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Old 11-30-2010, 06:59 PM
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I'm looking for a pair of IEMs to use with the Fuze, under $60. I've read that many IEMs can be difficult for the Fuze to drive, so would like to avoid any that don't work well without the addition of a headphone amp. Feel free to list any that you like as well as those you dislike.
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Old 11-30-2010, 07:24 PM
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I've read that many IEMs can be difficult for the Fuze to drive
No thats one of the reasons the Fuze is so popular. It'll drive almost anything.
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Old 11-30-2010, 07:28 PM
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@Carson Dyle, That's news to me, where did you read that?
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Old 11-30-2010, 07:29 PM
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The thread I was reading was talking about the MEElectronics M6, which was said to be difficult and that there was a night & day difference in SQ when used with an inexpensive headphone amp. I can't find the thread at the moment; it might have been on Head-Fi.
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Old 11-30-2010, 07:32 PM
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I really doubt that claim. There's hardly a better amp section to be found out there that even handles difficult IEMs as well as the AMS chips in the Sansas.

And yeah, take what you read on Head-Fi with a grain of salt.
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Old 11-30-2010, 07:38 PM
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That's reassuring. I'll put the M6s back on the list.

Any recommendations then? Ideally, something not bass heavy. At $20 I may pick up the M6s with the wraparound earpieces for the gym and another more conventional fitting pair for elsewhere. I listen mostly to jazz, blues and R&B.
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Old 11-30-2010, 07:56 PM
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The thread I was reading was talking about the MEElectronics M6, which was said to be difficult and that there was a night & day difference in SQ when used with an inexpensive headphone amp. I can't find the thread at the moment; it might have been on Head-Fi.
M6 does require slightly more volume to drive and will benefit from an amp a bit. I have both Rockboxed Fuze V1 and M6. Unless you want to listen at deafening volume (literally), Fuze can drive M6 and still have plenty left in the tank.
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Old 11-30-2010, 07:58 PM
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I think you may like the PL-30's for your music type. I have the M9's and felt that vocals from Florence Welch felt too far back to the instruments and the bass was a little too strong for my liking. The PL-30's felt right, except that it lacked too much bass and wasn't as sparkly, which I compensated for with the Rockbox eq. If I knew any better, I would say it might have been something about instrument separation or soundstage or mid centric/forward or something but I don't.

The M9's are probably better than the PL-30's, technically, but it doesn't have that signature I like. But due to their durability, or perceived durability, I use them more often.

If it matters, I use a Fiio E5 amp, but on flat. It doesn't do much at lower volume levels. For my purpose, it just allows me to handle my Fuze better, and hopefully allows my Fuze jack to last a little longer.

I can't say much for other earphones. They're the only ones I have at the moment.

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I wouldn't believe much you read over there, not many good phones under $20 but you can pick up the JVC Marshmallows for $12.18 from amazon and give them the kramer mod. http://www.amazon.com/JVC-HAFX35B-Ma...1168557&sr=1-1
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Old 11-30-2010, 08:09 PM
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Hey guys, thanks for the recommendations so far. About $60 +/- is where I'm looking.
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Old 11-30-2010, 08:54 PM
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I think these are pretty good

JVC HAFX67B Air Cushion Headphone




http://www.amazon.com/JVC-HAFX67B-Cu...1171973&sr=1-1
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Old 11-30-2010, 08:55 PM
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M6 does require slightly more volume to drive and will benefit from an amp a bit. I have both Rockboxed Fuze V1 and M6. Unless you want to listen at deafening volume (literally), Fuze can drive M6 and still have plenty left in the tank.
If it still has plenty left in the tank and as dfkt says the amp section for a Fuze is very good what additional benefits will I get?
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Old 11-30-2010, 09:09 PM
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^ Mental satisfaction of keeping Clip+ at my "sane" listening volume instead of increasing it by 5-10dB and thinking about it all the time . I observed no changes in sound signature as far as I remember.
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Old 11-30-2010, 09:14 PM
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No thanks. If I can save the cost of an amp with just a turn or two of the scroll wheel I'll be that much closer to the great set of IEMs I'm saving towards.
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Old 12-01-2010, 09:36 AM
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^ Mental satisfaction of keeping Clip+ at my "sane" listening volume instead of increasing it by 5-10dB and thinking about it all the time . I observed no changes in sound signature as far as I remember.
For best results you should probably keep the clip close to 0dB and then lower the volume on the amp. The way you're doing it now is probably decreasing your SNR somewhat verses using no amp at all.
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Old 12-01-2010, 10:53 AM
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^ Thanks for that. I usually listen at -20 to -30 depending on the IEM, which is why it never crossed my mind to try this way.
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