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post #31 of 64
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i just found out what sound card the school computers has. it is a sigma tel hd audio card. how does it compare to the fiio e7.

post #32 of 64

Uuuh.. isn't sigma tel hd audio on-board? Dell computers?


Edited by eriktheg - 6/1/11 at 8:46pm
post #33 of 64

If it's a school machine, it's likely it's also on-board.

 

Casey - I have both a desktop (roughly 5yo home built Q6600 quad on a P5Q Pro mobo), and also a much newer Asus 1015PED netbook.  Even though the netbook is only about a year old, the desktop's on-board sound is considerably better than the netbook.

 

The E7 I have gives a small but noticeable improvement over the desktop, and quite a large improvement over the netbook.

 

I think your main set-up was a laptop right?  If it is - you're definitely likely to notice a good improvement with the E7.  It does have a very DAC which gives a very good clean signal.

 

It will depend on your gear - but price to performance ratio - for your position now - should be worth it.

post #34 of 64
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Originally Posted by Brooko View Post

If it's a school machine, it's likely it's also on-board.

 

Casey - I have both a desktop (roughly 5yo home built Q6600 quad on a P5Q Pro mobo), and also a much newer Asus 1015PED netbook.  Even though the netbook is only about a year old, the desktop's on-board sound is considerably better than the netbook.

 

The E7 I have gives a small but noticeable improvement over the desktop, and quite a large improvement over the netbook.

 

I think your main set-up was a laptop right?  If it is - you're definitely likely to notice a good improvement with the E7.  It does have a very DAC which gives a very good clean signal.

 

It will depend on your gear - but price to performance ratio - for your position now - should be worth it.

ok thanks. would it be worth it to buy a more expensive dac?

 

also does the fiio e5 still allow sound to pass through if the battery is dead. i ordered a fiio l3 and my ipod touch's audio input is broken so i figured it would work well as an audio input. am i correct in this assumption? i also assume the fiio e7 will do well for this also. personally i will own both.


 

 

post #35 of 64
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Originally Posted by eriktheg View Post

Uuuh.. isn't sigma tel hd audio on-board? Dell computers?



well perhaps, but the school computers were not dells. even if it was onboard it made a tremendous difference compared to both my ipod and my laptop which i had on me at the time.

post #36 of 64
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ok thanks. would it be worth it to buy a more expensive dac?

 

also does the fiio e5 still allow sound to pass through if the battery is dead. i ordered a fiio l3 and my ipod touch's audio input is broken so i figured it would work well as an audio input. am i correct in this assumption? i also assume the fiio e7 will do well for this also. personally i will own both.

 


Casey

Re the more expensive DAC - that's something only you can answer.  It depends on your finances, whether you think your current source and headphones will benefit etc.  Personally - for my set-up (and yours is kind of similar) - the E7 does everything I need it to do for now.  If I go HD650 or higher in another year or so - I 'may' look for something else.  But with my gear at the moment - for me - spending much more on a DAC would be overkill.  Eventually I'd like to go higher resolution (24/96) - but I don't need it for now.  I have no high res files, and to be quite honest, I'm enjoying my redbook / standard CD quality.

 

Re your question on the audio out - you might need to clarify.  I'm assuming your dock on the touch is OK, but your H/P out is broken.  In that case - you can use a LOD from the dock to an amp, and you'll get sound.  It should be a cleaner signal from the dock as well.  The E5 will not give you any sound unless it is actually active (charged) - as it's replacing the IPOD internal amp.

 

The E7 will also work with the same LOD, so you're covered there.

post #37 of 64
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well perhaps, but the school computers were not dells. even if it was onboard it made a tremendous difference compared to both my ipod and my laptop which i had on me at the time.



Definitely onboard.  Laptops usually have the integrated audio chipset too close to other components which introduce interference (not to mention it being a great place to cut corners in order to meet size restraints),  so no huge shocker there.

post #38 of 64
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ok my fiio e5 arrived today and holy mother fudging fudgesicle. they sound fantastic. the fiio e5 made a tremendous difference. i don't care what any of you say this made it so much better. a review will follow.

post #39 of 64

Glad you like it!

a big jump up in the richness and punchyness departments no?

post #40 of 64
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Glad you like it!

a big jump up in the richness and punchyness departments no?



yes and the harshness is gone.

post #41 of 64
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i can also play louder without a worsening of quality.

post #42 of 64

I totally agree with your asessment here.  I find that while the 840 sounds excellent unamped, it goes another level when amped.  Enjoy your new found audio nirvana!biggrin.gif

post #43 of 64
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i just ordered a fiio e7 so i will do an update when it comes.

 

also i sort of ripped on the durability of these in my review but after having them for 4 months i see no way these will break unless horribly mistreated. even the cords jutting out the side feel solid to me. i will bump up the durability to a 4/5.

 

also these headphones are not harsh that was my music. and i cannot hate on a pair of headphones when it's not their fault.

 

but to try a new sound signature i also ordered the alessandro ms1. i will do a comparison between the two once they arrive.

post #44 of 64

I too am interested to hear what that special Grado mid-range is all about.  In the not too distant future I think I'll get a pair, also I think you'll going to really like sound of your 840 out of the E7.

post #45 of 64
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I too am interested to hear what that special Grado mid-range is all about.  In the not too distant future I think I'll get a pair, also I think you'll going to really like sound of your 840 out of the E7.



i sure hope so. i am looking forward to it. and like i said i will write a review on the fiio e7 and how it runs my shure srh840. i will also do a comparison between the alessandro ms1 and the shure srh840.

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