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Need Help ... Should I get a headphone Amp with V-moda m-100

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I preordered V-moda m-100 .. I want to get the most out of it ... do I need a headphone amp or the m-100 will perform perfectly on a stand-alone basis ... If there is a need ... What kind of amps will fit me ... Am considering Fiio (E6-E7-E11-E17) but I don't have any clue what are the differences between them ... The E17 is too expensive but if it makes a noticeable difference and there is a gab in terms of performance i'll put it on the list ... I will be using the headphones mainly with the iPhone 5 - iPad - Macbook (I Used the iPhone and the iPad most of the time) .. I really appreciate your help and concern ... sorry for being noob but its the first time to think of an amp wink.gif .


Edited by Caesar7 - 11/11/12 at 3:40am
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i have the e5 and e11 and i suggest you get the fiio e11. I dont have the m100 yet but i like the amplification and the bass boost that the e11 has. Much more than the e6 which is the newer version of the e5 ... Btw the e17 has a dac which i believe is more for laptops so if you are just using it mainly as a portable solution then the e11 is the better one to get. For a more detailed discussion you can follow this link

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/616536/e7-vs-e11-vs-e17-which-is-the-best-purchase


Edited by Jerryberry - 11/12/12 at 1:43am
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i have the e5 and e11 and i suggest you get the fiio e11. I dont have the m100 yet but i like the amplification and the bass boost that the e11 has. Much more than the e6 which is the newer version of the e5 ... Btw the e17 has a dac which i believe is more for laptops so if you are just using it mainly as a portable solution then the e11 is the better one to get. For a more detailed discussion you can follow this link

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/616536/e7-vs-e11-vs-e17-which-is-the-best-purchase

 

Thanks Jerry that helped me a lot ... I don't thin i'll be using it as a DAC because I believe my macbook has a nice sound card ( Am assuming so) .. you think is it worth it to get these kind of amps with these kind of expensive headphones ... appreciate your help :) 

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Thanks Jerry that helped me a lot ... I don't thin i'll be using it as a DAC because I believe my macbook has a nice sound card ( Am assuming so) .. you think is it worth it to get these kind of amps with these kind of expensive headphones ... appreciate your help :) 


Well, it all depends really. My advise is listen to the headphones without an amp and see or rather 'hear' if you are satisfied with what you get unamped. Different amps work to different degrees with different headphones and since i do not have the m100s i do not know its effectiveness. But on the other hand the fiio amps are inexpensive relative to the headphones ard i believe are great value for what it is at that price. I mostly use my amps to get that that extra bass and soundstage and ya know 'oomph' that i cant get otherwise .  Straight out of my mobile phone unamped, its not fantastic for me. I use a sansa clip+ as a source and so adding an amp to it doesnt really make it all that bulky but i guess you have to consider  when adding it to a mobile if thats ur source since its less discrete than just having a phone if ya get what i mean.. Hope that helps in the end you have nothing to loose really given the pricing of the amps ur considering.

 

Tell me hw it goes if ya do choose to buy it n how it sounds with the m100s :)))

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Well, it all depends really. My advise is listen to the headphones without an amp and see or rather 'hear' if you are satisfied with what you get unamped. Different amps work to different degrees with different headphones and since i do not have the m100s i do not know its effectiveness. But on the other hand the fiio amps are inexpensive relative to the headphones ard i believe are great value for what it is at that price. I mostly use my amps to get that that extra bass and soundstage and ya know 'oomph' that i cant get otherwise .  Straight out of my mobile phone unamped, its not fantastic for me. I use a sansa clip+ as a source and so adding an amp to it doesnt really make it all that bulky but i guess you have to consider  when adding it to a mobile if thats ur source since its less discrete than just having a phone if ya get what i mean.. Hope that helps in the end you have nothing to loose really given the pricing of the amps ur considering.

 

Tell me hw it goes if ya do choose to buy it n how it sounds with the m100s :)))

thats definitely added up ... you are so true about their prices and I'll give it a try .. do you think an iPod or any mp3 player is going to perform better than the iPhone since its the main thing I use for listening to music ?! ...  i'll get the M-100 in 5 weeks which is too long for me to hold but there is nothing I can do about it ( I hate waiting its my rival actually ) and be sure you are going to be the first one who gets my feed back bro  :) ... tons of thanks 

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@Caesar7...how was your experience with M100? Does it sound fantastic with iPhone?

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Yes it does, out of my iPod 5th generation

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For what it's worth, the M-100 will sound fine without an amp, but I use the Sony PHA-1 DAC/Amp in conjunction with my M-100 and it sounds noticeably better than from the headphone jack of my iPhone 5, so it definitely does scale with improving equipment!

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You don't NEED an amp. The M-100 performs just fine without it. An amp will add a little more (power? oomph? pizzazz? jazz fingers?) to your music, but it's not a night and day difference. Head-fiers tend to exaggerate the abilities of hardware performance, which may be due how ineffective words can be at describing nuances. Yes, there is a difference, but it's very small. Think of it as watching a movie on a 42-inch, 720p HDTV compared to watching a movie on a 46-inch, 1080p TV.

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For what it's worth, the M-100 will sound fine without an amp, but I use the Sony PHA-1 DAC/Amp in conjunction with my M-100 and it sounds noticeably better than from the headphone jack of my iPhone 5, so it definitely does scale with improving equipment!

Very true.

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You don't NEED an amp. The M-100 performs just fine without it. An amp will add a little more (power? oomph? pizzazz? jazz fingers?) to your music, but it's not a night and day difference. Head-fiers tend to exaggerate the abilities of hardware performance, which may be due how ineffective words can be at describing nuances. Yes, there is a difference, but it's very small. Think of it as watching a movie on a 42-inch, 720p HDTV compared to watching a movie on a 46-inch, 1080p TV.

This is true too but it a little amping never hurts.  And output impedance of an amp can change the frequency respond of a headphone and make it sound different.

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