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Portable AMP/DAC for ATH-M50?

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I have decided on getting the Audio Technica ATH-M50s, and now I have to decide on an amp. I want the amp to have a built in DAC, since I am still using my motherboards built in sound. I like the idea of the FiiO E7, but I have heard that its non-DAC counterpart, the E11 has superior performance. So now I am stuck, do I get the superior amp performance of the E11, but have to use the built in sound of my motherboard? Or do I go with the E7, sacrificing amp capabilities to also have a built in DAC? Any other portable amp/DAC suggestions would be appreciated too. I have a Gigabyte GA-73PVM-S2H motherboard by the way.

 

EDIT: Another option would be to buy a cheap sound card that would be a better DAC than the E7 and get the E11, any suggestions there?


Edited by EvanW - 8/12/12 at 10:37pm
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How about fiio e17?
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How about fiio e17?

Out of my budget

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Out of my budget




Save up for it, it will be worth it
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Save up for it, it will be worth it

Is the amp quality better than the E11?

post #6 of 10
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Also does the Asus Xonar DG have a better DAC than the E7 or E17?

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I've been running fine off an E7 I just picked up. The pirce range isn't too bad (especially off of Amazon) and it is basically the E17 only a few pegs down. The M50's aren't too hard to drive, so I'd say the E7 would be A-okay.

post #8 of 10

perhaps you could consider buying ibasso d-zero rather than the e7 because the d-zero is abit better than the e7 interms of soundquality

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In your budget I would either say the Ibasso D-Zero if you want a portable unit and the Fiio E10 if you want a transportable non battery unit.

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Save up for it, it will be worth it


Yup it will be worth it

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