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Does anyone have this paired with the ifi nano bl? Curious on the iEMatch(4ohm) vs Direct(<1ohm) outputs..
I do, and enjoy the pairing. iEMatch is interesting here since it kinda works like a dynamic gain as it is <=4 ohms. I don't think it rises that high as when I run them directly out of my phone (which is around 6ohm OI) they definitely don't sound as warm/bassy. They sound much cleaner and articulate out of the iFi. Also, I rarely ever get the volume pot to 12 o'clock (50%) before things are uncomfortably loud so they are definitely being powered to their maximum with plenty of headroom left.
For this unit, it's negligible. I have mine terminated into a 2.5mm TRRS and use a 3.5mm TRRS adapter and it honestly sounds the same. I don't believe this unit is truly "balanced" as I have used my main set out of a balanced amp/dac and the difference was much more noticeable in separation and imaging. At least that's what immediately stuck out to me.
Thanks for the quick response. Now just waiting on my HD6XX to ship and the HE4XX to drop again. Done after that... well maybe, haha.
When you ordered, what did you choose for earphone model? Did you select "Other" or one of the Westone options?
Westone/Noble/Jerry Harvey/AAW/1964 2-Pin CIEMs
When it's in your cart, hover over the cart icon(top right) and add a note for massdrop iem.
Thank you! Been meaning to order a set and was wondering what everyone else was doing.
np, they are in Singapore so it took about 2 weeks to get the west coast. You can use ARFREESHIP for free shipping.
Oh sweet! I will be using this for sure. Probably place an order this week. Thanks again!