Yesterday, I received my Fiio E7 USB DAC/Headphone Amplifier in the mail.
Out of the Box:
The E7 came in a nice, easy to unwrap plastic box-like-thing, and was undamaged on arrival. I ordered mine from Micca Store through Amazon.com. The ETA was August 3rd, but I actually got it much earlier, having ordered it USPS on July 24th.
What's In the Box:
Fiio E7 DAC/Amp
Silicone sleeve for E7
Velvet pouch for E7
Large, thick rubber band for securing E7 to portable audio player
3.5mm right angle to 3.5mm straight 4" patch cable
Very small. Also very Very nice construction, anodized aluminium and what looks like a plexiglass screen. The OLED display is bright, but not overly bright, in my opinion. It has an overall rugged look and feel. The 3.5mm jacks have a lot or push-in force and pull-out force, meaning you can't accidentally unplug it. Very nice, I plugged it into my Windows & PC and it instantly recognized it as a USB DAC and started working immediately.
(Disclaimer: I was using non-burned in ATH-A700s.)
The sound out of this little box is nothing short of amazing in my opinion, at this price point. There was an instant improvement in sound quality over the line out and headphone out of my M-Audio USB interface. The frequency range is very wide and large enough to cover the audible range of just about any headphones.The Bass is balanced, not overpowering, even on the 0 bass boost setting. The bass boost setting, labeled "EQ" in the system menu (?) works great too. on settings 1 and 2 there isn't a whole lot of noticeable boost. Ont the highest boost setting, 3, there is an increased bassiness that is not overpowering. The midrange is balanced and clear, and probably only sounds a little scooped because my ATH-A700s don't have as much midrange as other headphones. I found the highs to be clear and crisp. It is also worth mentioning that when used with a line out cable for an iPod, the sound from the player is much better.
Great little amp, definitely worth the price. Comes with great accessories and even greater sound. The overall sound it somewhat warm, which is great because it reminds me of the warmth of classic tube amps. I will definitely be bringing this with me on plane rides and car trips, especially given the 80 hour battery life.
Edited by Conrthomas - 7/30/10 at 11:19am