AKG K550 sound exceptionally better through an external media player
May 4, 2013 at 3:41 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 4

RTTO

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I've been satisfactorily listening to K550 for quite a few months as follows:
 
1) K550 > E17 (AUX) > Sansa Clip zip
2) K550 > E17 (USB) > laptop (WMP)
3) K550 > E17 (OPT) > TV > Patriot PBO > NAS
 
Usually, I listened to flac via (1) & (2). Movies via (3)
Recently, I started to play back music via (3) as well. I was surprised by the improvement in sound quality. Especially listening to music from live concert. Soundstage, clarity and sound separation signifantly better than the other 2 options.
 
I am wondering what is the factor that cause such a drastic improvement?
Is that because of the optical connection, TV, external media player .....etc?
If the external player is responsible, which portable player(s) will deliver similar performance?
 
May 4, 2013 at 7:09 PM Post #2 of 4

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Hello!

Before I start, please do not trust me TOO MUCH at this post as I am just using my random logic to answer this question... Lol

Anyway, with your 3rd rig, I am guessing that the FiiO E17 reacts as an amp then either one of your sources that you plugged in to have an excellent DAC. So this result in better SQ? I don't know~ someone please clarify XD

To get a better result, probably a better DAC will help K550 in performance?

Billson :D
 
May 5, 2013 at 7:29 PM Post #3 of 4

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Thanks for the reply.
I am very novice in audio things.
Thanks for the clarification. I am under the impression that the E17 serves as a DAC when connected thru optical in....
 
May 8, 2013 at 2:25 PM Post #4 of 4

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I dug out the Patriot PBO spec sheet and noticed the audio out thru HDMI is Dolby/DTS.....
 
I believe it is the surround sound thing that make the head phone sound so exceptionally good.
 

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