Originally Posted by KLJTech
Anyone using the X3 (using the line out) with the FiiO E12 Mont Blanc and if so, did you find the E12 to be a worthwhile addition to the X3 when used with portable or full-size headphones?
I already have the less expensive E11 amp, but I've never had the opportunity to hear the E12. I'm enjoying the X3 so much (as most audiophiles are nuts, why stop there?) and it has me wondering if the better amp (Mont Blanc) would raise its overall performance. I've been using the X3 with full-size and portable headphones more than my IEM's. I certainly wouldn't mind owning the E12 and it would look real nice strapped to the X3 but if its a lateral move from the E11 (I kinda doubt that) then I'll just save my money.
I should add that I'm only using FLAC and Wav files with the X3 and probably half of them are 24/96.
Thanks in advance for any input you may be able to provide.
Just ran a little test tonight with the X3, E11 and E12 with Metallica's The Unforgiven in 24/96 through the beyerdynamic DT880 Pro's.
Overall I enjoyed the Bass Boost on the E11 better than the E12 with the DT880`s. I`ll have to try with my `Sones and see if it is any better.
The sound quality of the E12 is much better than the E11, the crossfeed is a nice feature with certain tracks and I wish they would have made the switch for it like the Bass Boost switch. With 16dB of gain it has plenty power to spare for the hungry DT880`s, you will definately not need the extra power with low impedence headphones this thing gets loud quick.
I ordered the E12 as I thought the power output of the X3 was going to be lacking like the Colorfly C3 is, boy was I was wrong there. With the X3 on High it has enough power for my DT880`s but using the E12 with it allows me to switch the X3 out of the High Gain battery chewer mode and let the E12 do all the heavy lifting.