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Westone ES5 and CLAS... amp?

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Hello all,

New to IEM's. I love the fact that you can sit or lay anywhere and get the same experience without having to be sitting up in the sweetspot. Long story short I will not be satisfied until I have hit audio bliss and the point of diminishing returns. I have read a lot and unfortunately a good number of the stuff I am curious about is from year old posts and not in production anymore. I have decided on trying the use my android device(S4) with the cypher labs algorhythm solo -db so I need an amp and have read the C5 may be a good choice but would love some suggestions. Read great things about the 02 but I am looking for a portable rig. Quality and synergy is more important than cost.

 

Thanks,

Lou

post #2 of 19

I love my ES5 paired with RSA predator amp/dac. Works very well in my opinion, sounds amazing. But I dont own other amp/dacs in that price range so i cant say how it compares to other options.

post #3 of 19
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The RSA Predator or the JDS 02 with ES5? Would be my next question.
post #4 of 19

amp, SR-71B, MK3 +B would be my 2 choices, both are different but but are very powerful

post #5 of 19
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I read of a hissing issue with the MK3 and efficient iem's  The SR-71B does look to be a good choice.

post #6 of 19

the meier audio sound signature has always been nice to me whenever i used my ES5s

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Originally Posted by MrLou View Post
 

I read of a hissing issue with the MK3 and efficient iem's  The SR-71B does look to be a good choice.

 

the sr-71b is bada** IMO i love it, stuipid powerful, i do recomend it in balanced mode as the sound and power is just crazy. and to be honest i wasnt really that impressed with it in SE mode, but once i went balnced i realized what its all about. more or less its made to go balanced.

post #8 of 19
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I am leaning towards the SR-71B because of the balanced input and all of the great reviews and I read many owners recommending them. I was reading about the Lisa L3 and it seems great except for the input configuration and the batteries.

post #9 of 19
Well at that level, I think it's more of a flavour preference than anythjng
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by angelo898 View Post

Well at that level, I think it's more of a flavour preference than anythjng

I read great things about the stepdance also... You are absolutely correct. At a certain point it is about synergy from source to ear. At some point any change in the chain is lateral, it is different but not necessarily better. Also sound is very personal, I like accuracy, clarity and tight bass with slam. To others a warm presentation with a slightly looser bass is more pleasing. In my years of playing the audio game and chasing perfection I have discovered that we all have our own idea what exactly perfection is.


Edited by MrLou - 9/27/13 at 10:35am
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I am leaning towards the SR-71B because of the balanced input and all of the great reviews and I read many owners recommending them. I was reading about the Lisa L3 and it seems great except for the input configuration and the batteries.

 

yea the L3 is nice. but once you go to Balanced you will not go back. and personally i feel the balanced input and output is newschool and everything is going towards balanced input and output, SE seems oldschool to me.

post #12 of 19
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I just read about a hissing issue with the L3 and the es5. I still haven't found anyone complain about it with the 71B.
post #13 of 19
If you are looking for something more portable than the RSA SR-71B with the same tube like sound signature, I recommend the RSA Protector. I completely agree with Mooses that you have to go balanced from the Protector or the 71B. The clarity and detail. Is amazing.
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I put some thought in how portable I need the rig to be. In most cases it is just going to be carried around the house. If i need something on the fly I can always just listen to my w4r out of the S4, or sell them as soon as I get everything because I probably won't be able to listen to them anymore.
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not that I wont like them, I just will be critiquing them instead of enjoying the music.
Edited by MrLou - 9/29/13 at 11:10pm
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