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post #31 of 543

Im going to buy iBasso D2+ Boa, havent received them yet.


Im pretty sure the soundstage for the e7 is better then e5 considering the price for each items.

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Originally Posted by aspenx View Post

I wouldn't venture so far as to declare any upgrade decision as "best" but I sure am enjoying my W1000x much more than my m50s.

 

The problem however is that the m50s sound pretty close to the W1000x without any dedicated DAC nor amp. Eventually, you'll want to get an amp and DAC if you're still not satisfied. It's sort of a chicken-and-egg problem to me. I'd still want to get a DAC/amp anyways if I were you, if only to see how much more I can get out of the m50s.

 

Back on the topic, has anyone compared the amp stages of the E5 and E7?
 


 

post #32 of 543

I do listen to music through FLAC and ALAC through my touch. But I'm convinced my next upgrade is gonna be new headphones which hopefully will run decent through my laptop and ipod, so that I dont have to go for DAC/amp immediately.

I'm gonna get out of here and camp in the other forum. 

 

PS: @aspenx Whoa thats a jump from $100 phones to $600+ Wish I could do that !

 

post #33 of 543


haha ok. You can always use other forums other then head-fi, just remember to visit sometimes

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Originally Posted by rdnrvn View Post

I do listen to music through FLAC and ALAC through my touch. But I'm convinced my next upgrade is gonna be new headphones which hopefully will run decent through my laptop and ipod, so that I dont have to go for DAC/amp immediately.

I'm gonna get out of here and camp in the other forum. 

 

PS: @aspenx Whoa thats a jump from $100 phones to $600+ Wish I could do that !

 

post #34 of 543

I meant full size Headphones section. There's vast amount of information on head-fi, I dont need to look elsewhere. 
 

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haha ok. You can always use other forums other then head-fi, just remember to visit sometimes


 


 

post #35 of 543

Yeah, Head-Fi has many info. Just don't look too long or you'll start using a lot of money.
 

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I meant full size Headphones section. There's vast amount of information on head-fi, I dont need to look elsewhere. 
 


 

post #36 of 543

 

Like I said, you won't appreciate the difference between the cans without a good source and amp that complements your headphones well.

 

The price difference between the headphones don't mean a thing sonically if you don't have a proper setup, really. It will be difficult to find another pair of full-size headphones worth buying that will sound as great as the m50s without an amp.

 

PS: My W1000x cost quite a lot less than $600+ for BRAND NEW.

 

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PS: @aspenx Whoa thats a jump from $100 phones to $600+ Wish I could do that !

 


 

post #37 of 543

True. But I have to start somewhere.  Either get phones first or amp first.

 

I'm considering one of the Grados cuz I listen mainly to rock music. Has anyone tried the E7 with any Grados yet?

 


 

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Originally Posted by aspenx View Post

 

Like I said, you won't appreciate the difference between the cans without a good source and amp that complements your headphones well.

 

The price difference between the headphones don't mean a thing sonically if you don't have a proper setup, really. It will be difficult to find another pair of full-size headphones worth buying that will sound as great as the m50s without an amp.

 

PS: My W1000x cost quite a lot less than $600+ for BRAND NEW.

 


 

post #38 of 543

nice impressions ,what is the volume like with these ,dose it make a noticeable difference 
 

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Originally Posted by Conrthomas View Post

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

USB-Mini Cable

3.5mm right angle to 3.5mm straight 4" patch cable

Instruction Manual

 

First Impression:

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.

 

EDIT:

 

Sound:

(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.

 

Overall impression:

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.

post #39 of 543
Thread Starter 

The Volume output of the Fiio E7 is pretty nice. I usually listen at 20/60 volume when connected through a line out from my iPod, and same level when used as a USB DAC. It is definitely loud enough to do some damage if you listen at full volume.

post #40 of 543

 

Anyone else getting static intermittently with their E7?  I was running LOD from my iPad and sometimes I'd get the low volume static.  It seemed liked it would go away after shifting it around a bit.  Could be the cables, I suppose since I was running it with a 3.5mm extension cable.

 

-john

post #41 of 543
Thread Starter 

@ccfoodog

Yes it is most likely the cable. I would assume you need to replace the Line Out cable's 3.5mm jack as one of the wires could have some loose internally.

 

Also,

Which line out cable are you using?

post #42 of 543

I just won one of these in a contest.

post #43 of 543
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I just won one of these in a contest.


congratulations

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Originally Posted by Conrthomas View Post

The Volume output of the Fiio E7 is pretty nice. I usually listen at 20/60 volume when connected through a line out from my iPod, and same level when used as a USB DAC. It is definitely loud enough to do some damage if you listen at full volume.


Thanks ,thats interesting , which generation of ipod are you using with it ? as the earlier ipods go louder than te latest models 

post #45 of 543

I'm using a Sendstation Line Out Mini USB and a Cardas 6" mini to mini.  HOWEVER, with the iPad, I use a generic extension cable in addition because it is too cumbersome otherwise.

 

I'm pretty sure the Sendstation LOD and the mini cable are without issues as I use them all the time with my Touch.  Actually, I use the extension cable by itself a lot and haven't had issues.  Maybe more of an issue with the number of components strung together, or possibly a lack of shielding issue?

 

I'll have to try it with my iPod Touch a bit and see if the problem shows up without the extension.  I also received my Camera Connection Kit, so in the future I'll be connecting via USB and using the DAC.

 

-john


Edited by ccfoodog - 8/10/10 at 1:32pm
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