Do I need the E17 with Macbook Pro/iPhone 4?
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Hi all,
 
I'm wondering if you can help.
 
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?
 
Any help would be much appreciated.
 
John
 
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Anyone?
 
I have tried some searches before posting but couldn't find anything relating to this exact issue. 
 
Apologies if this has been discussed, any pointers welcome! :)
 
John
 
Here is the review I'm referring to:
 
http://www.amazon.com/review/R2HBHWBX1NK2Q4/ref=cm_cr_pr_viewpnt#R2HBHWBX1NK2Q4
 
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To quote Chewy4 from another post.
 

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.
 

 
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