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Recommendations for a portable amp to go with my westone 3

post #1 of 11
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Hi

After reading loads of reviews and some recommendations I recieved previously I decided to take the plunge and have bought some Westone 3's. I'm using them primarily with my HTC One X and love them but was hoping for a little more bass. I listen to a lot of drum n bass but also listen to stuff like Led Zep and seasick Steve so for me they seemed like thebest option. I'm currently in the process of converting my music to lossless files to really make the most of the them. I have been thinking of getting a portable amp to boost the bass a little but am not sure as have read some reviews and threads where people have suggested that the W3's don't really benefit from a portable amp. I don't know a lot about portable amps and don't want to spend too much money but noticed the fiio e07 is also a DAC player, do all the amps do this too as standard? Is this amp any good?

Also I have only listened to my W3's for about 20 hours and don't know if they need burning in and if so will this improve the bass?

Any help would be much appreciated!!

Thanks
post #2 of 11

Not all the amps come with dac. Mostly the amps with dac are expensive. I think if you are looking for sound improvement, you need to get a better source component because you are using your phone and wait till your iem is burned in.

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your help, I'll burn in my iem's and see what they're like.
post #4 of 11

I'll say the burn in time is around 100-200 hours.

post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by funglouis View Post
 

I'll say the burn in time is around 100-200 hours.

 

 

well balanced armatures really dont ''burn in'' like the dynamic drivers do. however brain burn in is possible. giving your brain the time to adjust to the sound signature of the iem might prove for improvements in sound.

post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 

So I've been using my W3's for a while now and really enjoy the clarity they provide but am still don't fell there is enough bass! Does anyone have any recommendations?   I am still using my phone, HTC OneX, and have converted all my files to lossless.   It's been suggested I use a different source but even using my laptop or home amp I still don't feel I am getting significantly more bass so I really don't think this is the issue.   

post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Oval56 View Post

So I've been using my W3's for a while now and really enjoy the clarity they provide but am still don't fell there is enough bass! Does anyone have any recommendations?   I am still using my phone, HTC OneX, and have converted all my files to lossless.   It's been suggested I use a different source but even using my laptop or home amp I still don't feel I am getting significantly more bass so I really don't think this is the issue.   

Westone 3 should be providing a decent amount of bass, especially in mid bass regions. It's hard to judge not knowing your preference on how much 'bass' is enough. Try some different tips to make sure you're achieving a proper seal first. Then you could always try amping with FiiO E11 and use the bass boost features. Personally I prefer the C&C BH amp for a little more.
post #8 of 11
JDS Labs C5D has a DAC and bass boost.
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by ostewart View Post

JDS Labs C5D has a DAC and bass boost.
+1
I can only imagine a C5D having a similar sound signature, if not better than its predecessor, the C5.

C5 was awesome, with a monstrous bass boost feature (switch).
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by SkyBleu View Post


+1
I can only imagine a C5D having a similar sound signature, if not better than its predecessor, the C5.

C5 was awesome, with a monstrous bass boost feature (switch).

i think the jds labs amps have the best bass boost implication imo.

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by Oval56 View Post
 

 ...have converted all my files to lossless.   

 

Hey just some advice for the future: converting all your existing files to lossless won't do you any good. If the music file has already been compressed, it has already "lost" the information one would retain by using a lossless format originally. You cannot decompress a file and get that information back; all you did was increase file size without any sonic gain. 

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