Originally Posted by MrEleventy
It would depend on your need.
- +Can be used as an EQ'able amp,
- +Multiple dac uses (usb/optical/coaxial)
- +Great amp
- = Decent dac
- +Better DAC
- +"EQable" DAC (Tube rolling changes dac sig)
- - Ok amp
a lot of it is going to be used at home... im fine with direct sound with my grado for a long time, so going out i dont mind direct at all.
my dell laptop output is very bad so i need a dac.
when i read abt fiio in general and fiio e17, many are describing it as dark. is it true in your experience...?
im new to audio world and it's terminology (though i've read the describing sound link here). i've had the grado for the longest time and i'm still fine with it, i just feel like its time for an upgrade and getting a closed back phone.
does dark means more bass and less sparkling treble?
i've read what bright and dark means on the describing sound glossary link. but the definition of bright for example there is "Harmonics are strong relative to fundamentals.", since i hv no music background that sentence hardly means anything to me.
but due to my exp. with grado sr60 and the review abt it, i know i like bright headphone. and i tried vmoda m100 where ppl said its a dark sounding headphone, and i dont like the sound. so if i were to guess i dont like recessed treble. and that leads to my reluctance to buy fiio e17 (which is the only thing available here in my sub ~$150 budget). plus my experience when owning a fiio e07k for two weeks and hardly feel any difference with the dac / amp function in 2012 or 2011 (though at that time, i used macbook and ipod so, i guess the dac function was somewhat moot...? and the amp of the fiio e07k, i instantly didn't like it at all back then. i think other than loudness nothing changed. well it something changed in the sound but i sort of not liking it. which is why i sold it right after 2 weeks)
to be fair, idk anything about dac/amp back then, i just got upsold by a pc store so yeah... that's 1 more reason im reluctant to pull the trigger on the fiio.
tl;dr im going to use this at home..... my guesstimate is $180 plus $50 for the tubes will be ~$240. fiio e17 is $155 last i checked. schiit modi/magni combo since it isnt sold locally will be ~$300 to my door.
does schiit magni / modi better than aune t1 or is that just comparing apple / oranges?
im really sold with the "laser beam" comment by rwpritchett, i like my music when i can hear the smoke in the bar, hence the shure 940...
also... from reading ebay some seller write "tested for gas and short leak". im going to put this in my room and i have ocd. is gas something i need to worry about? or is it completely safe?
will the gas gets me (more) sick or smthn like carbon monoxide gas, because i dont want that :D
Edited by rovopio - 5/31/14 at 12:42am