SoundMagic Earphones and FiiO E5?

Discussion in 'Portable Headphones & Earphones' started by Tcshad, Dec 26, 2010.

  1. Tcshad

    Tcshad Casual Listener

    Oct 19, 2010
    Little background:
    I'm 16, I love music, listen to music about 8 hours a day (via laptop, iPod, radio, etc).
    I listen to all kinds of music, ranging from pop, to rock, to rap, to blues, to rock and roll, to dance etc
    I have an iPod Nano which is my main audio go-to.

    So I was thinking about buying a pair of SoundMagic PL30 earphones, as they have really good reviews and I'd like to try them.
    But I was just wondering, do you think it's worth getting the FiiO E5 pocket amp with it (which is nearly the price of the earphones themselves, and I'm only a kid, money is pretty hard to come by for me)?

    I've read reviews, and they say "really good with some ear/headphones, but reduced quality with others".... and on some of the reviews they state that with the pl30's, there's a very noticeable hiss... But i'd like someone from this website to confirm or deny, as I trust this website a lot more.
    So I'd mainly like to know how well it works with the SoundMagic Pl30's, or even whether the PL11's + the adapter would sound better...

    Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated, thanks
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2010
  2. Shaun-HiFi

    Shaun-HiFi Administrator Staff Member

    Aug 30, 2008
    SoundMagic Earphones and FiiO E5

    Hi Tcshad. Welcome to the forum. Just spotted your post from a while back - it seems we missed your post from the Christmas break.

    To be honest the PL30 doesn't really need a headphone amp. They are very sensitive earphones, so the improvement will be minimal. You may see a small improvement by take the signal from the dock connector on an iPod (with a LOD cable), but it won't be a massive jump in quality with such a sensitive earphone.

    I can highly recommend the SoundMAGIC PL30 or PL11. The PL11 has a more chunky bass response and is more fun sounding than the PL30. They do have very different sound characteristics.

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