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Do I need the E17 with Macbook Pro/iPhone 4?

post #1 of 3
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Hi all,

 

I'm wondering if you can help.

 

I'm new to portable hi-fi but not to audiophile equipment. Used to have a lively Linn LP12 and Naim amp, loved it! I had to sell all my vinyl and gear when we moved, so I'm looking for something that sounds great but won't break the bank.

 

I have an iPhone 4 at the moment, and a MacBook Pro.

 

I recently bought some Grado S80i cans, and am using them with the Fiio E17, and using the various Mac audiophile players to see what I prefer. 

 

Sounds pretty good!

 

However, I read a review on Amazon of the E17 saying that the MacBook Pro's DAC and amp are already pretty good, and unless you have hard to drive phones or a crappy soundcard, you don't really need the E17.

 

What are your opinions on this?

 

I've just read about the Rocoo P player. Would using this along with my Grados sound significantly better than the MacBook/iPhone through the E17?

 

All I want is the best sound for the money. Shall I return the E17 and get the Rocoo P?

 

Any help would be much appreciated.

 

John

post #2 of 3
Thread Starter 

Anyone?

 

I have tried some searches before posting but couldn't find anything relating to this exact issue. 

 

Apologies if this has been discussed, any pointers welcome! :-)

 

John

 

Here is the review I'm referring to:

 

http://www.amazon.com/review/R2HBHWBX1NK2Q4/ref=cm_cr_pr_viewpnt#R2HBHWBX1NK2Q4

post #3 of 3

To quote Chewy4 from another post.

 


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Originally Posted by chewy4 View Post

Macs have good DACs. I would put getting a new DAC at your lowest priority, you're not going to see a big difference in sound quality there. Although if you get interference with the headphone out of your imac it might be a good idea.

 
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