Do I need a dedicated amp for these?
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PaulNS
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Jul 26, 2020
No. The K10U are sensitive IEMs and do not require any "extra power" to drive them properly. They can be played loud enough to seriously damage hearing using a standard phone output jack. They also do not need to be run "balanced". As with any IEM one can use a dedicated DAC/AMP or other "audiophile" gear. DAC/AMPs can change the sound signature slightly - ie. might not be "audibly transparent" - so it's often a matter of preference, budget, and convenience. For example, I prefer the iPhone 6 SE and FiiO Q5s "warmer" output over the ES100's "neutral" signature. While there are some valid technical merits, "tonal" and "sound quality" differences are often subjective artifacts. Set a budget, try some things, and use whatever suits you.
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odommc777
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Jun 17, 2020
Check out the DD ddHiFi TC35B. Great little DAC/AMP.
thecyclingadmin
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Jan 29, 2020
A JDS labs Element is nice for finely tuned volume control since it's got a huuuggeee volume knob. But these are pretty sensitive so it's not really necessary.
rlausa
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Dec 19, 2019
I connected it to the lightning audio amp and hooked to the iphone with good results. With this decent earphones, I am sure you will get the decent sound quality if you use a DAC.
Ace57
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Dec 13, 2019
You do not need an amp to use these. I can run them directly from my iPhone. That said, I typically use a DAC+Amp to improve the quality of the sound.