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FiiO E6 as a Headphone Preamp

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Dear All,

As an experiment to reduce the FiiO E12 hiss on louder volumes, I've inserted my old(Jan 2014) FiiO E6 between the Zip Clip DAP & E12 :



What do you think? Would that work or just add another step of noise/distortion or is this plain old overkill?

Thanks,
Mark
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I personally wouldn't you're probably just adding more distortion. Using the amp built-in to your player would probably distort it less, I imagine (since the signal already has to pass through a lot of the audio circuitry in that device).

The real solution is to listen quiter. Honestly, nobody ever thinks it'll damage their hearing until it's too late (and it's so gradual over the course of many years that you won't notice). Kill two birds with one stone, reduced volume will be easier on your ears and it will sound better. I know listening loud feels better/natural but once you kick the habit you realize that music sounds better when it isn't assaulting your eardrums.
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