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post #16 of 26
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Originally Posted by gradoist View Post
 

no need of DAC when  u r using your computer as the source as long as u use foobar2000 as ur music player


That is highly dependent on if he has a somewhat decent soundcard.  All I know is that the default integrated soundcard on my motherboard was horrible even when using foobar.  If this is the case, then a 40-50 dollar Fiio E10 olympus will make a big difference.

post #17 of 26

I found the HD 598 extremely bass light coming from the M50s. I personally would not suggest it. I returned my H 598s and got the HE300. Music Direct has them still for $150 (not sure how because it was a BF price) and they are authorized dealers of Hifiman products:

 

http://www.musicdirect.com/p-61615-hifiman-he-300-headphones.aspx

 

Personally, I am very pleased with the HE300 coming from the M50s. I like the airiness of the open HP, the bass still is good, but better imo than the M50s. 

post #18 of 26
Since you like the M50 that has a balanced and fun look into the DT770 or if you want a change in Flavor the open MA900 are fantastic.
post #19 of 26
Thread Starter 

Well I think I've changed my mind. I'm going to go ahead and get a DAC/Amp right now and buy another pair of headphones in the future. Since my future headphones will probably require an amp anyways. I was thinking the e17 since it is both an amp and DAC and you can add on the desktop E09K in the future. The reviews seem pretty good on the fiio products and they are reasonably priced.

post #20 of 26
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Originally Posted by jecklc80 View Post
 

Well I think I've changed my mind. I'm going to go ahead and get a DAC/Amp right now and buy another pair of headphones in the future. Since my future headphones will probably require an amp anyways. I was thinking the e17 since it is both an amp and DAC and you can add on the desktop E09K in the future. The reviews seem pretty good on the fiio products and they are reasonably priced.

Yes, that is true of FiiO products in general.

 


Also worth checking out is the JDS O2/ODAC

 

http://www.jdslabs.com/products/48/o2-odac-combo/

post #21 of 26
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Originally Posted by jecklc80 View Post
 

Well I think I've changed my mind. I'm going to go ahead and get a DAC/Amp right now and buy another pair of headphones in the future. Since my future headphones will probably require an amp anyways. I was thinking the e17 since it is both an amp and DAC and you can add on the desktop E09K in the future. The reviews seem pretty good on the fiio products and they are reasonably priced.

 

I will say with my Fiio e11 amp, the M50s didn't sound any different then plugged directly into the source. Now I know the e17 is a DAC so they might better out of a computer, but wouldn't expect to drastically improve the sound with an amp

post #22 of 26
Thread Starter 

Do the e11 and the e17 have the same amp or are they different? Would the e17 drive the dt880 250ohm pro? Also why do they offer the same phones in 3 different ohm ratings? Does each one have a different sound to them even if they are driven properly?

post #23 of 26
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Originally Posted by jecklc80 View Post
 

Do the e11 and the e17 have the same amp or are they different? Would the e17 drive the dt880 250ohm pro? Also why do they offer the same phones in 3 different ohm ratings? Does each one have a different sound to them even if they are driven properly?

 

There are differences on 32/250/600 ohm version. I haven't tried the 32 version but the 600 ohm version sounds a bit more linear and smoother than 250

post #24 of 26
Thread Starter 
So would you need a more powerful amp to drive the 600ohm version over the 250ohm?

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post #25 of 26
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Originally Posted by GaryPham View Post
 

I suggest maybe picking up a nice pair of open headphones to contrast the M50s.  Maybe a pair of MA900/HD598/AD900/DT880/DT990.  The Beyers will require an amplifier, while the first 3 should be fine unamped.

+1, DT880 or MA900 in particular.

post #26 of 26
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So would you need a more powerful amp to drive the 600ohm version over the 250ohm?

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Yes

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