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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hello peeps,
I recently bought a pair of V-Moda M100s. They're great sounding headphones.
Better than the Sennheiser momentums for the bass oriented music I listen to.
(I returned the Sennheisers due to I couldn't wear them for that long, not very comfortable)

Anyway, I was expecting the v-modas to be better than they are due to a lot of reviews around the web praising them.
I wanted that vibration you get from the bass, which I didn't get. I purchased the Fiio E06 hoping that would
solve my problem. There is a noticeable increase in everything but sometimes when I play a bassy song
(On max volume) it distorts, gets muddy, ruins the music. Although the vibrations come through.

So is my problem to do with my headphones?
The quality of the music? (I use spotify)
Or is the amp not good enough? I was looking into the Fiio E12

If it's to do with the amp, which I suspect, any good amps under £100 out there.

Thanks for reading.
post #2 of 10
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Originally Posted by Ryan92 View Post

Anyway, I was expecting the v-modas to be better than they are due to a lot of reviews around the web praising them.
I wanted that vibration you get from the bass, which I didn't get. I purchased the Fiio E06 hoping that would
solve my problem. There is a noticeable increase in everything but sometimes when I play a bassy song
(On max volume) it distorts, gets muddy, ruins the music. Although the vibrations come through.
 

 

The E6 might be distorting already, as it isn't exactly equipped with a huge power supply or battery, much less backed up by large capacitors to help deliver more current. Just as likely is that you are simply listening too loud, and even a more powwerful amp might not be able to control those drivers.

 

Or it could be that, as in most designs where a non-dedicated bass driver is made to produce a lot of bass too low for it, it creates muddy bass instead, like the Audioengine A2.

post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by Ryan92 View Post

There is a noticeable increase in everything but sometimes when I play a bassy song
(On max volume) it distorts, gets muddy, ruins the music.

When you run a headphone amp at max volume, you are often running it near it's limits. Add in bass heavy music, which can take extra power for the amp to produce, then you end up clipping the amp. And this can be even more of a problem if you are adding in EQ boost.

So I agree with ProtegeManiac. Seems like the E6 probably just doesn't have enough power for you.
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
So will the Fiio E12 solve the problem?
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
Also a side note the headphones are 32ohms and I'm using an ipad atm.
post #6 of 10
If you are running the E6 all out, then yes. Is your sense that you are definitely pushing the E6 near its max volume?
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by Ryan92 View Post

So will the Fiio E12 solve the problem?

If the E6 is maxed out then yes, but if the E6 gets near enough to the headphone's limits besides lack of control, then most likely not. HRd to guess unless someone is using the E6 with it and has the same or comparable source. For example if you're using the earphone out on the iPad vs the dock with a DAC in it (Lightning) or the 30-pin line out then that might be the problem instead of just the E6.
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
I'm going to get the E12 I'll let y'all know how it works out.
post #9 of 10

Im running a pair of Yamaha Pro500 and a Fiio e18 with no problem :) if i turn it up about halfway the bass is very impactful indeed :) ( i don't bother with the bass boost)

 

I have found the problem of bad recordings lol some times they just don't have the bass you would expect :(

post #10 of 10

The Fiio E12 is awesome, I love mine. The bass boost is great, I use it with my Denon D2K and DT770 Premium 600 ohm (on high gain). 

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