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Amp recommendations for Shure 425's?

post #1 of 7
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Hi all,

 

Recently lost my old cheapy IEM's, and decided to step up to a set of Shure 425's.

 

Listening at work to the output straight from my laptop, the sound isn't great. It's not terrible, but the dynamic range is lacking. I also find the bass to be lacking (even with properly inserted comply tips).

 

Off the top of my head, it seems like a headphone amp/dac might solve the problems, and the right one might allow me to add a bit of bass boost too.

 

I started looking around, aiming for the $150-$250 price range (i.e not the least expensive, and definitely not the most expensive amp), and there are a crazy amount of options! I'd love to hear from folks who have tried any of these with similar IEMs, or if you have any other suggestions that would be great.

 

Musical tastes are alternative rock, classic rock, hip hop, dance, reggae, etc. Not much classical or jazz, but almost anything else.

 

1. FiiO E17 Alpen - review was generally good, has configurable bass/treble boost, inexpensive

 

2. HiFiMan EF-2 -- I used to use a tube amp in my home stereo, and I always enjoyed the warm sound. I only stopped using it when I got some very inefficient speakers that required more power for decent dynamic range and control. No bass boost on this one, though. Reviews seem good. Price is similar to E17.

 

3. Schiit magni/modi -- review generally good, but reviewer noted some high end sibilance which I probably wouldn't like. Nice that it's a seperate dac & amp, leads to upgrade opportunities over time.

 

4. Headstage Arrow 4 -- a bit outside the price range new, has bass boost option, but not as many choices as E17?

 

5. Anything else to think about?

 

Thanks in advance!!

--CK

post #2 of 7
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Originally Posted by ckk650 View Post

1. FiiO E17 Alpen - review was generally good, has configurable bass/treble boost, inexpensive

 

--CK

Unless you're using the S/PDIF port the E07K may be a better option for you.  There isn't much difference between the two and the E07K costs approx. $40 less.

 

Cheers,

 

M.

post #3 of 7
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Thanks Rider. I didn't even realize there was an E07K -- shows how new I am to the headphone scene :-) I agree that the E07K looks like a good option since my laptop doesn't have a digital output.

 

Has anyone tried the HiFiMan with Shure IEMs? I like the idea of the hybrid tube amp, but worry that I will miss the bass-boost capability that comes with the E17 (or E07K).

 

--C

post #4 of 7

Not going to comment on the amp/DAC but based on your preference, SE425 not really giving you good or boosted bass. Bass is easily can be described as bass light if you require bass.

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Originally Posted by mrinspire View Post

Not going to comment on the amp/DAC but based on your preference, SE425 not really giving you good or boosted bass. Bass is easily can be described as bass light if you require bass.

 

Ya, I can tell. I went with IEMs over cans because I use them while travelling, and on conference calls, and the isolation is great at work.

 

I'm not a bass-head, I have always gone for accuracy over boominess, so I figured the 425's would be ok (as an example, my sub at home is a classic 20 year old velodyne ULD, and I've never felt the need to get something newer and louder, even for movies).

 

Unfortunately, while the sound is generally much cleaner than past headphones, they are just too lean on the low end, which is one reason I'm looking for a bass boost in my amp/dac choice.

post #6 of 7

I use my 425s with a FiiO E12 v1. With the bass boost on it fills the sound out nicely without being overwhelming. The vocals though, oh yes.

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Originally Posted by jay-w View Post

I use my 425s with a FiiO E12 v1. With the bass boost on it fills the sound out nicely without being overwhelming. The vocals though, oh yes.

 

Awesome, thanks for the feedback. Good to hear from someone with the exact same headphones :-)

 

I keep reading good reviews of the FiiO stuff, and the bass boost seems important, so I will probably get one of them. Just need to figure out whether the E12 is that much better than the E07K/E17 to make it worthwhile to buy a seperate USB DAC.

 

--C

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