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post #121 of 7881
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YUP. I have the SA-50. It is too much for my HE-500, but does make a great speaker amp.

wow, nice to see fellow head-fiers appreciate China brand amp like SMSL. I have SMSL sAp III and to my ears it has good synergy with my HE400.

post #122 of 7881
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wow, nice to see fellow head-fiers appreciate China brand amp like SMSL. I have SMSL sAp III and to my ears it has good synergy with my HE400.

I use the sAp II Pro often. Great headphone amp, and looks nice too. It can drive the HE-500, but my Lepai $20 speaker amp actually does a better job, and has tone control.

 

Lepai is owned by Parts Express, but technically it is still Asian.

post #123 of 7881

I bought a pair of Sennheiser IE80s awhile back on ebay at a price to good to be true ($50).  and they were actually pretty good sounding.  

 

I think I found them... http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Free-shipping-DHL-EMS-Best-quality-New-Hifi-Earphones-in-ear-Earphone-Professional-Portable-for-PSP/1215313086.html

 

Looks like Kz makes one too. (Ie8) http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Free-shipping-KZ-IE8-mobile-phone-headphones-without-microphone-wire-heatshrinked-noodles-ear-headset-earphones-high/1450399378.html

 

What do you guy think? If you type in IE8 or IE80 you get all kinds of them. 

 

I want something with multiple drivers! 

post #124 of 7881
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Originally Posted by bhazard View Post
 

I use the sAp II Pro often. Great headphone amp, and looks nice too. It can drive the HE-500, but my Lepai $20 speaker amp actually does a better job, and has tone control.

 

Lepai is owned by Parts Express, but technically it is still Asian.

what particular Lepai model is that, bro? I wanna try it too with my speaker.

post #125 of 7881
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what particular Lepai model is that, bro? I wanna try it too with my speaker.

LP-2020A

http://www.amazon.com/LP-2020A-Lepai-Tripath-Class-T-Amplifier/dp/B0049P6OTI

 

Sounds good in direct mode, sounds AWESOME when you boost the bass with the tone knob. Tone mode adds a little bit of hiss and noise floor, but the sound is very much worth it. I had an Emotiva Mini-X, and while it was also great, it wasn't $149+ better. The tone control really adds kick to the Planars.

post #126 of 7881
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Originally Posted by bhazard View Post
 

LP-2020A

http://www.amazon.com/LP-2020A-Lepai-Tripath-Class-T-Amplifier/dp/B0049P6OTI

 

Sounds good in direct mode, sounds AWESOME when you boost the bass with the tone knob. Tone mode adds a little bit of hiss and noise floor, but the sound is very much worth it. I had an Emotiva Mini-X, and while it was also great, it wasn't $149+ better. The tone control really adds kick to the Planars.

thanks for the quick reply.:)

post #127 of 7881
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Originally Posted by Mitchell4500 View Post
 

I bought a pair of Sennheiser IE80s awhile back on ebay at a price to good to be true ($50).  and they were actually pretty good sounding.  

 

I think I found them... http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Free-shipping-DHL-EMS-Best-quality-New-Hifi-Earphones-in-ear-Earphone-Professional-Portable-for-PSP/1215313086.html

 

Looks like Kz makes one too. (Ie8) http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Free-shipping-KZ-IE8-mobile-phone-headphones-without-microphone-wire-heatshrinked-noodles-ear-headset-earphones-high/1450399378.html

 

What do you guy think? If you type in IE8 or IE80 you get all kinds of them. 

 

I want something with multiple drivers! 

The one above is basically a knock off and should not be mentioned here, despite actually sounding good.

 

KZ at least doesn't use Sennheiser logos or try to pass them off as such, and the CKS1000 type and A1 model sound amazing.

post #128 of 7881

Link to the CKS1000? And isnt that a knock off of a certain audio technica? What do we classify as bad and not? Sincerely this is all very confusing to me. 

post #129 of 7881

 

Another DIY brand which resembes IE80. The brand is Earmax. The DIYer claims they tuned them after IE80 and 90%similar in terms of SQ.

post #130 of 7881

How are the Keenion Over Ear Headphone KDM-1007? look nice

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post #131 of 7881

I googled more into this - it has the same driver as my fake IE80s. Which once again. Sounded quite nice. Lots of bass. Extension was meh, but still sounded good. Im thinking of buying the driver from toabao and using it to fix my fake IE80s just to have them arround. 

post #132 of 7881
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Link to the CKS1000? And isnt that a knock off of a certain audio technica? What do we classify as bad and not? Sincerely this is all very confusing to me. 

http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z10.3.w4002-78114760.40.2fyHg3&id=19264267072

 

On these, they don't use any Audio Technica logos, and while they may look similar, the wiring, drivers, and materials are all most likely different. They do not come in "Audio Technica" labeled packages either. These are DIY, and not trying to be counterfeit. You'd have to use a taobao english speaking site like mistertao.com to buy them.

 

I have the Earmax ER-580. Looks and sounds a lot like the UE600, and is balanced armature for ~$30. Not my favorite type of sound though. Too bass thin for me.

post #133 of 7881
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YUP. I have the SA-50. It is too much for my HE-500, but does make a great speaker amp.

Any good budget mini amp or amp headphone to recommend ...saw brand name Topping and also smsl ...any input would be appreciated ..thanks
post #134 of 7881
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Originally Posted by bhazard View Post
 

http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z10.3.w4002-78114760.40.2fyHg3&id=19264267072

 

On these, they don't use any Audio Technica logos, and while they may look similar, the wiring, drivers, and materials are all most likely different. They do not come in "Audio Technica" labeled packages either. These are DIY, and not trying to be counterfeit. You'd have to use a taobao english speaking site like mistertao.com to buy them.

 

I have the Earmax ER-580. Looks and sounds a lot like the UE600, and is balanced armature for ~$30. Not my favorite type of sound though. Too bass thin for me.

You can try the IE80 version. I bought a pair and the bass quantity and bass quality is really great. I'm sure basshead people will love them.

post #135 of 7881

Wow these Keenion looked good. Any one have any experience with them at all?

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