So I recently found that I've bought some headphones that have a bit (forgive my lack of technical terminology in my early posts) too much resistance for the equipment that I own. I believe that's how a layman should word it, anyways. I've got a 10+ year old RCA MP3/CD player amp, an ipod, iphone, and the usual audio devices which are comparable or less powerful. Just peeked behind my amp; it's 13 years old, 300 watts, and still sounds good to my ears at even 40% of it's supposed max volume with my current speakers.
That all said, I've recently purchased some Zinken Headphones, by Urbanears. I'm looking to boost the sound, as I understand it, they're capable of more than what my equipment can produce (especially my portable devices).
Specs. Zinkens (I don't usually bother with links, why should I ask you to?)
- 40mm Handmade Drivers
- Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
- Impedance 85Ω
- Sensitivity 98dB
- Max Input Power 50mW
I couldn't find any links or specs on my 300 watt stereo, so just assume generic 300 watt mp3/5disc changer that cost in the range of 175-300.
I'm looking to spend 50-150, looking for a good sound across all ranges as my taste in music is quite varied, and am willing to wait for long shipping ie overseas if that's necessary.
I've looked into Fiio a bit and was reading up on the E 5, 6, 11, 12, 17 etc. What am I gaining for my 300 watt stereo, and what would I gain on my ipod classic or iphone 4s if I went with one model over another? Is there something else I should be looking at, or is there availability for a large jump in performance if I'm willing to spend upwards of maybe $250?
I guess while I'm at it, I'd say that my future might entail other upgrades in these price ranges as well, perhaps more if my career gets off the ground sooner rather than later.
I'm open to criticisms to "You bought the wrong headphones" "It's time to upgrade your source, first" or w/e you guys feed the trolls.
I'm looking for a cheap; $50-150 portable amp for my 300 watt stereo/iphone and my zinken headphones.