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FiiO E07K Andes vs. Audioengine D3 vs. Audioquest Dragonfly

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I realize there is quite a cost spread between these 3 portable DAC/Amplifiers.  I am curious about the audio quality from each of these:

 

FiiO E07K Andes

- Like the price (around $80)

- Extra USB cable a bit of a pain, but then I feel less worried about breaking off the USB connector

- Double headphone socket seems convenient, but not sure if I will actually use it

- Has its own power... doesn't drain computer battery on plane

- Wolfson DAC chip(WM8740) - same as the E17

- MX97220 Amp

- Don't think the computer's volume control passes through the the analog output in the DAC...

 

Audioengine D3

- Around $190

- Love the compact-ness (although it looks the same size as the Dragonfly, maybe a bit thicker)

- Seems like it will drain my laptop battery... 200mA current draw

AKM4369 DAC chip

- LME49726 op-amp

- Love the idea that it uses the computer's built-in volume control and passes that through to the DAC output (think this is same as dragonfly)

 

Audioquest Dragonfly 

- most expensive ($200)

- pretty much same features as D3

- ESS Sabre DAC chip

 

My main question is whether the Dragonfly will produce better sound quality to my IEM's than the Audioengine, and whether that would be noticeable compared to the FiiO.

 

BTW, I use Etymotic ER4 IEMs with custom molds mostly

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Would love to know any thoughts on the D3 and DF also.

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