Pros: Great Sound, Small, Practical (USB powered), 2 analogue outputs (one fixed), Digital Coaxial SPDIF Output.
Cons: Usb connection is a Mini USB.
I am using this little dealie for 3 months now.
On my laptop I use it with a pair of Sony Headphones (MDR-MA300, nothing special) and this sounds way, way more open, dynamical and more powerful than through the laptop's own minijack.
The USB connection should have been a USB B instead of a mini USB IMHO, this should make a cable upgrade a little easier.
A nice extra - I found out later - is the Digital Coaxial RCA SPDIF Output. I use the E10 as a USB - SPDIF converter now too.
Very handy to record internet streams!
I do this as follows:
Play a stream on laptop 1 ->
Convert from USB to SPDIF with Fiio E10 ->
Convert from SPDIF to Analogue with a Cambridge 740C CD player with digital inputs ->
Convert from Analogue to USB with an ADL Furutech GT40 Audio Interface ->
Record with Audacity on Laptop 2
I know there are probably more practical ways to do this, but all the stuff was already there..
The chain simply was complete when I added the E10
It enables me to make recordings from the internet of surprisingly good quality without being held back by disabled internal soundcards that sound like crap anyway.
So I think the E10 is worth every cent - I use it at home as a headphone Amp and as a Converter - I use it on the road as a great sound enhancer while listening music on my laptop.
IT SOUNDS GREAT!!
With Kind Regards, Emiel (Netherlands)
- feedback welcome!!