I just recently purchased both the Etymotic ER4XR and the Fiio E17k Alpine 2. I just got the Fiio a couple of hours ago, and I think it’s a keep.
I’m looking for a DAP that would work well with the two items. I notice that the FiiO X1-II Media Player is well regarded, but why would I need 2 DAC - the one in the amp and the one in the player? By that, I mean would it make sense to spend less money on a DAP although the FiiO X1-II is fairly inexpensive.
The Etymotic’s really do benefit from an amplifier (I like that I can adjust the gain).
Would appreciate some input.
p.s. Long time Headphone.com stalker. Bought a HeadRoom Desk Top Amp (probably 10 or 12 years ago?) and it’s still going strong.