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post #1 of 14
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Im a new member to this thread but I have been on head-fi reading and learning for almost a year and honestly ive learned alot.

I mean, I went from skullcandy earbuds and an iPod, to IE80s and manually one at a time replacing my itunes library with 320kb music...HOWEVER i still have no idea what this DAC AMP business is....

 

So just as the title says....

what should i be putting between these two?

All my music is pretty high quality (200+ to 320kb), I have no idea how or what lossless is so dont have that...

 

But what portable ....thing should i put between my iphone and the IE80s? if any..

post #2 of 14

So, currently your not happy with the audio quality of the IE80s plugged directly into the iPhone 5?

 

A Fiio E07K ($90) comes with both a USB input and a headphone amplifier.

I would think you would need a lightning to USB cable.

post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

So, currently your not happy with the audio quality of the IE80s plugged directly into the iPhone 5?

 

A Fiio E07K ($90) comes with both a USB input and a headphone amplifier.

I would think you would need a lightning to USB cable.

Its not that I am not happy with the audio quality, when I first got the IE80s I was BLOWN away. However recently, I just think (if it is worth it) I would like to experience an even better level of music....

 

Will this E07K make a large enough impact?

post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by TSDragonnn View Post

Its not that I am not happy with the audio quality, when I first got the IE80s I was BLOWN away. However recently, I just think (if it is worth it) I would like to experience an even better level of music....

Will this E07K make a large enough impact?

I'm not really sure on the impact on sound quality, the E07K might have.

It's just the lowest costing device I can think of that is portable (battery powered) and has a DAC (USB digital input) and amp.

 

The Fiio E17 is around $110-$140 and comes with a USB digital input.

 

Personally I would invest in a portable audio device (Digital Audio Player) that provides better audio quality then the iPhone 5 and load it up with music audio files.

post #5 of 14

Have you tried listening to ALAC (Apple Lossless) on the iPhone? Its has a considerable improved sound over 320kps MP3's.

post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by headspacereview View Post

Have you tried listening to ALAC (Apple Lossless) on the iPhone? Its has a considerable improved sound over 320kps MP3's.

I have never actually heard ALAC on the iPhone. I dont even know how to download or purchase music of this format.......

post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by TSDragonnn View Post

I have never actually heard ALAC on the iPhone. I dont even know how to download or purchase music of this format.......

Any CDs you have you can rip into ALAC from iTunes. You can purchase ALAC from HDTracks, eClassical, and others (including direct from several labels, e.g., Hyperion). Some sites, such as Bandcamp, Bleep, only offer FLAC in lossless compression. These can easily be batch converted with a tool like Max. Finally every once in a while you'll run into a place that only allows purchases of lossy compression, or uncompressed (WAV). These, too, can be converted in Max or even in iTunes, but you'll almost certainly have to tag them yourself.

 

ALAC support on the iPhone includes 44.1/16 as well as 44.1/24. I'm not sure about 48khz files, I believe my attempts to sync them failed but my memory is flaky on that one. No support for 88.2 and up.

post #8 of 14

You won't be able to use the DAC of the Fiio. Get an E11 or E12.

post #9 of 14
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You won't be able to use the DAC of the Fiio. Get an E11 or E12.

Why wont I be able to use the DAC of the fiio??

DACs only work with lossless music?

post #10 of 14
Don't bother with lossless music on the IPhone 5, the amount of limited internal memory you have makes 320 kbps CBR and high bit-rate VBR the best choice. The only portable amp/DAC system that I really enjoyed with my IPhone was the Fostex HP-P1. It's somewhat of a weighty investment , would recommend demoing it if at all possible before the purchase, but it makes an audible and significant difference if you're determined to stick with your IPhone as your main source.
post #11 of 14
Fiio amps work with USB. iPhone doesn't have usb
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by techboy View Post

Fiio amps work with USB. iPhone doesn't have USB

But they make Lightning to USB cables?

post #13 of 14

have you looked into getting a new DAP? Something not so expensive like the Fiio X3? 

 

People are raving about it, and its not a huge investment. 

post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by edyeded View Post

have you looked into getting a new DAP? Something not so expensive like the Fiio X3? 

 

People are raving about it, and its not a huge investment. 

Yes I have looked into it... and I think Im set on keeping my iPhone as a source. Old habits die hard...

But I mean... my main confusion is that from the iPhone, do I need a lightning to usb OR a lightning to mini usb?

 

And then after this, do I need a DAC/amp OR do i just need an amp?

 

I am so confused, Ive been reading alot on this topic but still so confused.

I understand that the amp will make the music fuller and richer sounding...but what does the DAC do?

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