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FiiO e7/e9 or Xonar STX

post #1 of 32
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I just order the e7/e9 combo for $200, which I will be receiving this Thursday.

 

I looked around the forums and saw that it only support an output of 48KHz sample rate. Most of my music is encoded in 44.1KHz though.

 

My question is if I will lose any quality since I am restricted to only running 48KHz (which I will either let the DAC do it for me, or up/re-sample my source material via Foobar.)

 

Note: I made this purchase  because my Essence STX (which I had planned to return) was exhibiting white noise when set at 44.1KHz, it goes away when set to any other sample rate (I found this out after ordering the combo.) So you see my problem... If I want to get rid of the white noise I have to set the STX to a sample rate other than 44.1KHz, and if I decide to keep the e7/e9 combo I will be limited to 48KHz.

 

Seems like either option will not yield what I want, unless up/re-sampling to 48KHz doesn't make a difference... Which will make both options be okay.

 

Thanks for your time!

 

 

post #2 of 32

E9 will handle up to 48k, just play your 44.1k files at their native rate and you'll be fine. I enjoy my E7/E9 combo very much.

post #3 of 32
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Originally Posted by ontherivet View Post

E9 will handle up to 48k, just play your 44.1k files at their native rate and you'll be fine. I enjoy my E7/E9 combo very much.


Thank you for the quick response! Knowing that makes me feel way better about my purchase. 

 

I am excited about doing some A-B testing before returning the STX.

 

post #4 of 32

Just a small correction, E7 is the one doing the DAC job. E9 takes over the amplification job.

post #5 of 32
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Who thinks I should keep the STX? I have read that the SQ is better on the STX...

post #6 of 32

I have the STX and I would highly recommend you keeping it. 
 

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Who thinks I should keep the STX? I have read that the SQ is better on the STX...



 

post #7 of 32
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Can you see if this happens to you?? >>> http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/546291/white-noise-coming-from-my-essence-stx-from-44-1khz#post_7475588
 

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I have the STX and I would highly recommend you keeping it. 
 



 



 

post #8 of 32

Yeah I do have that problem too. I have my sample rate set at 192khz and its still audible from time to time. Once the music kicks in it seems to completely go away but at the beginning of songs is when its most noticable.
 

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Can you see if this happens to you?? >>> http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/546291/white-noise-coming-from-my-essence-stx-from-44-1khz#post_7475588
 



 



 

post #9 of 32

The fiio combo can be set to 44.1KHz , go into the control panel > Hardware and sound > (under sound) manage audio devices > right click on "speakers"  usb audio device > properties > Advance, then from the drop down box you can choose 16bit 32KHz or 16bit 44.1KHz or 16bit 48KHz .

post #10 of 32
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I have the STX and I would highly recommend you keeping it. 
 

 

+1

 

I have an STX and the E7. To me the STX is unquestionably much better.
 

 

post #11 of 32
Thread Starter 

I did some A-B testing and the sound I got from the e7/e9 was better to my ears. The sound seemed much more separated and the sound staging was night and day. I tried playing some Empire of the Sun (lots of highs and lows) and the mids filled up way better than on my STX. Classical music was also more refined and the bass wasn't as muddy and unresponsive as the STX.

 

Overall I would say that the sound coming out of the FiiO e7/e9 is quicker, tighter and more responsive. 

 

My question is if the quality of the STX is that much better, would simply changing the opamps give me the difference that I am looking for?

 

I definitely want to stay with the better product of the two. It just might be that my cans (Ultrasone PRO900) like the e7/e9 better...

 

Thanks,

Giovanni

post #12 of 32

It's probably more that the E9 amplifies better than the STX. Try running the line outs from the STX into the E9 (you can do that right?) and see what you think. I know it is an inelegant solution but whatever sounds best eh?

The STX alone doesn't give much juice (despite the claims on the box). Rolling opamps won't change this.

 

I haven't tried the E9, just the E7. I do have an amp though (Einar Sound VC-01i), and the STX sounds clearly better through the amp than just through the headphone jack, even just with headphones like the MS1 and the AD900.

 

But in the end it's about what sounds best to you. If you are happy with E7/E9, keep it.


Edited by theeyealtering - 5/20/11 at 6:00am
post #13 of 32

keep the stx and get an amplifier, or you could replace the stx with an emu 1212, 1820 or 1616.

post #14 of 32
Thread Starter 

At that point I would be only paying for the DAC on the STX only, which is pretty expensive at $179. I decided to stay with the FiiO product and I am looking forward to them putting out the e17 which is supposed to do 96KHz/24bit and have a better DAC (and it docks into the e9)

 

Thanks for all your input guys! 
 

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Originally Posted by theeyealtering View Post

It's probably more that the E9 amplifies better than the STX. Try running the line outs from the STX into the E9 (you can do that right?) and see what you think. I know it is an inelegant solution but whatever sounds best eh?

The STX alone doesn't give much juice (despite the claims on the box). Rolling opamps won't change this.

 

I haven't tried the E9, just the E7. I do have an amp though (Einar Sound VC-01i), and the STX sounds clearly better through the amp than just through the headphone jack, even just with headphones like the MS1 and the AD900.

 

But in the end it's about what sounds best to you. If you are happy with E7/E9, keep it.



 

post #15 of 32
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Originally Posted by slidesear View Post

At that point I would be only paying for the DAC on the STX only, which is pretty expensive at $179.


 

That's the thing... For the DAC you get, it's actually pretty cheap.

 

But yeah, glad you're happy.

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