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FiiO E17, L9 and iPod Classic?

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Hello!

 

Forgive me if I'm posting this in the wrong place it's my first post. :)

 

I've been looking around on the internet for a portible music player and I would like to take the plunge into better audio quality. What I have in my head is that if I buy an iPod Classic I'll have loads of space for Apple lossless audio, then if I buy a FiiO L9 and connect it to an E17 I'll have pretty much one of the best options for good portable audio quality. Feel free to call me a complete idiot and tell me I've got it all wrong because I probably have, I'd just like to get some advice on this before I go out and spend a lot of money on stuff that won't work. I'm also going to need some good earphones so feel free to throw in some suggestions there if you can, thanks.

 

JNB

post #2 of 9
I have that set up too and it's great. I mainly use AKG K240 with ipod+Fiio e17. Read up on headphones here based on music preference.
post #3 of 9
To be honest it comes down to what headphones you have and your budget.
And your musical taste.
post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by JNB11051994 View Post
I've been looking around on the internet for a portible music player and I would like to take the plunge into better audio quality. What I have in my head is that if I buy an iPod Classic I'll have loads of space for Apple lossless audio, then if I buy a Fiio L9 and connect it to an E17 I'll have pretty much one of the best options for good portable audio quality. Feel free to call me a complete idiot and tell me I've got it all wrong because I probably have, I'd just like to get some advice on this before I go out and spend a lot of money on stuff that won't work. I'm also going to need some good earphones so feel free to throw in some suggestions there if you can, thanks.

The iPod Classic can not used the DAC feature of the E17.

 

Sandisk Clip Zip ($40, 4GB)($57, 8GB) does a fairly good job of driving headphones.

I ordered (Amazon) a Clip Zip (4GB) and a 8GB micro SD, $51 total.

Get the Fiio E6 if you feel you need to boost the audio.

 

Heard the Sony E series have a fair amount of positive feedback.

 

Check the website anythingbutipod lots of info on portable music players.

 

Did you have a budget for the headphones/

Something low cost, the Superlux HD661 headphones, $50.

post #5 of 9
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Why can't it use the DAC function?

post #6 of 9
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Why can't it use the DAC function?

You need to feed a DAC (like the E17's DAC) a digital audio signal and portable apple products (IPods & iPhones) usually do not output a digital signal.

It's $150 dollar minimum (HRT iStreamer) to get a digital audio signal from iPods & iPhones.

Apple products that have a USB or optical output (like Macbooks and Apple computers) can easily connect to an external DAC.

The Fiio L cable only gets a clean analog audio signal from the LOD port, not a digital audio signal.

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Thread Starter 
Would a e11 be the best option then? A friend mentioned maybe getting a zune what's your opinion on those?
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Would a E11 be the best option then? A friend mentioned maybe getting a zune what's your opinion on those?

The Fiio E11 would be a good choice for boosting audio from a portable music source.

Have not really done any reading on the Zune, but the Zune seems to get some good feedback on the anythingbutipod website.

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Thread Starter 

I'm probably going to go for the iPod classic and a E11, unless you could recommend somthing else. If not, thanks for all your help! :)

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