a Ipod classic and hook with a "head-stage" totally Worth it..
Hey man! Thanks for recommending the W4-s- I love them! Hmm.. so they do benefit from amping.. I wasn't too sure of that. I listen to music mainly via my laptop and my cell phone. Thus I was wondering whether I was doing full justice to the W4-s. I had been tempted to buy the a Classic but had been put off due to the iTunes dependency, lack of flac support and after reading about their middling audio quality. Can the Classic be rockboxed?
I guess the Classic's SQ doesn't really matter if I'm gonna run it through an amp as it bypasses the internal DAC, right? The Headstage Arrow's now on my wish list. I might buy one at the end of the year or early next year.
Try the Sony hybrids, they're my favourite tips for the W4s. You'll have to grab spacers from a Comply or Shure Olive to get them to fit though. The W4s are lovely, the best of my portables, but a bit too warm and thick (not really thick, but thick for faster metal). TF10s would do better if you can get a fit, OP.
Can't really get much improvement for the W4s with my Fiio E10, but neither with my DAC1. These aren't that power-hungry, probably the most sensitive of my IEMs. I do recommend something with a low output impedance, as higher impedance stuff makes the W4s sound wonky, and become adverse to slight changes in the sound signature. Something like the O2 (or the Leckerson, I'd imagine) would be clean enough.
Oddly, the largest foam tips in the included accessories bundle (Comply P-series, IIRC) fit me the best and gave an open sound. The triple flanges seal and fit well but drown out the highs. I've been planning to buy some new tips anyway. I was thinking of the Earsonics biflanges and the hybrids. I'll give the hybrids a shot as Earsonics doesn't seem to ship them tips to my country.
That's right- the W4-s are quite sensitive. I can the hiss from my cell phone before and after a track plays- something I hadn't noticed with other iems or my Grados. I was looking the Headstage Arrow... time to read about them on head-fi itself.