Hi all! Just joined the Head-Fi community and the VERY first question I wanted to ask already has an ongoing thread. Lucky me!
I'm literally waiting for a delivery of my AKG K550, which should arrive any day now. While I am waiting, I was doing some research about whether I can enhance my listening experience by getting a portable amp. I'm using my iPhone for listening to music at the office/home, so I thought getting Fiio E17 DAC was good idea. Thank god I did some research as well as discovered this topic that made me realize that a) E17 wouldn't be able to bypass the built-in iPhone soundcard and b) the iPhone soundcard is in fact decent and I wouldn't benefit much from a DAC.
So I guess now I'm back to the amplification-only point. Some said in this topic that K550s don't actually need an amp to drive but while others say that they do in fact benefit from it.
I do have a small budget (not more than 150euro) that I set aside for an amp. I was primarily looking at Fiio E11. Is there anything else in that price range I could look into? Of course I am not trying to go out of my way to spend this money, but if my listening experience can improve, I won't mind.