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post #1 of 14
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Been lurking in the Head Fi forum for a while and I've got myself the Fiio E17 and the E09K. So I want a decent setup where I can fit speakers on as well. I don't know if it's achievable with the stuff I have or if its just for headphones. As you can tell I am a complete noob in this audio world (which I'm loving so far!) and hopefully later I can move onto more quality stuff!

 

I know how to connect the E09K to the imac along with the E17 (pretty self explanatory :)) I just don't know what I need to attach external speakers as well. 

 

Also is the current setup ok for starters? I am willing to invest a bit more.

 

I've got a wide range of music taste from Ramaninov to 65daysofstatic, I own several IEMs and headphones but very new with amps and DACs.

 

Sorry if it's been answered but I've tried searching and I can't find anything that my simple mind can understand.confused_face.gif

Think I've posted in the wrong place too, didn't read the first message. If mods wanna move then please do so. sorry!
Edited by junkstory - 7/13/13 at 5:42pm
post #2 of 14

The line out from the rear of your E09k would be used to feed an amp or powered speakers but it would be better if you gave a ballpark budget for us to better help u ^^

post #3 of 14
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Ah I see, I thought that but I see people using the fiio d1 as well?

Budget is around £300 and I'm in the uk so not much choices frown.gif
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Edited by labrat - 8/3/13 at 12:17am
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by labrat View Post

Active speakers, speakers that have built-in amplifier, can be connected to and driven from any outlet that is for headphones or amplifiers.
Passive speakers need a power-amplifier between the Line/Headphone -out to be fed with sufficient power to produce sound.
If you try to connect a passive speaker to a Line/Headphone -out, you will not get much sound, and your Headphone amplifier may burn out!

 

Thanks, so it means I need the D1 to power the speakers before connecting it to the e90k? I think my current speakers are passive? It does have a power outlet but its for the subwoofer.
post #6 of 14

Hmm u have powered speakers where the amplifier is housed in the subwoofer unit which supplies power to the sats

post #7 of 14
What make and model are your speakers and subwoofer?
post #8 of 14
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So I have everything I need? I've got the creative labs i trigue 2.1.
More noob Q- pre out goes from the sub, line out from the computer, aux in for iPod?!
post #9 of 14
Your subwoofer has an amp built in to power your speakers, so your speakers need to remain plugged up to it. You need a 3.5mm to RCA cable to connect the audio input on your subwoofer to the line out or pre-out on the back of the E09K.
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

Your subwoofer has an amp built in to power your speakers, so your speakers need to remain plugged up to it. You need a 3.5mm to RCA cable to connect the audio input on your subwoofer to the line out or pre-out on the back of the E09K.

Thanks, i've connected everything up and the sound quality isn't impressive at all probably due to the inexpensive setup but everything sounds flat and muddy. Even with headphones (Grado sr125i) and Yamaha eph100 the sound is still lacking, well not as amazing as i have thought. On the otherhand the e17 sounds pretty good on its own so what is the point of the e09k apart from it lets you connect speakers?

post #11 of 14
Yeah. I don't know the point of the E09K. Never heard it smily_headphones1.gif

But you can get a FiiO L7 to get line out from the E17 to connect to your speakers. That should help SQ since you wouldn't be double amping.
post #12 of 14
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Yeah. I don't know the point of the E09K. Never heard it smily_headphones1.gif

But you can get a FiiO L7 to get line out from the E17 to connect to your speakers. That should help SQ since you wouldn't be double amping.

Lol... So wasn't any point purchasing it? o2smile.gif It's useful as a "dock" I guess but I think i'll pass it on. Is there any other recommendation for better sound if I want a permanent set up? I don't want to always unplug and replug everytime I go out hence the pointless E09K dock. XD

Willing to purchase new amp/speakers. Around £300 for everything would be ideal. :)

post #13 of 14

Gee i was under the impression u had demanding headphones hence the E09K eek.gif Anyway the biggest step up is simply to move out of those Creative speakers ^^ For 300 quid you could start to get decent stuff new and especially used

post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by trog View Post

Gee i was under the impression u had demanding headphones hence the E09K eek.gif Anyway the biggest step up is simply to move out of those Creative speakers ^^ For 300 quid you could start to get decent stuff new and especially used

Hahaha, clearly I'm very new and clueless! I just wanted something that can power my speakers well and I can use headphones at night with minimum hassle biggrin.gif Anyway thanks for all the help! I'm looking for some new speakers, focal speakers looks pretty neat! And I've ordered the L7 too which would be easier! Cheers guys! Il go back to stalking mode smily_headphones1.gif
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