Originally Posted by southpark2033
I just listened to Radiohead's Kid A over these without even breaking them in using my Native Instruments sound card. Boy was that a pleasure.
I used to have a crappy headphone amp I'd route out of an iPod Classic (using the iPod's DAC) to some Denon AH-D2000s. This sounded pretty bad (shrill highs that hurt my ears) and I sold the whole setup.
I want to try again with the ATH-M50's. They really, really sound good with the sound card I mentioned, but I'm not going to drag a DJ sound card with me to school.
I saw the portable Fiio cards on Amazon, but saw some pretty horrific reviews, and no customer support.
How bad are those products, really? I can't afford anything over $150 for this, is there any other products I can get for such a tight budget?
I did some googling for about 20 min, couldn't find anything cheap other than Fiio.
While FiiO is universal, headphone amps and DAC's are still quite niche. And keep in mind that some are fake on Amazon. (Amazon doesn't guarantee real).
FiiO has some of the best support for their customers. James, their CEO is on head-fi with his staff every single day and has answered a plethora of questions/requests.
Obviously those aren't reviews. But feedback. There is a difference.
The majority of sellers on Amazon except for Parts Direct and Micca Store(Micca Distro on Amazon) are authorized. FiiO does not provide support on Amazon. Amazon is not a site for these things. You either email them, call them, or come on Head-Fi where they are active.
Any product can be bad. It is up to what you use it for.
Some would aruge against an amp for the M50 and other headphones at that range but if you think you want one then here are your options:
E07K (DAC and amp)
E17 (DAC and amp)
E12 (Amp, about to be released, limited to no stock)
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