I think it sounds quite nice. My 'phones are holding it back though...
But I remember it putting out sound on high level some years back. When it was filled with Apple Lossless files, and played through LOD -> Tomahawk -> UM2.
looks clean, but I wonder about the use of the fiio; the W3 are very easy to drive and certainly have enough bass. would it not be more portable and possibly better sounding without it??
Thanks Krmathis for compliment, its really clean and definitely good sounding. However regarding the Fiio comment, I think it does add a little to clarity - whether its placebo or not. I'm certain I (or my brain) can hear a slight difference to the better side. And the bass-boost button can come handy for different genres such as psytrance or debassed hip-hop tracks. Let us not forget that it looks a bit more advanced and I love the look people give me when I take out my bigger-than-average-rig.
atleast i say that my IE8 sounds a little better with the fiio E5 in line between the dap and phones. the fiio increases the soundstage a lil bit, tightens the bass (bass-boost off) a bit, adds that last bit of sparkle and air b/w the instruments and vocals.
My portable rigs.... the mini to mini on the fuze will be replaced with a LOD by the end of the week and in the process for a trade of the 80gb classic ipod for a 5th gen ipod video 60gb plus cash (so it can be rockboxed and play flacs)