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post #1 of 75
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Let's talk about the outlook of E11 first, Fiio E11 is consistent special and beautiful  with  wi        with past model E7 which is a lightweight design and give up a dac function and display from E7. The body of E11 is casted by brushed aluminum to achieve lighter weight , only 65g, and the thickness of E11 is very thin, only 13mm. The volume bottom of E11 made ​​a turn-style system volume and system volume is enclosed by a plastic "bridge ", it is the charactistic of E11 and made it look and feel better.

In function, Fiio E11 has two stages of EQ function (i.e. off/1/2), I heard that  bass will be correspondingly increased when turned on, , in addition to bass EQ function , the human voice will be also  a corresponding bulge. There will be a little noise when the EQ turned on, but very mild only. In addition, E11 has the function of gain, so that further increase the power for use of high impedance headphones. The battery used on the  F11 is nokia BL-5B Lithium-Ion battery, which is easily replaced, and the charging time is shortly, just about 2 hours to get the full charging, but the drawback is that there cannot be used when the USB connected to E11 for charging the battery.

I am using the ipv (mod) player and UE tf 10pro  in - earom iinin-earphone, it found that the human voice   is the weal  is the weakness of the my system, but I started to use with E11 together with off EQ functions, the problem become solved and the bass is quite adequate, field and analytical are also good. E11  may be trended on the bass design,  the treble  is not so good    is not very attractive comparatively, but also have fair performance, hoping the treble will become better after burn in  , because I only heard it in very short time. In addition, the power of E11 is well, because I only turn on  2 degrees volume with off gain, is still adequate volume for my mind,

Finally, the price of E11 is reasonable and attractive compared with the same grading/ list price portable Amp in the market, but also in the exterior design, both functional and quality of sound are still attractive.

 

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 75

Great review. I love how my E11 sounds with my turbines.

post #3 of 75
I really like, too beautiful
post #4 of 75

Just got one of these with a LOD for iphone with EQu and SE530's.  I am really impressed.  I thought my iphone sounded pretty good by itself.  But a LOD and this amp take it to a whole new level.  So far it's the best sound I have heard, (the only other amp I have is a cmoy)   This amp is very small and quiet.  You can hear a very faint hiss when you turn it on, but I mean very faint, as in it's not dead quite, but it is VERY quiet.  For $65, it kicks butt big time.  It kind sux because before this I was happy with the sound of my iphone by itself.  Now I know better. (ignorance is bliss) The SE530 really come to life and l like them a whole lot more than I used to with a LOD and this amp driving them. The separation is much better, detail is better, bass is punchier and more impactful, which still very tight and controlled, and the overall sound is improved to the point I find myself listening to tracks I usually skip over because they sound so much better.   If you are thinking about a first amp for iphone/pod, get one of these with a LOD. 

post #5 of 75

i just wish it came with one of those little silk cases i see people with

 

post #6 of 75
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Originally Posted by CalB View Post

Let's talk about the outlook of E11 first, Fiio E11 is consistent special and beautiful  with  wi        with past model E7 which is a lightweight design and give up a dac function and display from E7. The body of E11 is casted by brushed aluminum to achieve lighter weight , only 65g, and the thickness of E11 is very thin, only 13mm. The volume bottom of E11 made ​​a turn-style system volume and system volume is enclosed by a plastic "bridge ", it is the charactistic of E11 and made it look and feel better.

In function, Fiio E11 has two stages of EQ function (i.e. off/1/2), I heard that  bass will be correspondingly increased when turned on, , in addition to bass EQ function , the human voice will be also  a corresponding bulge. There will be a little noise when the EQ turned on, but very mild only. In addition, E11 has the function of gain, so that further increase the power for use of high impedance headphones. The battery used on the  F11 is nokia BL-5B Lithium-Ion battery, which is easily replaced, and the charging time is shortly, just about 2 hours to get the full charging, but the drawback is that there cannot be used when the USB connected to E11 for charging the battery.

I am using the ipv (mod) player and UE tf 10pro  in - earom iinin-earphone, it found that the human voice   is the weal  is the weakness of the my system, but I started to use with E11 together with off EQ functions, the problem become solved and the bass is quite adequate, field and analytical are also good. E11  may be trended on the bass design,  the treble  is not so good    is not very attractive comparatively, but also have fair performance, hoping the treble will become better after burn in  , because I only heard it in very short time. In addition, the power of E11 is well, because I only turn on  2 degrees volume with off gain, is still adequate volume for my mind,

Finally, the price of E11 is reasonable and attractive compared with the same grading/ list price portable Amp in the market, but also in the exterior design, both functional and quality of sound are still attractive.

 

 

 

 

 



Gain doesn't increase power but sensitivity. There's a lo/hi power switch below the battery for that. Try low power under the battery (better balance) and high gain (less grain) on the side and see if you don't like the balance and treble quality better. Low gain and low power are not good together. Second best is high everything and 3rd is high power and low gain for me anyways. Basically, I like high gain always and with that setting prefer low power though I can understanding someone liking the extra warmth of High power. I think the differences are pretty apparent but it will be somewhat source and IEM dependant.

 


Edited by goodvibes - 7/18/11 at 6:00pm
post #7 of 75

Selling my E7 to buy the E11. I didn't use the DAC feature on the E7 and I see that the E7 is a bit smaller. 

 

Just what I'm looking for. 

 

great review op. 

post #8 of 75

Interesting review. I've been looking for a nice portable to use with my ipad. This one looks perfect. 

post #9 of 75

Yeah this e11 by FiiO is certainly the best bang for the buck.  I just purchased it on ebay from a legit seller located in the US, and was really impressed.  Like most FiiO amps though, it does like to be a bit "bass heavy".  Not a problem for its price IMO.  @ $60, its well worth it.   I used my westone 4s on it just before I sold them to afford my JH 16 Pros, which are currently in the making.  blink.gif  Made the Westone's bass full-bodied, compared to how they are aimed at sounding more "flat".  However they are not as flat as the Shure se535's which were almost TOO flat, for my taste in music (electronic mainly).  So yeah thats my two cents.  ^^


Edited by Audiophileof92 - 9/21/11 at 12:47pm
post #10 of 75

I just got my E11's yesterday and have them paired with both a Sony Walkman or a Droid1 and a pair of NuForce Ne-700M's and the difference is amazing. Everything is clearer, cleaner and more fun with the E11's.  I don't have the words available to accurately describe the difference but I will say that I am more than satisfied.  The unit seems well built, is small and fairly light and sounds wonderful though it's not absolutely quiet - I can hear the slightest bit of hum or hiss behind some tracks but it doesn't take away from the listening experience.  It's doubtful that I will replace this unit with something more expensive anytime soon if at all.  I don't find them bass heavy at all and that may be because I listen mainly to bass heavy techno;  the bass does not seam to overwhelm the rest of any track, rather it compliments everything. 

 

edit:  if I hold them in my ears the bass does get a bit overwhelming.  I just can't seem to get the kind of fit that makes that happen.


Edited by ack-fin - 10/18/11 at 3:12pm
post #11 of 75

have had the e11 for a while now.  mainly use it with klipsch s4i.  amazing portable amp

post #12 of 75

It's a fantastic little amp, but I hate the fact that it feels like I'm snapping/breaking the back plate off when I'm removing it.

post #13 of 75

I feel like its going to break when I try to put it back on. Now I'm nervous when I have to change the battery out.

post #14 of 75

I have manhandled my E11 to my heart's content. And since I use an external charger and battery to ensure a steady supply of charged batteries, I open/close the back cover of the E11 at least on a daily basis.  I may not use up all the juice in the course of a day, but it's comforting to know I am stepping out the door with a fresh battery.

 

Press the button, pull the back cover off with your finger nail on the small indent.

 

To put it back on, align it on the end next to the volume knob, then press it on until you hear it snap in place.

 

Mine is still just about perfect without any issues.

 

Jack

post #15 of 75

I think I'll be getting one of these.

 

Surprise this thread isn't 100 pages long if it's better than the E7.

 


Edited by Assimilator702 - 10/20/11 at 4:02pm
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