Which one should I get?
Will be using the WS99 and/or XBA-Z5 on it.
The FiiO E10K has way more then enough power to drive the 32-Ohm Sony XBA-25 or the 37-Ohm Audio Technica ATH-WS99.
add-on DAC/amp will improve the audio quality of the sound.
I guess the point I was trying to make is the O2 may output more amplifier power then the E10K, but it should not really make a (noticeable?) difference when it comes to driving low impedance headphones, over the E10K.
The ODAC's Sabre DAC chip should offer more detail then the E10K's PCM5102 DAC chip.
But the ODAC/O2 combo ($280) does cost way more then an E10K ($75).
If you had a lot of 24-bit/96k FLAC music files, then the ODAC/O2 might be more tempting.
I just recently picked up some used ATH-ESW9 off eBay and they sound great.
How do you like the ATH-WS99s?
I don't have it (yet).
Have been contemplating between:
...and I've finally narrowed it down to the XBA-H3 or WS99 since they fit my budget more.
I've been reading the WS99, CKS1000 and XBA-H3 threads and this is where I'm having an issue. The WS99 and CKS1000 seem like they receive "better" praise and reviews versus the XBA-H3, but when I read comments comparing the two, the H3 wins by a small margin; until I read this reply:
I get them for the same price. I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO...