The Sub-$100 Portable Amps Shootout – 11(+1) amps compared
Nov 22, 2014 at 3:30 PM Post #301 of 399

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Nov 22, 2014 at 8:26 PM Post #302 of 399

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  I did exactly that, using the DIY kit, and am very pleased with the outcome. I put in one of these: http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Aluminum-Project-Box-Enclosure-Case-Electronic-DIY-18-5x45x110mm-/161492609326?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2599b5a92e The LED being blue was a bit bright so swapped that for a red one with a bigger resistor.  Thanks for this fine piece of advice.

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  E11K that good?
 
I have Sennheiser HD600 and Xonar DX.
My short list for an amp is e11K, e10K and O2 amp only.
 
Any advice?
No need for portable amp, but wouldnt hurt.

 
O2 is great, as long as you can bear the size. E10K isn't an amp, nor is it portable. Otherwise E11K is excellent for the price, size as well as its SQ. Not as good as O2, but a lot more practical.
 
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Isnt e10k amp&dac?

 
Yes, but you won't be using your Xonar DX though as it doesn't take any input besides USB.
 
Dec 17, 2014 at 10:48 AM Post #308 of 399

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How would you compare the E11 and the E11K?  I've heard the E11 is actually better than the E11k.  Can someone with more experience on these two amps comment about this? Looking to pull the trigger on either one of these.  Will be pairing with Klipsch X11s at 50 ohms impedance. Thanks.
 
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  How would you compare the E11 and the E11K?  I've heard the E11 is actually better than the E11k.  Can someone with more experience on these two amps comment about this? Looking to pull the trigger on either one of these.  Will be pairing with Klipsch X11s at 50 ohms impedance. Thanks.

 
There is no comparison - E11K is at least a class better than E11. It is more neutral and simply just better sounding overall.
 
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Aw amp professionals present!  I must ask here then, I'm purchasing a fiio x1 and have been thinking of pairing it with the e11k (I have gift cards to make this stack rather cheap). What is the highest impredance I can go for future cans with the e11k while still retaining all the SQ I could pull from them.
 
SIdenote: Also possibly looking at fiio x3, would this be a better unit for my needs (iem listener mostly), as I wont be using dac, only portable at my desk at work and at library but want the power to push cans if I'm at home reading.
 
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  Aw amp professionals present!  I must ask here then, I'm purchasing a fiio x1 and have been thinking of pairing it with the e11k (I have gift cards to make this stack rather cheap). What is the highest impredance I can go for future cans with the e11k while still retaining all the SQ I could pull from them.
 
SIdenote: Also possibly looking at fiio x3, would this be a better unit for my needs (iem listener mostly), as I wont be using dac, only portable at my desk at work and at library but want the power to push cans if I'm at home reading.

 
How high an impedance you should go also depends on how sensitive the headphone is and in general, how demanding and responsive the headphone to amping. As a general suggestion, you should stay under 300ohm.
 
Personally I think X1+E11K can almost rival a standalone X3, but I'll recommend X3 first.
 
 
  Is it worthwhile to go from the E6 to the E11?

 
Yes, but at this point you should be looking for E11K, not E11.
 
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How high an impedance you should go also depends on how sensitive the headphone is and in general, how demanding and responsive the headphone to amping. As a general suggestion, you should stay under 300ohm.

Personally I think X1+E11K can almost rival a standalone X3, but I'll recommend X3 first



Ok, your the professional so I'll save a bit more and throw money at the x3! I guess I'll end up spending the same thing but I guess I'm looking at x3 with dac, a function I wouldn't use. Is your suggestion based on sound alone? I've been reading between the two since the 9/20 launch of the X1 and reviewers seem to enjoy the UI, brushed metal finish, and the scroll wheel much better. I hate to be a bother but based on portable music listening alone, is it that much better than x1 and e11k stack?


Thanks very much for your reply ClieOS

Happy Listening!
 
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Hi,
I have ordered fiio x1 and v sonic GR07 IEM.
I have read on headfonia review that x1 sounds far better with amp via line out.
Should I get fiio E11K to be used with GR07? Whether this IEM will be benifited by E11 or it will be overkill?
Or do amp are needed only for higher impedance over ear phones?
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