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post #5206 of 6551

Is E17 compatible with USB audio output on Synology NAS? Anyone tried it?

Thanks

post #5207 of 6551

Yay, the E17 never played nice with my Dell latitude XT, but it works great with my new Lenovo X230.

 

So glad to have good sound with my portable writing station now :)

post #5208 of 6551

What was the problem with it and the Dell?

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Originally Posted by gohanssjn View Post

Yay, the E17 never played nice with my Dell latitude XT, but it works great with my new Lenovo X230.

 

So glad to have good sound with my portable writing station now :)

post #5209 of 6551
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Originally Posted by jasonb View Post

What was the problem with it and the Dell?

 

That model always had grounding issues, so who knows what the root problem was, but any attempt to play music over USB was met with a layer of static over the intended sound.  Tested it in Windows 7, 8, and Ubuntu, no change.

post #5210 of 6551

Gotcha. Glad the new laptop works better.

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Originally Posted by gohanssjn View Post

 

That model always had grounding issues, so who knows what the root problem was, but any attempt to play music over USB was met with a layer of static over the intended sound.  Tested it in Windows 7, 8, and Ubuntu, no change.

post #5211 of 6551
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Originally Posted by kalbee View Post

If I am correct, Chris is saying that since the E17 doesn't sport as much power as E09K (designed to work for 600ohms impedance headphones), the E17 is meant for headphones with low to medium amount of impedance (let's say "medium" is around 300 ohms) with mid to high sensitivity. Sensitivity & impedance = rough idea of efficiency.

And by efficiency it's sound level per unit of power.

 

You got all that basically correct.      Someone should buy you a drink!

I'll try to expand.............with a short, oversimplified answer:

 

The E17 outputs less voltage so is less suitable for high impedance headphones

and outputs less current and less power so would be more suitable for high efficiency 'phones.

E17 should be able to drive any Grado, for example.

 

Obviously the E09K outputs more voltage so better for high impedance 'phones

and outputs more current and power so would be more suitable for lower efficiency 'phones.

So if you had a low impedance, low efficiency 'phone, you may need the E09K.

The Audeze LCD-2 guys would want the E09K.          In actual practice, anyone with enough $$$ for the LCD-2 would buy a much more $$$ headphone amp anyway.

 

Yes, efficiency is the sound level per unit of power:  for example: 96 dB SPL @ 1 milliWatt

 

Sensitivity is sound output per unit of Voltage,   for example:      105 dB SPL @ 1 Volt

 

Having said all that, I use the E09K + E17 for my Q701s because I like the sound of that system even though the E17 + Q701 alone is loud enough for me.

 

Here's your drink by the way:beerchug.gif

post #5212 of 6551

has anyone had a problem with their fiio e17 only playing music out of one side of their earphone/headphone? I have to manually adjust it for a few mins to be able to hear both channels

tried my headphones in other things such as my phone and pc and it works fine. 

 

post #5213 of 6551
Only if the 3.5mm jack isn't inserted fully - it needs to click into place.
post #5214 of 6551
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Originally Posted by GSARider View Post

Only if the 3.5mm jack isn't inserted fully - it needs to click into place.

^ Seems like the problem.

post #5215 of 6551

So, what headphones won't the E17 drive to a satisfying degree?  I'm guessing Orthos but any others?

 

edit:  just saw above, high impedance phones. 


Edited by KBerube80 - 1/5/13 at 11:43am
post #5216 of 6551

Not necessarily, one chap has been driving a set of HD800's (300 ohms) with great results apparently. I hope to test mine out in a week or so's time...
 

post #5217 of 6551
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Originally Posted by Zen21 View Post

has anyone had a problem with their fiio e17 only playing music out of one side of their earphone/headphone? I have to manually adjust it for a few mins to be able to hear both channels


tried my headphones in other things such as my phone and pc and it works fine. 


 
Does your E17 say "E17" on its back or "Alpen"?
post #5218 of 6551
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Originally Posted by GSARider View Post

Not necessarily, one chap has been driving a set of HD800's (300 ohms) with great results apparently. I hope to test mine out in a week or so's time...

That chap would be me, although now that I'm home from vacation, the E9 is being used pretty much exclusively. The E17 does a fair job with my new HD800s but the E9 and numerous other even better amps are the prefered solution. I'm amazed that the E17 did an admirable job, albeit using some equalization to suit my tastes. Now with the E17 docked to my E9 and using the USB input with no equalization, the HD800s have opened up even more.

I'm looking forward to the day I have enough money to get a decent balanced cable and likely a Schiit Mjolnir/Gungnir amp/dac combo! BTW - here's a pic of my temporary setup in the living room - too much craps on my desk for my E9/E17 and my cheap-***** headphone stand. biggrin.gif



Dale
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Originally Posted by AgentXXL View Post


That chap would be me, although now that I'm home from vacation, the E9 is being used pretty much exclusively. The E17 does a fair job with my new HD800s but the E9 and numerous other even better amps are the prefered solution. I'm amazed that the E17 did an admirable job, albeit using some equalization to suit my tastes. Now with the E17 docked to my E9 and using the USB input with no equalization, the HD800s have opened up even more.
I'm looking forward to the day I have enough money to get a decent balanced cable and likely a Schiit Mjolnir/Gungnir amp/dac combo! BTW - here's a pic of my temporary setup in the living room - too much craps on my desk for my E9/E17 and my cheap-***** headphone stand. biggrin.gif

Dale

 

Just makes me lust for HD800s even more!

post #5220 of 6551

So would a e17 (or e7 for that matter) help if I have a dodgy headphone jack on the ipod itself?  I assume the setup would be Ipod>amp>headphones?

 

Cheers

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