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post #16 of 33
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Thanks for the tip radioking. I almost forgot about the difference of quality using the direct output of ipod.

About bitrate, I use only 320kbps music.

post #17 of 33
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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post

Nick: Are those measurements from the manufacturer? Will that card measure as well in all computers? How do those measurements help the OP understand which device will be best?

 

 

It has been tested in several places and performs well universally, http://techreport.com/articles.x/19997/11 http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/pc-components/sound-cards/asus-xonar-dg-717199/review http://www.pureoverclock.com/review.php?id=1127&page=6

 

it is definably high fidelity - that was the only point I was trying to make that something without a boutique label can truly be High Fidelity, this is all mature technology and no longer difficult to implement and the big players can churn out high quality ICs for pennies - that some choose to believe that the lack of a name or a high price tag means it cannot be high quality is a matter of great sadness to me, I'll slope back to the Science subforum now.

 

post #18 of 33
The first link tests with a high-end motherboard and I can't find any information about the power supply. It's OT, but I'd be interested to see a comparison of the best performing card when using a cheap PC and when using an expensive one, as well as when the PC is being used to do a lot of other things, as I've never seen a soundcard test done on a PC that was doing anything else, but this is going off topic somewhat.
post #19 of 33
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Anyway, I will bought an E7 and be happy for some time hopefully.

Ah, and I love this forum :D

post #20 of 33

I was thinking about buying the E7 also and was looking at this thread so sorry if this is random but I didn't want to start a new thread.  Is there any way to tell if your music is 320kbps or anything lower? Sorry for the noob question bigsmile_face.gif

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I was thinking about buying the E7 also and was looking at this thread so sorry if this is random but I didn't want to start a new thread.  Is there any way to tell if your music is 320kbps or anything lower? Sorry for the noob question bigsmile_face.gif

 

One easy way: in iTunes - right click a song, and select Get Info. On the summary tab you will see a bunch of info, one of these fields is Bit Rate. (I have the newest version of iTunes, but I am pretty sure this is consistent in other versions too).
 

 

post #22 of 33

Ok thanks for your help

 

post #23 of 33

Or just right click one of the column names (Name, Artist, etc) and click Bit Rate. It'll show you the bit rates of all your songs.

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Originally Posted by scrappyz323 View Post

I was thinking about buying the E7 also and was looking at this thread so sorry if this is random but I didn't want to start a new thread.  Is there any way to tell if your music is 320kbps or anything lower? Sorry for the noob question bigsmile_face.gif



 

post #24 of 33
Thread Starter 

Hi again. First I have to thank you all for the replys.

And now, sorry for reviving this topic, but I have one last question.

I didnt buy the Fiio E7 yet, but I will next week. And I will bought new headphones for my iPod too.

 

At the moment I'm using ATH-M50 for my laptop, and broken Sony Ericsson standard earplugs.

Which headphone would you guys recommend to me for iPhone?

I want those that look like earplugs and dont let the sound leak ( like mine http://www.esato.com/gfx/reviews/w550/w550_earplugs.jpg )

But I want one better than mine. This one has very poor treeble. I like bass and treeble more than mids.

 

The Fiio E7 is still a good buy for what I want? Because I've been doing more research and many people said that its better to spend a little more and get a HeadRoom Total BitHead. If thats so true, I think I'm going to change my mind, cause I won't use it for portable reasons anymore. I will just use with my notebook.

 

Thanks ;D

 


Edited by bodosko - 1/6/12 at 2:33pm
post #25 of 33
To be honest I have hear neither the E7 nor the BitHead.
I think the BitHead might just be flavor of the month then, because I remember the BitHead not being very popular for a long time.

The E7 on the other hand has maintained a good reputation for quite some time now, so it's very much a safe bet. (a cheaper one too)
It lacks a bit of power as an amp, but it's a very good DAC according to NwAvGuy's measurements. And besides you don't need the extra power to drive an M50, and if you did you can always buy a dedicated amp later.
post #26 of 33
Thread Starter 

They main purpose will be for using it with my laptop, which has a cheap onboard soundcard.

I want quality, I don't care too much about volume, because even my notebook can give me enough volume, it just can't deliver any bass to my M50 (Like my Xonar can).

 

So, still E7 is the best alternative for my money?

post #27 of 33
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Originally Posted by bodosko View Post

They main purpose will be for using it with my laptop, which has a cheap onboard soundcard.

I want quality, I don't care too much about volume, because even my notebook can give me enough volume, it just can't deliver any bass to my M50 (Like my Xonar can).

 

So, still E7 is the best alternative for my money?

Most likely it is.
post #28 of 33
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Originally Posted by bodosko View Post

They main purpose will be for using it with my laptop, which has a cheap onboard soundcard.

I want quality, I don't care too much about volume, because even my notebook can give me enough volume, it just can't deliver any bass to my M50 (Like my Xonar can).

 

So, still E7 is the best alternative for my money?



If you're gonna use it exclusively with your laptop and want more bass, try the FiiO E10 amp/dac.  USB connect only and has a "bass boost".  Works pretty well with the M50's and only about $80.00 on amazon.com.  I liked it with my M50's but didn't like it with my current cans (Pro900's)


Edited by curtisinoc - 1/10/12 at 6:03am
post #29 of 33
Thread Starter 

I want the DAC because no matter what headphone I plug into my laptop, all of them give the same poor sound.

No matter if its a shi** Apple earphone or my ATH-M50s.

 

So what do I really need?

post #30 of 33
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Originally Posted by bodosko View Post

I want the DAC because no matter what headphone I plug into my laptop, all of them give the same poor sound.

No matter if its a shi** Apple earphone or my ATH-M50s.

 

So what do I really need?



The E10 is a DAC and an AMP in one device.  Combo devices like this will bypass your laptop soundcard.

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