Okay, so I freely admit that I'm not nearly the tech-savvy audiophile that most of you guy seem to be. I'm primarily here to lurk and learn because I can't "talk shop" on a level with the big boys. Disclaimer aside, I have questions that seems appropriately timed, given the current dispute about external amplification in the thread. I love my DX90. I absolutely love it. I've never heard instrumental separation like this in my entire life and to call the clarity outstanding is an understatement that borders on insult. The one issue I have with it—and this may well be the result of an iffy IEM pairing and/or lackluster mastering—is that while the low end is present and accurate it sometimes lacks the impact I prefer. I don't get a lot in the way of obvious sub-bass, in particular.
I'm not the type of basshead who would shell out for cannons or even Velodyne vPulses but I'd like the option of dialing up the bass a notch or two. I'd like to get some opinions from the majority of you regarding eternal portable amplifiers and the DX90. Specifically, I'm looking to spend no more than about $150 right now and I want to maintain as much accuracy as possible in the mix while boosting the lower frequencies. I'd really like to avoid bass bleed or drowning out my highs/mids.
1) Yes or no—does it make good sense to use an external amplifier with the DX90 to reshape the sound signature in the way I've described above?
2) What brands/models would you recommend for this, if any?
Thanks in advance to anyone who's willing to take a few minutes to educate a noob.
I've been using FiiO E12 with DX50, sold DX50 and now I use my E12 with DX90. I don't need more power for my cans but I just love E12 bass bost. Sometimes it isn't needed at all but with some genres it makes the lows much better and sound fuller to me.