I'm on somewhat of a tight budget. Based on what I've learned in the past few days having a DAC really improves the sound quality from the crappy built-in DAC in my laptop. I'm really torn between the FiiO E12 and the Fiio E10. They both seem to be a great value and are within my price range but the E12 is portable (which is really nice) and the E10 has a DAC built in (which is also really nice)
What I would really love is for it to have a DAC, be portable, and at the same time have the juice to drive the headphones. Is there any way to possibly have the E12 and hook it up to a cheaper DAC I could buy in addition to the E12? And have it all set up with my laptop? Is that possible? Should I just forget these models entirely? My price range is about $100-200. Any suggestions?
EDIT: The E17 looks to be what I'm looking for. I think it has everything I want anyone know of a better alternative for near the price? Or a good reason I should avoid the E17?
Edited by Tom Bombadil - 2/21/14 at 3:21am