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Originally Posted by jasonb View Post

I will add though that not every DAC will work with every Android device, not even all newer Android devices. For example, the E17 works with the S4, but it has been reported that the E7 does not. It's also been reported that the E7 works with the older S3, but the E17 does not. Same with the newer HTC, Sony, and LG Android phones, not every current Android is compatible with every DAC. So it seems to be a bit hit and miss unfortunately.... See, I'm not a total Android fanboy, I'm just calling it as it is. 

James Fiio said in the Fiio E18 thread that apparently E17 works on 4.2.x (therefore Galaxy S4), and E07K on 4.1.x (SIII, Note II, and others). Basically, don't update if you have the second one...

In my case with the E07K, it works in my Note, but not in my Nexus 10 (4.2.1), so it follows the rule pretty well. It might be DAC related.

I'm curious to see what happens with 4.3.
Edited by Ashade - 7/28/13 at 11:32pm
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Originally Posted by bowei006 View Post

No. The only way to bypass the DAC of Apple devices is with the $500+ CLAS, HPP1, Vmoda Verza, Sony blah blah etc etc

Why? These companies paid apple a LOT of money to get the lisence to allow for them to get the 'code' to bypass the iPod's own DAC. You need a special device for this.
The prices on these things have dropped a lot; let's stop quoting them at $500 :b
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Originally Posted by Ashade View Post

James Fiio said in the Fiio E18 thread that apparently E17 works on 4.2.x (therefore Galaxy S4), and E07K on 4.1.x (SIII, Note II, and others). Basically, don't update if you have the second one...

In my case with the E07K, it works in my Note, but not in my Nexus 10 (4.2.1), so it follows the rule pretty well. It might be DAC related.

I'm curious to see what happens with 4.3.
Dude... Thanks for the info! Great to know
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Originally Posted by kalbee View Post


The prices on these things have dropped a lot; let's stop quoting them at $500 :b
Dude... Thanks for the info! Great to know

I just googled all 3 devices I noted and they are still all $500+?

 

The new CLAS is even more expensive

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Originally Posted by kalbee View Post

TDude... Thanks for the info! Great to know

No problem man. You're very welcome.
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Originally Posted by bowei006 View Post

I just googled all 3 devices I noted and they are still all $500+?

 

The new CLAS is even more expensive

Cause you mentioned 4 and that fourth one is about $350 :P

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-PHA-1-Headphone-Amp/dp/B00931SFZO

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I forgot the name ofthe last one. Anyway, the rest are still $500+ new.
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Who wants one!!?? biggrin.gif Not Me!!!
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I finally decided to buy Fiio E17 after hesitating for like 4 days every morning ><

 

As soon as I hooked it up with my HD 598, I expected hissing but there were none. Of course I pumped the bass to 10 since that it what I'm interested with and WOW! I swear I expected to hear "muddy" bass but it was a pure bass increase.

 

I didn't really notice any sound quality improvement over my PC onboard soundcard. Now I just need to get a digital cable to try it out on PS3. Might be possible with PS Vita with a USB Female to Mini USB 5pin adapter.

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Is it bad if I put the e17 on high gain with easy to drive headphones such as my a900x? I find when on the 12db high gain setting, it tightens the bass up a bit.
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Is it bad if I put the e17 on high gain with easy to drive headphones such as my a900x? I find when on the 12db high gain setting, it tightens the bass up a bit.
What ever works for you is all good! The gain is an input not an output, but it does affect the level of output.

You'll do no harm.

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Nope, it's not a bad idea at all. if it sound better with high gain and lower volume, than use it there.

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Originally Posted by audioKyle View Post

Is it bad if I put the e17 on high gain with easy to drive headphones such as my a900x? I find when on the 12db high gain setting, it tightens the bass up a bit.
post #6041 of 6578

Guys I tried connecting it to my PS3 via Optical cable but there is no sound. I configured my PS3 to use Optical Digital but there is still no sound.

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E17 was using OPT as source, right?

 

In any case I know it (or at least mine) works with my PS3. I use it a lot.

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My E17 has been assigned to DAC only duty now. My E17, along with the L7 line out dock, is now being used to feed a vintage Pioneer SX-750 stereo receiver. 

 

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Originally Posted by jasonb View Post

My E17 has been assigned to DAC only duty now. My E17, along with the L7 line out dock, is now being used to feed a vintage Pioneer SX-750 stereo receiver. 

 

 

Man, this thing is beautiful, probably sound as good.  eek.gif

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Hi guys, apologies if this has been asked and answered before in the 400 pages of this thread but a bit of skimming and keyword searching drew a blank...

 

Just got a second hand Fiio E17 which I'm using connected to my galaxy S4 via USB OTG cable. Sound is much improved which is great. The issue is the S4 battery is draining at what is subjectively 1.5-2x the normal rate - and this is with USB charging turned off on the E17. Other settings: gain set to zero, vol at 18, tone settings all flat. 

 

All I have as a benchmark comparative is my old Galaxy S3 with a Headroom total Bithead DAC via USB OTG, which from memory hardly affected battery drain - perhaps a 10% increase if that.

 

So this typical of most portable USB DACs or if not then a known quirk/issue with the E17 and/or phone specific? 

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