or Connect
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Portable Headphones, Earphones and In-Ear Monitors › Shure SE846 with Ipod Classic?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Shure SE846 with Ipod Classic?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

I use Shure SE530 for many years with a 6th generation Ipod Classic (160GB), and after reading all the great feedback about the SE 846, I'm very excited and thinking of upgrading to the 846.

 

My question is - while using the ipod classic - what should I expect?

Will the difference between the se530 and the se846 still be so profound?

(Due to impedance issues etc.) - I'm wondering if all the good stuff that I read about the SE846 will be relevant in my case...

 

Does anyone have an experience with it, or thoughts to share?

 

(I Listen to Blues, Jazz, Led-zeppelin etc. and alternative rock - mostly in Mp3 128kbps or AAC)

 

 

post #2 of 22

Buy a new DAP. Ipod 6th is not really good 

post #3 of 22
Shure 530/535 aren't even better than the chord and major rock IMO
846 sounds significantly more refined
Ipod classic has terrible amping potential in my experience
post #4 of 22
Thread Starter 

what DAP is recommended?

post #5 of 22
Thread Starter 

Will the change of DAP will deliver greater improvment than upgrading from 530 to 846?

post #6 of 22

The greatest improvement will come from the change in your IEMs. So if you get the SE846, you should be able to hear significant improvements. That said, given that your music is mainly encoded at 128kbps or AAC, my suggestion will be to upgrade your files to at least 320kbps to draw out the greatest potential of your 846.

 

Some people might suggest that you change all your music to FLAC, but it takes up more space than the MP3 files. So you might want to take a few of your favourite tracks and rip them in a 320kbps MP3 and a FLAC. If you can't tell the difference between these two, then go with the 320kbps. You can save a lot on space and potentially carry your entire library everywhere you go.


Edited by Artem - 2/10/14 at 7:36am
post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 

Thanks a lot for the info, coulld youplease advice - Should I install Rocbox in addition?

 

And - do you have an experience regarding the impaedance of the ipod classic with the SE846 ?

post #8 of 22

if you are using JUST a ipod, thats not a great justification for the price of the 846, your chain is only as strong as your weakest link.

post #9 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by BeHappy View Post
 

Thanks a lot for the info, coulld youplease advice - Should I install Rocbox in addition?

 

And - do you have an experience regarding the impaedance of the ipod classic with the SE846 ?


Use no less than 320kbps files (FLAC if you can) and start researching Colorfly C3 audiophile player for $100 to replace the iPod, even if you stick with SE530 replace the iPod. C3 not only performs better than any Cowon, Apple or Sansa player (any mainstream player I have heard) on the market, it has very low output impedance that won't effect SH846 if you decide to upgrade. When I say research C3 I mean start reading about it, as the user interface is not for everyone, however the sound that player puts out for $100 is hard to beat in the price range. 


Edited by H20Fidelity - 2/9/14 at 4:42pm
post #10 of 22

Since u have money to buy SE846, might as well buy an Ak120 Dap as well. Only get the best when u buy things :D

post #11 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by HI Zz View Post
 

Since u have money to buy SE846, might as well buy an Ak120 Dap as well. Only get the best when u buy things :D

exacly.....winning

post #12 of 22

U wont need clunky stacks of rig to bring around too :)

post #13 of 22

So this threads gone from a member asking if the output impedance on his iPod classic is going to effect SE846 to recommending him an AK120 unit. 

This is exactly what Head-fi shouldn't be.....

post #14 of 22

Hahah..I think OP should let his ears decide for himself if he wishes to go that route. Buying a new DAP has got it's perks, but if he is happy with letting iTunes manage all his music, then let it be.

For now, since he's looking to upgrade his IEM, let's all keep to it. Back to topic then, i think the main difference between the 535 and 846 lies in the bass. 846 has more sub bass than than the 535, I would not say that it is a basshead IEM, just better, punchier bass response. As for the impedance of the iPod, i think this information was posted somewhere. IIRC it should be < 1ohm.

To use the Line out from the dock will mean to get an amp. It represents a thicker stack and more money to be spent so i'll leave it to you to decide if you want to get an amp.

post #15 of 22

Buy a portable amp, i'm using the Portaphile 627x with ipod classic 5th gen (paired with sennheiser ie 800), Sounds amazing.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Portable Headphones, Earphones and In-Ear Monitors › Shure SE846 with Ipod Classic?