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post #16 of 34

I don't have any experience with those, sorry.

post #17 of 34
Thread Starter 

It's ok, I decide to go with e17 for its look, feature and price~

thanks for the help

post #18 of 34
Thread Starter 

and I found this review on e17 in case someone is interested, it has an comparison between mx1 too

http://www.headfonia.com/the-upgrade-fiio-e17-alpen/

post #19 of 34

I would still get the Audinst MX1.

post #20 of 34

Why? It's audibly inferior and the form factor isn't very good either.


Edited by Tus-Chan - 8/21/13 at 9:48am
post #21 of 34
Thread Starter 

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
post #22 of 34
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Originally Posted by BestEarCN View Post

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

Sounds like it. Now you know if you want to improve the SQ, you have to spend a lot more money. LOL
post #23 of 34
Thread Starter 

That should be achieved in a long long futurecool.gif

post #24 of 34

Could have been how you had it set up... There are a lot of variables.

 

My E17 makes my K240 Studios sound amazing. Night and day compared to the headphone out on my mixer.


Edited by hatrix - 8/23/13 at 3:23am
post #25 of 34
Thread Starter 

I plug it in with the usb, is that how you did it?

maybe it is because k240 has a higher impedance, so an amp makes it sound better?


Edited by BestEarCN - 8/23/13 at 10:27am
post #26 of 34
Have you tried turning Windows main volume up to 100%, as well as any media player you are using?

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.
post #27 of 34
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Originally Posted by BestEarCN View Post

I plug it in with the usb, is that how you did it?

maybe it is because k240 has a higher impedance, so an amp makes it sound better?

 

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.

post #28 of 34
Thread Starter 

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.

post #29 of 34
Thread Starter 

If I make my windows volume 100%, wouldnt it blow my ears up? lol

post #30 of 34
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If I make my windows volume 100%, wouldnt it blow my ears up? lol

never mind, it is already 100%

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