Originally Posted by Huxley
Fuller than the ele, well that's me ordering it.
It'll be nice having a volume dial right next to my bed, sames me having to swap things around when i want to use the amp.
What is the smsl fort like for power ghost?
Btw isn't it a mini usb port not micro?
Edit - Just tried my blue ele, same here l/r is reversed.
They're efficient, I have my laptop volume set to 50% (100% volume on WMP) and I can't go beyond like 50% on the SMSL Fort's dial without hearing damage, 35% on the knob give a really nice SQ with my FXD80 (28% with the S500).
The same can't be said of the ELE, I have to lower the laptop's volume down to 6-10% in order to listen to them, the ELE seem to have the amp portion hardwired to full volume. If you've played with full size speakers systems then you will know what I mean when I say the ELE sounds like speakers driven with underpowered amp (insufficent power headroom) and at the full volume setting, you lose most of the musicality.
The SMSL Fort sounds like a well integrated HiFi system, there is more than enough headroom to power any of my phones without any hints of distortion, the sweet spot for most users would be between 25% to 60% on the dial depending on your phones and sources.
Dispite what I've said, the ELE still do sound better than the raw output from the laptop's motherboard, it is only upon comparision with the SMSL Fort that the ELE's shortcomings are revealed.
Yup, you are right. They have a Mini (Left) instead of Micro (right) port, my bad !
Originally Posted by vsls
I was wondering if everyone got the L/R reversed DACs from the same seller
I am wondering if all of them are like that ? ...the reds, blacks and silvers ? .....anyone ?