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Portable amp for ATH-M50X + iPod

post #1 of 5
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Hey guys,

 

Just bought a pair of M50X for listening on my iPod but I'm also looking to get a portable amp to go along with it.  My budget is around $100 to max $200 (preferably the former), and while I do appreciate bass, I don't want it to be overpowering.  I'd say that based on initial listening experience of my iPod + M50X, the bass is just *slightly* on the weak side, but not by much.  My only gripe is with the mids & highs, both of which sound a bit reserved or hidden.  Can amps improve the soundstage, or at least push out the mids + highs a bit more?

 

So far I've looked at the Fiio E12, but I've read that it basically just boosts the bass?

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 5
M50s barely benefit at all with an amp. I really don't suggest spending the money on one.

The E12 does a good job of powering headphones that need more juice. With the m50s its over kill and you'll have the pot so low it will lead to channel imbalance. If you are looking for a different sound the money should be spent on a second pair of headphones.

You'll get more bass with the e12 only if you have the bass boost switch on. But your money is better spent on something like Vmoda headphones. They have great bass I hear.
Edited by TsukiNick - 4/3/14 at 10:11pm
post #3 of 5
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Hmm well that's disappointing to hear... :D

post #4 of 5
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Originally Posted by TsukiNick View Post

M50s barely benefit at all with an amp. I really don't suggest spending the money on one.

The E12 does a good job of powering headphones that need more juice. With the m50s its over kill and you'll have the pot so low it will lead to channel imbalance.

What? The sensitivity on the M50s is 99db. I am an M50 owner, and they are not especially efficient headphones--more middle of the road. This should NOT be a problem.

I agree, though, that the M50s aren't going to improve a lot with a headphone amp unless you are running your iPod at volumes where there is not much headroom left on the iPod's own amp.
post #5 of 5

m50x doesn't require an amp

but if you still want it, go for the E6. will save you loads of money.

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