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What is the best portable amp for this headphone? I went with the Fiio E12. Should I have gone with the E17? Using this headphone only for immersive gaming through mix amp 5.8...
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What is the best portable amp for this headphone? I went with the Fiio E12 Should I have gone with the E17? Using this headphone only for immersive gaming through mix amp 5.8

How does the X1 improve with the E12 vs onboard soundcard?

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How does the X1 improve with the E12 vs onboard soundcard?

I have not used these with the E12 yet. Just wondering if I should ship the E12 back to Amazon and get the E17's instead.
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How does the X1 improve with the E12 vs onboard soundcard?

 

Here is my experience..

 

For the first two weeks I owned my Fidelio X1 headphones they ran on my MSI motherboard realtek audio onboard sound.  Then I added a creative soundblaster OMNI usb soundcard.  The OMNI has a DAC and headphone amp. While it probably doesn't measure up to the E12, it does provide surround processing for games.

 

Overall the sound is more clear and defined.  The bass has tightened up and has a very noticeable increase in presence. The volume level is also increased, these can get loud now quite easily, although I usually listen at low or medium volume.  Much more consistent performance, whereas before the onboard sound went flat if there was too much going on.

 

While this is not an E12, it is an onboard soundcard vs add-on.  I would absolutely not use the onboard sound, the quality is much better with an external AMP. 

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