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Fiio E3 Headphone Amplifier

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Pros: Bass-boost, can get loud, good for less sensitive cans, portable,

Cons: Bass-boost cannot be turned off, no power switch, no EMI shield, bad for IEMs (hissing noise), glossy plastic easily scratched

I bought these for my Sennheiser HD 201, after reading around on the forums that it can help with the lack of volume and bass. On the way home I used it with my iPhone 3G and Philips SHE3590. It helped the bass response and clarity of highs and mids, but for every text message that came (my country, the Philippines, is the texting capital of the world), whether on my phone or others, I can hear a loud static noise (sounds like "tut-trut-tut-trut"). If there is an incoming or outgoing call, it's even worse, sometimes incessant. Note to self: NEVER use this near a phone. There's also a slight hissing noise, but it's probably normal for a cheap amp.

 

Using it with the Sennheiser HD 201 and my Acer AOD270 proved to be a better idea. It did help with the bass, and it allowed me to adjust the frequency graph with Electric-Q to a level where a flat response and lower bass can be heard. The mids became clearer and the highs gained better resolution. The static noise can still be heard in the background, but not defeaning as on the Philips SHE3590. There is also no hissing noise, and overall the headphone, amp and EQ just work together perfectly.

 

UPDATE: There is a cracking noise distortion that can be head with my HD 201. It also drains batteries pretty quickly, about 2 and a half days of battery life on a AAA alkaline.

Fiio E3 Headphone Amplifier
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Specifications: * Output Power 70 mW (32 ohms Loaded) * 12 mW (300 ohms Loaded) * Signal to Noise Ratio >= 90 dB (A Weight) * Distortion < 0.05 % (10 mW) * Frequency Response 10 Hz - 40 kHz * Suitable Headphone Impedance from 16 ohms to 300 ohms * Weight 11 grams (without battery) * Power Supply 1 AAA Battery * Dimensions 55 mm x 23 mm x 14.5 mm

Details:
DetailValue
BrandFiio
EAN0649241868446
FeatureBlack Color
Height0.91 inches
Length2.17 inches
Weight0 pounds
Width0.59 inches
LabelFiio
ManufacturerFiio
ModelE3
MPNe3-bk
Package Quantity1
Product GroupCE
Product Type NameCONSUMER_ELECTRONICS
PublisherFiio
StudioFiio
TitleFiio E3 Headphone Amplifier
UPC649241868446
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