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I use Shure SE846's with custom earmolds. I love them. Not looking for anything else. BUT, I am distressed by hiss which I'm very sensitive to for some reason. I have noticed that the line out of my new shanling M5 and my old DX50 are very clean relative to the phone out. The line out of the DX50 was also connected to the volume control and so was pretty decent to listen to. The shanlingM5 line out has no attenuation and is, thus, way too loud.
I thought it might be a nice project to make a high quality passive attenuator that can be used on the relatively lower noise line out (or on the phone out if you like). It could possibly have short cables and plugs in and out, or could be some sort of small solid unit that plugs in with a phone out.
I understand that there are some fixed value inline attenuators but that is not so useful for a fixed line out.
I'm using Shure's attenuator but it is not ideal. So improving on that idea...as a DIY... any interest, knowledge, thoughts on the subject?