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FiiO E1 Portable Headphone Amplifier with Y-Cable (Black)

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Pros: Remote Functions. Rubbery Cable. SQ increase.

Cons: Ergonomics, especially clip. SQ increase is small. Some of SQ increase could be LOD effect alone.

This is not intended to be a full review. This was an impulse buy. I followed a link to a web retailer and noticed they had the black E1, so I jumped at the low price. What the heck, I said. I have previously purchased a Fiio E3, which I used for a couple of months and grew tired of.  I've been trying my new Fiio E1 out on my IEM mainstays: TF10, HF5, and RE0. I like it on each, although the most noticeable increase in SQ is with RE0.  The bass is so much better. There is nice rubbery texture, without boominess, meaning its not fast, but very present and very enjoyable.

 

It is now important to note that my source is a 4th gen ipod nano. Now I have read that the bass is pretty bad on the nano's hp out and one of my reason's for getting the Fiio E1 was testing this theory. Perhaps I should have just got an LOD for my cmoyBB. This would be a much better test, right? Probably, but I've also been impressed by the comments of in the slight increase in clarity using the E1. The cmoyBB smooths out the high end, which I often find annoying. So I was definitely looking for something new.  Generally speaking, there is an increase in clarity as well, although I notice it more on the TF10 than on the RE0. I'm still left wondering if my enjoyment of the E1's bass is as much due to LOD effect as it is the amp circuit.  No matter, really, for $20, any enjoyment is enough.

I would like to try the E1 with my Rockboxed gen5.5 ipod classic.  Right now, I can't get output in Rockbox and using native firmware I get static.  I had bought the classic refurbished, so it could be a dock port problem. However, I have used the classic, in Rockbox,  in a speaker dock I have and it worked fine.  I will need to reformat the ipod and try it some more.  I have read that others could not get it to work with Rockbox, so we will see.

 

Despite a somewhat stiff cable, I like the feel of it and it seems sturdy. I agree with others who say its too long. On the other hand, the remote would not be very useful if it were very close to the ipod.  I've been wrappring my IEM cable below the Y split and leaving the E1 cable at full length.  The clip is annoying in that it is hard to use without pressing the buttons on the remote, but because I've been wrapping my earphone cable, I don't find the clip useful anyways. I may find it useful when I am walking around with the nano and E1 in my pocket.  As yet I have not needed it.

 

All in all, I like the E1.  It will be a while before I decide if it will become a permanent part of my portable set up, but for now I am enjoying it.

FiiO E1 Portable Headphone Amplifier with Y-Cable (Black)
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FiiO E1 with premium quality Y-cable for driving two pairs of headphones The FiiO E1 is the world's first headphone amplifier with an in-line remote control and is compatible with all iPod/iPhone models except Shuffle. Enjoy superior sound quality and output volume from your iPod/iPhone, and the ability to drive high-impedance/low-sensitivity headphones for uncompromised listening experience. By using the high quality line-out audio signal from iPods/iPhones, the E1 is designed to provide ultra low noise and low distortion headphone output, achieving a level of performance that no conventional headphone amplifier can match. The convenient and easy to use remote control provides access to intuitive playback control functions. By drawing power directly from the iPod/iPhone, the E1 does not require any batteries or charging - just connect and listen! Key Features: - Compatible with all generation and versions of iPods/iPhones (except Shuffle) - Superior sound quality by using line-out audio signal - Built-in amplifier with ultra low noise and low distortion design - High power output for driving high-impedance/low-sensitivity headphones - Intuitive playback control with integrated remote control - Easy and simple to use - just connect and listen! - Powered by the iPod/iPhone with no additional battery or charging - Built-in clip for easy attachment to clothing, bags, or straps Specifications: - Output power: 100 mW (16 Ohm), 12 mW (300 Ohm) - S/N Ratio: 98 dB (A Weight) - Distortion: < 0.009% (10 mW) - Frequency Response: 10 Hz - 80 kHz - Headphone Impedance: 16 Ohm - 300 Ohm - Dimensions (remote): 1.89"x0.55"x0.42" - Dimensions (connector): 1.33"x1.21"x0.31" - Length: 31.5" (cord extended) - Weight: 0.7 Oz What's In The Box: - FiiO E1 Headphone Amplifier - Premium grade Y-Cable - User's manual

Details:
DetailValue
BrandFiiO
ColorBlack
EAN0649241870265
FeatureIntuitive playback control with integrated remote control
Height0.55 inches
Length1.89 inches
Weight0.04 pounds
Width0.42 inches
LabelFiiO
List Price$34.95
ManufacturerFiiO
ModelE1Y
MPNE1
Package Quantity1
Product GroupCE
Product Type NameCONSUMER_ELECTRONICS
PublisherFiiO
StudioFiiO
TitleFiiO E1 Portable Headphone Amplifier with Y-Cable (Black)
UPC649241870265
Special FeaturesBuilt-in clip for easy attachment to clothing, bags, or straps
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