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I can get Cayin C5 DAC/Amp and Dragonfly RED for the same price.
I understand that Cayin C5 means more power.
The cans I'm planning to use with one of the two DACs are:
Fostex TH-X00 Purple-heart and AKG K7XX.
Both *should be* relatively easy to drive & I like to listen to music at low to medium volume, almost never high.
Portability - I'm ok with both.
What matters to me is sound quality.
Any word of advise will be very much appreciated.
See my advice lower in the thread to SuperSavior. I'm waiting on my K7XXs. I have both a Dragonfly 1.2 and a Fiio K1. The Dragonfly can drive my AKG M220s easily and they are 55 Ohms. The K7XXs are 56 Ohms. The Red should be more than enough, as it was designed to drive higher impedance headphones. Whether the pairing suits your musical styles is a different question, given the reputation of the K7XXs. I think it will be good for me. I would think the Fostexs are good to go too.
thanks for this.
Some say that Dragonfly has a tad more refined low end.
Any idea if that might be correct?
I think so. One of my buddies bought the Red after the 1.2. He said the reviews are accurate. I tried it for a few minutes at my desk, switching between it and my 1.2. I don't remember the low end specifically, but my experience was favorable.
Where you finding them at the same price
DFR would cost me the same in Slovakia (however it's a wholesale price, not normal).
Basically, the Dragonfly is designed for use with a computer and the Cayin with a phone. The Dragonfly will work with a phone but it's awkward to use and doesn't have it's own power source.
The Cayin will work fine with a computer but then you don't need the battery.