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Hi All,

 

First off, I am not an audiophile. I like good music and I fly a lot. Therefore I decided to buy headphones with active NC (I have done my research and know I sacrifice some sounds quality for the NC). So I have bought the ATHC-AND7b (price/quality better than the bose QC imho). The headphones sound really good in active mode, yet I would like to use them in passive mode sometimes as well for various reasons (traffic safety, interference, etcc..).

 

While they do work in passive mode, the sound quality is not as good as in active mode. My question now is wheather or not a low-end amp like the fiio E05 would boost the quality of these headphones in passive mode.

 

Thank you in advance

post #2 of 4

While I'm not familiar with that particular pair of headphones, I would say yes. If you experience lower SQ in passive mode, it is probably due to a lack of power.

post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply!
 

post #4 of 4

Apologies for guessing without knowing really much of anything about the headphones in question, but a lot of headphones with active noise-cancelling circuits are applying an EQ whenever the noise-cancelling is on, thus changing the frequency response of the system (effectively the relative loudness of different frequencies).

 

If passive mode sounds different, this could be a reason why.  Furthermore, it would be in a way that would not be fixed by using an external amp.

 

Double-check with regards to those headphones.

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