Originally Posted by musicheaven
So many reports of greatness about the 1p2 with anything. It sounds to me those are the ciems to beat.
you welcome to ask owners of non-Tralucent IEMs too and i am sure there are many great sounding IEMs which will pair nicely. all it takes to post an opinion here.
as regards 1p2, would you suggest a 1.5k $ IEM should sound like a 400$ IEM just to please the owners of 400$ IEM?
yes, 1p2 is damn good sounding IEM and .... expensive one and excellent one.
coming back to pairing, i believe DX50 is a bit aggressive sounding DAP, its amp section is powerful but phone out section has a bit more noise and this cuts off some dynamic and flattens a bit stage effect. now amping brings back some black space and subtle refinements which boost musicality and deepen stage. Line Out to amp is the best way to go.... DX50 not amped is good DAP but will not unseat RWAK.... but throw in good amp and you are getting damn close to RWAK.
so what does this mean? there will be some earphones liking DX50 more but a bit noisy amp section earphone out would make other IEM sound not as good as intended.
for me DX50 is again some disappointment because i hoped DX50 would not need external amping.... BUT... after trying i must confess, DX50 would benefit from amping even more than my RWAK... this does not mean DX50 is not nice DAP and for the money it rocks much stronger than any DAP i heard... but when you add good amp you still can reckon how much better your music can sound.
NB: this is personal and highly subjective opinion and i do not ask anyone to share it
Edited by Gintaras - 11/23/13 at 3:08am