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post #16 of 22
Could be it would be worth it to get a FiiO E10 to go with the headphones. That would give you an external DAC/headphone amp. It's not always the case, but often laptop headphone output can easily be improved upon. Plus, nice to have the extra dynamics that a headphone amp would offer for when the loud, special effects parts of a movie kick in.

Since the E10 is so small, probably would not be expensive to ship back if you found it didn't add much, if you got it from a vendor with a good return policy (Amazon UK carries it).
post #17 of 22
Thread Starter 

I could try out e10 filo, plus Amazon UK lets us drop off returns at the post office so no shipping costs. I'm leaning towards getting the AKG K550.

post #18 of 22
Just be aware, if you are not already, that the K550 has a finicky fit. Doesn't work for some people. See this discussion thread about it: http://www.head-fi.org/t/613707/the-akg-k550-appreciation-discussion-thread
post #19 of 22
Thread Starter 

I decided not to go with the AKG K550 and went for the Fidelio X1. From all the reviews I've read it just seems like really good value and the performance seems to be really good. The build quality also looks impressive. 

 

Do I really need an amp and a DAC or is a DAC enough since the impedance is not that high on these headphones?

 

I was looking at a few cheap DACs with good reviews on amazon all between £20-£30:

 

- FiiO D3 and D5

- NEET DAC 

 

If I need an amp as well, I could get the FiiO E10 but I'd rather not spend the extra £30-£40 unless it's really necessary.

 

I'm guessing the only other thing I need is a converter so I can connect this to my macbook pro?

 

Any thoughts?


Edited by PTom - 10/22/13 at 4:58am
post #20 of 22
Thread Starter 

Any suggestions?

post #21 of 22
There are stand alone DACs, and then there are DACs with built in headphone amps. Stand alone DACs have a line level output that is meant to be used as a source to hook up to some kind of amp, whether a headphone amp or stereo amplifier. It is not meant to drive headphones.

So you either need a stand alone DAC and separate headphone amp, or one that has both built in.
post #22 of 22
Thread Starter 

Ok, I see, thanks, I'll look into getting the E10. 

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