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Hi everyone I've decided to get a amp rather then a sound card form my previous post.After reading about these online i could do with some advice please. Its for my pc for a good all round performance.My budget is up to £200 and i have been looking at these two.

 

Audioengine D1 Premium 24-bit DAC or FiiO E17 (Alpen) portable amplifier and FiiO E09K desktop amplifier bundle.

 

 

My headphones are HD 558's. I am very new to audio so sorry if i sound like a newb.

 

I've got to go to work soon so I will reply later.

 

Thanks cabmanuk   


Edited by cabmanuk - 2/23/14 at 4:51am
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Well, I think that others can't really tell you which is 'better', because it's all down to what you hear when you listen, and nobody else hears the same way you do. Now, people could offer their opinions, but they should only be taken as advice and not set in stone, with regards to sound. That's why it's important to try to listen to a piece of gear before buying it, but I do realize sometimes this isn't feasible. 

 

So, as for your question, are you wondering if either of those amps will be powerful enough for your headphones? Or are you just wondering if those amps will sound good with your headphones? 

 

I'm sure someone with more experience with those units will chime in.

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Well, I think that others can't really tell you which is 'better', because it's all down to what you hear when you listen, and nobody else hears the same way you do. Now, people could offer their opinions, but they should only be taken as advice and not set in stone, with regards to sound. That's why it's important to try to listen to a piece of gear before buying it, but I do realize sometimes this isn't feasible. 

 

So, as for your question, are you wondering if either of those amps will be powerful enough for your headphones? Or are you just wondering if those amps will sound good with your headphones? 

 

I'm sure someone with more experience with those units will chime in.

Thanks BrownBear for your reply, I was just wondering whether those was good amps and if one was better than the other. As far as i know they are powerful enough for my earphones, being new to audio and amps its always nice to get views from those with a bit of experience.

 

Thanks again for your reply Cabmanuk :-)    

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Originally Posted by cabmanuk View Post
 

Thanks BrownBear for your reply, I was just wondering whether those was good amps and if one was better than the other. As far as i know they are powerful enough for my earphones, being new to audio and amps its always nice to get views from those with a bit of experience.

 

Thanks again for your reply Cabmanuk :-)    


No problem. Sorry I couldn't be more help with your specific amp choices, but I can't comment on something I haven't heard. Only thing I can recommend is maybe searching the forums to see if anybody has any impressions of those amps posted, I'd be willing to bet there is.

 

Power-wise, you're already sure they'd both be enough for your headphones, so that's good. So it seems like only thing left is sound.

 

However, a few things you can check for are the specs for the amps. I tend to pick amps that are 'good on paper', but that's just me. For example, in my opinion, it's best for an amp to have a low as possible output impedance, but again there's varying opinions on this topic. This is one reason I'd go with the Fiio, if I had to pick on of those amps. It's output impedance is 0.3 ohms where the D1 is 10 ohms, if I'm reading the website correctly.

 

It looks like both companies do a pretty good job with listing specs. If there's spec you don't understand, I'm sure there's a help section on here that will explain it quite well.

 

In all, definitely search for some reviews, they might be pretty helpful.

 

EDIT - The 0.3 ohm output impedance spec was for the Fiio E17. The E09K seems to be '<10 ohms'.


Edited by BrownBear - 2/25/14 at 8:56pm
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Originally Posted by cabmanuk View Post
 

Hi everyone I've decided to get a amp rather then a sound card form my previous post.After reading about these online i could do with some advice please. Its for my pc for a good all round performance.My budget is up to £200 and i have been looking at these two.

 

Audioengine D1 Premium 24-bit DAC or FiiO E17 (Alpen) portable amplifier and FiiO E09K desktop amplifier bundle.

 

 

My headphones are HD 558's. I am very new to audio so sorry if i sound like a newb.

 

I've got to go to work soon so I will reply later.

 

Thanks cabmanuk   

go with a Schiit combo. They sell seperate DACs and amps along with the necessary wires to connect them. Just google Schiit Audio. They have components starting at $99 for DAC and $99 for amp and then a few priced up. The conversion rate will work in your favor.

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go with a Schiit combo. They sell seperate DACs and amps along with the necessary wires to connect them. Just google Schiit Audio. They have components starting at $99 for DAC and $99 for amp and then a few priced up. The conversion rate will work in your favor.


Good call, I have a Schiit amp, and I think they make great products, not to mention they have great customer service. Their products are definitely something to consider.

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Originally Posted by MattAnthony1990 View Post
 

go with a Schiit combo. They sell seperate DACs and amps along with the necessary wires to connect them. Just google Schiit Audio. They have components starting at $99 for DAC and $99 for amp and then a few priced up. The conversion rate will work in your favor.

 Thanks MattAnthony I'm going to google it and have a read, they also seem a fair price so thanks for the advice.

 

Cabmanuk 

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Good call, I have a Schiit amp, and I think they make great products, not to mention they have great customer service. Their products are definitely something to consider.

Thanks BrownBear for your input :-)

 

 

Cabmanuk 

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