Originally Posted by RCSI-phunk
Before getting the Ex1000 previously I considered getting the Eq8s. are they quite bright? I was thinking of picking them up eventually but haven't had a chance to audition them. Will a fiio e17 be enough to drive them?
Also, I was thinking of getting my first good amp, and was considering the Leckerton UHA 6S MKII. Would you say it would be a good general purpose amp? Or can I do better for the price?
Thanks in advance!
The EQ-8 can be aggressive in the upper mids depending on where the peak lies for you. I can sense some energy at around 3-4 kHz (the good ol' "ety" bump) that isn't there for a friend. HRTF plays a role in that, and I've honestly heard way worse. You can also force the peak out of that region by going for a deeper insertion. Driven out of a good source though, I find the transitions throughout the spectrum to be incredibly good. It'll be smoother than the Ex1000 for sure. The Ex1000 has some rougher treble up high (I can't recall where, probably the usual 7-10 kHz region) whereas the EQ-8 is pretty smooth in that region (no sibilance). If you're okay with the Ex1000, I wouldn't worry about it
Not sure about the FiiO. I have no experience with the FiiO stuff. The Leckerton is really excellent but the upcoming Cavalli portable will likely be the unit to beat if you're just looking for an amp. It will likely be priced at $100 more than the Leckerton (at $279) though, so expect a final price of $400 ish when that goes live for preorder. (again the Cavalli does not have a built in DAC section, while the Leckerton does) I put in a preorder for the Cavalli Liquid Carbon myself. Figured it was too damn good of a deal to pass up if it actually performed like a baby Liquid Gold and can go head to head with $1,000 units.
You can see a graph of the EQ-8 here:
vs. the Ex-1000 here:
Extrapolate however you will, but the EQ-8 is gonna sound more mid centric than the Ex1000.