Does it make sense to buy IEM's that match the DAC?
Dec 2, 2012 at 4:35 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 12

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Hello,
 
I'm researching inexpensive IEM's that would work well with this DAC. http://www.wolfsonmicro.com/products/audio_hubs/WM1811/
 
Which one of these below would you suggest given that DAC?
 
Senn cx200
Phillips SHE3580
Monoprice 8320
Sony MH1C
Koss KSC75s
Philips SHE3580
JVC HA-FX40
 
Please include tips if needed.
 
Thanks.
Joseph
 
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  1. 24-bit 2-channel hi-fi DAC and 2-channel hi-fi
  2. ADC100dB SNR during DAC playback ('A' weighted)
  3. Smart MIC interface
    - Power, clocking and data input for up to two digital MICs
    - High performance analogue MIC interface
    - MIC activity detect & interrupt allows processor to sleep
    - Low power jack detection support
    - Impedance sensing for accessory / push-button detection
  4. 2W stereo (2 x 2W) class D speaker driver
  5. Capless Class W headphone drivers
    - Integrated charge pump
    - 5.3mW total power for DAC playback to headphones
  6. 4 Line outputs (single-ended or differential)
  7. BTL Earpiece driver
  8. Digital audio interfaces for multi-processor architecture
    - Asynchronous stereo duplex sample rate conversion
    - Powerful mixing and digital loopback functions
  9. ReTune™ Mobile 5-band, 4-channel parametric EQ
  10. Dynamic range controller
  11. Dual FLL provides all necessary clocks
    - Self-clocking modes allow processor to sleep
    - All standard sample rates from 8kHz to 96kHz
  12. Active noise reduction circuits
    - DC offset correction removes pops and clicks
    - Ground loop noise cancellation
  13. Integrated LDO regulators
  14. 80-ball W-CSP package (4.158 x 3.876 x 0.607mm)
 
Dec 2, 2012 at 4:56 AM Post #2 of 12

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No, it makes no sense and isn't necessary. Buy the MH1C and KSC75 and forget the rest. The MH1C is bassy and spacious and the KSC75 is incredibly detailed and in your face. They are both fantastic for their price, and having both will help you understand which sound signature you will be drawn towards when buying additional gear.
 
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I suggest you match your choice of IEMs to the kind of music you like. 
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I suggest you match your choice of IEMs to the kind of music you like. 
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I've heard that before. I don't know that many people who listen to what I listen to.
 
Digital Imported FM, the lounge channel is usually streaming. It's chillout, World, Ambient, new age, electronic trance, tribal dance. I have way too many songs in my head.
 
This just played. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aSeSBDUGEM
 
At best it's 320k mp3, no usb audio, no FLAC. These are for my galaxy note II and I use Poweramp for my Android MP3 player which has an amazing EQ for android.
 
I have good hardware and the best SQ player to date along with amazing music. I need better IME's than came with my phone.
 
I'll just get both and hear for myself.
 
Thanks!
 
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I've heard that before. I don't know that many people who listen to what I listen to.
 
Digital Imported FM, the lounge channel is usually streaming. It's chillout, World, Ambient, new age, electronic trance, tribal dance. I have way too many songs in my head.
 
This just played. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aSeSBDUGEM
 
At best it's 320k mp3, no usb audio, no FLAC. These are for my galaxy note II and I use Poweramp for my Android MP3 player which has an amazing EQ for android.
 
I have good hardware and the best SQ player to date along with amazing music. I need better IME's than came with my phone.
 
I'll just get both and hear for myself.
 
Thanks!

 
I know the DI FM channel your talking about and I also listen to trance and other electronic music and the MH1C is a well priced IEM that will sound great for those types of music.
 
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Hello,
 
I'm researching inexpensive IEM's that would work well with this DAC. http://www.wolfsonmicro.com/products/audio_hubs/WM1811/
 
Which one of these below would you suggest given that DAC?
 
Senn cx200
Phillips SHE3580
Monoprice 8320
Sony MH1C
Koss KSC75s
Philips SHE3580
JVC HA-FX40
 
Please include tips if needed.
 
Thanks.
Joseph
 
Wolfson 1811
 

Do you already own the DAC containing this chipset, or do you intend on purchasing it?

IMHO, spending $10 on IEMs to plug into a $75-$100 DAC is a bit peculiar. Getting an ELE or a FiiO E10 (refurbished?) would let you spend more on IEMs and (maybe) find better sound quality.

As is though, the MH1C and 8320 are must-owns.
 
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Do you already own the DAC containing this chipset, or do you intend on purchasing it?

IMHO, spending $10 on IEMs to plug into a $75-$100 DAC is a bit peculiar. Getting an ELE or a FiiO E10 (refurbished?) would let you spend more on IEMs and (maybe) find better sound quality.

As is though, the MH1C and 8320 are must-owns.

 
I own a Galaxy note II.  I have both the MH1c now, along with the 8320.
 
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Well the DAC chip is only a part of an audio player, other circuitry also contributes to the final sound. So even if two players use the same chip might sound quite different.
 
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I own a Galaxy note II.  I have both the MH1c now, along with the 8320.

Oh, oh oh. OK. That explains things. I thought you were going to go out and buy a "DAC" containing that chipset, when in reality, it's already in your phone, right?

(Also, the DAC in your phone won't likely make a huge difference here. All of these IEMs are fairly sensitive, to my knowledge, so as long as there isn't any interference, you should be set.)
 
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Capless Class W headphone drivers
- Integrated charge pump
- 5.3mW total power for DAC playback to headphones
 
 
That equates to 2.65mW + 2.65mW power, which is very low.
 
The software on your phone or similar device might have gain, which increases the volume without extra power, however it is "fake" volume so to speak.
 
 
The MH1C is hyped around here due to the low price, I suppose it would be a decent experience as a first IEM though.
 

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