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I'm kinda new to all this. You can mount the Fiio E17 to the Fiio E09K, but what does that do? What's the difference between the E09K and the E17?


Edited by yoyorast10 - 6/27/14 at 7:26pm
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The Fiio E17 is a Portable DAC/Amplifier that has the capability of driving headphones of an impedance up to 150 ohms
http://www.fiio.com.cn/products/index.aspx?ID=100000014895351&MenuID=105026002

While the E09k is a Desktop Amplifier that can drive headphones up to 600 ohms
http://www.fiio.com.cn/products/index.aspx?ID=100000017625376&MenuID=105026003

If your headphones are easy to drive, then you most likely will only need the E17 or E07k, but if you have something that needs more juice, its better to go with the E09k
Also note the E07K is basically like the little brother to the E17 and is not able to mount onto the E09K, but is still able to mount onto E9( i think its called)
Also since your new I'm assuming, DAC stands for Digital to Analog Converter and you might even need one depending on your setup. You might just be fine with an amplifier like the E6,E11, or E12
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Also, forget to mention if it wasnt obviouse. Pairing the two together just makes a very strong headphone amplifier/DAC basically boosting the power of the E17
I personally own the E17 and it works Awesome. Im most likely going to pickup the E09K in a few months at the same time i pick up some HD 650's or some higher quality headphone for myslef.
Good lucky with your purchase
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Originally Posted by Flyingdog02 View Post

Also, forget to mention if it wasnt obviouse. Pairing the two together just makes a very strong headphone amplifier/DAC basically boosting the power of the E17
I personally own the E17 and it works Awesome. Im most likely going to pickup the E09K in a few months at the same time i pick up some HD 650's or some higher quality headphone for myslef.
Good lucky with your purchase

 

Just a heads up, the E17 is perfectly able to drive HD650s, I've done it and it sounds brilliant. 

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Originally Posted by Flyingdog02 View Post

Also, forget to mention if it wasnt obviouse. Pairing the two together just makes a very strong headphone amplifier/DAC basically boosting the power of the E17

I understand what you are saying, but that might be perceived wrong.

Pairing the E17 with the E09K doesn't actually boost the power of the E17. It just means you will be using the E17's DAC with the E09K's headphone amp. That might or might not make much difference, depending on the headphones you are using and the volume you like to listen to. And for low impedance IEMs and headphones (16 ohm or 32 ohm), the E17 alone might be a better choice because of it's lower impedance output.

For the cost of the E09K and E17, there are better sounding audio setups if one doesn't need portability because you are paying for redundant hardware with that FiiO setup--two headphone amps,each with preamp capability. And if all you need is a portable option, there are better portable DAC/headphone amp units.
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post


I understand what you are saying, but that might be perceived wrong.

Pairing the E17 with the E09K doesn't actually boost the power of the E17. It just means you will be using the E17's DAC with the E09K's headphone amp. That might or might not make much difference, depending on the headphones you are using and the volume you like to listen to. And for low impedance IEMs and headphones (16 ohm or 32 ohm), the E17 alone might be a better choice because of it's lower impedance output.

For the cost of the E09K and E17, there are better sounding audio setups if one doesn't need portability because you are paying for redundant hardware with that FiiO setup--two headphone amps,each with preamp capability. And if all you need is a portable option, there are better portable DAC/headphone amp units.

 

I will mainly be using my DT770 770 ohm on my desktop. What would you recommend then? There's only Fiio available in my country, and (maybe) Schiit dac/amps. The E10 is out of stock everywhere here.

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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

I understand what you are saying, but that might be perceived wrong.

Pairing the E17 with the E09K doesn't actually boost the power of the E17. It just means you will be using the E17's DAC with the E09K's headphone amp. That might or might not make much difference, depending on the headphones you are using and the volume you like to listen to. And for low impedance IEMs and headphones (16 ohm or 32 ohm), the E17 alone might be a better choice because of it's lower impedance output.

For the cost of the E09K and E17, there are better sounding audio setups if one doesn't need portability because you are paying for redundant hardware with that FiiO setup--two headphone amps,each with preamp capability. And if all you need is a portable option, there are better portable DAC/headphone amp units.



Yah that does clear things up a bit thx buddy. Im still new to this myself:)
Also, sorry i dont think i know enough to recoomend anything.
Hopefully someone else will respond
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A lot of head-fiers consider the Schiit Modi/Magni stack to be the best price/performance value for a desktop setup. I'd go for that smily_headphones1.gif
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