I don't have any experience with those, sorry.
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and I found this review on e17 in case someone is interested, it has an comparison between mx1 too
I cant really hear a big difference from the e17 compare to my pc, maybe a tiny bit in separation but I think it is placebo effect, I gonna return it tomorrow. Guess it is because I have a pretty good onboard soundcard already? lol
Edited by BestEarCN - 8/22/13 at 6:28pm
Sounds like it. Now you know if you want to improve the SQ, you have to spend a lot more money. LOL
Also, if your media player supports WASAPI, try that.
Finally, you could try an optical connection if your laptop supports that. I just got a Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1. For whatever reason, when I tried it with USB, it passed the audio through my Xonar D1 audio card processing. Sounded like crap (obviously, those software drivers were not meant for the TubeMagic DAC). Switched to optical, and oh so much better. Not saying that this will happen for you, but sometimes these things are worth a try.
Quite possibly, but my K240 Studios are only 55 ohms. I've ran both USB and S/PDIF and both sounded great to me.
Definitely make sure that your windows volume is at 100%. If you have a pair of higher impedance headphones I'm sure you would notice a significant difference. As a standalone DAC, it should still offer improvement over any onboard audio.
Whether your ears are good enough to pick up on the differences is another thing.
I tried again and it is still just a little bit improvement on separation and transparency, it is minorly noticeable by a side by side comparison, dont think it is worth $100 for me, everyone have different base device though, the improvement should be different for everyone.