I’ve been reading through a lot of posts here and have learned a lot. I’m hoping y’all don’t mind if I ask a few newbie questions to see if I’m on the right track.
I’m using mostly my iPhone 4s (but sometimes my iMac) to listen to AAC files recorded at 128 bit rate, but also have a few favorites on my phone recorded with ALAC. For headphones I have some good ole Sony MDR-V6’s (64 ohm), Spider Realvoice IEM’s (18 ohm), and Bose IE2’s. I listen to a wide variety of music. Sometimes I like the music pretty loud, so I would like to have a bit more volume. I also wonder if overall sound quality could be improved.
Would a portable DAC/Amp make a noticeable difference?
And if so, I’m looking at things like FiiO E11, E10 and E17, but I’m a little confused. Can I use the DAC on the FiiO with my iPhone or can I only use line out audio with an amp? Does a DAC in this price range improve sound quality vs. the built in one in an iPhone or iMac? If not, will an amp only like E11 help?
Any advice is greatly appreciated.