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post #511 of 543

Im about to get a new amp but my dac is still the fiio e7(might upgrade sometime in the futrue) but i would still like to use the fiio e9 every now and then. My question is when my E7+E9 are connected together, is there a way to have the E7 act as the dac running out to my other amp without removing it from the E9 dock and replacing the usb cable.

post #512 of 543
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Originally Posted by justie View Post

Im about to get a new amp but my dac is still the fiio e7(might upgrade sometime in the futrue) but i would still like to use the fiio e9 every now and then. My question is when my E7+E9 are connected together, is there a way to have the E7 act as the dac running out to my other amp without removing it from the E9 dock and replacing the usb cable.



Sure, you can use the line out on the back of the E9, and connect to your new amp. the line out of the E9 is come from E7.

post #513 of 543

I received both the Fiio E7 and E9 for a gift for my birthday, and after trying them out with my Sennheiser 595s, honestly im not all that impressed. It may be just the fact that the 595s dont benefit much from them, i do plan to buy another set of headphones, but the glowing reviews ive seen so far arent so true. It is better than my computers onboard, but only the tinniest bit. It requires me to listen extremely closely to notice, and most of the time i cant tell.

 

Sadly the amplification of the E7 isnt as much as one would hope for $100 either. I own the E5 as well, and again sadly it amplifies the sound further than the E7. Im keeping my hopes up atm, but i really would be disapointed to have gotten such a waste if there is no improvement in the future.

 

Has anyone else seen better/the same results? 

post #514 of 543

PC with Foobar2000 > E7 > E9 > Headphones will be a good combo.  How good for the HD 595 is a mystery for me, its been forever since Ive heard it.  But, this combo is excellent with my HD 598.  Remember the E7 is only 25% amp and 75% Dac, odds are great it will not power full size cans nicely, it doesnt have enough output to do them justice.  

 

Also look into using Wasapi if you haven't already, a free codec addon for Foobar that will increase sound quality over just the onboard sound.  It toggles on and off easily in the File menu, life without Wasapi is meaningless to me :P  

post #515 of 543
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Originally Posted by swbf2cheater View Post

PC with Foobar2000 > E7 > E9 > Headphones will be a good combo.  How good for the HD 595 is a mystery for me, its been forever since Ive heard it.  But, this combo is excellent with my HD 598.  Remember the E7 is only 25% amp and 75% Dac, odds are great it will not power full size cans nicely, it doesnt have enough output to do them justice.  

 

Also look into using Wasapi if you haven't already, a free codec addon for Foobar that will increase sound quality over just the onboard sound.  It toggles on and off easily in the File menu, life without Wasapi is meaningless to me :P  



I started using WASAPI a few weeks ago, really made a difference in clarity and black background in music. One annoyance though - I can't play anything else simultaneous to music playback now because of WASAPI (e.g. Youtube / lecture recordings / etc), and can't even "pause" foobar to resume listening to other things, instead I have to fully stop in foobar.

 

Is there anyway to circumvent that?

post #516 of 543
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Originally Posted by swbf2cheater View Post

PC with Foobar2000 > E7 > E9 > Headphones will be a good combo.  How good for the HD 595 is a mystery for me, its been forever since Ive heard it.  But, this combo is excellent with my HD 598.  Remember the E7 is only 25% amp and 75% Dac, odds are great it will not power full size cans nicely, it doesnt have enough output to do them justice.  

 

Also look into using Wasapi if you haven't already, a free codec addon for Foobar that will increase sound quality over just the onboard sound.  It toggles on and off easily in the File menu, life without Wasapi is meaningless to me :P  



I prefer ASIO due to the added bass that WASAPI adds to my IEMs/cans. Then again my IEMs/Cans are bass heavy to begin with so its noticeable for me. FX700/Denon 5000/IE8. For bass light phones or more neutral sounding cans I'd use WASAPI.

post #517 of 543
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post



I started using WASAPI a few weeks ago, really made a difference in clarity and black background in music. One annoyance though - I can't play anything else simultaneous to music playback now because of WASAPI (e.g. Youtube / lecture recordings / etc), and can't even "pause" foobar to resume listening to other things, instead I have to fully stop in foobar.

 

Is there anyway to circumvent that?



I think you have to turn of give WASAPI exclusive control for volume and that should do it. But if you play other things while your music is going you gonna get clipping.

post #518 of 543

After listening through the E7 for the past couple of months, I start to appreciate the real improvement (which I did not realize initially for some reason): soundstage improvement! Especially those with human voices and instruments, they actually give off a 3-dimensional feel now, instead of just plain point sources of sound. It's like I can hear the reverbs and sound bouncing off and interacting with the surrounding spaces of those singers / instruments.

post #519 of 543

Hi. I got the Fiio E7 some time ago.. but I still can't get it to drive through usb! I'm running windows 7 x32 but it says that the drivers could not be found (Code 28). Could someone plz direct me to a place where i can download the drivers? Thx

post #520 of 543

(noob alert!)

I'm planning to get a pair of Sennheiser HD 598s this month, and am considering this FiiO E7 to compliment them.  Right now I have no DAC or Amp, so this will be my first.  I'll be running it out of my iPod Touch (4th gen) sometimes, sometimes my Macbook Pro, and sometimes my Pioneer Elite receiver (I love that the E7 has 2 headphone outs!).  

 

It seems like a lot of you have tried the HD 598 + E7 combo and say it works well, is that the case?  Do you think the E7 alone will be a noticeable improvement for me, or is it not that useful without the E9 dock? 

post #521 of 543
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Originally Posted by jedipastor View Post

(noob alert!)

I'm planning to get a pair of Sennheiser HD 598s this month, and am considering this FiiO E7 to compliment them.  Right now I have no DAC or Amp, so this will be my first.  I'll be running it out of my iPod Touch (4th gen) sometimes, sometimes my Macbook Pro, and sometimes my Pioneer Elite receiver (I love that the E7 has 2 headphone outs!).  

 

It seems like a lot of you have tried the HD 598 + E7 combo and say it works well, is that the case?  Do you think the E7 alone will be a noticeable improvement for me, or is it not that useful without the E9 dock? 

 

I think the combo is really nice, i hear a big improvement with the amp, for me more than with the dac working alone, with an amp the music is more "full"
 

 

post #522 of 543
post #523 of 543

I got my Fiio E7 yesterday.

It sounds good, but actually I was expecting even more than this. Still, I'm pleased with the acquisition.

 

First, I plugged it to my PC and used the HD555 (Senn) - The soundstage is really improved and you can hear a lot of details. I like this a lot. Unfortunately, the bass imo is quite poor. Weaker than the one from the PC sound card directlly. I don't know why. Even on the Level 3 EQ. (Btw...I have a Realtek integrated soundcard, so nothing special.)

Using the AKG K518, it sounds really good and the bass is quite good...obvious better than before. Unfortunately, these cans don't have the same soundstage as the HD555. But I'm very pleased with this combination anyway.

 

Using the E7 with my iRiver Spinn, the differences are quite small compared to the normal Spinn sound. The observations are the same as above. Maybe the iRiver Spinn has a good internal DAC/AMP? Still, thin sound for HD555 and good bass on K518.

 

Is there any LOD for the iRiver spinn? To use the DAC of the E7? Will there be any difference? (I'm quite noob in these matters so sorry if the question is dumb) :).

 

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post #524 of 543

I'm planning on ordering the E9 and waiting for the E17 which is an upgrade from the E7. How good is the combo, is it worth it to wait?

post #525 of 543

Anyone have problems with the dac only operating one channel when used as a dac in windows 7?

 

I can just about hear the other channel, but it's way off.

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