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|06-16-2013 03:11 PM|
buydig does not charge tax for CA, only for NJ. This is mentioned in the payment and shipping tab
"Seller charges sales tax for items shipped to: NJ*(7.0%)."
|06-16-2013 05:28 AM|
|Yura||How good is this?|
|06-16-2013 02:33 AM|
|06-15-2013 04:36 PM|
|06-15-2013 04:33 PM|
I got one for about this price a month or so ago. As an amp for my iPhone its worthless to me. I just use my E7 as an amp if anything with my Iphone however using the e17 as a PC DAQ I love it. I can use it at work with the horrible horrible onboard sound or even prefer to use it over my Razer soundcard on my home PC.
Overall I do think it has good sound but very very minimal EQ however it does have all the essential features and functionality you could want as a DAQ. As an amp, unless your headphones have a very high impedance its really more trouble (as far a size, weight) than its worth on the go.
|06-15-2013 03:40 PM|
Will using this to drive audio from my PC sound better than using my old Creative X-Fi sound card? I've noticed a huge difference in sound quality going from the X-Fi card in my old computer to using the Realtek HD onboard sound.
Sorry if this is an obvious question, but I don't know anything about DACs.
|06-15-2013 02:58 PM|
|Starks||god forbid i buy this and it stops working. my amazon seller no longer had these to replacement and had to ship it to china. they wanted me to include photographs of my drivers license, receipt and the actual product. after shipping it off, they didn't seemed to have lost my package. about 3 months later, it arrived back in my mail and by then, my warranty had expired.|
|06-15-2013 02:39 PM|
|06-15-2013 02:22 PM|
|06-15-2013 01:37 PM|
|06-15-2013 08:04 AM|
What is the Fiio E17?
The Fiio E17 is a DAC/portable headphone amp combo.
What is a DAC?
DAC stands for digital to analog converter. Speakers and headphones need an analog signal to play music. Most music these days is stored in a digital format (e.g. CDs, MP3s, FLAC, etc.). In order to play these on speakers or headphones they must be converted to analog first. This is where the DAC comes in. Any device that can play CDs or MP3s has a DAC already built in. One a PC you might call it the soundcard. On a CD player or iPod you might not even realize it is there but it is. So what is the point of the E17 having a DAC if everything you would use it with already has one? Because built in DAC just aren't very good. In the past this has been especially true of laptops and phones. Unlike CD players and iPods they were not made with the sole intent of being used for listening to music so has long as it make sound it was good enough. Today both most laptops and phones have good enough DACs built in for most people. For serious audio lovers though DACs like the E17 exist.
What is a portable headphone amp?
Headphones require a power source. Usually this power source is the amp built into PC or iPod they are plugged into. So the same question as with the DAC, if my player already has an amp, then why would I need the E17? Two reasons this time. One, like the answer to the DAC it is possible your laptop or phone has a bad amp that results in your headphones having a buzzing noise when you use them. In this case a headphone amp like the E17 could replace the bad amp in your player and make your headphones sound much better. Two, some headphones require more power than the tiny internal amp in your iPod or phone can provide. In this case a headphone amp like the E17 is need to power your headphones. It is important to note that the E17 is a portable headphone amp, meaning it is battery powered so you can carry it with your phone or iPod without having to plug it in.
Will the E17 work with my [fill in the blank]?
What makes this a tricky question is that the E17 is a combo DAC/portable headphone amp. Chances are the headphone amp will work most anything you have. The question is will the DAC work? For the DAC to work you need to be feeding it a digital signal. The E17 can accept a digital signal two ways: USB and SPDIF. USB makes it easy to connect to a PC. But that is where it stops being easy. iPhones and iPods have no USB or SPDIF out so they cannot use the E17's DAC. Android phones use micro-USB for charging so it possible they could be used with the E17's DAC. The problem is no two Android phones are alike. E17 reportedly works with some Android phones but not others. Searching for your phone in this thread on head-fi is your best bet to find out if your phone will work with the E17's DAC. Alternatively, you could look for a DAC like the Fiio E07k that is known to work with Android.
Back to the headphone amp. Chances are it will work with whatever you source you have. The question is will it make your headphones sound any better? If your player can already power your headphones right now then probably not. All the headphone amp will do is make your headphones go even louder--which might be bad for your headphones and your hearing! The exception to that would be if the amp on your device is noisy and making your headphones hum or buzz. The important thing here is that if you do use the E17 as a headphone amp is to use the noisy line out on your device. Otherwise you are just repeating the same bad signal. This is where the line out on the DAC helps.
|06-15-2013 06:58 AM|
|06-15-2013 05:54 AM|
|EddyB||I have one of the cheaper smaller Fiio's (not sure the model number) they are very well made.|
|06-15-2013 02:28 AM|
|06-15-2013 01:22 AM|
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