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suggest me a good mid forward amp( sub 170$)

post #1 of 11
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Hey guys :) im having lots of iem's in my collection yet I don't use them most of the time. only pairs I use are the mighty W4's , IE80's ER4's and EX1000's. and I kind of prefer a pretty mid emphasized signature. So the reason I wanna buy e Mid forward amp is that my IE80's mid range seems pretty distanced compare to rest of my collection :/ but I love them a lot cuz of there excellent soundstage and its atmospheric sound texture .  I use the 80's all the time when im outside too. So im kinda missing that amazing mids of all the other iem's  Offer.. so if you guy can suggest me a pretty good mid forward amp that I can use ( around 170$) , I  really appreciate it ...

 

My audio device would be e  Ipod classic 160GB 7th gen :)

 

thanks alot

post #2 of 11
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any one to help? :/

post #3 of 11

My two cents.

The Fiio E11, $60, should be more then enough to drive IEMs.

Get the Fiio L cable, connect the iPod's LOD port to the line-in port on the E11.

post #4 of 11

c421 (depending on opamp)  c5 has a slight mid forward bump. but not overly mid forward. ive had those 2 with the w4r and i liked them. for the price

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Originally Posted by Mooses9 View Post
 

c421 (depending on opamp)  c5 has a slight mid forward bump. but not overly mid forward. ive had those 2 with the w4r and i liked them. for the price

 

Mooses: C5 has perfectly flat response. It's c421 which has a bump, due to high output impedance.

 

Here's C5's response as measured on the dScope:

 

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post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

My two cents.

The Fiio E11, $60, should be more then enough to drive IEMs.

Get the Fiio L cable, connect the iPod's LOD port to the line-in port on the E11.

 

nah fio seems not a very reliable option.. its not about driving the iem so badly.. I just need more of e mid flavor in my IE80's that's all.. Fiio's eq is kinda bad from what I heard..

post #7 of 11
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so it seems at least for now the JDSL C421 has a small amount of mids than the rest?  what about the Ibasso Boa+D2 amp? its exactly 170$? are they mid forward sounding??

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so it seems at least for now the JDSL C421 has a small amount of mids than the rest?  what about the Ibasso Boa+D2 amp? its exactly 170$? are they mid forward sounding??

 

I wouldn't say that. c421 had slight bass rolloff due to large AC coupling and it was discontinued because of its high output impedance, meaning it produced different results with different headphones. Frequency response was slightly unpredictable for headphones below ~88 ohms. Thus, you'll find mixed reviews of c421. Some people loved the effect; others ultimately sought different headphones or a different amp. I'd suggest C5, but you're not seeking natural response.

 

Honestly, you might want to start with Rockbox on your iPod. Any good amp will improve noise, distortion, and power without manipulating frequency response, so you'll have an easier time achieving your goal with Rockbox's EQ.

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post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by jseaber View Post
 

 

Mooses: C5 has perfectly flat response. It's c421 which has a bump, due to high output impedance.

 

Here's C5's response as measured on the dScope:

 

 

 

yeah i got that backwards. either way both amps are great for the price.

post #10 of 11

If it's not so much about driving the IEMs, how about this as an option?

 

 

Source:  http://www.head-fi.org/t/399487/ipod-custom-eq-yes-it-can-be-done#post_5266331

 

How to Get Custom EQ Setting Transferred from iTunes to Your iPod

The definitive answer from Apple:
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In iTunes, select Window->Equalizer (EQ window pops up)

- Twiddle the slider bars to your heart's content (in EQ pop-up window)
The Menu Bar will now say "Manual"

- Select "Make Preset"
(click/hold on "Manual" and scroll up to top)

- Then, type in a name for your custom EQ setting
that is exactly the same as one of the factory preset names
(e.g. Rock)

iTunes will come back and say:
"A preset with this name already exists. Do you want to replace it?"

- CLICK YES!

- On your iPod, go to Settings / Playback / EQ, and select "Rock".

- Sync your iPod

Ta Da!

- Your new custom EQ setting (with a factory EQ name) will now be operative on your iPod.

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Originally Posted by DR650SE View Post
 

If it's not so much about driving the IEMs, how about this as an option?

 

 

Source:  http://www.head-fi.org/t/399487/ipod-custom-eq-yes-it-can-be-done#post_5266331

 

How to Get Custom EQ Setting Transferred from iTunes to Your iPod

The definitive answer from Apple:
-----------------------------------------------------------------
In iTunes, select Window->Equalizer (EQ window pops up)

- Twiddle the slider bars to your heart's content (in EQ pop-up window)
The Menu Bar will now say "Manual"

- Select "Make Preset"
(click/hold on "Manual" and scroll up to top)

- Then, type in a name for your custom EQ setting
that is exactly the same as one of the factory preset names
(e.g. Rock)

iTunes will come back and say:
"A preset with this name already exists. Do you want to replace it?"

- CLICK YES!

- On your iPod, go to Settings / Playback / EQ, and select "Rock".

- Sync your iPod

Ta Da!

- Your new custom EQ setting (with a factory EQ name) will now be operative on your iPod.

 

I tried this and ... uh it sounded utterly exaggerated and pretty distorted . -_-   . Do u think rock boxing e ipod classic 7G is stable?

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