Originally Posted by cel4145
I demoed the DT770 80s at home, and I wanted a little more power than what my Clip+ offered. Get the headphones first and try them for yourself. Then decide
If you are running the Clip+ at or near full volume with the DT770s with bass heavy music, or using bass boost in the EQ with bass heavy music, then a headphone amp could probably help with better SQ out of the bass since the headphone amp inside the Clip+ could be at it's limits. Although one of the attractive things about the Clip+ is it's small size. You might find that you are satisfied with the SQ over having to also haul around a separate portable amp. Or if you do decide you want a more powerful headphone amp, the better choice might be the FiiO X3, which is a DAP with the headphone amp and DAC components of the FiiO E17.
The FiiO X3 does sound appealing; I may be able to find a used one a little cheaper than the £160 on Amazon which would make it completely worth it to me. I have a FiiO E5 but that is very cheap stuff, probably wouldn't help at all.
All in all, I'm currently thinking about getting the Dragonfly (although at this point I'm not too fussed about which DAC to use with my laptop, this one seems to have very good sound and is very small, however I now understand that I need a headphone amp too if I choose something other than the Dragonfly), the FiiO X3 for the DT770's and still not sure about the speakers.
One question I have is, if I have the passive Diamond 9.1 speakers and an Indeed t-amp, are they compatible with the Dragonfly DAC? Or would you perhaps you need a DAC on it's own, combined with an Indeed or Topping t-amp, used with the Diamonds 9.1s.