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Looking for suggestions for an amp/dac

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Hello, I recently joined and would like some suggestions on any cheap amps/dacs that go well with m50s and hd 558s. My budget is around 150 and would like suggestions. I will be using it with my laptop. Thanks in advance!

post #2 of 9

FiiO E10

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FiiO E10

How good is the e10? And is it more worth it than the e17?
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How good is the E10? And is it more worth it than the E17?

If the prices where roughly equal, I would easily take the E17 over the E10.

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So e17s have better sound quality than the e10s?

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So E17s have better sound quality than the e10s?

The E17 and E10 both use the same WM8740 DAC chip.

I would assume the E17's amplifier is a little more powerful then the E10's, but as both of your headphones are easy to drive, power is not an issue.

The E17 comes with S/PDIF (optical & coaxial) inputs, which allows you to still use a sound card features, USB bypasses the sound card.

The E17's headphone amplifier can be used with a mp3 or DAP, the E10 can only really be used with a computer (desktop or laptop).

 

Get the E17 and sell off the ATH-M50 and HD558s, use the cash to buy one really nice headphone.

post #7 of 9
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Thanks for the information, I will buy the e17s. Also what headphone would you recommend I buy if i sell my other ones off?

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Thanks for the information, I will buy the E17s. Also what headphone would you recommend I buy if i sell my other ones off?

Audio Technica ATH-AD900X open headphones

or ATH-A900X closed headphones.

 

For the A900X get the Hifiman Velour ear pads, $10+shipping.

post #9 of 9
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Thanks for the suggestions! I think ill go with the ATH-A900X when I get more money.

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