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Do I need an amp? (iPod 5G, Senn HD25-1, Atrio M5)

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Thread Starter 

As the title said, would I benefit from getting an Amp+LOD for the above-mentioned system? Or would the improvement be neglible?

I am on Rockbox fyi, and the system currently sounds fine to me.

 

And if I should get an amp, then which one should I get? I'm looking at the Fiio E11 or a CMoy AD823 but I'm not sure if it's a good choice.


Edited by tuan2195 - 12/9/12 at 11:19am
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Originally Posted by tuan2195 View Post

As the title said, would I benefit from getting an Amp+LOD for the above-mentioned system? Or would the improvement be neglible?

I am on Rockbox fyi, and the system currently sounds fine to me.

 

And if I should get an amp, then which one should I get? I'm looking at the Fiio E11 or a CMoy AD823 but I'm not sure if it's a good choice.

You might get a minor improvement with the E11/LOD cable.

post #3 of 9
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So do you think that it'd be worth the extra cash or would it just add bulk to it?

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So do you think that it'd be worth the extra cash or would it just add bulk to it?

Does the iPod 5G use the older 30-pin LOD port or the newer 8-pin lighting port?

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It uses the old 30-pin port. By iPod 5G i mean it's the iPod video 5th generation.

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It uses the old 30-pin port. By iPod 5G i mean it's the iPod video 5th generation.

So the Fiio E11 with a Fiio L (LOD) cable might make a noticeable difference.

Personally, I would buy the Fiio E11 to try it with the iPod Video G5.

I would assume the Fiio E11's amplifier is better then the iPod's, just have no idea if it would improve the HD25-1)

 

(Technically, I already own the E11 and have used it to drive 250-Ohm headphones)

 

Talk to Fiio E11 owners on this thread, I'm sure some of them have used or are using the E11 with their portable apple device.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/552605/fiio-e11-the-initial-impression-final-thought

post #7 of 9
As I remember, HD25's don't need an amp, and don't benefit much from one.
post #8 of 9

My Tralucent T1 tightens up the boominess in the HD 25 a bit and improves the definition a tiny bit. It's not a day-and-night kind of thing. I can't say one way or the other if one of the fine Fiio products would have the same benefit.

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Does the iPod 5G use the older 30-pin LOD port or the newer 8-pin lighting port?

 

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Originally Posted by tuan2195 View Post

It uses the old 30-pin port. By iPod 5G i mean it's the iPod video 5th generation.

FYI, the new iPod Touch 5G uses the new lightning port, and this is why I am waiting on the V-moda Verza for mine.  BTW, I would get the E7 over the E11 as the price is not that much different from Amazon (like 3 bucks.)  I was going to recommend the E17, but I don't think your setup needs it.


Edited by DrSheep - 12/10/12 at 3:58pm
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