i was surprised and relived that others where looking at the same hardware i was ;-)
i ordered my Beyerdynamic T5p's over 6 weeks ago..And still waiting the store is telling me that Beyer is starting production on a new batch of T5p's ..
I have bin reading like crazy about how to proceed from there. Meaning what do i get with my first high-end headphone to make them sound as good as they possibly can !
The Fostex (TH-900) was also on my list but i liked the T5p's better because of the warranty and the store is not far from where i live in the EU.
Looking for a good amp / DAC was almost impossible to do!
Everybody has a different opinion and uses different ways to explain the sound of a amp/dac.
On Head-fi i did find a nice post called "The Sub $200 Portable Amp Shootout".
Reading much much more i came to a list of three names. I'm most impressed with these.
- ifi iCan +iDac (to bad the iCan has no build in power)
- JDS Labs with the O2 amp and the more portable C5 headphone amp.. And the new ODAC cool stuff..
- FiiO E17 the all in one solution that is so well priced one can almost not skip it hahaha..
On my second list was the Big jump to something like the " Burson Conductor"
first i wanted to go for the " Asus Essence One Muses" But the output impedance is 10ohm and i don't like this..
This should be no more than 2 or 3 (or less). For example the Burson Conductor has an Output impedance of <1 Ohm.
i did get a great deal from the store if i wanted to get the Asus Muses ..but i don't like the this high impedance..
If you do sum research you will find that the 1/8 rule applies.
All this reading did not bring me to a final conclusion or choice / selection..
ok ok a bit then.. The thing is this.. How can i as a newbie in audio world say something about what i like in reference to a sound signature ?
i have no comparison.. sum call it reference i'm just looking at a starting point..
I started googling the words "Objective Review" because that is basically what i was looking for !
After googling this "Objective Review FiiO E7 USB DAC & Amp" i decided to get the FiiO E17 as a starting point..
i wanted to get the O2 amp as a good reference amp..But that would mean i also needed to get the reference DAC..
This opened up a whole new can of worms hahahha because i just discovered the "ifi products".
Here is my final conclusion from what i read the Fiio E17 has more than enough power for the T5p's
The Fiio E12 (just amp) has a not so good (narrow) soundstage (according to a couple of reviews).
The Fiio E10 has impressive hardware and specs for a little DAC but the implementation of this hardware is not well done.
The better choice would be the Fiio E17.Looking at the sound graphs / charts of the Fiio E7 i'm very impressed.
i do love the option to colour to taste hahah adding Bass/treble and so on..That's why i like the iCan from ifi.
But that's a bit more expensive..
i now that i should get equipment that is neutral and colour with an EQ. But i'm lazy hahaha..
hope to get my new T5p's be four i go nuts from all the waiting :-(