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I've got these shipping out to me, purchased in the last drop.
Currently I use an AKG K7XX paired with an FIIO E10K DAC / AMP .
Would that same AMP be enough to drive these? I'm willing to spend more on a better amp / dac to properly push these cans.
While I'm at it, are there any good phone amps I can buy to push these cans as I frequent travel?
The FiiO E10K can drive these cans easily but you will get better sound from a higher quality DAC/amp combo or chain. In other words, the TH-X00 will reveal any flaws or shortcomings from the FiiO. It's that good. Whether or not those flaws bother you is another story...
I'm more than willing to put out some more cash to get better sound, I'd be looking to upgrade my cans again in maybe a year or two to something around $1000 USD, so is there a DAC/AMP combo I can get that'd be future proofing? I did some reading on some with tubes and w/o but I'm still not too sure as to what difference it makes, I apologize for the barrage of questions, any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated. Thanks alot for your first reply as well.
These are easy to drive headphones, but they're so great that the demand a fairly high quality signal. If I were building a new chain, I'd probably start with a Modi Multibit for my DAC. I haven't personally heard one yet but it seems to be the best price-to-performance DAC available at the moment. If later on you want to get into tubes, then you can always pick up the Sennheiser HD6XX and experiment away with high impedance tube amps. But for these low impedance Fostex drivers, a tube amp is more hassle than it's worth. Sound-wise, I'd look for a smooth, dynamic and detailed, neutral to slightly vocal-forward, solid-state head amp to drive the Fostex. That's a lot of adjectives, but since power isn't a barrier, I'd focus on amps that can play nicely with IEMs as opposed to giant planars, although I'm sure there are plenty that do both. I've never actually had to buy one, so that research is all on you. :D
Just so you know how basic my rig is, I traded in a bunch of gear and use the grace m9xx for my desktop rig (which pairs beautifully with the TH-X00 fwiw) but eventually I plan on getting the Modi Multi for my living room stereo set up.
! Thanks a lot, you've been a great help. It's too late for me to absorb all of your knowledge but I'll look into it tomorrow, as I have to research in detail what you've said as despite having what I have I know little about it all. Reading your comment actually makes me laugh as I realise how much there is still for me to learn. :) Best of luck with your living room st up mate.
As you can see from my review on these (just got them (2/24/2017), I don't feel that they need ANY amp at all when paired with iphone or ipad. They didnt sound as well out of my amped computer outs to computer speaker system. I cant stress enough how good they sounded out of an old ipad and an iphone 7.