No, and since it's designed as a combined headphone and DAC for digital sources, I've just realised an issue with the Fubar; it won't work with your turntable! I'm presuming this is a major issue and we should go back to the drawing board...
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So by the sounds of it I am best to go back to my original idea of a MF X-Can (S, V2 or V3) then?
Any other suggestion for decent headphone amps up to about £200.00 which will be used with a Pre / Power combination, CD and Turntable?
I have just bought myself a pair of Grado SR80i headphones for £80.00 so need to get myself a headphone amp now
What are the Project Boxes like...anyone?
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My apologies (d'oh). The X-Can remains a fine choice, though there's always Firestone's Cute, which is a traditional headphone amp like the X-Can. Others to look at are Creek and Graham Slee, or anything from here...
I have a Pro-Ject Head Box II buried away somewhere which personally I wouldn't recommend (too much muddied bass amongst other niggles).
I picked up a second hand Novo for £150 which IMO is an excellent amp: detailed, controlled, and well balanced. I was going to have a punt on a Fiio E9 at £90 having read some excellent user reviews elsewhere (and being used with some particularly high end phones) until I came across the Novo. Admittedly I don't have anything to compare it with in that price bracket but definitely worth a look IMO. I appreciate it is somewhat over budget but have a look on Graham's website to see if you can find a local dealer who MAY have one on demo, and have a look on the forum there too where you'll find a lot of useful information.
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I can recommend the Fiio E7 (DAC H/P amp) & E9 (better H/P amp) combo I think it punches well above its price range (approx £150).
1) It has an analogue line in (3.5mm jack) for you existing Hi-Fi
2) It has a USB in for your laptop
3) You can use the E7 on its own with an iPod via a LOD to improve on the sound quality.
It also has line (3.5mm jack) and pre-outs (RCA) and finally a gain switch to match different impedance cans, truly versatile and exceptional value for money.
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That doesnt look like a bad idea....it looks like it would offer the same functionality of the Fubar. i.e. Connection to my main HiFi or connection to my laptop or as a seperate bedroom / lounge system with an iPod. However I am confused as to how this would all fit together predominantly in my main listening system (Caspian M1 Pre / power / Caspian M1 CD and Rega Planar 3 Turntable).
Am I correct in thinking that the E7 docks into the E9 and the E9 would connect to my Caspian Pre Amplifier via RCA into the Tape Loop for headphone listening vis either CD or Turntable?
When would the DAC in the E7 come into play? Would that convert the digital ipod signal to analogue??
Am I correct in thinking that the E7 docks into the E9
Would the E9 not connect to the Caspian Pre Amplifier using the RCA sockets on the back of the E9?
Doesnt matter if it wont as I do have a spare RCA to 3.5mm knocking around somewhere
You can get the E7 & E9 for £130.00 online and the LOD is £4.99
I really like the sound of this option.....especially as you get the portable E7 DAC & H/P for improved sound for iPod listening.
Eggontoast..in your opinion how would this option compare soundwise to something like the MF X-Can option??
I personally think that the Fiio gives the x-can a good run for it's money, the circuit design for the first three x-cans was pretty basic. Its good for the money the same as a little dot 1+ etc. I use the Fiio with my Grado's and I am pleased with the results but at the end of the day it's down to personal taste.
Ah OK....I see now. So an RCA to 3.5mm it is then
Well in all honesty I think the Fiio E7 + E9 Combo has got to be where the money is. I like the fact that I can just detach the E7 and use that with an LOD lead for the iPod (ideal for holidays etc) with either my Grado SR80i's or my Sennheiser CX300 ear buds.
Once again thanks for all your help eggontoast and others......I will keep you posted on what I buy and how it sounds
I am a bit lost on how the E7 and E9 work together. Why does the E9 have a USB connection? Does it have a DAC in it? So what does the E7 add to it when you dock them together?
Internet - laptop - DAC - amp - lots of headphones.
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There is no DAC in the E9, the USB connection serves no purpose unless you have an E7 slotted in the top, this then does the DAC duties only.
Thanks, makes sense now.
So just to rethink this.....would I be right in saying that if all I want is a headphone amp for my main system then realistically I would only need to get the E9 connected with an RCA to 3.5mm cable?
Obviously bearing in mind you can get a fairly decent deal on buying the E9 and E7 together....would I also be correct in saying that I could just hold on to the E7 and use it if I ever wanted to listen to music via my Laptop or iPod with Headphones. where using the including cable for Laptop and an LOD cable for Ipod I would be using the E7 DAC?
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