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Old 04-18-2010, 08:27 PM
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Default Best portable amp to pair with UE-11s

I'm seeking recommendations on a "quiet" amp to pair with the UE-11s to minimise the hiss from the DAPs (Clip, D2+, and S9) with which I will use them.

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Old 04-18-2010, 08:30 PM
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So you want to make the output quieter? You can actually get impedance adapters which will do that passively off ebay pretty cheaply. They're nice because they're very small, although they may slightly alter the frequency response of the headphones. I use one on a noisy laptop to quiet the onboard's faint hiss.
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Old 04-18-2010, 09:14 PM
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In theory I do agree with saratoga’s post, although over the last year I’ve gone back and forth amping and not amping my ue11s and I really believe that the ue11’s sound so much better amped than not. A good portable amp would eliminate the hiss, possibly improve any crosstalk and really makes them shine. Unfortunately the good portable amps are not cheap, I would look at: Arrow, Pico Slim or standard Pico, Meier Audio Headsix, Corda, Stepdance or the 3MOVE. If these are over your budget, you can take a look at the affordable amp thread in this forum.
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Old 04-18-2010, 09:16 PM
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If these are over your budget, you can take a look at the affordable amp thread in this forum.
I would think if the OP can afford UE11's, that these amps you mention probably are within reach as well.
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Old 04-19-2010, 11:16 PM
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... Arrow, Pico Slim or standard Pico, Meier Audio Headsix, Corda, Stepdance or the 3MOVE
I've tried them with UE's impedance adapter and with my friend's iBasso D2. I prefer how they sound with the amp, so I'll read up on the amps you suggested when I get a chance.

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I would think if the OP can afford UE11's, that these amps you mention probably are within reach as well.
They were a splurge for my 30th - wallet is certainly lighter!
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Old 04-19-2010, 11:51 PM
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A good portable amp would eliminate the hiss, possibly improve any crosstalk and really makes them shine.
With respect to cross talk and hiss, an amp can't do anything more then an impedance adapter would get you (since an amp used to attenuate volume is basically just an impedance adapter on the input side). The main advantage of the amp is that you can go louder and not just quieter, and that you don't get any shift in the frequency response due to dampening. I'm not sure how important this would be in practice.
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