hello all, I'm relatively new to the rather scary audiophile world, and I think I might be spared the obligatory welcome slogan since I can already attest to the strain on my wallet ):
i hope my query will not be dumb or stupid in any way. please do bear in mind i have little to no knowledge as i'm still an infant with regard to this business (:
1) i am contemplating purchasing the E07K to use in conjunction with my iPhone 5 and Shure SE215 or Rock-it R50 IEMs. is this a wise decision or will the E07K not make any difference? and am i correct to say that using the AUX-in 3.5mm on the E07K to connect to my iPhone 5 will utilize the E07K solely as an amp (and not a DAC) since the iPhone 5 will already convert the digital signals to analogue?
2) i am also wondering, although i know the E07K is classified as a headphone amp/dac, whether i can actually use it as an offboard DAC in conjunction with my laptop and my creative t40 2.0 speakers.
from reading this thread as well as others, i understand that the E07K can be utilized solely as a DAC by using the line output function in conjunction with the L7 or the E09K.
however, if i were to connect the E07K and my laptop via miniUSB/USB, and then use the 3.5mm headphone output jack on the E07K to connect to my speakers, will this also work? if so, how is this any different from using the L7?
any help on my queries will be greatly appreciated!
thanks in advance (:
Welcome, and your wallet is still in danger. Worry not.
Nothing is too dumb to ask. Unless, of course, you ask what the difference between a toaster and the new X5 is.
Your IEM's are not too high on the scale AND from what I have heard based on those IEM's, those probably don't need the E07K if you just need an amp.
That is correct. You will only use the E07K as an amp through the AUX in. And yes, the iP5 already converts it inside.
Yes, you can with your laptop. If your Creative speakers have a 3.5mm input, then yes, you can use the E07K with it as well. You can use an adapter cable to change whatever the E07K outputs(3.5mm analog) to the format that you need.The Andes is used as an amp and DAC in this case
In the case you mentioned with L7, the E07K will act only as DAC with the amplifier being whatever you plug into the L7, be it another portable amp, or straight into active speakers.
Yes, that will also work. In the case of USB to ANDES to speakers through headphone out. You are using the E07K's amplifier along with your speakers. This isn't bad and most do it. However most would say double amplification may not be needed OR, they would want to use just the speaker's own amp OR they will use E07K to another stereo amplifier for a speaker (2.0/2.1). Either way, its all up to user preference.
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