Considering an Iriver to dac/amp combo - better than my S9?
This is what i use now Cowon S9 -> mini^3 -> hd600
I was thinking about selling the cowon and the mini^3 and getting this:
Iriver 120/140 rockboxed -> Fiio e7 ( http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/...-headphone-amp )
In pricing this would be a "downgrade" but does anyone know if it is sound quality?
Also if you have something to say about irivers and rockboxing, my knowlegde about these are very limited.
It sure won't improve sound quality in any way.
Furthermore, maybe you got some things confused there: the H100 has an optical Toslink (S/PDIF) output, the FiiO E7 has an USB input - they aren't compatible on the digital side.
Here's my FiiO E7 review, by the way: http://anythingbutipod.com/2010/03/f...sb-dac-review/
RE: iRiver H1xx as a digital transport to a DAC/Amp
When used as a digital transport to a DAC/Amp (say, an iBasso D10 or D12) via a SysConcept mini-optical-to-TOSLINK connector, the iRiver and DAC/Amp combo works very well.
The Very Good quality sound is not coming from the iRiver H1xx itself at this point, but outboard, from the DAC/Amp unit.
I've had an iBasso D10 and it sounds great paired with the H140 streaming flac files to it. I also upgraded the opamp to a reccomended version that sounded Really Good.
I don't understand why anybody would say the iRiver/iBasso combo doesnt sound good?
I thought about the same thing, having a PMP connected to my Ibasso D12 using a digital output would be cool. An Iriver player, modded with a fresh (and bigger) battery an perhaps a 32/64gb cf card could give me that...
But then I remembered that I don't own any cans that my Cowon J3 can't drive sufficiently...
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