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My main headphones are the Fidelio X1 and Denon D2000. Right now they're being amped by the fiio e17. I was thinking about upgrading to another amp/DAC, or another amp (and using the dac of the e17). Would an upgrade give me noticeably better sound? I know neither headphone is hard to drive, but I still get the feeling that the e17 isn't bringing out full potential of either headphone. Areas where I think the headphones could improve are: d2000 - soundstage and instrumental separation, Fidelio x1 - resolution, details, treble. If an amp could improve these drawbacks that'd be great. I don't have a price point or anything, mostly asking for general suggestions and if an upgrade is worth it at this point. I will probably be keeping the e17 as I use it for ps3 > optical > headphones.

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My main headphones are the Fidelio X1 and Denon D2000. Right now they're being amped by the FiiO E17. I was thinking about upgrading to another amp/DAC, or another amp (and using the DAC of the E17). Would an upgrade give me noticeably better sound? I know neither headphone is hard to drive, but I still get the feeling that the E17 isn't bringing out full potential of either headphone. Areas where I think the headphones could improve are: d2000 - sound stage and instrumental separation, Fidelio x1 - resolution, details, treble. If an amp could improve these drawbacks that'd be great. I don't have a price point or anything, mostly asking for general suggestions and if an upgrade is worth it at this point. I will probably be keeping the e17 as I use it for ps3 > optical > headphones.

 

Might look into a hybrid amplifier (tube/solid state), but it might be better to looking into buying a third headphone, something that offers what your looking for

 

You might try asking on these threads, see what they have to say about amping the Fidelio X1 and AH-D2000.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/623013/new-philips-fidelio-x1

http://www.head-fi.org/t/350721/denon-d2000-d5000-md2000-md5000-appreciation-thread

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