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Should i upgrade my DAC/AMP frm Fiio E10

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My current cans are as follows : Fidelio X1 , A700 , MS1, HM5

My price range is : 100-300 for a new Amp or DAC

Is it worth upgrading from Fiio e10? Will get a substantial increase of sound quality doing so?

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Originally Posted by Noback View Post
 

My current cans are as follows : Fidelio X1 , A700 , MS1, HM5

My price range is : 100-300 for a new Amp or DAC

Is it worth upgrading from Fiio e10? Will get a substantial increase of sound quality doing so?

 

In that price range, I don't think so.

The e10 is a surprisingly competent budget dac. Your headphones aren't particularly difficult to drive, either.

 

You can look at the O2/ODAC, the Schiit Stack, or maybe the Matrix M-Stage HPA-2... lots of other options too, but the difference in sound quality won't be huge, but just slightly different.

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i see. Thanks! ^L^

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Originally Posted by Noback View Post
 

My current cans are as follows : Fidelio X1 , A700 , MS1, HM5

My price range is : 100-300 for a new Amp or DAC

Is it worth upgrading from Fiio e10? Will get a substantial increase of sound quality doing so?

 

 

I would say to keep the FiiO E10, more then enough juice to drive your current headphones.

Sell off the ATH-A700s and Brainwavz HM5s and then figure out what you could budget for new closed headphones.

Maybe Audio Technica ATH-A900Xs ($170-$190), with Hifiman Velour ear pads.($15).

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In that price range, I don't think so.
The e10 is a surprisingly competent budget dac. Your headphones aren't particularly difficult to drive, either.

You can look at the O2/ODAC, the Schiit Stack, or maybe the Matrix M-Stage HPA-2... lots of other options too, but the difference in sound quality won't be huge, but just slightly different.

I agree. You could easily find that the difference is not that significant. Now if you are seriously into the audio hobby, are willing to spend money, and ready to try different things for very minor increases in sound quality, then go for it. At some point in this hobby, everyone has to learn for themselves whether or not spending more money on DACs/amps matters to them. You could always order, try it, and return if you decide the money is not worth it.
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