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I have new Samsung Galaxy S7. One expected benefit is that it will play many audio formats , including FLAC compared to my old phone which was limited to MP3.
I have installed Poweramp but have concluded that the Samsung's amplifier is incapable of driving most of the headphones that I have tried with it including my Etymotics ( mc-5). It will, of course drive the earbuds that Samsung supply but they are tinny sounding crap.
I have been more or less succesful with a very expensive Sony IEM ( XBA- H3 on loan from a friend). However they are far too costly for my needs. Nevertheless I recall that Sony headphones tend to be quite low impedence and wonder if that extends to their IEMs and is why they aren't too bad in this compromised application.
My needs are not too demanding as I only listen to portable music very occasionally to while away the time waiting for a bus ( for example). So I don't think it worthwhile spending lots of money for such limited use.
Any suggestions for cheapish IEMs or on ear/over ear type portable cans that may suit the bill? NB: music choice is mainly classical.
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Sennheiser Momentum 1.0
But only if you have normal sized ears. If your ears are on the bigger side they will be a tight squeeze.
The were $349 when the were the current model a couple of years ago, however, they are now $169 on Amazon.
The only difference between the 2.0 and 1.0 is the size of the ear cup - 2.0 is bigger.
They are dead neutral and fairly easy to drive. I drive them with my ancient Galaxy 4 from time to time when I don't want to get out my amp and they work fine.
I have linked the Inner Fidelity review.
Meat; It's the right thing to do. Romans 14:2
Thanks. I was particularly interested in your comment that your old Galaxy 4 could drive them. Unfortunately they no longer appear to be available over here. Checking around the web, although they appear to be stocked by some dealers (and Amazon), looking closer they are all listed as out of stock. The only pair that I could find actually on sale were 89 gbp but in pink finish. A step too far IMHO, PAR being of the geezer persuasion :-). I was also concerned that quite a few reviewers found the pressure that they exerted on their ears (rather than just size) made them painful to wear after a while.
I guess I would really like something small enough to slip into a pocket as use will be pretty impromptu. Maybe IEMs would be better?
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