Originally Posted by 4sound
This design looks really interesting for iPod users that want something dirt cheap. I see it is available thru Head-Direct for the same price as an E5. Has anyone got one of these yet and did a comparison to the E5?
I received mine from Head-Direct today (yay for shipping out of NYC!). I've only listened briefly, but the sound is MUCH improved from the E5. I immediately noticed a much wider soundstage, especially on "Dead Flag Blues" by Godspeed You! Black Emperor. The highs and mids are more prominent and crisp than with the E5, but not overly so. The bass isn't as deep as the E5 with bass-boost on, but it's comparable to bass-boost off, except more refined. I cannot tell if the increase in sound quality is due to use of line-out, rather than headphone jack, but nonetheless, I MUCH prefer it to my E5. The controls are much appreciated, as my clickwheel is starting to die out. I was thinking about purchasing a Zune HD + a pair of Sleek Audio SA1s, but after this purchase, I think I'll wait until my iPod dies.
My setup was:
iPod Classic 6th Gen (160GB- 2007, not 2009) -> E5 via headphone jack -> NuForce NE-8s
iPod Classic 6th Gen (160GB- 2007, not 2009) -> E1 via line out -> NE'8s
I'd highly recommend it over the E5, unless you plan on moving away from the iPod line anytime soon.