Having recently moved into the world of high quality sound, I could use some clarification on some few details. I want to make sure that I am using the 668B's at or near their true potential with the Fiio E5 amp that I am using.
So amps – there use... From what I understand it is that high quality headphones can't get enough charge from most of the devices people use nowadays, so the amp comes into play to fix that. Headphones high in number require amps to provide wanted volume levels while lower numbers need amps to give wanted sound quality. The number for energy output is like the headphones' number divided by eight or something if I remember correctly...
So along with the HD668B's I got the Fiio E5 headphone amp, understanding that with the 668B's I would need under 7 (if I remember correctly) output, and the Fiio E5 headphones give under 1. Since the amps can drive the headphones to volumes much louder than I could ever bear to listen at, I assume that the headphones are getting the energy that they need, but due to this being my first time I am not sure if this is relevant in the matter.
I've noticed that there are much more expensive headphone amplifiers out there, portable and non-portable (I want portable), and I've taken into wondering what causes the difference in cost? How are they upgraded? I've read reviews that say these amps give better sound quality than the Fiio E5 – does that sound quality apply to all headphones? Or – what exactly do they mean by better sound quality? I've seen the word 'stage' used but don't understand what that means. Does this mean amps do more than provide energy to headphones?
If I were to get a different amp to replace these, I would hope to keep the price around forty dollars at most. I guess in terms of price, is the Fiio E5, at 30$, the best for what I am willing to pay?
If someone could help me out on these questions, or at least some of them, that would be great :).
EDIT: Oh, should be in recommendations forum :/
Edited by Erico9001 - 1/10/14 at 7:23am