I recently got the E17/E09K FiiO DAC/AMP combo and I've been generally okay with it, it sure is a very smooth listen. However, after reading lots of praise for the Yulong D100 mkII, I was tempted to order that one too.
When A/B with the E17, the first thing I noticed was that the D100 is significantly louder (I'm guessing around +6db) than the E17 when bypassing the AMP section and feeding the DAC right into my integrated amp. In terms of detail and soundstage, the D100's DAC is clearly superior. That said, its high output volume makes listening extremely fatiguing after a while, especially at higher volumes as the treble gets rather shrill and piercing (I don't notice a lot of difference between sound mode 1 & 2). I'm pairing the D100 with the DT880 600 ohm and have tried to reduce the input gain in Foobar by a few db's, alongside various EQ adjustments but it doesn't sound right; besides I'm also using other players, so it wouldn't be an ideal option anyway. My question: Is there a simple solution to reducing the DAC's output gain in order to increase dynamic range, without compromising the D100's warranty?
Edited by ippudo - 1/11/13 at 4:56pm