fiio e10k + speakers

Igor Kaluzny

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Is fiio e10k good enough for speakers (active ones obviously) or is it recommended only for headphones? I mean is there a difference between a DAC designed for headphones and for speakers?
 
Powered speakers require a line level signal which is lower than a headphone requires. By turning the volume down sufficiently you can avoid overloading the input of the powered speakers so it will work. However the circuit required for headphones ( a low output power amp) is very different that a line level output so it would sacrifice potential sound quality. Some DAC/Headphone amps also have line level output. Whether it is a different circuit or just tapped off the headphone amp only the maker would know.
 
Powered speakers require a line level signal which is lower than a headphone requires. By turning the volume down sufficiently you can avoid overloading the input of the powered speakers so it will work. However the circuit required for headphones ( a low output power amp) is very different that a line level output so it would sacrifice potential sound quality. Some DAC/Headphone amps also have line level output. Whether it is a different circuit or just tapped off the headphone amp only the maker would know.
 
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