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I don't need a FiiO E17...

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

...so I'm wondering if I can get something better sounding if I look for something not battery powered in the same (~€150) price range.

 

I've looked into getting a Xonar or similar sound card, but I think an amp with integrated DAC and both USB and optical inputs would be most useful to me right now. I don't need portable, but being able to somewhat easily move it between sources would make a (small) amp a better option than a sound card.

 

No plans for any exotics with strange power needs. Right now I want something for the Fidelio X1s that currently are in transit, and after that I'll probably buy a pair of closed cans in the same range so I can listen when people are around as well.

 

(Edit: Maybe this should be on the portable/non-full-sized amp board. Feel free to move it if necessary.)


Edited by anodyne - 10/7/13 at 9:42pm
post #2 of 13

Get an Asus Xonar DG or DGX internal sound card for the computer.

The DG(X) can easily drive 30-Ohm headphones like the Philips X1s.

If you also have use of a portable headphone amplifier, get the Fiio E11.

post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

One small practical detail that may be important. I want something with a volume knob that I can place a bit away from the PC and in reach of the sofa where I sit down to listen.

 

And I don't like remotes. I think I've come to enjoy listening to digital albums like with vinyls when I can't skip tracks. :)

post #4 of 13

You could also get the new fiio x3 and use it as a DAC/amp for your PC and portable player when in need of that feature.

post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by anodyne View Post
 

...so I'm wondering if I can get something better sounding if I look for something not battery powered in the same (~€150) price range.

 

I've looked into getting a Xonar or similar sound card, but I think an amp with integrated DAC and both USB and optical inputs would be most useful to me right now. I don't need portable, but being able to somewhat easily move it between sources would make a (small) amp a better option than a sound card.

 

No plans for any exotics with strange power needs. Right now I want something for the Fidelio X1s that currently are in transit, and after that I'll probably buy a pair of closed cans in the same range so I can listen when people are around as well.

 

(Edit: Maybe this should be on the portable/non-full-sized amp board. Feel free to move it if necessary.)

Audioengine D1, comes with both USB & optical inputs.

post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by anodyne View Post
 

One small practical detail that may be important. I want something with a volume knob that I can place a bit away from the PC and in reach of the sofa where I sit down to listen.

 

And I don't like remotes. I think I've come to enjoy listening to digital albums like with vinyls when I can't skip tracks. :)

You can plug the Fiio E11 into the analog output jack on the Xonar DG and use the volume knob on the E11.

post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

Audioengine D1, comes with both USB & optical inputs.

 

That looks like what I want, functionality wise. I think we can limit this thread to "Devices like the Audioengine D1" now, in case someone else can come up with similar options.

post #8 of 13
The Audioengine D1 has a good DAC and a very low powered headphone output. So if you are going to use any higher impedance headphones skip the D1.

I emailed Audioengine to ask if the D1 would properly power DT880 Pros, they replied with a positive answer.

I had to turn the volume to 90% to get a decent listening level... Back the D1 went to B&H in exchange for a FiiO E09K as I already had the E17.
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 

Looks like it will be regular regular 30-60Ohm phones in the foreseeable future. I want something bigger and shinier later, but I'm thinking I want optical on the temporary solution so I can use it with the bedroom TV later. No need for home theater setups there, so I'm thinking that the TV will get audio over HDMI from the network player, which leaves the optical output for a headphone amp.

post #10 of 13

Aune T1 maybe?

post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 

Don't see optical on the Aune. Thanks for the suggestion, though.

 

Besides the future TV use I think I want a separate amp because I have an adequate gaming setup with Steelseries phones and the external sound card they came with. So, if I can pass the optical output on my internal sound card through to the amp I only need to flick the power switch on the amp rather than messing with presets when I want to switch to music (and the sofa away from the PC).

post #12 of 13

There's also the Aune X1 :-)

post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 

That looks very useful, with all those inputs and the ability to switch between them. What's it like on the output end?

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