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Good portable amp for Senn Momentums

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hi everyone—

 

I'm really enjoying my Momentum—what a great sealed phone!—and while I enjoy the clear sound of the JDS Labs C421 (OPA2227), I'm finding that the sound is steelier than I'd like. Also, there is a lot of grain. 

 

Can someone recommend a resolving yet warmer sounding portable amp, hopefully with a less grainy sound? I'm willing to spend more, and love tubes, but I've heard the ALO Continental isn't a great match with the ultra-low impedance, 18 ohm Momentum. Would love to hear from those who've actually listened to the combos.

 

Thanks,

Alex


Edited by mink70 - 5/28/13 at 4:34am
post #2 of 8
Have only used my Momentum's with a Fiio E17 and it doesn't make a huge difference. Just bought an AK120 and the sound is incredibly good. Like I'm listening to a completely different set of cans.
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

Well, the AK120 is a different beast altogether, and out of my range. And I did try the Fiio and agree with your impressions. How about something in between the two?


Edited by mink70 - 5/28/13 at 4:35am
post #4 of 8

i think the new jds labs c5 will be good for you, i also own momentum and paired it with c5

i'm more than happy right now the c5 give the perfect bass boost for momentum and also made it sounds much better overall

post #5 of 8

Strangely enough my Amperiors sound superb with the E17 and nowhere near as good with the AK120 to my ears at least.
 

post #6 of 8

I'm not sure you would need a portable amp for the Momentum too much really. They're sensitive and easy to drive.

post #7 of 8

Do you really notice a diff using a seperate amp/dac for the senn's?  at 18Ω the built in amp would be sufficient.  maybe if your dac/amp were crappy then i'd understand.  i've got the momentums and paired with my iphone 5, it sounds great.  i started with the creative labs aurvana live, and def the senn is cleaner.  not sure if its 4x in cost better, but def nice.

post #8 of 8

I would suggest you the new Fiio E12 amplifier. That amplifier has more power than the Fiio E11 and can easily drive any pair of headphones that are hungry for power.

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