Originally Posted by scolaiw
This is my first post and I'm a bit of a noob so bear with me guys!
So I've been stalking these forums for a while and reading tonnes of threads similar to this one but given such a huge community with constant debate I can't make up my mind.
Currently, I have a pair of Pioneer HDJ 2000 which are fairly easy to drive (36 Ohm; 107 dB/mW) but from a lot of what I've read, they could still benefit from an external amp. Personally, I find for many tracks I would need to max the volume on my iPhone or laptop to really hear all the detail I want out of the music.
I also intend on upgrading my cans in future to a Grado PS1000.
So is it still worth getting an amp?
If so, I intend on purchasing the FiiO E12 when it hits the markets in march. Does that sound like a reasonable investment?
Technically, the Pioneer HDJ-2000 and Grado PS1000 are low impedance (Ohm) and really do not need much in the way of amping.
(there are more then then Ohms that effects amplifying headphones, but I'm keeping it simple)
A $27 Fiio E6 would be more then enough to drive them, so getting a Fiio E12 might be a little overkill.
(I've been thinking of getting the E12 myself, but so far can't really come up with a practical reason to buy it, but I still want it when it comes out).
The Fiio E07K & E17 DAC/Amp might be a good choice, as chances are they come with a better DAC then your laptop.
And the E07K & E17 come with a line-input for use with your iPhone 4 (or is it iPhone 5?).
Both the E07K & E17 come with a USB (digital) input (bypasses built in sound card), which is fine for music, or 2-channel (stereo) audio for movies or gaming.
But the E17 also has S/PDIF (optical & coaxial) digital input, which when connected to a S/PDIF (optical & coaxial) output on a computer (desktop or laptop), gives you access to all the features of the built-in audio sound card.