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post #16 of 27
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The PB2 is said to pair well with the mad dogs and it did when I was driving it via using the iphone4s as a DAP. I bought the DX50 as an upgrade DAP and use the PB2 to amp the output but after listening to the mad dogs from the DX50 alone its reaches 90% of the SQ and loudness levels of the PB2, IMO. So no real need for my PB2s now. I still might keep the PB2s because I have the HD600s coming in the mail and the DX50 may be insuffient to drive the high impedance cans

 

Just a few more day until they arrive hey? :D You're in for a treat!

Anyway, the DX50 doesn't do too badly with the HD600, but it definitely doesn't make it reach its full potential. Those really need some more power like my HDP-R10 DAP. 
post #17 of 27
Do you think the ibasso PB2 will improve them?

I'm also planning on driving them via the audio gd 15.32 and if required recable so I can drive them off speaker amps via resistors
post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by spurxiii View Post

Do you think the ibasso PB2 will improve them?

I'm also planning on driving them via the audio gd 15.32 and if required recable so I can drive them off speaker amps via resistors

 

I would personally get something like an O2, but I'm sure that the PB2 will drive them well, probably better than the DX50 by itself. 

Also, I wouldn't be bothered going balanced really since you have to buy a new cable which are often quite pricey. 


Edited by lin0003 - 9/20/13 at 5:24am
post #19 of 27
Thanks for the advice. I'll have a good listen before I do anything. These are my first sennheiser product
post #20 of 27
Thread Starter 

Look what I've started :D

post #21 of 27

Also wondering if there is any point in pairing my DX50 with an amp for SoundMAGIC HP100's. 32 Ohm

post #22 of 27
Thread Starter 

Well, you've just revived a 7-month-old thread.

post #23 of 27

Be that as it may, the question stands

post #24 of 27
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Matter of opinion. I don't think it needs an amp, but I haven't compared the DX50 HO and either of my amps so I can't make any recommendations.

post #25 of 27

I was fairly certain that it didn't need an amp until I routhed the LO through my Marantz PM230's HO. The soundstage opened up some, and the bass was much richer, but the default setting on my amp is +3 (out of 10) bass, and nothing on the treble.I was wondering if it just appears that way due to the colouration of a lates 80's amp and EQ, or if it is simply better (maybe just this pairing?). Problem being, Owning the, by head-fi standards, low-range rig I own makes me the most audiophilic person I know, and there isn't much market for audiophilia in my corner of the world, so I am reduced to scouring the interwebz for information which is a dubious thing to do when it comes to audio (opinion, promotion, and general hype).

 

edit: I would use the EQ on the DAP but it muddies the heck out of the sound.


Edited by MrLazyAnt - 4/3/14 at 12:06pm
post #26 of 27
Thread Starter 
Hmm, there have been some fairly ambiguous reports from different people on the web. Some say that the in-built amp is good enough while others call for an amp replacement. I think the key is a good pairing with the DX50's LO, as apparently some pairings sound like ass while other are amazing. I can personally vouch for the C&C BH2 improving upon the HO somewhat for a relatively cheap price but I don't think the improvement is worth the price or the loss in portability. Something like the amps I have now (check my sig) definitely improve upon the DX50's HO but they're both almost twice the price of the DX50.
post #27 of 27

I know.... lots of different opinions. I think the the HO on my speaker amp yields a fairly easily noticeable improvement, but the only headphone amp I own is the cMoyBB.... not amazing in any way. What's more, shops around here (Israel) don't stock up on headphone amps, let alone portable ones. Even if they did the mark-up would be outrageous as the import tax on most audio gear here is 38.5%. So I can't really compare my amp to other products to find out what a portable amp of equivalent quality should cost. Any chance any of you here owns a Marantz PM230? Long-shot... but hey.....

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