Anyone use the E11 without the LOD? I'm using it with the Samsung Galaxy Note. No lineout in android phones, but I could use my Sony Walkman player and buy the LOD. Currently with the UE TF10s, I can barely tell any difference in sound quality with or without the E11. I'm planning on getting a higher end circumaural soon that will push the limits of the E11 later. Just wondering, should I expect a significant improvement with LOD vs connecting through the 3.5mm out?
I use the E11 without LOD on my Sansa Clip+ This is how I set it up. Also with TF10s.
Usually you would turn your players volume up to around 3/4 then use the amp, which I did for a long time but found causes distortion quickly. So, after being into car audio for many years and knowing a general rule of keeping your source volume as low as possible and setting your amps gain to a limit I now set the E11 at 6/8 and use the Clip+ Volume. I found it gives much better results when using this method. Try it for yourself and see if you notice a difference.
I also have a Sony Walkman which I use an L5 LOD with, for some reason the Walkmans LOD output is very low and you much turn the E11 up far louder than normal. it does not give satisfactory results so I don't bother anymore. I don't know how to explain the Walkmans LOD output technically I'm just running through my experience.