I had some questions about my current setup vs the new dac+amp I'll be receiving thursday/friday-ish.
I currently have hifiman he-500's and a Fiio d3 dac, and fiio e5 amp. The 500's sound absolutely wonderful, but don't seem to get to "max volume" I'd say maybe 75% of what they could probably do (Compared to my AD-900x at max volume).
I ordered an objective 2 + ODAC combo from my friend @ MayflowerElectronics, and while I know they'll be able to get to full volume with the new amp, there should also be better sound quality in theory as well right?
I know the d3 DAC will be slightly worse than whatever DAC is in the fiio e10, which the ODAC is superior too, and not far off the DAC 1. It's only by a tiny bit though, I'm unsure if I'll notice a difference in the sound quality from that.
But on the amp side of things, I don't see much... "Amp measurement readings" for what higher end amps do to the music vs mid range/ lower end range amps.
People like to say their $5,000 amp outperforms a cheaper solution, but is there any actual measurements done to prove these claims? Or is it just snake oil?
I think I'll notice a difference, but a few of my friends also say I may not notice a difference (other than volume). I have a friend that went from an o2 + odac to a "Syba dac amp" ($45) and said he noticed no difference in sound quality on his entire range of headphones. (AKG 612, HD 650, many others)