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I know this is old but anyone know if the DAC chip in this (PCM5102) is better than the one in the Fiio X1 (PCM5142)?? Cheers
X1 cannot be used as a DAC.
The DAC/AMP solution is considerably better than x1!
Hi thanks.....but no I meant is there any point in pairing the X1 with the E17K or is the X1 on it's own pretty much the same. Course it has a DAC chip because it's a DAP.
IF you want to take it portable - The AMP inside E17 is somewhat stronger and much cleaner / vivid sounding than X1 - at least in my experience.
It depends a bit on what you're trying to drive with it.
E17 is totally worth it's money and it is probably one of the best things FiiO has made to date - you can use it with your PC / laptop for example - and this is an important strength.
You can set X1 to be used as a line out - so the DAC inside decodes and E17K amplifies the signal .