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Old 10-14-2014, 11:30 AM
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Default Volume matters - headphone amp or new mp3 player ?

Hi every body , thanks to the contributers of this forum. I learned some interesting stuff on this forum, I didn't know about the rockbox firmwares, I was glad to hear that the samsa clip has good volume despite it's low price.

I use my Mpman as a mp3 player, I connect it to a "ghetto blaster" kind of thing but it has really low volume. For example playing a cassette on this device would be much louder, and cds even more.

Do you think I would get more volume using a FiiO E06 between my mp3 and my boombox, or using for example a samsa clip+ with rockbox instead of my mpman ?

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Old 10-14-2014, 11:38 AM
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Do you get adequate volume when using the player with headphones?

When you get the low volume using the player connected to the boom box is the sound distoted?

Do you get decent volume when connecting a different external device to the boom box?
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Old 10-14-2014, 11:47 AM
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> Do you get adequate volume when using the player with headphones?

yes. It can be too low when in the bus or with a lot of noise around, but my ear phones are cheap.

> When you get the low volume using the player connected to the boom box is the sound distoted?

no

> Do you get decent volume when connecting a different external device to the boom box?

well yes when i connect my computer plugged on home electricity I have enough volume
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Old 10-14-2014, 12:58 PM
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I am assuming you are using the same cable to connect the computer to the boom box as you are using to connect the player to it. This would rule out problems with the cable, or problems with the input jack on the boom box.

What volume setting do you set the player on before you connect it to the boom box? If it is at maximum, I assume you also tried lowering the player volume(this seems counterintuitive).

I don't know what is going on. I have heard things like impedance mismach, although I don't know if that applies here.
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Old 10-14-2014, 04:59 PM
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I don't think there is a problem. I just think my mp3player has less amplification than a computer.

My question was "Do you think I will get higher volume with a samsa clip+ or with my mpman with a headphone amp?"
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Old 10-14-2014, 05:07 PM
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I don't think there is a problem. I just think my mp3player has less amplification than a computer.

My question was "Do you think I will get higher volume with a samsa clip+ or with my mpman with a headphone amp?"
I never had an MPman. I looked it up.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MPMan

Wow! From 1998! That is old!

I think you would appreciate the Clip+, even if it doesn't work well with your boom box. It seems like the Clip+ would be a much better thing for you to buy than a headphone amp.
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Old 10-14-2014, 06:29 PM
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?? I bought it 3 years ago, it is still working I like it, the ability of the clip+ to read different formats is interesting though. But my main goal would be to increase volume
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Old 10-14-2014, 06:57 PM
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Oh. sorry. I guess that was just the first one.

I found their website. Apparently they still make mp3 players.

I guess they might be popular in Europe, however I haven't really seen them for sale in the US.
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Old 10-14-2014, 09:00 PM
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I use my Mpman as a mp3 player, I connect it to a "ghetto blaster" kind of thing but it has really low volume. For example playing a cassette on this device would be much louder, and cds even more.
Basically, your stereo is expecting a line level voltage, and your old mp3 player is probably not able to put out anything like that level. You need something that can apply gain to bring it up to line level.

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Do you think I would get more volume using a FiiO E06 between my mp3 and my boombox, or using for example a samsa clip+ with rockbox instead of my mpman ?
Google says the E06 has 6.5dB gain, so it'll get about that much louder.
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