Good alternative to laptop sound

A Review On: FiiO E7 USB DAC and Portable Headphone Amplifier

FiiO E7 USB DAC and Portable Headphone Amplifier

Rated # 3 in Amp/DACs
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theeyealtering
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Pros: Powerful amp, Well built

Cons: Interface

This little amp has plenty of juice and is a good replacement for dodgy laptop sound. Just don't expect it to outperform more expensive DACs, soundcards and amps because it won't.
The interface is a bit irritating and I find myself wishing it had a volume knob, not just buttons. I find it hard to figure out which button is which without looking at it.
Generally though, it seems pretty solidly built, so no complaints there, although one of the jacks on mine has always been a bit iffy.

Sound is reasonable, a little bit of extra bass and a lot more clarity when compared with my onboard sound. I'd also probably say it sounds better than my Sansa Clip+. Clearly outperformed by a better DAC or something like an Asus STX though.
Amp is quite powerful and can go loud. I rarely push it past 20.

Certainly not the giant killer that it is sometimes made out to be, but nevertheless a good entry level product that pairs particularly well with low impedance/sensitivity phones like lower model Grados and canalphones (really good with RE0). Anything that is harder to drive or has higher quality sound really deserves better than the E7 though.

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If someone needs an alternative to shoddy pc sound, the Fiio E7 provdes an inexpensive, nicely made, decent sounding stepping stone to more expensive DAC/amps. After using it for a while, you'll probably want to explore other offerings.