I've been interested in investing on the Fiio E17 for awhile now. It's a DAC/amp and it's portable. It perfectly suits my needs, but I have no idea how this thing works. I'm pretty new to the higher-end side of audio, so I'm not sure what to do with this thing once I buy it. Can anyone explain or give me a link to guide on how to set this thing up for a laptop? A friend of mine, who happens to be quite an audiophile, recommended me this product awhile back since I have no intention to buy an external DAC and amp. I guess you can say I'm a travelling listener. I rarely stay at home and I'm always on the move, so I thought that this product would improve my nights of unwinding from work by listening to music.
I owned a Fiio E11 before, but that was before I had the Momentum's. I used to drive it with my Sennheiser PX-200-II and they sounded great with it. Too bad my I couldn't have my third pair replaced due to physical damage. That's right, I replaced the 200-II's 2 times. In one year. I treated my former 200-II's with great care, but they just seemed to deteriorate over time. 1st return was because of disappearing sound from one driver, 2nd was that the volume control caused hissing whenever it was adjusted, and the third was because the hinge on the right came off.
Makes me question Sennheiser quality, but I think I just got bad luck. I did get great customer service, having two replacements within a 4-month margin, so I still patronize Sennheiser. Anyways, part of the reason why I want the E17 is because my Momentum's sound really weak on my laptop and Samsung Galaxy S-II. I was planning on using the E17 like a USB DAC setup for my laptop and a portable amp for my SG2. I do have an Apple device, (iPod Touch 4g) and was planning to get a LOD cable for it, but I'm not sure if it will sound better than my phone with Voodoo and amped with the E17. Can anyone clarify on this?
A final question, does the Momentum even benefit from the E17 sound-wise? These headphones are really easy to drive from what I heard, but does a DAC essentially improve its sound quality? Assuming the DAC is an E17 of course.
Edited by AdamskaPrice - 12/18/12 at 10:56pm