I'm new to portable hi-fi but not to audiophile equipment. Used to have a lively Linn LP12 and Naim amp, loved it! I had to sell all my vinyl and gear when we moved, so I'm looking for something that sounds great but won't break the bank.
I have an iPhone 4 at the moment, and a MacBook Pro.
I recently bought some Grado S80i cans, and am using them with the Fiio E17, and using the various Mac audiophile players to see what I prefer.
Sounds pretty good!
However, I read a review on Amazon of the E17 saying that the MacBook Pro's DAC and amp are already pretty good, and unless you have hard to drive phones or a crappy soundcard, you don't really need the E17.
What are your opinions on this?
I've just read about the Rocoo P player. Would using this along with my Grados sound significantly better than the MacBook/iPhone through the E17?
All I want is the best sound for the money. Shall I return the E17 and get the Rocoo P?
Macs have good DACs. I would put getting a new DAC at your lowest priority, you're not going to see a big difference in sound quality there. Although if you get interference with the headphone out of your imac it might be a good idea.