Originally Posted by gr34td3str0y3r
Wow! I am listening to what everyone is saying. Thanks so much for the input. I have been reading for 2 days straight about this stuff. I am not going to lie, the blue glowing light on the Bravo and the Indeed Amps is rather enticing. but I will probably take those off the table for consideration.
(I do live in Japan but far away from Tokyo. I was just there during summer vacation. Tokyo... gets old. I probably wont be going back for another couple years. Except to fly to the USA in two weeks. Which is why I am looking into this stuff now. I can buy when I am in the USA for about 30% cheaper than most of this stuff costs here)
So after some thought I think I am going to get the V-moda M-100s. For now it is the most money I am willing to spend to get all the option I need. Mic add on, closed, with a case. I am sorry, but they looking ******* amazing. I also love the 50% immortal warranty. I bought a pair v-moda earbuds like 8 years ago, and they finally broke about 4 years later, and they gave me a new pair of what ever I wanted at 50% off. So I have made up my mind on cans.
Next, DAC and amp.
I am REALLY leaning towards the Schitt Modi DAC. Its a no thrills serious little DAC for only 100 bucks.
This is assuming I am using my PC as an audio source. It seems a lot of you feel I should stick to my iphone 5. I have a TON of flac files that I do not get the chance to enjoy. I was thinking now might be the time to jump on the flac bandwagon.
I was thinking about getting a stand alone DAC so that I would have more choice of an amp. I might always upgrade my set up at home too (like buy a decent sound card DAC for my desktop, which is not an option with my work PC) This way I can mix and match my set ups.
AMP: Bravo V2 is off the table (does this include the Bravo Ocean as well?). I saw someone mentioned the Little Dot MK1. That was on my short list of amps I could afford. I read somewhere on Head-fi the MK2 and MK3 don't match up with 32ohm headphones, and the MK1 did. I can still try out different tubes with the MK1.. Can you change 1 and not they other. Do they always have to pair up (I guess this another topic for another day)
Amazon does not carry the Mk1. There are some on Ebay. Anywhere else I can check?
BTW: There are two high end home audio shops in my prefecture. I am going to check them out tomorrow. I have no idea if they have headphones stuff. I assume they do. The local big chains (like Yamada Denki) sure as **** don't.
EDIT: Guys over at reddit say I don't even need an amp with the with M100s... well. I think people are missing the point. I want to waste my money. Waste in a way that I can see a positive difference in terms of audio quality. Maybe I should just get a Fiio E10 for now? Or the Modi and Magni or Voli combo?
The more I read and the more feedback I get, the more I just go in circles.
It's up to you honestly, yea the 32 ohm M100 don't need an amp, but you can cook a steak in the mircowave... do you get my point :3
I find that even my 32 ohm w1000x and D2000 sound better out of my amp and dac, the dac provides a clean signal that the amp then... amplifies. Running your headphones out of your Dac isn't a bad idea, you can control the volume digitally, very easily. But amps are fun, some headphones need them some sound better with them
Going back to steak, your music the the Steak, your Dac and amp are how you cook your food, lastly though there is EQ, wheather that's a hard ware eq such as the OP Amp in your Solid State or the Tubes in your Schiit Vali, or software EQ like the one you can use in your music player. Think of EQ like the seasoning for that steak. Yea a high end DAC and Solid State amp are like a good ole steak, cooked perfect with a little salt an pepper... but we all know we like to add a lil somthin somthin to our steaks,
my point being, you can... pair your M100 with different amps and "season" it's sound. Some amps will give the headphone a touch more clarity, other might add a little more intamacy and it all depends on what you like, but the Schiit Modi is a great Dac, if your willing to spend the extra money [and sacrifice portability] I'd get it and a stand alone Amp
For the pure sake of it, I'd get the Little Dot MK 1, and yes you need to buy tubes in pairs and IMO tube rolling is SUPER fun when your new to the hobby! I did it with a little crappy glowing Indeed G3, it helped me figure out what kind of seasoning I like with my steak [I'm a Salt n Pepper guy... who like's a little buttery tubey goodness every now and then ;3] or in simple'r terms. I had a solid state and a tube side by side, and I prefered the solid state most of the time. I liked a cleaner drier sound, that said I of all people REALLY liked teh Schiit Vali! It's... like a steak, a Prime New York Strip cooked medium Rare... olive oil salt pepper and BAM the Vali was like adding just a TOUCH of butter on that steak... MAGIC [when paired with my W1000x though]
Anyways my point is,there are a couple of options you can take
1) simple path is to get a Fiio E10, it's going to save you some time and money and be a nice upgrade to your stock mother board, plus you can use it on the go with other pc's where ever you may be and MAYBE your cell phone [not sure if the E10 works with Celluars]
2) Get the Schiit Modi
2a) if you can and want to spend the money rolling tubes I'd go with the LD MK1, and have a blast hunting down tubes and seeing which ones you like and which you don't [there is ofc some hassel, some jerk sends you a busted tube, you get one that's not matched right and the impedance curve makes it sound wonky, ect... ect...] . Get a feel for what kinds of seasoning you like with your music, as you WILL be upgrading ONE day to headphones that require an amp... trust us and welcome to head fi sorry about your wallet
2b) get the Schiit Vali and enjoy tubey goodness without some of the fun [and hassle] of tube rolling...