Originally Posted by Nightmistx22
With the ELE DAC, is an amp required or even recommended with iems and cans? I thought i remember reading it wasnt but i wanted to be sure.
Laptop > ELE > iem\cans
Laptop > ELE > amp > iem\can
I got the ELE DAC a few days ago. And I have the Fiio E11.
It really depends on what you are looking for out of the amp. If you use an amp to essentially increase power/volume to your headphones, then the ELE DAC does that to a certain extent. For example, my Uptowns required 100% power out of my laptop to get reasonably loud. But with the ELE DAC, the same loudness is achieved at about 60% (100% is too loud). The ELE DAC also just seems to produce a really nice, full, clear, detailed sound.
But, if you are wanting to increase the bass for example, the ELE DAC doesn't really do that. So, I could attach my E11 (with EQ2 setting) to provide more bass. Or, I can just use the equalizer in my PC's music player program (currently trying out foobar2000 and liking it).
Edit: I should point out that I love my S500's and Uptowns with no EQ'ing when attached to the ELE DAC.
Edited by waynes world - 1/12/13 at 7:29pm