ever since i got my brothers iem, i remind them everyday they would have been already deaf if they kept stock apple/ samsung earbuds
i just got the fiio e17 at the beginning of summer, and i just bought the digizoid for a portable setup- and my brothers are like "what another amp?"
i explain my setup as this: the DAC is the chip that processes the sound, the amp provides the "juice" to power it (they now get it)
but i hide my purchases from them as im going be spending some big moola in the coming year and hopefully stopping... at least with portable
Uhh… Last time I checked you don't need DAC's or amp's for IEM's, unless you're listening to a garbage phone or computer (note: Most modern phones (mostly every worthily smartphone post-iPhone 3g is audibly transparent)