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Headphones or an in ears with an AMP?

post #1 of 5
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Hello.

 

I listen to my music mostly from my laptop (Lenovo X1 with Dolby Digital Processing), and my smartphone (Galaxy S4 Wolfson DAP version).

 

Most of the music is either 320k or FLAC.

 

From my setup, you could say that I'm into bass. I'm not an analytical listener and I prefer fun, bass heavy sounds. :)

 

I current use Sennheiser IE80s with a Silver Galaxy Audio cable.

 

I currently have a few bucks to spare on Amazon, so i was wondering what would be the better purchase and which would make my overall setup sound better?

 

Fiio E12 Amp, or Sony MDR-XB920 (MDR-X10)? 

 

PS: I do not plan on buying standalone music players.

 

Thanks for your input everyone :)

post #2 of 5
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Originally Posted by tonifyd View Post

Hello.

 

I listen to my music mostly from my laptop (Lenovo X1 with Dolby Digital Processing), and my smartphone (Galaxy S4 Wolfson DAP version).

 

Most of the music is either 320k or FLAC.

 

From my setup, you could say that I'm into bass. I'm not an analytical listener and I prefer fun, bass heavy sounds. :)

 

I current use Sennheiser IE80s with a Silver Galaxy Audio cable.

 

I currently have a few bucks to spare on Amazon, so i was wondering what would be the better purchase and which would make my overall setup sound better?

 

Fiio E12 Amp, or Sony MDR-XB920 (MDR-X10)? 

 

PS: I do not plan on buying standalone music players.

 

Thanks for your input everyone :)


Amp if you enjoy using an IEM more, headphones if you enjoy using a headphone more.

post #3 of 5
Well the irony is that in general, headphones need amping more than IEMs. Laptop DACs tend to be pretty crappy so you might want to think about getting a cheap DAC too. In fact, the $42 Hifimediy Sabre DAC will power IEMs just fine without a separate amp, and that will leave you money for a decent pair of headphones too. For your basshead needs check out the M-Audio Q40.
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Originally Posted by blueangel2323 View Post

Well the irony is that in general, headphones need amping more than IEMs. Laptop DACs tend to be pretty crappy so you might want to think about getting a cheap DAC too. In fact, the $42 Hifimediy Sabre DAC will power IEMs just fine without a separate amp, and that will leave you money for a decent pair of headphones too. For your basshead needs check out the M-Audio Q40.

hmm... it sounds like i might be better off getting both.. then I'll need a silver cable for the headphones as well as I'm a firm believer that the silver cable makes a huge difference... sigh... this is an expensive hobby :)

post #5 of 5
Cables do make a difference objectively (measurements-wise), but subjectively many people can't hear the difference. The DAC, amp, and headphones you choose will make a much bigger difference than the cable, so I'd upgrade that last.
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