Originally Posted by nicholars
With an STX you are actually getting a very good DAC with EM shielding and also an excellent power supply (if you have a good PSU in your PC)... Also has a lot of other features such as dolby headphone etc. With a Fiio for example you are getting a worse power supply, paying money for the external casing, less features and a worse actual dac....
Nicholars, I don't hope you are talking about the STX as being a technically better DAC because it has a better DAC chip than so many other DACs in the same price range.. Because, I guess we both know that the DAC chip is not necessarily that important.
But anyway... I defo see your point, but you kind of make it sound like there is not better DAC under 300£ which seem pretty drastic. I suppose you haven't tried 'em all.
Ohh, I almost forgot.. Personally I think the e17 DAC is pretty mediocre. Really nothing special, just a decent allrounder. Just.. get something slightly better or look into some of those budget DACs... Like the hifimediy sabre DAC or something.
Edited by davidsh - 8/4/13 at 3:44pm