I recently bought Sennheiser HD 598. I love to listen music with my Iphone, on bad, or on sofa etc :)...
I love to listen lossless (flac, wav, dts) and 320 kbps lossy music.
On my Desktop I have connected Genius 5.1 Wood Surround System SW-HF5.1 6000 http://www.geniusnet.com/wSite/ct?xItem=16678&ctNode=146
On my Desktop I have installed Creative Sound Blaster Audigy Value http://asia.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=1&subcategory=873&product=14189
Hense, I don't want and don't need to use my Sennheiser on PC. I need only portable amp without DAC function for my HD 598.
I browsed for many reviews of FIIO portable amplifiers.
My favorite is FIIO E12, then E11.
I know that HD 598 doesn't need amp with a huge power.
I know that E12 doesn't have a powerful BASS boost, but it enhances sound quality well as far I know.
For me, sound quality is the main scope.
Price difference between E11 and E12 is huge as far you know. First costs about $60, second one about $130.
But, does this price difference worth for quality difference between E11 and E12, In case of use with HD 598?
I mean, can be such sound quality difference between E11 + HD 598 and E12 + HD 598, that I should pay extra $70 (price difference between these two amps)?
I also heard that E12 has 24 bit / 96 Khz support, what is also important for me, because I love Lossless formats as I mentioned. I would play these formats too in Iphone, by "Flac Player" app.
Does E11 have 24 bit / 96 Khz compatibility?
If someone knows better amps or better brands, feel free to advice. My budget is up to $170. But I don't want to waste a lot of money if I could get the same performance in case of significant money safe.
Edited by dante2505 - 6/11/13 at 9:30am