Originally Posted by thwood3
Thanks, I just wondered if it was even remotely workable w/o an amp. Looks like it is workable indeed. Perhaps not optimal, is all. Perhaps the E5 then for me. I forgot about that low cost option.
I'd rather not muck around w/ amps but exceptions can be made when they are really warranted (and cheap!). The fiio would be a bass boost as well.
Yes, the FiiO has the bass boost switch. I don't think the E5 mucks up the PFE sound at all, others may disagree. You can try without an amp, and just remember you may have to crank the volume to 28-29. Again, it all depends on the track, rip, etc. Some newly mastered tracks are very loud (the new compression thing). Other, older stuff, like Zep, needs max volume it seems.
Anyway, the PFEs do sound very good with the Sony, and the FiiO is small, although there are still wires to contend with, etc.