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FiiO E12 Mont Blanc Reviews


The Power of Zeus in your Pocket!


Pros: It's like an E9 in your pocket, with lower output impedance, a crossfade feature, a boost to counter sub-bass roll off, for just $30 more!

Cons: Slim, but not the easiest to use from within jeans pockets. Bass boost is subtle. Vs cheaper amps, small improvement for easy-to-drive headphones

  Here's my long-delayed E12 review on an early pre-order model. I waited to get a good feel with many songs before posting this, and a good feel for how the amp affects the sound presentation. I tested it with my standard playlist to get a reference point of view, but you'll see references to other songs sprinkled throughout the review that I think are relevant for illustration purposes. This is mostly a subjective review because I have few tools but my own ears, but I hope I provide enough data for others to make their own conclusions. I tested mostly with my AKG Q701 headphones, because they are my primary headphones and notorious for their performance variability with different...
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A great buy if you want to enjoy music. E12a Mont Blanc


Pros: Organic and very enjoyable at conveying the recording.

FiiO Mont Blanc for IEM  E12a  $159.99    When you pick up the Mont Blanc you feel like you have something substantial in your hand. Not that is is overly heavy, no, it is conveys the impression that this thing is meant to last, is not some cheap plastic wrapped trifle and it is a compact well made amp that looks like you could take it with you to a zombi outbreak. And this is important, how it looks and feels but we also want something that performs, that sounds good, the boosts our enjoyment of music that isn’t just another addition to be set on the shelf or sold off when the mood strikes. So I put the Mont Blanc, referred to MB from here on, to the test, the...
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Great Sound and great value for money


Pros: Bass boost is pretty well implemented, powerful and good drive capabilities, nice warm sound

Cons: still won't drive everything, E12 regular edition has audible hiss which is fixed in the DIY version

So a couple of friends loaned me the E12 a month or two back and I have been listening them on various rigs and familiarising with them over a while, I'm not that experienced in the portable realm but will do my best to give you a clear picture of the sound(hopefully).   Design: With the design, I find the switches mostly a pain in the arse to use because they are recessed when I use the amp with different headphones, like my hard to drive AKG 240DFs and say the more sensitive IM-70 from Audio Technica. This problem is solved in the E12DIY which sports a gain flick toggle switch at the front panel at the price of giving up all the other features of the regular E12. I...
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The that you need, for the price that you have


Pros: High power output, bassy sound, option switches, sleek looking, great universal sound

Cons: Noise during charging, option switches are recessed, build isn't totally smooth.

Introduction: FiiO is one of the most popular companies in the world of headphone audio. Their products come with unmatched performance for the price. They want to deliver great products that fans will love by listening to them on Head-Fi and other forums and even letting the fans vote on versions. The FiiO Mont Blanc is FiiO’s new flagship portable amplifier. It boasts an amazing amount of power while still being affordable. I would like to thank FiiO for the review sample. Now let’s see if the E12 lives up to the FiiO name. Unboxing Video   PLEASE read the review here: http://www.pandatechreview.com/fiio-e12-review/   If this review helped you, please like us on...
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Excellent product for the price


Pros: Good build quality & design, good PRAT, detailed & airy sound , good instrument separation, powerfull

Cons: none at that price

FiiO E12 Mont Blanc – Review Posted on October 14, 2013by HeadMania Hey guys, I had my eyes on FiiO E12 for a long time now, since I’ve seen the little fellow at Sandu’splace. I remember I tried it with LCD-2 at that time and it could drive them quite nicely. That was amazing coming from that little black box. After that, I looked up the specs and was pleasantly surprised to see that the output power is > 880 mW @ 32 Ohms, which is pretty impressive coming from a portable amplifier powered by battery and at that size ( 124 x 65.5 x 14.5 mm ) E12 uses OPA1611 and LME49600 OPAMP combination. The OPA1611 ...
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Fiio E12 Mont Blanc - A Worthy Flagship


Pros: Neutral, soundstage, great accessories, solid build, undetectable channel imbalance (if there's any)

Cons: Gain switch and crossfeed are recessed (needs pointed object to switch)

BACKGROUND   I needed something to power my Superlux HD330. My smartphone back then is a Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8. Audio from the phone is quite clean and decent but I did not think that it's powering the 150 ohm HD330 properly. It's loud enough at close to max volume but "loud" is not necessarily equal to "properly driven". Long story short, I sold the A3 (E11K Kilimanjaro) a few weeks earlier and upgraded to the E12 Month Blanc. Mind you, it's twice the price of the A3 but is it worth it? Find out below.     PACKAGING   The E12 comes in a premium package that looks and feels nice. What you get:   Inside the box is a black cardboard container that has a...
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Great value


Pros: Good battery, Sleek, Great sound improvement

Cons: None as yet

A great addition to my portable setup, it really brings my rockboxed ipod classic to life. As this is my first amp it makes listening to my music more pleasurable.

Will not disappoint!


Pros: amazing construction, neutral sounding, and it comes with many accessories.

Cons: may not have the sound signature everybody likes.

If anybody has read my reviews than you know that I'm not an audiophile whatsoever, I just enjoy listening to music and I love audio and how it works. So let's start off the review, So this is my first headphone amplifier, and I heard its a Good model to start with so I went with this model the e12. I must say I do notice a difference in sound performance using a headphone amplifier, rather then using a normal output jack on a regular mp3 device. The build quality on this device is amazing, it's constructed out of a very strong metal, I honestly have no complaints on the construction on this device whatsoever,  So no complaint there. And the features on this mini device is...
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Holy SoundStage


Pros: Sound stage, sub bass, clarity

Cons: Size, Volume

I am coming from a Fiio e11 which is a powerful little amp and this is an amazing upgrade. For this review my set up is a 6th Gen Nano with an L9 to the e12 switching between a pair of UE Superfi 5eb and ultrasone580s (I cant wait for my XB1000s to come in to really see how well these two can play together). The best way to describe the sound is that someone took the mids and highs and threw them all the way to the other side of the room while leaving the bass intact. The clarity and separation is greatly upgraded from the e11 I would rightfully say this amp is twice as good once you get accustomed to the sound signature  which says a lot. This definitely warrants the the price...
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