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So I'm fairly new to audiophilia but have been loving my setup so far. I have been coming across some distortion lately though and I was wondering if in the infinite wisdom of the OCN community there would be some experts who could help me out.

My setup:
Titanium HD > Fio e9 > Senn Hd 598

I thought that even though I only had mid-range headphones that with the amp and tit HD i could limit the distortion coming through. Granted, I have only experienced this at about %40 of my e9 which is pretty loud on my eardrums, but when i wanna get loud I'd like to have clear sound.

If anyone has a similar setup and can give me some tips to limit distortion at high levels of output, I'd appreciate the input

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Spend money on better gear.
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Originally Posted by astrallite View Post

Spend money on better gear.

this.

the FiiO E9 is not giving you more enough headroom to drive your headphones pretty well. so buy a better headphone amplifier (preferably analog) if you want that issue to be solved.
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Originally Posted by astrallite View Post

Spend money on better gear.

This. Or turn it down.
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or try turning down the levels of your headphones in Windows (Control Panel --> Hardware and Sound --> Sound --> Properties of your Titanium HD --> Levels tab). then put more volume in your FiiO E9.

if headphones is not listed there, use the master volume.
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post #6 of 7
Go 55% on the master volume for X-fi cards, then adjust the volume on the E9 as required. the E9 has more than enough headroom, particularly for the HD 598.
Go external DAC if you want to limit distortion from the computer affecting the soundcard.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by astrallite View Post

Spend money on better gear.

WOW! Thanks man! I never thought spending endless amounts of money on audio gear would give me a better setup!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is the response I get everytime I post in this section of the forum with a problem. This is OCN. This is not headfi. Go there.

Having spent $400-500 on my audio setup and knowing for a fact that I should not be getting any distortion at comfortable listening levels, I know that there should have been a solution.

Thank you to the rest of you for your relevant and serious answers. repped
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