unfortunately, my computer died(i updated the Bios on my MSI Z68A-GD65 G3 to P0 and it wont boot anymore and after that, i sold my CPU and stuff and get myself a laptop)
the sound quality coming out from the headphone jack from my laptop is unacceptable for me and want to upgrade to have a better sound quality.
i am currently using an Ultimate Ears TripleFI 10 which according to the internet is a very high quality ear buds
i am looking at getting either a
Creative X-FI HD (USB) which would cost me about $80 shipped
Fiio E10 which would cost me about $70 shipped
i am also open to other suggestion you have (preferably under $100)
i was initially leaning towards the X-FI HD (USB) and found good opinions about it, but the problem is that those are just opinions and no concrete testing of the two being compared
Mainly the E10 and Emu labs 0204. The 0204 has less connectivity(I need the optical out) but has better measurements. The E10 has a very nice headphone amp, which would be my recommendation if you are not connecting anything else to it. Otherwise its the X-fi HD which best the E10 in almost everyway especially if you use it with a competent amp.
i was almost certain that X-FI HD is the one i want to get but then i came across this guy who has an Fiio E7 and Creative X-FI HD (USB) and this is that he says
This time I used the album Paper Airplane by Alison Krauss and Union Station. Instead of Fidelia on Mac I used Foobar2000 running through ASIO4ALL on Windows 7. After running back and forth a few times I can say that my impressions are the same, but on a much smaller scale. The E7 is definitely a bit more open and detailed, but the difference wasn't huge. The X-Fi HD lost the muffled quality I heard before and was much clearer and enjoyable. In fact I found that the X-Fi was a bit warmer with a slightly better base response.
Given this second run I would say that the two devices don't necessarily sound better than one another, but just different. I think I prefer the slightly crisper sound of the E7, but not so much that I would stop using the X-Fi. Besides the X-Fi does so much more and can actually be used as a preamp. In any case, these are still just my impressions based on a rather unscientific test. I just thought I'd update things though.
so now, i have conflicting informations
based on my research, Fiio E10 is Better than Fiio E7 and i think most people would agree with that.
the problem is that, i coudn't see anyone comparing Fiio E10 and X-FI HD
people say that X-FI HD has better DAC than Fiio E10, if that is true. Then how come Fiio E7 sounds better than X-FI HD?
also, what model of DAC is present on the Fiio E10 and X-FI HD (USB)?
i am not a volume freak and always prefer to listen at low volume, in fact the onboard sound on my laptop just gives me volume just fine so Amplifier is not really an issue.
i also DO NOT need any software features like CMSS 3D, EAX, THX, SRS, etc...
which stuff should i get?
Edited by raclimja - 8/4/12 at 10:19am