senn HD 439 with nexus 5...

Discussion in 'Headphone Amplifiers' started by dcesumit, May 14, 2014.

  1. dcesumit

    dcesumit Casual Listener

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    Hey there. I just ordered a senn HD 439 for use with my nexus 5 phone. Will adding an amp to it give any benefit to overall listening experience. Also suggest if the same can be achieved by buying a separate mp3 player having an equalizer ?
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  2. dalethorn

    dalethorn Obsessive Auditor

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    If you connect the amp to the headphone jack of the Nexus5 then you will be amplifying an already-amplified sound. The dynamics may be better, but the sound quality (technically at least) will be worse.

    The only practical ways to improve sound as far as I know are:

    1) Get a DAC/amp that runs from the Nexus5 USB port.
    2) If the Nexus5 has a Line Out port like the iPhone, connect the amp there.
    3) Get a good portable media player like the FiiO X3 or X5.

    EQ may help the sound some, but it requires some of the amplifier power, so there would be less power available for the headphone.
     
  3. dcesumit

    dcesumit Casual Listener

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    That's way outside my budget. Can you suggest some cheaper alternatives around 50$. Will Sony nwz b172 or 183 serve the purpose.
     
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    dalethorn Obsessive Auditor

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    I don't know any products like that, so maybe someone else here can make a suggestion.
     
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