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FiiO E18 KUNLUN Android Phone USB DAC & AMP Reviews

bowei006

Well perfoming device with lots of features

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Pros: Lots of features, great build, neutral sound, bass boost, Android support

Cons: Sonic deficencies, I/O clutter, plastic top bezel, awkward usability depending on usage

Introduction: FiiO has come a long way in recent years – quickly developing and releasing well-valued products – with its line of amps and DACs. Today, we have one of the newest additions to the FiiO family; the E18 Kunlun. FiiO’s Kunlun is designed as a computer and Android-device USB-DAC and portable-amplifier. At $160, can the E18 perform its duty?   Unit Build: There are a million ways to describe a FiiO – good sounding being a common one – but having a sexy build always is one of the first. The E18 uses the stealthy milled-aluminum look of the E12, in addition with a top control bar surrounded by a silver strip.   The silver strip, build-edges, and control-panel plate...
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VonMillerFan

Great sound, but the volume knob did it in

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Pros: Good sound, good build, great battery

Cons: Volume knob

I really liked the sound.  I'd been using my Galaxy S4 for mobile listening and adding this DAC/amp made a definite improvement in sound quality.  Detail improved, most noticeably in the lower bass region and the sound stage got a tad wider.  The battery life was great and I liked being able to charge my phone from it.  I thought using the bands to strap it to my cell phone might turn into a PITA, but I found it was reality easy to deal with - YMMV.  Overall, I was pretty happy, except if I moved around my pants pocket would rub up against the volume knob and change the volume and that just gets on your nerves after a while, so I'm returning it....
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TheoS53

Great sound, spoiled by poor design

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Pros: Sound, neutrality, portability

Cons: RF shielding, cheap looking materials

I'm a huge fan of Fiio products. I've had the E6, X1, X5, E12, and took part in the X3 2nd Gen world tour (and soon the X7 tour). To me they produce device capable of stunning sound at a very reasonable price point.  A few weeks ago I decided that I'm in the mood for a change. As I started travelling more I got tired of lugging around 2 extra devices for my music; it take up extra packing space, and it's extra stuff to charge. I genuinely liked my X5, E12, M40X combo...but I needed something a bit more practical in terms of travelling.    So I decided to give the E18 a try, and boy am I glad I did. To me, it just makes more sense to hook up the E18 to my LG G3, rather...
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CasperBxl

Great device, flexible usage, nice looking

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Pros: flexible usage, android integration, sound level and quality, size & weight

Cons: additional device (carry, charge)

Hi all,     Cost Clarification:    FIIO E18 on Amazon.fr: 159,00€    FIIO L9 Cable on Amazon.fr: 18,13€     TIP: 1st buy the E18, take it to the Phone shop, try the devices they sell.        Many modern high-end phones support it without extra software, BUT MANY DO NOT support Audio USB OTG!!        Check the list on the FIIO website + try on the phones you would consider.     Kit, so you know where I come from:    Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro 250 Ohm    AKG K551 38 Ohm    Pioneer DJE-2000 in-ear's      iPod Classic...
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MarvyMarvy

fiio e18 amp/dac

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Pros: Powerful amp with low distortion and many uses good sound quality

Cons: not compatible with most android devices without usb audio player pro app

This is my first review on head fi so here we go. So I bought the fiio e18 to use with my Samson sr850 headphones and my Toshiba excite pure tablet and I must say I am enjoying every moment of my music with this device. Although I had to buy USB audio player pro to use it because my tablet does not support audio to USB out it was well worth it. With this device I can turn up the volume when I need it and use the bass boost for fun and it also gives my Samson's a major push which is something my tablet could not do.  I use 320 kbps music and I listen to mostly dubstep and with this amp/DAC my music has never sounded the same. For the price I think it is well worth it for starter...
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