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Denon D2000, I'm in love with them.
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post #52 of 66
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I dunno. There's a noob on youtube who says the dt990s sound good out of an e5, but there are others who disagree. They sound fine to me with the e7, but maybe the could sound better.
Well I think Im just gotta get the Titanium HD and but the e5 as a amp. Really Im sure anything sounds better then my current headset... God I cant believe I paid $100 for that piece of junk.
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post #53 of 66
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Originally Posted by edo101 View Post
Dang I might have settled for a Xonar essence then since it has dedicated headphone amps. I am quite content with the titanium HD, thanks for the recommendation, I'm hearing stuff in some of my songs that I didn't know existed and its crisp and clear...wish it had an amp, but you say HD 555 doesn't need an amp?
This is one of the biggest reasons why i got rid of my Titanium HD and got the Xonar Essence STX. It wasn't pushing my K701 well enough

And also the fact that I had to reach around and disconnect the headphone everytime I wanted to use my speakers, cause they can't add a switch or even a software switch like Asus does.
post #54 of 66
Actually you might be interested in the FiiO e11. It's a portable amp, costs less than $100 and should be more powerful than the e5.
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Actually you might be interested in the FiiO e11. It's a portable amp, costs less than $100 and should be more powerful than the e5.
Your talking about this one right? If so yes I could get that with my soundcard purchase. Would it work well and power the headphones fine?
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I'm sorry it was a dumb idea. $70 + $110 for the Titanium HD is a Xonar Essence STX. You should just get that. But yes that's the amp, and I wouldn't buy from that guy.
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I can vouch for the fact that the E5 is effective but not effective to the point of driving a DT880 especially compared to just the Titanium HD. When using the E5, it's barely any louder than my Zune HD but has more current at the same volume and thus, more power. Most amplifier designs have high input impedance (in the megaohms) so there's going to be very little current flowing from the original source (in this case, the sound card) that actually makes it to the output. Most of the power that will be output will be from the Fiio E5 itself.

Since I own both cards, I will say that the amplifier on the STX is really nothing special. It's rather harsh when used with my HD600 and really doesn't do much other than make the volume really loud to the point that I have to turn it down almost to the point of muting the thing. This is on the second gain setting as well. Using the highest gain just makes everything un-listenable.

EDIT: Just read my own post and realized I should probably tone down the electrical engineering terms... That's what I get for graduating with a EE degree.
Edited by RallyMaster - 6/20/11 at 9:22pm
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post #58 of 66
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I can vouch for the fact that the E5 is effective but not effective to the point of driving a DT880 especially compared to just the Titanium HD. When using the E5, it's barely any louder than my Zune HD but has more current at the same volume and thus, more power. Most amplifier designs have high input impedance (in the megaohms) so there's going to be very little current flowing from the original source (in this case, the sound card) that actually makes it to the output. Most of the power that will be output will be from the Fiio E5 itself.

Since I own both cards, I will say that the amplifier on the STX is really nothing special. It's rather harsh when used with my HD600 and really doesn't do much other than make the volume really loud to the point that I have to turn it down almost to the point of muting the thing. This is on the second gain setting as well. Using the highest gain just makes everything un-listenable.

EDIT: Just read my own post and realized I should probably tone down the electrical engineering terms...
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I'm sorry it was a dumb idea. $70 + $110 for the Titanium HD is a Xonar Essence STX. You should just get that. But yes that's the amp, and I wouldn't buy from that guy.
Well Out of these two options which would be better for gaming.

1. Titanium HD + FiiO e11 amp or e5 amp.
2. Asus Xonar STX.
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Titanium HD standalone with a headphone that doesn't require an amplifier. That is the most cost effective method.
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Titanium HD standalone with a headphone that doesn't require an amplifier. That is the most cost effective method.
Well would the version of the DT880's be a better choice then?
Edited by Chucklez - 6/20/11 at 9:40pm
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