Audiophiles? Planar Magnetic Headphones

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  1. Balls

    Balls Well-Known Member

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    I’ve wanted a pair of high end headphones and recently Monoprice had the Monolith planar magnetic M1060 headphones on sale so ordered. I’m now trying to figure out the right DAC/Amplifier that will power the headphones adequately while also working with an iPhone. Portability isn’t a major concern especially if it compromises sound quality. Looking to spend $300 or less so not on the higher end of course, but not wanting to go too cheap and thus needing to start over again. Anyone an audiophile with experience have suggestions?
     
  2. dmclone

    dmclone Well-Known Member

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    I didn't think iphones had headphone jacks?
     
  3. Chipper

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    There's a 3.5mm to iPhone lighting adapter.

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    I didn't realize you could use a headphone amp with this type of connection.
     
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    I picked these up a few weeks ago. They are my first foray into this world, so by no means an expert. But I can tell you two things:

    1. You’ll hear sublities in music you never knew existed before.
    2. You’ll still want an amp. The iPhone can drive them but not very loud. Even at the same volume levels with the amp the sound is clearer and more complete.
    https://www.massdrop.com/buy/massdrop-x-hifiman-he4xx-planar-magnetic-headphones

    This is the amp I went with.

    FiiO Q1 Mark II Native DSD DAC &... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0757MH46M?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf

    With the headphones priced at $169.99 and the amp at $99.99, you’re under your set budget.

    There are tons of reviews out there for those headphones.

    Edit:

    I didn’t fully read your post, but check out that Massdrop site for the amps they have.
     
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    do the Monoprices have a 3.5mm or 1/4" plug?
     
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    Skyh13 Well-Known Member

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    Something to keep in mind -- the ideal situation, sound-wise, is to use some sort of DAC which has a digital connection (meaning lightning cable) to your iPhone. That way you are leveraging the DAC on your expensive equipment, rather than simply passing the already converted signal from the iPhone into an Amp. In other words, not going straight from either your iPhone headphone jack, nor using the Lightning-to-3.5mm dongle from Apple. (Apologies if you already knew all this)

    In doing a little research, it seems like you'll end up with a DAC that has USB input (for digitial audio), and then it's a matter of having the right adapter to go from the Lightning port on your iPhone to the USB on the DAC.

    A few options listed here: https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-portable-headphone-amp-with-built-in-dac/
     
  11. Balls

    Balls Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for everyone’s input. This give me more leads to follow. Again, thank you!
     
  12. Balls

    Balls Well-Known Member

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    Placed order for FiiO Q5. DAC/Amp with Bluetooth and specifically calls out compatibility with iPhone and iSO products.

    Excited.
     
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    ....there is some serious schiit going on somewhere
     

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