I'll likely be purchasing UM Merlin CIEMs and was wondering if anyone could kindly recommend a solid amp/DAC without a far-fetched price to me.
In the time that I have had available I've stumbled upon the FiiO E17 which has a <0.3Ω impedance.
This is excellent considering that I've read that it's best to use an amp with a <1Ω impedance to avoid changes in frequency response with the UM Merlin, but I unfortunately don't have the luxury to extensively research these things at this moment in time, hence my plea for assistance.
My goal is to achieve the best possible sound out of the Merlin both at home and whilst commuting without spending an extraordinary amount, and I was wondering if there are any better options than the E17.
Also, on a brief separate note, would it be worth purchasing a portable music player or is my Nexus 4 a sufficient device to play music from when using an AMP/DAC?
Any responses are much appreciated.
Edited by Costantino - 10/20/13 at 3:13pm