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post #1 of 8
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Im extremely new to this and just needed some help. Is it possible to just use a DACand no amp? Also is there any way to use one with a laptop in order to bypass the soundcard in the laptop ? Also would it be worth it to use a DAC with my se215,s? and last question does anyone have any thougs about Schiit Audio's MODI? 

 

If anyone has any tips on how to use this site to ask questions or how to post a thread it wld be greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks for the help!

post #2 of 8

IEMs will work on a line level signal, however your impedance of your phones vs. a line level device would result in less than optimal sound.

 

The Modi+Magni stack would be a great setup, O2/ODAC combo is very popular too. There are also options out there from Fiio and other vendors that make small amp+dac combos that work well with IEMs.

post #3 of 8
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Im sure this is a dumb question but what is a line level signal and why will it result in less than optimal sound?

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Originally Posted by audiogreenhorn View Post

Im extremely new to this and just needed some help. Is it possible to just use a DACand no amp? Also is there any way to use one with a laptop in order to bypass the soundcard in the laptop ? Also would it be worth it to use a DAC with my se215,s? and last question does anyone have any thougs about Schiit Audio's MODI? 

 

If anyone has any tips on how to use this site to ask questions or how to post a thread it wld be greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks for the help!

Fiio E10, $68.

Will connect to the laptop's USB port.

post #5 of 8

Line level is a name for the power of the signal that runs though analog interconnects. It's a low voltage under 2V that allows the transfer of an analog signal between two devices. Headphones require more power.

 

IEM's can be run off a line level signal better than headphones, but due to the way the circuit operates it will screw up the frequency response to the headphones. 

 

This post is trying to over simplify it, however headphones just don't run well off line level signals such as those from a DAC. You really want some sort of amplification circuit.

post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 

oh ok i see what u mean. Now running an amp and dac through your usb would bypass your soundcard and jack giving you a more pure form of audio correct?

 

And will the fiio e10 really produce a noticeable difference or should i just save the money?

post #7 of 8
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Also should i just consider getting an amp instead of a DAC?

post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by audiogreenhorn View Post

Also should i just consider getting an amp instead of a DAC?

Chances are the DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) in something like the E10 is better then the one in your laptop.

Also the headphone amplifier in the E10 is better designed for amplifiying headphones then the "line-out" jack (that pretends to be a headphone output) in your laptop.

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