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Promoted 06-28-2013 by iconian at 04:41 PM View Original Post
Buydig a having a sale on FiiO Portable Headphone Amplifiers. Shipping is free. Thanks liveaslion & purificada
  • FiiO E6 $19.24
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  • FiiO E10 $50.81
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  • Fiio E11 $42.84
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  • FiiO E17 $92.39
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#91
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I have Fischer Audio FA-011, which is 160-Ohm. Would the E10 works better for it than the E11?
The E11 is an amplifier only, while the E10 is an amp/DAC combo, so it depends on what you're using to play music right now. Having a DAC is nice because it gets rid of the typically low-quality audio chips used in most computers and laptops, but it won't offer any benefits if you're looking at an amplifier to use with a cell phone.

If you're looking for a desktop amp for the FA-011s, I'd personally go with the E10 to get the benefits of a DAC (even if you're running the headphones from a discrete sound card headphone port, an external DAC normally improves the sound quality further). Since the 011s are open cans, I'm guessing you're not using them for travel or anything like that.
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#92
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I am inclined to believe the experiences of 4 separate people in this thread who say that it does not require drivers over an arrogant "IT professional" who thinks his single experience counts for everything
Those damn Indian IT guys sure know everything. Turban
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#93
Quote from noobhammer View Post :
Depends on what you're using to play music now. I switched from my work laptop's onboard headphone out port to a Fiio E3 and a Travagan's White (small desktop amp/DAC) and the sound was improved quite a bit with Shure 840, RE0, and Etymotic ER-4P headphones.

The V6 headphones are also reasonably easy to drive, but a dedicated amp/DAC will still improve how they sound if you're comparing them to an onboard sound card or a cell phone's headphone port.
Thanks for the answer! And it's great hearing that you also have the RE0. Big Grin

I will most likely buy an E10 soon, if not today. How can we be sure these FiiO products aren't fake though? Buydig isn't an authorized seller by FiiO.
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Quote from gareim View Post :
Thanks for the answer! And it's great hearing that you also have the RE0. Big Grin

I will most likely buy an E10 soon, if not today. How can we be sure these FiiO products aren't fake though? Buydig isn't an authorized seller by FiiO.
HiFiMan makes some cool stuff - I had a pair of RE Zeros, and a set of HE-5 planarmagnetics too. Downsized my whole headphone collection to go to a set of Audeze LCD-2s, though. The RE0's were, if I remember right, pretty neutral and just a tad light on bass, but for the price, very impressive. Sounded better than the Etymotics that were $250.

Not sure about Buydig and fakes, although Amazon sells Fiio stuff too and I don't believe they're listed as an authorized retailer (although I may have missed it on their page).
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Quote from adnaanusa10 View Post :
Thanks.... by distortion.. you mean for the device it self or to the car internals (electrical) ? If to the amplifier..will it reduce the life of the amplifier.. if we keep on changing devices that will be used with this amplifier... I thought.. that's what is the purpose of this amplifier.. that we can use it with any device...I believe this amplifier is durable enough...?
It won't hurt the amplifier. I just meant that depending on your situation chaining devices in to a line car stereo input can cause distortion (introduced or electrical, but not necessarily car electrical introduced). Only way to know is to test it out, most likely it will be fine.
The other way is if your stereo just has a muted input jack. That is, your stereo limits the sound coming in. Usually this is obvious because your stereo will barely get any louder no matter if your input is an mp3 player at 30% or 100% output volume. That would also cause distortion but from the radio. If you couldn't hear that 30% volume at all (or barely) the amp will probably help.
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Why not... I've always wanted to have one of these. Ordered an E11. Thanks OP!
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Quote from arsa13 View Post :
Do you own one?

Are you an IT professional?

I own one, and I am an IT professional.
If the E17 doesn't require drivers, then why is there a driver download page on the official Fiio site? http://www.fiio.com.cn/support/download.aspx

You don't have to trust me, I could care less if you do or not. I felt inclined to share my experience since thus far it has been less than stellar. I can post the output from a dump file of a crash caused by the driver if you want proof...
I also own the e17 and like everyone but you, I had no problem using it with windows. IIRC wi dows may have automatically downloaded drivers but it detected my device and it was working without any need for me to install drivers myself.

Did you go into your windows audio settings and configure it to direct audio to your us instead of your sound card? If not there are plenty of youtube tutorials to walk you through it. If you have followed the tutorials and are fetting blue screens, then it sounds like a problem with your system, because Ive not heard of anyone else with this problem and I trolled Fiio E17 deals for a year before buying one.
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#98
Quote from noobhammer View Post :
HiFiMan makes some cool stuff - I had a pair of RE Zeros, and a set of HE-5 planarmagnetics too. Downsized my whole headphone collection to go to a set of Audeze LCD-2s, though. The RE0's were, if I remember right, pretty neutral and just a tad light on bass, but for the price, very impressive. Sounded better than the Etymotics that were $250.

Not sure about Buydig and fakes, although Amazon sells Fiio stuff too and I don't believe they're listed as an authorized retailer (although I may have missed it on their page).
Offtopic zorry, but wanted to share the love for hifiman! I got some very gently used Re262s on Amazon and was i initially very disappointed. I almost returned them twice! I never thought much about breaking in iems - sounded kinda like bs to me but sure enough, after the third week they just became awesome.

sorry for the OT post.
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Quote from noobhammer View Post :
The E11 is an amplifier only, while the E10 is an amp/DAC combo, so it depends on what you're using to play music right now. Having a DAC is nice because it gets rid of the typically low-quality audio chips used in most computers and laptops, but it won't offer any benefits if you're looking at an amplifier to use with a cell phone.

If you're looking for a desktop amp for the FA-011s, I'd personally go with the E10 to get the benefits of a DAC (even if you're running the headphones from a discrete sound card headphone port, an external DAC normally improves the sound quality further). Since the 011s are open cans, I'm guessing you're not using them for travel or anything like that.

Yes I only use the headphones when at home. I usually run my mp3 on itunes on my imac. I tried using ipod but the sound came out anemic shake head

Would you recommend the e17 over e10 though given the price is doubled?
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#100
I have some Beyer DT770's amd Ultrasone 550's. I decided to go with the E17 simply because it is a DAC and an amp that is portable. I was toying with the E11 buy why amplify poor pc output if I can afford the e17.

Thanks OP
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#101
Been using E17 for 3 months on PC (win7+ Sony V6 headphoones) & iphone (Ultimate Ears TripleFi10 & AudioTechnica-ATH 7 noise cancelling headphone)

The E17's DAC improves the PC sound quality quite a lot & it's the best alternative than replacing sound card. Even music encoded in128k sounds good.

However I hardly hear any difference when using E17 with Iphone . Since only the amp function of E17 is in use when connected to iphone. Also due to the fact that UE TripleFi10 & ATH-7 are both very efficient & easy to push the sound volume level by themselves.

So depends on your current hardware setup, E17 will only 'conditionally' improves your listening experience.
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#102
so the consensus is for portable the
FiiO E11 is the best bet?
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#103
This was a waste of money for me. If you have a noisy/terrible sound card, this will fix that problem... However if you're sound card is at least of iPod/iPhone quality and your headphones don't NEED a lot of power then you are wasting your money with this. I have Denon D7000 headphones and I thought that the E17 would produce better sound than directly from my Macbook Pro. The onboard sound and this E17 sounded exactly the same to me.

I should have trusted Engadget's review on this in which they also claim, the E17's DAC is no better than the iPhone's DAC.
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This was a waste of money for me. If you have a noisy/terrible sound card, this will fix that problem... However if you're sound card is at least of iPod/iPhone quality and your headphones don't NEED a lot of power then you are wasting your money with this. I have Denon D7000 headphones and I thought that the E17 would produce better sound than directly from my Macbook Pro. The onboard sound and this E17 sounded exactly the same to me.

I should have trusted Engadget's review on this in which they also claim, the E17's DAC is no better than the iPhone's DAC.
What are your source files? maybe try changing those.
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#105
Quote from Adversity View Post :
This was a waste of money for me. If you have a noisy/terrible sound card, this will fix that problem... However if you're sound card is at least of iPod/iPhone quality and your headphones don't NEED a lot of power then you are wasting your money with this. I have Denon D7000 headphones and I thought that the E17 would produce better sound than directly from my Macbook Pro. The onboard sound and this E17 sounded exactly the same to me.

I should have trusted Engadget's review on this in which they also claim, the E17's DAC is no better than the iPhone's DAC.
Trolling? You're using $1000 headphones w/ a $100 amp/DAC?

Anyways, I have the Fiio e10 and AQ is slightly better w/ my HD598.
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