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FiiO E1 + E7 (speculation-no-more) *now guest-starring: E9

post #1 of 622
Thread Starter 
First of, I am quite now ...

I just received an email from our friends over at FiiO (Thanks, James) with more information regarding their new amps, and this time I get the go-ahead to share them with all of you.

Here is the rendering of the new FiiO E1, an in-line amp for iPod. No production shot yet since FiiO has yet to make the final production model. It utilizes the power supply and line-out signal from iPod dock connection and incorporate an digital volume control as a remote. You can think of it as the union of E5 + LOD. The ETA is around end of August / early September. Not sure about the price yet.

Here are some pre-production shot of FiiO E7, FiiO upcoming USB DAC + AMP, note that this is not the final look (but it probably won't be too far off). Battery life is expected to be >100hrs, The 5 sides of the housing are CNC'ed aluminum (with harden acrylic on the last). ETA is estimated at December (likely around X'mas like the E5). There will be a dock planned for later release, which will enable remote control function and two line-out (one variable and one not) in case you want to connect it to speaker or use the DAC function only. E7 will have a special dock connector for docking and there is also plan for further accessories development, which will allow connection to desktop amp, mini Hi-Fi set, speaker and such. E7's price is estimated to be lower than US$100.

So, any thing else you want to know?

[UPDATE] 11/30/09

E1 has been sold on several webstore, such as Head-Direct, DealExtreme, MP4 Nation, etc. Several review can be found by searching the forum. A black edition will come on the next batch.

Here is the new rendering of E7: Along with some inner hardware changes and the face lift, the new casing is also slimmer than the previous prototype showed above.

This is the proposed E9 prototype. Basically it is desktop amp with an iPod / FiiO dock integration. You can either 1) dock you iPod / iPhone on E9 and feed it the line-out, 2) dock the E7 and give E9 the USB DAC function (E7 will feed line level signal from E7 DAC directly back to E9 amp section). You can think of E7 as E9's DAC module. or 3) Feed E9 a line-in analog signal, just like most other desktop amp. E9 will also feature a better, newly design amp section that is different from E7.

[UPDATE] 12/11/09

I just got more photos update from FiiO. The E7 shown here will be very close to the final version (I was told the final version will be better looking). Also, the will only be black color model (anodized aluminum housing). The buttons are full metal with highly polished glossy surface. So far the included accessories will be 1) decent quality 20cm 3.5mm-to-3.5mm interconnecting cable (not shown here), 2) soft pouch with velvet-like surface (similar to those in picture, but mod'ed for the amp) 3) rubber band (also similar to the one on the E5 in picture, but mod'ed) and 4) a good quality 120cm USB cable.

[UPDATE] 12/28/09
Just got these, the official spec and features:

Internal circuit:
USB interface: PCM2706
DAC : WM8740
Low pass filter, buffer, pre-amp: OPA2338UA
Headphone amp:TPA 6130A
Coupling capacitors: ELNA PURECAP
Power supply: build in 1100mAh Li‐polymer battery

Amp section:
Power output: 135mW x 2 @ 16-Ohm
THD+N: 0.08% @ 25 mW, 1 kHz
S/N: 98dB @ 40mW

DAC section:
USB 2.0 compatible
Supports 44.1kHz and 48kHz native sampling rates, 16bits.

Main features:
  1. Designed to compete with Portable amp / DAC twice its price.
  2. Build in USB interface and high quality DAC for PC/MAC/Notebook/Netbook, converting digital signal to analog music signal to headphone out and line out.
  3. Line in function.
  4. Dual headphone output socket (3.5mm)
  5. Real line out (3.5mm jack) directly from DAC, bypassing amp section.
  6. Three levels Bass boost.
  7. Dockable.
  8. IR remote control (only supported in E9).
  9. 128x64 OLED displayer.
  10. Battery level display, charge status display.
  11. Sleep mode; auto power off support.
  12. Digital electronics volume control.
  13. Dedicated Power on/off switch!
  14. Charge switcher (selectable in menu).
  15. Build in 1100mAh Li‐polymer battery with charge control and battery protection.
  16. Estimated 60hrs runtime at maximum ouput.

3.5mm stereo cable
USB cable with dual magnet core
Silicone band
Carry bag
post #2 of 622
The fiio E7 looks very sexy! I really consider buying E7 to replace my E5 once it's on the market! And the price is as always very realistic!
Edit: Are there any specifications yet (on both)?
post #3 of 622
Thread Starter 
Official spec has not been released yet. I'll update the thread as soon as I get them.
post #4 of 622
oooooohhh that looks really nice
post #5 of 622
I would never think that FiiO had a future, but I guess I'm wrong.
post #6 of 622
Wow. Yeah, that is nice.
post #7 of 622
Thread Starter 
Here are some very rough idea of spec. Basically these are info I got very early on (few moths ago) in the beginning of the designing phase. So these could be totally wrong but I think it might give you an idea of how the actual spec might look like.

E1: Price target around US$30
Output power: 120mW
THD+Noise: 0.0080%
S/N ratio: 100dB
Frequency response: 20-40kHz
Playtime: Depend on the ipod/iphone
Power: Powered by iPod/iPhone

E7: Price target around US$80
Output power: 150mW
THD+Noise: 0.0060%
S/N ratio: 105dB
Frequency response: 20-40kHz
Playtime: >100hrs (current estimation)
Power: Build in Li-ion battery

[EDIT] Did I mention that E7 will probably have adjustable bass boost?
post #8 of 622
This is gorgeous. More amp companies should look at this from an ID standpoint.

Anticipating a good release/sale history.
post #9 of 622
Wanna see how the E7 compares to the nuforce icon mobile.

Might have to get rid of mine.
post #10 of 622
I'll be getting both when they come out for kicks and giggles. I like FiiO so far, and thier products show improvement with each new part.
post #11 of 622
Hmmm now I do wait for the E7 or go ahead and see what the E5 is like anyway? Its only £13 on eBay......
post #12 of 622
Get an E5. It's nice.
post #13 of 622
Very interesting. I probably won't be buying these, but I can't wait to read some reviews.
post #14 of 622
So would the E1 be considered a successor to the E5 in terms of sound quality or is it a more compact version of it that sacrifices it instead?
post #15 of 622
Is the dock a seperate accessory to allow for pre-amp'd output for use on active speakers and such, or will it be an upgrade to the E7 itself? Any idea of when the dock will be available and pricing?

Any chance of a USB input?
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