I recently get to know this product while searching for FA-003 Ti. Some had coupled this with it and apparently it had a pretty good result.
Just some background of my current not-so-audiophile audio setup. I myself owned the original FA-003 and FiiO E-17 DAC/Amp and I am very tempted to upgrade to this iCan for its much wider soundstage (3D-like). What keep me puzzles is the connection with my PC. Can I extend my setup and use the following connection to channel the sound?
Laptop <--> Fiio E17 DAC <--> iCan Amp <--> Fischer FA-003.
Hope to get some feedbacks before I go along this route. Thanks.
It is usually fine to use a DAC/Amp as just a DAC. Most stand alone DACs still have some amplification, so the extra amplifier in a DAC/Amp is not a problem. It is usually recommended to set the volume on the DAC/amp to full volume, and then use the volume control on the stand alone amp (iCAN) to control the listening level. The iCAN has both 1/8" and RCA inputs, so you should have no problem hooking it up to the Fiio E17.