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post #1156 of 1323
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Originally Posted by Digital-Pride View Post



Unfortunately, there are still some in the forum who still look down on Chinese-based gear.  A shame really, there is some really nice gear coming out of there.  I seems Chinese manufacturers have to shed that old reputation just as Japanese manufacturers did in the 1970's and 80's.



Agreed.

 

I am quite impressed with my Chinese Yulong D100, for instance... and I know I am FAR from alone

post #1157 of 1323

fiio e9 is great.

post #1158 of 1323

Wow! After burning in (not officially but have been listening to music throughout the weekend) the E9 has opened up more with more revealing detailed treble. Now my SRH940 is back to a dynamic and punchy detail monster!

 

dL

post #1159 of 1323

With solid state the only burning-in I can think of is yours ears :)

 

In any case I love my e9 as well, powering my DT 880 600ohms (low gain most of the time and high gain for films to stay in the 9 to 12 zone on the volume pot).  

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With solid state the only burning-in I can think of is yours ears :)

 

In any case I love my e9 as well, powering my DT 880 600ohms (low gain most of the time and high gain for films to stay in the 9 to 12 zone on the volume pot).  



Ok maybe i'm a noob but what does the gain switch do?

post #1161 of 1323

It changes the amplifier gain setting between high and low. Try it while you're listening, and you'll hear what it does... wink.gif
 

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Ok maybe i'm a noob but what does the gain switch do?



 

post #1162 of 1323

The Mike guy@ Headfonia (?) likes the FiiO D3/E9 better than the E7/E9 combo.  I will receive the D3 soon to put his review attest.

 

I really like these budget gadgets from China. Reliability or not, only time can tell but I look at most of the electronic gadgets as disposable items one way or another. Even if it does not break , there is always something new to replace it anyway. As long as it sounds good enough and looks nice enough, I am in. E17 is my next budget purchase before I am really wanting to invest into something like Burson amp.

 

 


Edited by ACDOAN - 1/18/12 at 8:32pm
post #1163 of 1323
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Originally Posted by kalston View Post

With solid state the only burning-in I can think of is yours ears :)

 

In any case I love my e9 as well, powering my DT 880 600ohms (low gain most of the time and high gain for films to stay in the 9 to 12 zone on the volume pot).  



I think more likely it will be his wallet. gs1000.gif

post #1164 of 1323

I think you're mistaking Mike@Heafonia with Donunus@Headfonics, no? I don't think Mike ever reviewed the D3, and Donunus was the one who wrote about that preference: http://headfonics.com/2011/09/fiio-d3-dac-its-a-keeper/
 

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The Mike guy@ Headfonia (?) likes the FiiO D3/E9 better than the E7/E9 combo...

 

 

post #1165 of 1323

I have borrowed FiiO E9 again and again I doesn't see this equipment to be worth any penny and to be a good companion to as decent headphones as K701, DT880, K272HD, and even any other twice as cheaper.
FiiO E9 steals too much from the soul of the sound like any other equipment designed according to dry specification, technically perfect, but overcomlpicated and medicore in the result.

Maybe swaping of op-amp to OPA2111 helps, but there is one more to go: unfamous TI Direct Path TPA6120, which can't be replaced by anything better.


Edited by borizm - 1/20/12 at 8:38am
post #1166 of 1323

It's true the E9 has a slightly recessed mid-range and a more analytical sound, but it's not the horrible sounding device you make it to be.  It's a BUDGET amp.  It's not meant to compete with 1000 dollar amps.  It's an affordable option for those looking for their first desktop quality amp, with its ability to drive higher impedance headphones. 

 

Is it perfect?  No.  Are there better options?  Absolutely.  But, for budding audiophiles looking for affordable gear, one could worse than the E9.


Edited by Digital-Pride - 1/24/12 at 2:24pm
post #1167 of 1323
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Originally Posted by putente View Post

I think you're mistaking Mike@Heafonia with Donunus@Headfonics, no? I don't think Mike ever reviewed the D3, and Donunus was the one who wrote about that preference: http://headfonics.com/2011/09/fiio-d3-dac-its-a-keeper/
 

 

 



My bad. You're correct.

post #1168 of 1323

Hi everyone,

 

I am relatively new to the audiophile world and am thinking about getting the e9 to power a couple of headphones. However, I would like to know if there would be a considerable difference from the setup that I have now. I am currently running both a Sennheiser HD558 and HD410SL through an old NAD 3020 Stereo receiver, which is fed by a older (but decent) Sony CD player. I want to connect the Sony to the e9 so I can free up the NADs for my stereo system. I've been told that both NAD and Sony machines were pretty good back in the day.

I tried the e9 today in a local shop, but I could only run it through my iPod to test. There was a pleasant difference with the e9 in the chain, but will I experience something similar with my home setup or is it worth shelling out more money for a much better amp? Unfortunately, I am on a bit of a budget, which is why I have my eyes on the e9.

 

Thanks for any advice!

post #1169 of 1323

Alright. I don't know if this is normal or not.

 

First of all, it is not a static noise. It is a very minor annoyance.

 

When you don't turn the knob for awhile, and as soon as you start turning, it seems a bit sticky and it physically makes a clicking/rubbing noise as if it is against some type of friction. However, it goes away right after until you leave the volume knob steady again and wait awhile. 

 

It was ok when I first bought it and now that I had a for a week I start to notice that. Everytime I need to make a small volume adjustment it seems to have this clicking/rubbing/friction noise. Again, it's not a static hiss or anything.

 

dL

post #1170 of 1323

I currently have the e9+e17 setup. I'm using them for my K702 and DT990/600. While I don't have any other amps to compare them with, i will say that i love how they sound and i think the e9+e17 setup pairs greatly with my k702 and dt990. 

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