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"Why buy it?" is how i feel about it.
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"Why buy it?" is how i feel about it.

Volume is too low on my PC and I need a portable dac.
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http://www.plussoundaudio.com/

Nice!
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I'm not much of a of a portable dac person. I prefer my smartphone and usb dac for pc.
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I'm not much of a of a portable dac person. I prefer my smartphone and usb dac for pc.

Something like a FiiO E10?
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E07K will only work as a DAC when it gets its signal via USB. Otherwise, it's just a portable amp that looks nice. AFAIK, the only phone capable of using the E7/E07k/E17 as a DAC is the Samsung Galaxy S3 (maybe even the S2). No point though, since the DAC in the S3 is good enough.
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Volume is too low on my PC and I need a portable dac.

Do you need a portable DAC or a portable amp? The reason I ask is because you can get a Cmoy amp for like next to nothing for your portable needs, and then you can save up for your desktop purchase or vice versa.

I will agree with simca though. I am not impressed with Fiio what so ever.
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Do you need a portable DAC or a portable amp? The reason I ask is because you can get a Cmoy amp for like next to nothing for your portable needs, and then you can save up for your desktop purchase or vice versa.

I will agree with simca though. I am not impressed with Fiio what so ever.

Pretty sure he meant AMP.

I can second your suggestion for the CMOY. I recently built one from JDSLabs with bass boost and a recharging PCB. Easy as pie to assemble. Take's longer to find parts than build one. I built mine for use with our laptops. They cannot drive our headphones properly. The Cmoy sure does though! and considering the cost and time involved sounds fantastic.

There are also a bunch of $20 ebay kits but its a YMMV with them.
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Do you need a portable DAC or a portable amp? The reason I ask is because you can get a Cmoy amp for like next to nothing for your portable needs, and then you can save up for your desktop purchase or vice versa.

I will agree with simca though. I am not impressed with Fiio what so ever.

Well then, for under $100 what is the best amp I can get for my desktop? I will do some research on this Cmoy amp.

I know Schiit makes magni but I'm told It's just a waste if I use a RCA to 3.5 jack.
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Do you need a portable DAC or a portable amp? The reason I ask is because you can get a Cmoy amp for like next to nothing for your portable needs, and then you can save up for your desktop purchase or vice versa.

I will agree with simca though. I am not impressed with Fiio what so ever.

Well then, for under $100 what is the best amp I can get for my desktop? I will do some research on this Cmoy amp.

I know Schiit makes magni but I'm told It's just a waste if I use a RCA to 3.5 jack.

Be careful when looking at CMoys because there are many variants. Differences in parts used and topology mean that some have significantly different performance characteristics than others. What headphones are you using and how loudly do you listen? To get a very good idea of how much louder something else might be, you can take a couple of easy measurements with a multimeter and a couple of 3.5mm cables and a splitter. Depending on how loud you listen and the headphones, some CMoys may be unsuitable for your application, even if they sound fine to other people on their setups.

3.5mm -> RCA makes no practical difference in the vast majority of situations, so if you want a Magni, go ahead. Colloquially speaking (where people don't strive to account for fringe scenarios out of caution and academic curiosity), it makes no difference.

You'd be using the line output from the motherboard onboard audio to an amp unless you got a DAC/amp combo, right? What other device did you want to use this with; why a portable DAC / amp / whatever? Why the portability?

A lot of people don't like FiiO, for whatever reason. A lot of people do, for whatever reason. Their products generally have pretty good tested audio specs for the money when benchmarked properly, at least compared to a lot of the audiophile market, for running headphones. Whether or not that's important to you may be personal preference.
Edited by mikeaj - 2/28/13 at 9:46pm
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