Originally Posted by gdourado
Does it make sense to use the E12 with the DX100? Or is it redundant, considering the output power of the DX100?
I own both the DX100 as well as the Fiio E12, and seldom use the E12 as an external amp with the DX100.
As Gamefreak054 aptly described: the E12 is too much colored, narrow sounding and has poor imaging than the DX100's internal amp. Although, I cannot deny the fact that the E12 certainly does have more driving power than the DX100!
The DX100 is able to drive my LCD 2.2 to pretty high volumes, with very good dynamics. So, I don't see any reason why it will have any trouble driving the Mad Dogs...
IMO, I have found the DX100 to be truly a portable totl dap, that I can take with me anywhere, and will have no issue driving anything from IEMs to headphones, to near perfection ("near" - atleast for full-size headphones).
That being said, the Fiio E12 DIY edition amp might be better than DX100's internal amp...since you could swap opamps and buffers, etc...and so the SQ will be better than stock E12, and with the added driving power (over the DX100).
I too am thinking about getting one! since it seems VFM.
Edited by BadBoySimran - 4/2/14 at 10:19am