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Deployment cut my research short, need some help.

post #1 of 6
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Over the past two months I've spent hours on this site researching headphones and you led me to the Logitech UE 6000 and I love them. They sound great when plugged into my MacBook Pro or Onkyo receiver but there is a notable power loss when plugged into my iPhone 5 and iPad 3. That leads me to my question, is an amp/DAC worth it? I've been looking at the Fiio E17 since it's the right price and is feature rich, it does seem to be relegated to amp only when used with the newer iOS devices which I'm okay with.

The down and dirty on what I have and how it's used
Mid 2007 MBP with optical out
-most music in Apple Lossless or AIFF
-movies
-games
iPhone 5
-music in Apple Lossless or AIFF
iPad 3
-movies
-games

Would the e17 be worth it for me or am I better off just using my Macs built in sound and getting an amp like the e12 to get the extra volume out of my iPhone and iPad? I'm sorry for coming off like a nooblet but I'm kind of crunched for time, I leave in a week.
post #2 of 6

The E12 is not suitable for sensitive headphones. The volume knob has to be turned up a bit before the channel imbalance goes away.

 

E17 is the better choice here.

post #3 of 6
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Originally Posted by Parall3l View Post

The E12 is not suitable for sensitive headphones. The volume knob has to be turned up a bit before the channel imbalance goes away.

 

E17 is the better choice here.

2nd this

post #4 of 6

Look into the JDS Labs C5 too, as I think it is more solid (metal vs. plastic) and has more power.  I used to deploy regularly too so I know a thing or two about the envirnment.  However, the UE6000 isn't exacly well build, and I suggest you either get a hard case for it, or trade up for a pair of V-MODA M-100 and skip the amp, which is much more solid and compact.

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Originally Posted by DrSheep View Post

Look into the JDS Labs C5 too, as I think it is more solid (metal vs. plastic) and has more power.  I used to deploy regularly too so I know a thing or two about the envirnment.  However, the UE6000 isn't exacly well build, and I suggest you either get a hard case for it, or trade up for a pair of V-MODA M-100 and skip the amp, which is much more solid and compact.

E17 and E12 is metallic too?

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Originally Posted by Parall3l View Post

E17 and E12 is metallic too?

My bad, I was thinking about the E07K with it's plastic screen.  But again, the real problem is with the UE6000, which is prone to breaking under high stress.

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