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Challenge: a single amp/dac that works with three different headphones!

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I own the Shure Se535, Grado 225i and Denon D7000.

I use the se535 with an mp3 player and the Grados and Denons through my Adcom preamp/Marantz CD63 which sounds good.

 

I have wanted to buy just one portable product that I could easily connect between an mp3 player/ laptop - and any of the three headphones listed. The Shures already sound good with an mp3 player/laptop but the Grados sounds horrible through an mp3 player. It sounds thin, harsh, shrill highs. The Denons through an mp3 player just has too much bass - thick and bloated.

 

I considered trying the Audioquest Dragonfly but its only useful for laptops, and I would be willing to spend more for a better product.

 

I listen to rock and pop with female vocalists (nina gorgon, Amanda Marshall, Joan Osbourne etc.)

 

Any advice?

post #2 of 3

First let me say you are not alone in your findings that the Grado is too harsh and bright and the Denon having bloated bass.  A batter amp will tighten up quite a bit with a better amp.  I have the AH-D2000 from Denon and with my BUDA from Headroom they sound quite good.  The bass bloat will also depend on what music you are listening to at the time.  It may just be that you are used to the lack of bass from the Grados and when the slight boom from the Denon hits it sounds out of proportion.

 

In my experience there really is no amp that is going to take away the shrill highs of the Grado.

 

You can take a look here which should cover a few amp choices:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/620775/the-sub-200-portable-amps-shootout-11-10-amps-compared

post #3 of 3

Some would recommend a tube amp to tame the Grados, but I have little confidence in the design and build quality of the cheaper tube amps. There's a reason--besides looks--why small batch tube amps are so expensive. A cheap fix worth trying is tape modding the L-cushions to increase the bass.

 

O2 is a particularly good choice for IEMS. It was designed to drive almost anything. With much higher impedance (above 250 ohms), you'd have to use a more powerful adapter, but not with any of the models you're using.  

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