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Xonar One vs E09k + E17?

post #1 of 3
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Hello,

How are you?

I have a question for you guys. :)

I currently have a Fiio E17 connected to my iMac.

I am thinking about upgrading my desktop setup to better feed my Mad Dogs once they arrive.

I would also like to get some monitor speakers down the line.

I listen to 90% Alac  lossless files and 10% MP3's.

I use iTunes to feed Audirvana.

 

Since I already have an E17, I was thinking about picking an E09K to add to the setup.

The E09K would give me better amplification for the Mad Dogs and have a dedicated Line Out to feed some active monitors down the line.

The cost would be around 110 Euros, since I already own the E17.

 

The other option I am considering is an Asus Essence One, not the Muses Edition, just the standard one.

It also has RCA Outputs for active speakers, a highly rated DAC and a good headphone amp.

The cost is around 350.

 

My question:

Is the Asus One option worth 3 times the cost?

Would the sound quality be worth it?

Anyone has experience with both setups?

 

Cheers and thanks! 

post #2 of 3
Thread Starter 

Bump for this. :)

I am eager to pull the trigger on an E09K, but would like some insight first.

 

Cheers!

post #3 of 3
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Adding the Fostex HP-A4 to the mix...

Any insights?

 

Cheers!

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