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Hi guys, anyone tryed or hears the new Fiio K5 as headphone amp ?

Can you give us more details about sound signature as headphone amplifier ???
Some frequency ranges are noticeably altered ( for example the bass ) or keep flat and neutral response ?

It is good with HD650 ?
In CES event the K5 was presented with 650, this means something ?
post #2 of 10
If you want a good headphone amp. Get one that is full vale tubes, zero transitor exsiting head phone amp
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If you want a good headphone amp. Get one that is full vale tubes, zero transitor exsiting head phone amp

Can you recommend any? In the market myself.
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Any tube amplifier for headphones should sound great.
Even if the circuit utlizes a transitor.

Can't really go wrong with quality for tube headphone amplifiers thats why I recomend it

Fully tubes headphone amp, means that they use a rectifier tube, instead of didoes or transtirors
Using rectifier tubes for power stage amplifer and headphone/ preamplifier has much better sound quality than using diodes or transitors
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Get one that is full vale tubes, zero transitor exsiting head phone amp

Edited by Iwamotto Tetsuz - 2/15/16 at 11:58pm
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Originally Posted by Ragsters View Post

Can you recommend any? In the market myself.

What other features do you need, apart from a good headphone amp? DAC built in, preamplifier output, etc?
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Originally Posted by senna89 View Post

Hi guys, anyone tryed or hears the new Fiio K5 as headphone amp ?

Can you give us more details about sound signature as headphone amplifier ???
Some frequency ranges are noticeably altered ( for example the bass ) or keep flat and neutral response ?

It is good with HD650 ?
In CES event the K5 was presented with 650, this means something ?

this guy wrote a nice review

http://www.head-fi.org/products/fiio-k5-desktop-headphone-amplifier/reviews/15203
    
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What other features do you need, apart from a good headphone amp? DAC built in, preamplifier output, etc?

I dont know how to answer that question. I just need something that is good enought to replace my Soundblaster Z.
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I dont know how to answer that question. I just need something that is good enought to replace my Soundblaster Z.

DAC - digital to analogue converter. Practically every device has a DAC chip, but in some cases they can't deliver a clean line level signal to an amplifier, so people get a separate DAC. Or one piece of equipment that has a DAC and amplifier in it.

Preamp output - If you want to use studio monitors as well, then a preamp output lets you control the volume on both (they have separate amplifiers on each cabinet). Many use these primarily due to near-field listening, secondarily also because they have separate amplifiers on the the tweeter and midwoofer, which means you can adjust the gain on the tweeter in case the overall sound is too bright/sharp (or if it's too dark/dull).

In your case since you just need to replace your SoundBlaster Z, and assuming you don't need speakers nor can I presume you're going to use a headphone that's relatively hard to drive, just go with the SoundBlaster G5. It has a DSP, DAC, and headphone amp chips in one box, powered by USB. As long as the headphones you use can get loud enough without getting distortion out of it then this will work well enough.
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replace my Soundblaster Z.
Replacing your headphones may be a better idea

If you want like top top quality, get static headphones and a amplifeir that can drive those static headphones.
Note that you will not be able to listen to static headphones outside of your house, as it only works with a static headpone amplifer.
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Replacing your headphones may be a better idea

If you want like top top quality, get static headphones and a amplifeir that can drive those static headphones.
Note that you will not be able to listen to static headphones outside of your house, as it only works with a static headpone amplifer.

I'm sorry but that sounds like a horrible idea.
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