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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

First, thanks for taking the time to read this post - thank you.

 

I'm somewhat new at all this so please bear with me.

 

I have a sansa fuze+ and simply got sick of the cheap sony and JVC earbuds so I bought a pair of Shure SE215's.  The 215's sound great but what I have learned is that they are power pigs.  Most of the time I listen to them at full volume and 95% of the time the volume is just right.  not overly loud.

 

But what this tells me is that I need more power.  So which way do I go?  New player with more power or a portable amp.

 

Does anyone have any suggestions on affordable models of each - player and / or portable amp?

 

Again, thank you for taking the time.

post #2 of 9
Hello there, I'm honestly somewhat concerned about your hearing and think it might be best to get it checked out if a pair of IEMs are causing you to max out a Fuze +. Don't think the SE215s have a particularly low sensitiveity. I've run 10+ IEMs on a Sansa Clip+ and never used one past -30dB of volume. Best to make sure you're not causing any hearing damage by listening at loud volumes.
post #3 of 9

Rockbox your Fuze+ and buy a separate headphone amp (with a LOD) like the Fiio E11. 

post #4 of 9

Try a Fiio E6..

 

and Rockbox lowers the volume a bit i've read...but the amp will fix that...

post #5 of 9
The FiiO X3 would power it well. The X3 has the same headphone amp components as the FiiO E17 built in.
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by HideousPride View Post

Hello there, I'm honestly somewhat concerned about your hearing and think it might be best to get it checked out if a pair of IEMs are causing you to max out a Fuze +. Don't think the SE215s have a particularly low sensitiveity. I've run 10+ IEMs on a Sansa Clip+ and never used one past -30dB of volume. Best to make sure you're not causing any hearing damage by listening at loud volumes.

 

Well, I am 55 and have a life time of wear on my poor ear drums.  the fact is, both were severely blown out while in my 20's during a scuba diving accident (ears would not clear coming to surface).  Tests say I have a full acoustic range, just not as sensitive as the next person's.

 

Bottom line, at sufficient volume levels, I hear the music like anyone else....just takes a little more electricity is all.

 

Anyway, hearing issues aside, I still have the same concern - I am at the top end of the amplification abilities of the fuze.  And, in my limited understanding of audio electronics, being at the high end is never a good thing - its where things begin to get muddy and distorted, so i would like the same dB's, only at a lower volume settting.

 

And, it would probably improve the sound of the SE215's from what I've read.

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by HideousPride View Post

Hello there, I'm honestly somewhat concerned about your hearing and think it might be best to get it checked out if a pair of IEMs are causing you to max out a Fuze +. Don't think the SE215s have a particularly low sensitiveity. I've run 10+ IEMs on a Sansa Clip+ and never used one past -30dB of volume. Best to make sure you're not causing any hearing damage by listening at loud volumes.

 

Forgot - thanks for the concern. It is appreciated.

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

Hey guys, thanks for all the useful input.  I looked at every model recommended here and settled on the FiiO E11.  I liked the 3 level bass boost feature and the 10 hour battery life.  Got it on ebay for 45.00.  Will be here thursday.  Can't wait.

 

Again, thanks everyone.

post #9 of 9

Bargain....

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