Bumping this. I have the Dog Pads, running the E7/E9 combo and just not sure it's doing the job -- distorting at the high end, little power on the low end. Wondering how much different O2+ODAC would be. Thanks!
Sigh, just found pages 131+ with lots of recommendations. Has anyone tried MD w/DPs on the E7/E9 combo? I'd be interested in your thoughts.
I have the e17/e9k combo and MD w/ DP. Slightly less power on my e9k than your e9 for what it's worth.
I find it drives the MD adequately. I listen on low gain usually at around 9-10 o'clock depending on the recording, pushing to 11, maybe 12 for the toe tapping songs. At 11 and 12 the bass really opens up and is present. But it's just too loud for my taste for listening to more than one song at a time. At 9 or 10 the bass is there but just doesn't have the slam of 11-12.
I run through Foobar with WASAPI enabled and I'm NOT using the e17 as a preamp, so the sonic signature is more that of the e9k. It sounds transparent to me but with the slightly dark FiiO house sound. For what it's worth, I haven't heard any distortion, regardless of loudness level and the amp is dead silent.
Your e7 doesn't have the line out bypass that the e17 has but you can still get a pre amp setup going (e7 > 3.5mm cable > e9 line in). Try it. It might help you with the power issues at the low end as you can use gain and eq settings on the e7 to help, plus the e7's amp of course.