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FiiO E9 Desktop Headphone Amplifier and Dock for E7 USB DAC

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #44 in Desktop Amps

Posted

Pros: Powerful, clean output with slight warmth, small footprint, value for money, drives most headphones, nice connectability with E7

Cons: Limited Line In Options

I originally purchased the E7 - mainly as a portable dac/amp, but as time progressed, I wanted to use it mainly for my desktop (bypassing the onboard), and needed a more powerful amp as I progressed to upgrade my cans.

 

The obvious choice was to use the E9, and pair it with the E7.

 

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Technical Specs

From Fiio's packaging / website

  • Output power : 1W (16ohm loaded), 80mW (600 ohm loaded)
  • Headphone impedance range : 16 ohm to 600 ohm
  • SNR (line in) : ≥100dB (A weight)
  • Distortion (line in) : <0.003% (100mW)
  • Frequency response : 10Hz ~100KHz
  • Fixed line out 2V rms
  • Adjustable out : 0-2V rms
  • Power supply: DC15V / 1.5A
  • Size : 149mm x 96mm x 56mm
  • Weight : 445g

 

Build Quality

The E9 is built really well, and a lot of attention appears to have been paid to get it looking really nice.  The E9 has a brushed aluminium chassis, a front face plate featuring dual inputs (3.5mm and 6.35mm) +   power on LED and a very smooth volume potentiometer.

 

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The top of the chassis has a dock for the E7 - and will also be able to be used for future Fiio products such as the E17 dac/amp and also their new DAP.

 

The rear plate has a power in plug (for the included plug), USB input (16bit/44.1 for using with the E7 docked into the E9), a hi/lo gain switch, dual fixed volume line-out RCA plugs, a variable 3.5mm line out, and a 3.5mm line in.

 

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The overall build quality IMO is very good.  No rough edges, everything fits perfectly, and the exterior design looks very classy.

 

Performance / My Thoughts

 

Although so far I haven't had any really hard to drive cans, the E7/E9 combination has been very good.  It imparts a very small amount of warmth - which goes nicely with my Alessandros and Beyers (DT880 250 ohm).  Overall though the E9 is very neutral, and appears to be extremely powerful.  It is able to drive the Beyers very easily with the pot only just getting to between 9-10 o'clock (or about 25% of the available travel)

 

Even at high volumes the E9 has been noiseless on my set-up.  No signs of hissing.  I have only been using the 6.35mm headphone plug & to be honest I just could not imagine using IEMs with this amp - it's not what it was designed for.

 

I have my powered speakers plugged int o the fixed line-out RCAs and it is a really nice set-up.  As soon as a headphone is plugged, the speakers are bypassed.  I have also tried my iPod via LOD to the rear 3.5mm input, and this set-up also works flawlessly.

 

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Conclusion

 

As a value for money desktop headphone amp - especially as an entry level - the Fiio E9 is very, very hard to bear.  Sleek footprint, solid build, great sounding, and very reasonably priced.  Fiio has a winner on their hands.  This combined with the E17 (to be released) will be a very formidable entry level package.

 

Posted

Pros: Powerful and affordable

Cons: None.

I was in the market for a desktop amp and DAC, I did some research on the web and this little amp kept sticking out from the crowd so I grabbed one with the accompanying E7 DAC for less than $200.

This amp has all the power I need and drives all my headphones effortlessly, it is a very transparent amp and it sounds great, I don't think it can be beat at double the price.

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Posted

Pros: Sleek design, quality finish

Cons: Either my L3 is faulty or the E9 jack ports are not a good fit.

I am struggling to discern any improvement in the SQ of my headphones HD598 and K702.  They are amped by the just out of the box E7 & E9 respectively.  Any o, improvement I will say improvement is only to boost the bass performance by a fraction (E7 on +1) and volume  (E7 by 10%) by circa 20%.

 

I prefer the K702 & HD598 sound signature unamped (ie without the E7). Clarity is marginally compromised with a hint of hiss and color on E7 especially, but which has graciously rolled off highs. E9 provides a lot more power. Both enrich the bass for contemporary rock music, etc.

 

But then without much comparison (and I am fussy) I'd thought that both my cans already sounded really good.The biggest disappointment & dealbreaker however, is the poor connectivity at the line out dock. Increasingly so.                 Does anyone else  share the same issue.?

 

Regards

Reg

FiiO E9 Desktop Headphone Amplifier and Dock for E7 USB DAC
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Description:

The FiiO E9 desktop headphone amplifier offers truly stunning audio performance and versatility to headphone and audio enthusiasts. Its sleek and modern form factor, while minimalist in apperance, belies the engineering marvel within. The E9 has exceptionally low noise and distortion, providing enough power to drive the most demanding headphones up to 600? with excellent dynamics and clarity. The E9 also serves as a dock for the E7 USB DAC and portable amp. When combined, the E9 and E7 becomes a seamless high fidelity audio interface for any computer, allowing noisy internal sound cards in computers and laptops to be bypassed. With both a fixed and a volume controled line level output, the E9 functions well as a pre-amp for driving power amps or active monitors. Features - Two channel power output, with jacks for both 1/8"(3.5mm) and 1/4"(6.35mm) headphones - TI TPA6120 current feedback power amp with low noise, low distortion and high switching rate - Soft on/off with sealed relay protects power amplifier output - Smooth and low noise ALPS sealed potentiometer for volume control - Audio buffers using ultra-low distortion and low noise Burr-Brown OPA2134 op amps - Dock connector for E7 USB DAC, also provides charging power - Two gain levels: Low(10dB) and High (18dB) - Two line-level outputs: 1/8"(3.5mm) volume controlled, and stereo RCA fixed level - Internal power converter module with high efficiency, precision, and low noise Specifications - Output power: 1W (16?); 80mW (600?) - Headphone Impedance Range:16? ~ 600? - SNR: ?100dB (A weight)[LINE IN] - Distortion:

Details:
DetailValue
BrandFiiO
ColorBlack
EAN0649241870838
FeatureDock connector for E7 USB DAC, also provides charging power
Height3.8 inches
Length5.9 inches
Weight0.99 pounds
Width2.2 inches
LabelFiiO
List Price$199.95
ManufacturerFiiO
ModelE9
MPNE9
Package Quantity1
Product GroupCE
Product Type NameCONSUMER_ELECTRONICS
PublisherFiiO
StudioFiiO
TitleFiiO E9 Desktop Headphone Amplifier and Dock for E7 USB DAC
UPC649241870838
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