I just got the FiiO E5 and I have some really stupid questions, in list form:
1. I'm using the E5 with my Audio-Technica ATH-A700s, which have a frequency response of 5Hz-35000Hz. According to its specs, the E5 has a frequency response of 10Hz-100KHz. What will happen to the frequencies of 5Hz-9Hz?
2. I've noticed that, of the two provided, the shorter 3.5mm M/M cable with the L-bend at one end sounds better than the longer, straight straight cable (i.e. less hissing and interference). Is it feasible that getting a higher-quality 3.5mm M/M cable would decrease hissing at higher volumes even more, or am I just crazy/stupid?
I would also like to add that my E5 doesn't have the mystical "third setting." Disappointing.
Edit: Did some fiddling with the E5 and figured out that when turning up the volume all the way on my computer and using the E5 to control the volume (instead of doing it the other way around like I was previously), there is no audible hissing unless I turn the E5 up almost all the way, which disintegrates my eardrums. I can get a comfortable listening level after about 10 presses of the Vol+ button, and destroy my ears with about 18. Before, I had to press the Vol+ button 26 times to get a comfortable volume and 34 times to make my ears melt, and there was audible hissing throughout.
Even with that being said, I would still like to know if a higher-quality 3.5mm M/M cable would make any difference in sound quality.
Edited by Reznik - 4/8/11 at 5:47pm