Originally Posted by Sorensiim
Take a good look at the Ibasso D12. Dual WM8740 with a killer single-ended (op-amp rollable) amp. I've seen a couple of guys posting in this thread that it's a very nice addition to the DX50
I have, and I plan to try one sometime in this Christmas break, but I'm not too sure if I want an amp that runs the same DAC chips as the DX50, because all that would do is just give it more power, as opposed to colouration in SQ. For all I know, I could run a DX50>DB2>D12, and have a combo of 5 WM8740's, which I'll assume wouldn't do all that much for the sound improvements. But yeah, when I'm free, I'll drop by my local audio shop and test out some amps.
Originally Posted by Howlin Fester
Going balanced with my RSA Intruder was probably one of the biggest jumps in sound quality I have done. Immediate and noticeable difference for me. Combining that with the jump to FLAC over mp3 this summer were revolutionary (to me). I suggest you look into it if you are curious.
One good way to do it is to put a mini 4pin xlr connectors on your primary headphones. Moon Audio did it for me, but if you can solder, it should not be a problem. Put a mini xlr female on your headphone and make a couple of short jumpers. mini to male xlr, and whatever your balanced connector is to male xlr. that way you don't really add bulk to your cables but you have versatility to your connectors. (Not really sure of the male end or female end, cause i'm not looking at them. Put the end with the little release button on the jumper. And I had my jumper made 12 inches long. Gives it good length to wrap around the side for tension relief.)
And as always, IMO, YMMV, to each his own, etc...
That's the thing here. Some will say it's a big jump, whilst others will say it was barely an upgrade. I, for one, can't say anything of it as of yet, seeing that I have yet to try out balanced/XLR stuff. Maybe at the next meet I could have a go at some balanced gear if any is available, but I don't think I'll be blown away. Why I say this? I tried the 1Plus2, which was a relatively big jump from a pair of regular $200 IEMs. Blown away? No. Sure, they sounded good and all, but I would've expected more for "the world's best IEMs" (at that time).
Anyways, I will keep your words in mind, although I will have to try out this balanced-range before considering any purchases into that area.
Thanks for your explanation and advice though:)