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Advice on SE535LTD with iPhone 5 as source - Am I missing out much?

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Hi guys, first off I'd like to say that I'm relatively new to the whole IEM scene. Mostly, I enjoy listening to good quality music. I also try not to care about the little details so much, although they are nice and surprise you when they are there. Recently I've owned a pair of UE TF10's, but had lost them overseas. My main sources for that are also my main sources now, an iPhone 5 and a MacBook Air. More than anything, sound quality and portability must go hand in hand for me. I've owned a portable external DAC/amp in the past and did not like lugging it around every time I wanted to listen to music. So after a while I sold it and only used whatever device I had on me as my source, which are normally my phone and laptop. So with all that said, it brings me to my question:

 

Coming next month I'll be getting a Shure SE535LTD. As usual, my sources will be my iPhone 5 and MacBook Air. My question is, will I be missing out on much by not using an alternative DAP? And by much, I mean like at least a good 20-30% improvement over my phone or laptop. I understand that at a hi-fi level, gains are very marginal and I am not looking for that kind of gains. I simply want to enjoy music at the best rate that I can, while getting the most out of my money.

 

I've also read much about the Baldur MKII cable having great synergy with the SE535LTD's. I'm wondering if I should invest in those, with consideration to my sources.

 

Once again, I am not very well-versed on the matter so if anyone wants to correct me, feel free to do so. I'd appreciate any replies. Thanks!


Edited by undertable - 1/27/13 at 5:29pm
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IEMs tend to be efficient enough to be driven by mobile phones however, I do consider a waste to use them with an unbalanced source prone to noise interference, but that's my opinion. 

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It's always best to go to a store that have a demo unit. Bring your iPhone 5, borrow an amp or two from the store and demo it and see for yourself if you're missing out a lot or not.

 

Me personally, I'll just use cheaper IEM (in my case, Shure SE215) if I just want to plug it to my iPhone and don't want to lug stuffs around.

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