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My V-moda m-100s will be here today or tomorrow. 

They are very efficient: 103 dB @ 1kHz 1mW

 

I am going on a long trip (5 weeks). Bringing my Iphone 5, Ipad 3 (for movies and TV), and my PS Vita (which has REALLY low volume). 

I was thinking of picking up the Fiio E12 for the trip.

When I get back, I was considering getting the Schiit Modi DAC or the ODAC for my laptop at work. I would be running flac files out of the laptop. 

For now I would just being running the DAC into the e12 while at work. 

My thoughts are that can get a great budget DAC that will last me for years, if not life, and I can always get different amps down line when I get different headphones. 

 

1. Will the e12 + iphone 5+ m-100s make a difference? They may not "need" it, but some people explain "it will add sauce to my already well prepared steak." 

 

2. Will the laptop (flac files) + ODAC (or Modi) + e12 (for now) + m-100 make a difference? 

 

I know the m-100s are very efficient but even v-moda sells an amp for them. I am reading Nwav's blog on amps, and dacs, and impedance. I am really on the fence about this. 

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Originally Posted by gr34td3str0y3r View Post
 

My V-moda m-100s will be here today or tomorrow. 

They are very efficient: 103 dB @ 1kHz 1mW

 

I am going on a long trip (5 weeks). Bringing my Iphone 5, Ipad 3 (for movies and TV), and my PS Vita (which has REALLY low volume). 

I was thinking of picking up the Fiio E12 for the trip.

When I get back, I was considering getting the Schiit Modi DAC or the ODAC for my laptop at work. I would be running flac files out of the laptop. 

For now I would just being running the DAC into the e12 while at work. 

My thoughts are that can get a great budget DAC that will last me for years, if not life, and I can always get different amps down line when I get different headphones. 

 

1. Will the e12 + iphone 5+ m-100s make a difference? They may not "need" it, but some people explain "it will add sauce to my already well prepared steak." 

 

2. Will the laptop (flac files) + ODAC (or Modi) + e12 (for now) + m-100 make a difference? 

 

I know the m-100s are very efficient but even v-moda sells an amp for them. I am reading Nwav's blog on amps, and dacs, and impedance. I am really on the fence about this. 


1. I would say not. And until someone proves otherwise with a blind ABX test, I'll stick to that opinion. The only reason I used my E6 was for the 64 step volume control vs my iPod. The M100 were made to be run from a portable device.

 

2. The DAC will probably have a bigger impact than a E12, see above.

 

Also, V-moda's amp is $600, while they could be used for the M-100's, I'm not sure they had it in mind when they were designing it.

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks. 

Maybe I will just pick up an e10 for the crap laptop I have to use at work. (that way I can experiment to see if I can tell the difference between stock laptop doc and mp3 I am used to using VS. a semi decent DAC and Flac files I have been waiting to use) 

 

Man.... I really wanted to get into a some tube rolling and stuff. I had to go buy a super efficient set of cans (that fits ALL of my current needs) that from what I have read needs a 1500$ amp and dac to improve it all. 

 

Well. more money in my wallet.... for now. Maybe I can look at a side-grade set in the next few months. I sure as **** can't afford an up-grade set of cans. When I started looking I said "no more than 150$". then I just spent 300. 


Edited by gr34td3str0y3r - 1/27/14 at 5:15am
post #4 of 6

Well, since the iphone amp is pretty crappy compared to it's dac which is decent, you'd most likely hear a difference. But you can't get line-out from the iphone 5 anyway... so it doesn't matter unless you get a dac/amp which is compatible with iphone 5..

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Yeah.... but from what I heard with the M-100's, they work fine with iPhone 5, volume and SQ wise. (my m-100s will arrive tomorrow) 

There is no DAC that works with the 5 series with out a seperate adapter for the lightning adapter, and I have heard mixed about that. I am not trying to get a DAC for my iphone. 

 

Lets forget the iphone for a moment. 

How about just the m-100s?

m100+ flac+ laptop. good enough. 

m100+flac+laptop+e10. better? 

 

I have read Nwavguy's review of the e10. it seems he has mixed feelings about it. 

It really comes down to if the DAC of the e10 is better than the DAC of the laptop.  probably. worth 75 bucks? That a leap I have to take if I want to try to audiophile wallet draining journey right?  I am already eyeballing the K702s. I have many different listening needs. 

For now the m100s fit that bill. 

Sadly I listen to music, maybe, the most at work. So I need closed. 

the K702s are out of the question for work. 

At home. I game 75% of them. 

 

Maybe in time I will pick up a set of  K702s for home use for the 25% of time I listen to music there. probably not. I dont mind spending cash on nice things, but they need to be functional, every day things of my life.  

post #6 of 6
Start easy, upgrade later and you might appreciate the upgrade more. I can say that from my experience the iPhone amp is pretty mediocre and most laptop solutions sound bad to mediocre. Something as simple as my etymotic hf2 sound considerably better with the e17 than out of phones/computers for example.
I don't know about the m100
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