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FiiO e11

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How is it? I'm thinking about picking some up for a present, can anyone elaborate?

 

It's probably going to be used for techno and alternative, if it matters.


Edited by Agony - 12/14/11 at 4:54pm
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The review on this site should say enough.

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There are a lot of reviews for them including one I did. Have a look over them and if you have any questions I would be more than happy to answer them.

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(note: this regards earbuds or IEMs only)

My background is in broadcasting and as a record producer (example recorded @ SONY in NYC) and while my ears have some mileage, I think my discernment is still pretty good.

I had been using Etymotic MC5s as my all-purpose portable earphones (mostly because of the durability and the noise isolation on airplanes), but I decided to play the field and see if I could find anything that better suited my tastes.

I got a new pair of Yuin PK1 earbuds recapped with the covers from Yurbuds and, then, paired them with the FiiO E11, the E6, the E7, E10, and the E5 on an iPod.

The music I used was a range of Jazz, Acoustic, and (lighter) Alternative -- Terrence Blanchard, Madeleine Peyroux, Paul Simon, Sting, Pat Metheny, John Coltrane, Dire Straits, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Lyle Lovett, Wilco, and Grizzly Bear.

Of all the FiiO models, I thought the E11 gave me all the options I needed (eq, Apple usb out, size, etc.) offered me the best return on my investment (and, now, being offered at a ridiculously low price of about $65 that includes an extra battery and charger).

However, I must tell you that in all honesty, the noticeable difference between listening with and without the amp was minimal. And I found that using the iPod's built-in EQ narrowed the gap further. It's possible that the Yuin earbuds are so good that amp'ing them doesn't make a huge difference.

Since everyone's ears are different, my suggestion would be to try several different earbuds and amps and see what sounds best to you, personally.

 


Edited by triggletomagnet - 12/30/11 at 11:08am
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