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theres a difference between a tube amp and a solid amp and i didnt see anything about what sound card he has either so idk where the source is coming from posted to late lol

but also the little dot MK series are great for intro to audiophilism.... is that a word?
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One thing I will add here.
Until December I had an X-Fi Elite Pro sound card, which was a nice but older top of the line Creative card and I liked how my 770's sounded through it.
Vs my Titanium HD, the performance of my 770 Pro 80's is almost night and day. The Titanium HD drives my 770's much more easily and I love the way my cans sound now.
The sound-stage is much deeper and wider, and my cans are just much more dynamic.
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One thing I will add here.
Until December I had an X-Fi Elite Pro sound card, which was a nice but older top of the line Creative card and I liked how my 770's sounded through it.
Vs my Titanium HD, the performance of my 770 Pro 80's is almost night and day. The Titanium HD drives my 770's much more easily and I love the way my cans sound now.
The sound-stage is much deeper and wider, and my cans are just much more dynamic.

if i remember correctly. that is a great card biggrin.gif
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theres a difference between a tube amp and a solid amp and i didnt see anything about what sound card he has either so idk where the source is coming from posted to late lol
but also the little dot MK series are great for intro to audiophilism.... is that a word?

why not.we audiophiles have made up many words based off how we felt about something
post #24 of 34
i thought it was a pretty good word myself was waiting for someone smart to tell me it wasn't :$
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i thought it was a pretty good word myself was waiting for someone smart to tell me it wasn't :$

Do i need to put u down? No, some head fiers r all "i dont wanna be called an audiophile" or something like that. Whatever, we like audio we do whatever
post #26 of 34
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theres a difference between a tube amp and a solid amp and i didnt see anything about what sound card he has either so idk where the source is coming from posted to late lol
but also the little dot MK series are great for intro to audiophilism.... is that a word?

Difference between a tube amp and a solid state amp is basically, a tube amp includes even harmonic distortion which some people like as it may sound more realistic in the fact that typically speakers have more distortion than headphones do, making headphones sound 'cold' in comparison and as most music are mixed via speakers, tube amps are sound more realistic to people. Tube amps of course use up more power and thus are hotter as well.

JDSLabs O2 or a cheaper option of the Fiio E9 are my recommendations. Those are just amps however.
post #27 of 34
Chinesekiwi and i have now said O2 if u just want an amp. :/ i dont know much about it. Plz study it as i dont really know
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Chinesekiwi and i have now said O2 if u just want an amp. :/ i dont know much about it. Plz study it as i dont really know

I really like the idea of having a usb dac that I could use with my laptop, kids computer, or say next year when I replace my main machine. My other option would be to get a new soundcard but I don't think I like that solution. I guess I could get a separate DAC and AMP if that is the way to go, the E1 7 is looking nice but if I plan on getting an E9 or O2 at some point then the amp in the E17 is kind of wasted.

Are there many of you who have gotten separate DAC and Amps?

Also, can you plug a standard mono microphone into the E17? (3.5mm) It says it has inputs but not sure how that works.
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I really like the idea of having a usb dac that I could use with my laptop, kids computer, or say next year when I replace my main machine. My other option would be to get a new soundcard but I don't think I like that solution. I guess I could get a separate DAC and AMP if that is the way to go, the E1 7 is looking nice but if I plan on getting an E9 or O2 at some point then the amp in the E17 is kind of wasted.
Are there many of you who have gotten separate DAC and Amps?
Also, can you plug a standard mono microphone into the E17? (3.5mm) It says it has inputs but not sure how that works.

.....i doubt the E17 headphone amp and DAC inputs audio. it always shows up as output in the menu's so now. i don't think it will receive audio.

The E17 is a great device for anything and everything. getting an O2 and E9 at some point doesn't wastes it. the E9 was built for use with the E7. the E17 was built for use with the next gen desktop amp fiio is currently now working on and it is supposed to be used with E9 as well. teh O2 and E9 are just amps. you need a great DAC and connection into that amp to match biggrin.gif
post #30 of 34
My recommendation also goes to the O2.
A friend of mine has one and I want to steal it from him.
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