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^Yeah, basically. A DAC probably is not necessary for you in your current situation. Just a suggestion as I didn't know what your budget was.  You could get a Fiio E5 or E6 for $20-30, which should give you the extra power you're looking for.

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^Yeah, basically. A DAC probably is not necessary for you in your current situation. Just a suggestion as I didn't know what your budget was.  You could get a Fiio E5 or E6 for $20-30, which should give you the extra power you're looking for.

Ok. Is there any possibilites of something around that range to have a customizeable EQ as well?

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Ok. Is there any possibilites of something around that range to have a customizeable EQ as well?

 

You mean on an amp? Some amps have a bass boost feature or maybe bass/treble tone controls, but other than that it's kind of unheard of as far as I know. It'd probably be much easier and more efficient to use a software equalizer.

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You mean on an amp? Some amps have a bass boost feature or maybe bass/treble tone controls, but other than that it's kind of unheard of as far as I know. It'd probably be much easier and more efficient to use a software equalizer.

Alrighty. I think I'll probably pick up an E6/E5 when I take a better look into it. Thank you for your help.

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Ok, I guess I really only have 1 question. I noticed the E7 had an EQ built into it as well, is that part of it being a DAC or are there other amp's out there (without being DAC's) that include an EQ as well. The EQ is really the only reason I would consider buying one considering my phone nor my laptop has a built in EQ and it would be very handy for me. Other than that, do you have an suggestions for amp's? 25-75ish.

 

I am not an EE so I am not an expert on this so maybe someone will correct me. My understanding is by definition, a DAC is not supposed to color or change the sound. It's just supposed to convert the signal and output it (the music). The thing is, everything you do in an DAC or an amp, to your headphones or the opamps you use or the tubes you use affects the sound. That's why people buy a certain headphone to get more bass or use a different pair for mids or highs. The E7 is both a DAC and a headphone amplifier. I am not sure where the EQ falls in the chain. It either is attached to the DAC, or more likey to the amp portion. I personally don't apply EQ (via software) in my chain, but lots of people do. Are you sure your phone and laptop don't have an EQ? If you are using winamp or foobar to play your music, they have EQ's built it, otherwise they have plugins that you can use to EQ.

 

Cheap amps - How about a cMoyBB from JDS Labs?

post #21 of 23

You have the in-line volume thing all the way up? And your laptop can't power them efficiently? Maybe you just have a weak laptop. My iPad can power mine to get real loud, painful in fact.

post #22 of 23

FiiO E6 would be your best cheap working solution in this case and it also comes with 3 handy EQ settings.

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Ok, I guess I really only have 1 question. I noticed the E7 had an EQ built into it as well, is that part of it being a DAC or are there other amp's out there (without being DAC's) that include an EQ as well. The EQ is really the only reason I would consider buying one considering my phone nor my laptop has a built in EQ and it would be very handy for me. Other than that, do you have an suggestions for amp's? 25-75ish.

I'm using a hippo box with the uptowns, and the bass goes from non existent to "can actually feel it", and the gain is sufficient to give it the volume boost you're looking for. Plus it doesn't mess with the clarity. Good pair in my opinion, and within your price range. not a DAC though.
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