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reccomendations for amps for my ath-m50x's?
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I actually disagree with most of these posts other than doing the work to root your phone. That being said, I rock one of these bad boys: fiio e17k alpen 2
I run it through 1/8 inch plugs (not USB) and it definitely opens up a whole new world of bass on my M50's. It's kind of a pain to carry around etc. but worth it in my opinion. I have a Iphone 5S and it's a completely different sound on the go with almost any of my headphones using this amp versus no extra dac/amp.
Agree with Valarking...Fiio alpen 2 e17k is a great quality DAC/amp for M50 cans. I have the older M50 not the "x" model, classic sound, wide variety of genres. Just ordered the FIIO K5 to pair up w e17k will let you know when i break it in how it performs
I remember hearing ages ago that fiio's tended to color the sound with some emphasis on the bass. I could be remembering wrong, or maybe earlier models did have that problem. Anyways it could also be the phone, I'm sure the vast majority of phones out there assume people will use IEM's, and so they don't put something that powerful in it.
Honestly though I think the only song I remember noticing a difference in on a PMP with my old M50's was Gorillaz's "Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach" And that really comes down to the extremely deep bass in that song. And this was probably on my old Zune HD which although not as popular among audiophiles as earlier Zunes, it was still considered to have a decent amp in it.