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Hey,

I'm planning to spend some money on a decent pair of headphones, probably the ultrasone pro 900s because I meanly listen to bass music. But I'm still debating on which amp and dac I should take. I'm a complete noob when it comes to audio and ive looked around on the internet but have not found a clear answer. I'm currently looking at the fiio e17, is that a good one? or should i take something like an e11 + pci soundcard?

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The Fiio is a great portable amp I have one and use it everywhere I go with my headphones. If budget/protability are of no concern then I would get a Valhalla

http://schiit.com/cart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=0&products_id=2 drool.gif
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What's your budget OP?
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What's your budget OP?
I generally assume their price range is within the MSRP of the item they have considered so I'd probably say e17 price and considering the proposition of a pci I'm also going to assume portability is not a concern.

Not sure on availability of the Essence One from Asus in Sweden but I highly recommend the setup if you want a good dac/amp; I've tried the Objective 2 with an Asus Xonar dx and it does not compare to the Essence one alone but then again it wasn't a blind testing nor do I have any qualifications on my opinion but just my 2c.

The Essence One does have switchable op amps for each of the plugins and it's own power supply and some gimicky upsampling but I prefer just using the default settings.
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Hehe sorry for being a bit unclear. My budget for an amp/dac is around 200-300 dollars. I have looked at the essence one, I might end up getting that one but I was wondering if there were any better and more portable solutions because I take my music almost everywhere.
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The Fiio is a great portable amp I have one and use it everywhere I go with my headphones. If budget/protability are of no concern then I would get a Valhalla
http://schiit.com/cart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=0&products_id=2 drool.gif

Looks very nice but that + their bifrost DAC is to expensive for me.
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post #6 of 7
Sub $300 = combined O2 DAC + O2 amp.

Easily. There's no competition.

Head n Hifi (Switzerland):

http://www.headnhifi.com/index.php/shop/objective/o2120527192048

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I would recommend the Denon AHD2000 for phones if you can go a little higher or find them for cheaper than MSRP, they are discontinued though so there aren't nearly as many great deals as there used to be. I mainly listen to hiphop/dubstep/hard rock/metal and they are great for those genres if those interest you. For DAC/AMP I personally am using a FiiO e10 and it's pretty decent, I'm looking to upgrade it later down the road but for $50 on Amazon it's an extremely good deal. If portability is really important the e11 is pretty good but it gets outclassed by amp/dacs unless you have it running through a soundcard in which case it's just a hassle since you do have to recharge it and it doesn't run while recharging. The e17 is really nice as both a dac and portable amp from what I've heard but it might cut down on your ability to buy higher end headphones.
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