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EHP-O2, FiiO e17, or FiiO e18 for my Sennheiser HD 598s?

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I need to know what "portable" dac amp I should buy, less than $160, for my new Sennheiser HD 598s.  Keep in mind I've never had a DAC AMP and I've only used onboard sound cards.  Please help me choose.  I don't know what is best for what I need it for.  I mostly game, and listen to electronic music such as Dubstep.  Please let me know what you recommend and what will help the audio sound better.

post #2 of 8
The EHP-O2 is just a headphone amp. The EHP-O2D has the DAC.

What do you plan on hooking your DAC/amp up to? If a laptop, you might also look into the Audioquest Dragonfly v.2 for it's extreme portability.
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I will hook it up to my laptop, gaming PC with ASUS Z87 Pro chipset.  Also my Cell phone (Nexus 5).

post #4 of 8
Sorry. I don't know anything about the audio quality of the ASUS Z87. But the Audioquest Dragonfly would work well with a laptop. I don't think it works with cell phones. So probably not a good choice for you.

The EHP-O2 is not very portable for carrying around for cell phone use in your pocket. It's pretty big.
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The Fiios (E12, E17) are pretty portable. I haven't tried them with HD598. Regardless, it's not so practical to use HD598 away from home or somewhere private, so maybe the Epiphany is a good choice despite its relative lack of portability.

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Hmmm I'm thinking the ehp so far...
post #7 of 8
The EHP-O2 is undoubtedly a better amp that what the E17 has (I used to own the O2 and the E17), and most people would agree with that. See this sub $200 portable amp shootout (rankings follow the reviews).
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I just need a dac with the o2 correct and the ehp doesn't have a built in one right?
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