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Mobile setup to drive my M80s

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I'm completely new to this hobby, but when I saw the Crossfade M80s on sale last summer after light reading, I had to grab them. I was thinking about buying another pair of headphones after wanting a comparison, but I realized that my source might be bottlenecking my nice headphones. I run 320kbps mp3s from my Verizon Galaxy S3. What can I buy that will keep my setup mobile that will push my M80s to the best they can be? Under $200 please.

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Well the M-80's don't need a lot to drive them, they are not power hungry. I use a iBasso DX50 with a pair of V-Moda M-80 but an iPod Classic will do quite well with them. I personnaly don't see the need for an AMP/DAC stack for the M-80 BUT you can get one, there is the FiiO range of AMP/DAC's like the E17 or the E12 Mont Blanc Amp. You could also look into JDS Labs C5 which is highly regarding as a very good portable headphone amplifier. But I always recommend buying a decent DAP before building an AMP/DAC stack because dont forget garbage in garbage out, so it's upto you but if you can save up some more money to get a decent DAP. 

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But I always recommend buying a decent DAP before building an AMP/DAC stack because dont forget garbage in garbage out, so it's upto you but if you can save up some more money to get a decent DAP. 
What do you recommend?
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What do you recommend?

Out of all the DAP's the ones I recommend are; iBasso DX50/DX100, Colorfly C4, Astell & Kern AK120, Hisoundaudio Rocoo P/Studio V, Upcoming FiiO X5. Now I can't really recommend the iPod Classic or iPod 5.5th Gen because the output impedance is too high but you can get modded iPod Classics and 5.5th Gen. Now most DAP's are expensive but then if you were to build a AMP/DAC Stack it would probably come to the same cost cause you must factor in the cost of the AMP/DAC plus the music player. But at the end of the day it is all dependent on the budget, I hands down recommend the iBasso DX50 as I have heard most DAP's and the DX50 gives the best sound for the lowest price but then the Colorfly C4 gives a great analogue sound and the AK120 gives a great deal more clarity over the DX50 but the AK100 isnt that much different to the DX50 even with the huge price difference hence why I don't recommend the AK100.

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Now I can't really recommend the iPod Classic or iPod 5.5th Gen because the output impedance is too high ...

 

Where did you find the output impedance?

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Out of all the DAP's the ones I recommend are; iBasso DX50/DX100, Colorfly C4, Astell & Kern AK120, Hisoundaudio Rocoo P/Studio V, Upcoming FiiO X5. Now I can't really recommend the iPod Classic or iPod 5.5th Gen because the output impedance is too high but you can get modded iPod Classics and 5.5th Gen. Now most DAP's are expensive but then if you were to build a AMP/DAC Stack it would probably come to the same cost cause you must factor in the cost of the AMP/DAC plus the music player. But at the end of the day it is all dependent on the budget, I hands down recommend the iBasso DX50 as I have heard most DAP's and the DX50 gives the best sound for the lowest price but then the Colorfly C4 gives a great analogue sound and the AK120 gives a great deal more clarity over the DX50 but the AK100 isnt that much different to the DX50 even with the huge price difference hence why I don't recommend the AK100.
But what do these offer over my Galaxy S3? What about the internals make it a better deal than a DAC and amp?
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But what do these offer over my Galaxy S3? What about the internals make it a better deal than a DAC and amp?

TBH, GS3 has great SQ already. But, it's a smartphone. High output noise and lacking power is present. Don't expect too much of an improvement, especially if you are using a mid-fi headphone and planning on upgrading to a $200 amp/DAC. I have a GS3, and it's great. In fact, $70 dac/amp didn't offer any improvement over it.

 

Oh, if anything, try the Jet Audio music player app on GS3 and by the AMD3 sound enhancer. They offer a volume boost, which I think are more effective then getting an amp. I was quite impressed. 

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