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Can a FiiO E11 make me any benefit combined with a pair of ATH-M50X?

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I decided to go for the ATH-M50x (the blue limited edition, of course :), and I wanted to ask if you think I should get an amp, as I really like high volume and usually listen to music in noisy places? I usually use an old generation ipod touch, or my nexus 4 cellphone. Will it make any difference for me? Do you know about any other affordable portable amp available in europe? Thanks a lot! 

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I decided to go for the ATH-M50x (the blue limited edition, of course :), and I wanted to ask if you think I should get an amp, as I really like high volume and usually listen to music in noisy places? I usually use an old generation iPod touch, or my nexus 4 cellphone. Will it make any difference for me? Do you know about any other affordable portable amp available in europe? Thanks a lot! 

 

Chances are the amplifier in the FiiO E11 is better then the amp in the iPod or Nexus 4, so there would be some improvement in audio quality,

How much??

 

With the iPod, you would want to get the FiiO L cable, it will connect the iPod's LOD port to the line-input on the E11.

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Thanks a lot for your help. Just to make sure: I'm not an expert in electrical engineering, so the impedance and sensitivity values don't say a lot to me, I just wanted to ask - can a combination of an amp (say the e11) with headphones (say the ath-m50) can harm the headphones? 

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Thanks a lot for your help. Just to make sure: I'm not an expert in electrical engineering, so the impedance and sensitivity values don't say a lot to me, I just wanted to ask - can a combination of an amp (say the e11) with headphones (say the ath-m50) can harm the headphones? 

 

In normal operation the E11 is not going to damage the headphones.

Maybe with the E11 you maxed out the volume knob, with the headphones plugged, in all night long, maybe you might damage the headphones (maybe?).

I would think with the volume on high, your ears would be damaged long before the headphones would be.

 

For best audio quality with an add-on amplifier, you want the source (iPod or Nexus 4) with the volume set to as high as reasonably possible (75% ?), then use the volume knob on the E11 to control the loudness.

So start with the E11's volume all the way down or turned off, before upping the volume setting on the source device, then turn up the volume on the E11 to what you want.

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