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just from this thread, and no one has had too much say about a direct comparison between the two beyond speculatoin to justify the $20 (or so) difference to me. i admit the rest of the porta-amp section of the forums outside this thread is still pretty foreign to me.... ^^;;

at this point unless a reviewer directly compares them, I won't really know until this releases in May. so far though, I'm leaning towards the E7 for its slightly lower price w/additional amp function, if the DAC function isn't significantly different.

I'm still curious tho about any other DAC options?

just from this thread, and no one has had too much say about a direct comparison between the two beyond speculatoin to justify the $20 (or so) difference to me. i admit the rest of the porta-amp section of the forums outside this thread is still pretty foreign to me.... ^^;;

at this point unless a reviewer directly compares them, I won't really know until this releases in May. so far though, I'm leaning towards the E7 for its slightly lower price w/additional amp function, if the DAC function isn't significantly different.

I'm still curious tho about any other DAC options?

[update] okay so I decided to stop being lazy and used the search button for "DAC"s to find my answer. I went back almost 10 pages and couldn't find many less than $100, and a lot of the results that came up weren't even suitable for "portable" use--it doesn't have to fit in my pocket, but must atleast be able to travel w/my laptop. Looks at the <$100 price point it's only the FiiO E7 or the uDAC (and possibly the Fireye II, but no really strong reviews for it).
post #122 of 195
You can get one now for $82.
DealExtreme: $81.19 Fiio E7 1.1" OLED USB DAC 3.5mm Earphone Volume Booster Power Amplifier (Black)
post #123 of 195
small update of our E7, please visit

http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f180/n...our-e7-479527/
post #124 of 195
Anyway! will answer any quesiton about our amp in our sub forum!

James From FiiO
post #125 of 195
I just did something stupid, I just did an impulse buy on the E5 when I was fully aware that the E7 would be coming out soon. I thought I read something about the E7 being similar to the E5 in sound quality with just a USB DAC function tacked on. (I'm clearly wrong from gathering more anecdotes!!)

I will use the E5 to power my Ipod Nano 1G with my Audio Technica ATH-SQ5 for the mean time. I'm planning to upgrade to AD700's and to a Cowon S9.

Now I'm wondering if it'll be worth it to upgrade to an E7 when I have both upgrades? I think the E5 will primarily just work as a volume booster for the AD700's on the S9, but I'm wondering if the E7 will have any significant differences SQ wise?
post #126 of 195
Thread Starter 
I think E7 amp section can definitely keep up with most sub$100 portable amp in the market. There are a few that do sound a little better than E7, but none of them has DAC as good as that on E7 (if they have it at all).
post #127 of 195
In particular, the digital volume control is going to be helpful for IEMs. Pretty useless to have a pot which only starts to track properly at ear blasting volume
post #128 of 195
The E7 has given my AD700s greater clarity and punchier bass.
post #129 of 195
How does it play with the HD650? Anyone have any impressions with the two .
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what is this for
post #131 of 195
Attaching the E7 to your MP3 player. Think rubber band
post #132 of 195
so is there still no official release date for the E7?
post #133 of 195
Thread Starter 
No, not yet.
post #134 of 195
Bummer. Really want to get my hands on one. I'm not a big amp guy, but I did just purchase the PK1 so I REALLY need an amp now.
post #135 of 195
Got an email answer from Fiio this morning. The E7 is set for a May 10 release. Hope that's true! This will be my first true portable amp. Toyed with the Bithead, but it's just too big to lug around.
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