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Do I really need a DAC/AMP?

post #1 of 7
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I'm able to buy a FiiO E07K, FiiO E12 or a FiiO E17 for a great price. 

Currently, I'm using VSONIC GR07 and ATH-IM70 for portable use along with an HTC One. 

At Home, I'm primarily using a Fidelio X1 on my desktop. I'm quite satisified with the sound I'm hearing with this setup.

The question is, will the sound quality improve with any of the above DAC/AMPs?

If no, should I still buy one for future-proofing in the event I'm buying higher-end headphones?

If yes, which FiiO should I buy that would sound great paired with my current setup?

post #2 of 7

Hello, what sound card do you have (desktop)? This might show whether you will benefit from a DAC in the amp. Also apparently you can use an E17 with the HTC, for example..

 

http://gavinsgadgets.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/htc-one-daily-blog/

 

Otherwise the E12 is easily the best at amping alone.

 

If you're plugging into the HTC, then there may be some benefit in using a separate amp so you can take the line out signal, avoiding the HTC's internal amp. So there's some improvement to be had even if you go with the E12 (amp only).

post #3 of 7

For the IM70 you do not need a special DAC/amp.

for the GR07 a good DAC can do the trick. same goes for the X1 (both were designed to require minimal amp'ing)

 

of all the FIIOs you mentioned - the E12 is the best AMP. and the E17 is the best DAC/AMP combo. (best DAC mostly)

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Originally Posted by SteveHiFi View Post
 

Hello, what sound card do you have (desktop)? This might show whether you will benefit from a DAC in the amp. Also apparently you can use an E17 with the HTC, for example..

 

http://gavinsgadgets.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/htc-one-daily-blog/

 

Otherwise the E12 is easily the best at amping alone.

 

If you're plugging into the HTC, then there may be some benefit in using a separate amp so you can take the line out signal, avoiding the HTC's internal amp. So there's some improvement to be had even if you go with the E12 (amp only).

I'm using an Asus Maximus V Formula Motherboad (onboard audio), I am not using any external soundcard. 
As I am already pretty content with the sound I get from it, will there be an obvious difference with the E17?

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Originally Posted by eyal1983 View Post
 

For the IM70 you do not need a special DAC/amp.

for the GR07 a good DAC can do the trick. same goes for the X1 (both were designed to require minimal amp'ing)

 

of all the FIIOs you mentioned - the E12 is the best AMP. and the E17 is the best DAC/AMP combo. (best DAC mostly)

So are you saying that with my current set up, I will benefit more from getting the E17 over the E12?

post #5 of 7

Ah, Yep )

post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by PastMidnight View Post

I'm using an Asus Maximus V Formula Motherboad (onboard audio), I am not using any external soundcard. As I am already pretty content with the sound I get from it, will there be an obvious difference with the E17?

Maybe not since your motherboard has a chip with a headphone amp. And how much "an obvious difference" is really is a personal listening preference thing.

If you buy from Amazon or fulfilled by Amazon (but not 3rd party vendors who do their own shipping), RMA is easy if you don't like it, and usually only costs around $10 or so for something like the E17 (YMMV). Could be worth the $10 to try the E17 out for a few days and make your own decision. Just keep it and the retail packaging in mint condition.
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 

Alright. Thanks for all the help.

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