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post #16 of 21

Can you shed more light on this, plz? I'm looking at an E11 or E7/17 to use with Beyer 990 pro & M50s and the source is gonna be my PC(laptop). I'm interested in finding a setup that will give my headphones maximum umphh i.e. take them to their limit.

post #17 of 21

this has been heavily discussed in this thread, what other question do you have?
 

post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by Tobiman View Post

Can you shed more light on this, plz? I'm looking at an E11 or E7/17 to use with Beyer 990 pro & M50s and the source is gonna be my PC(laptop). I'm interested in finding a setup that will give my headphones maximum umphh i.e. take them to their limit.

The E11 is only a portable AMP.You can plug the E11 into the laptops headphone out jack. It will amplify that signal to the cans. If the laptop has a poor DAC/AMP, the E11 will amplify the poor quality signal. It will be louder, but sound quality could be poor.

 

The E7 and the E17 are USB DACs that have a built in AMP. Plugging them into the laptops USB, they will bypass the DAC/AMP in the PC, convert the signal from digital to analog, and then amplify it. If you have good source material on the PC (high bitrate MP3 or a lossless file), this will potentially give you the best results. Loud with good sound quality.

post #19 of 21

Sorry, please delete this. I replied in the wrong thread.

 
post #20 of 21
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Get the Asus Xonar DG sound card, only $15 after mail in rebate.

 

Asus Xonar DG

http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Channel-Sound-Card-XONAR_DG/dp/B0045JHJSS/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1344807051&sr=1-1&keywords=Xonar+DG

you cant put this on your laptop right?....sorry newbie to cpu stuff

post #21 of 21
I have the E17, E09K, E07K. The E07K was purchased afterwards, but works with the E09K. FYI, the DAC and sound profile from E07k to E17 is almost similar, with the major difference being in the low range on the 7 (drop off, dunno why, must be manufacturing as all else is identical Re: Fiio's website/compare graphs). I bought the 7 because it has 2 headphone outputs - my wife wanted to listen in on the same music on long plane rides. Also, I would use it for local gaming on a laptop (say, 2 player castle crashers with my kid, his headphones and mine). The biggest noticeable difference is the sound output, with the 7's initial volume cut down to about 60% of the 17's (using only one headphone). Not a huge concern if you're using the USB port (can turn volume up without too much noise), but with headphone jack it's more noticeable.

I drive an assortment of headphones, with my best being the k701's. E17 (the E7 just doesn't give it justice with volume handicap with that impedance) works, but i wouldn't say it's mobile with the k701's... (The headphone jack is just too big for the E17. Massive proportion mismatch)
Edited by Sushisamurai - 1/27/14 at 10:22pm
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