Took the liberty of linking to this thread in the old one (for people like me who were subscribed and waiting for news in there ><). Thanks for the info, ClieOS
For those wondering if they should get the E5 now or wait for the E7:
1.) The E7 is out in December! If you're willing to wait that long to get an amp, chances are you don't need one at all (or you're just looking to get the E5 for sport).
2.) The E7 looks to serve a completely different purpose if you ask me. It is not a tiny, cheap gadget to be used as a volume control and/or bass boost. It's looking to be a pretty serious piece of equipment (props to Fiio
), especially with a dock.
3.) The E5 is <$20. The E7 will be >$80. If you can't afford to spend $20 now and $80 at Christmas, pick the one that delivers what you need. There's no guarantee that the E7 will sound great (though Fiio has yet to dissapoint), so if you don't need it for the DAC, the E7 may not be for you...