Originally Posted by sinphase
whats wrong with the e7/9 combo?
When I tried this combo it seems that it made ALL my headphones much more bright and fatiguing than they should be.
As I mentioned earlier, the E7 felt like it had fairly edgy treble. I mean, the E7 is supposed to be neutral right? Not hearing it..
There's a few others out there that think so too. Maybe it's just a frequency i'm ultra sensitive to.
Now some say amps/dacs need burn in. I won't say they're stupid and that it's impossible, but I never did burn in...an amp/dac
I was actually surprised that I actually prefer the crappy Nuforce Icon Mobile (udac?) to the E7. Yes, despite those bad measurements.
I think the E9+E7 would be nice for maybe the HD-600/650, but never tried that. When I used the E7+E9 with my 598 it seemed to be less smooth sounding.
I removed the E7 and the E9 was back to it's old self.
I also disliked the E7 (as an amp) with my DJ100. Seems like it made the mids on it a bit recessed, which makes no sense. Someone once told me the E7 has recessed mids, so maybe this is the case.
I actually prefer the E5 as an amp to the E7.
Supposedly the E10 might be warmer than the E7, so it should be a better match. Don't think anyone has compared the E7 to the E10 for use with the Q701.
Somehow the only amps I like from Fiio are the E5 and E9! Didn't care for the E11 or E7 at all. Probably just sound signature preferences? Not sure..
With the E9 I don't feel it's trying to do anything to help the sound signature of the Q701. Seems to keep it how it is and not try to improve it too much.
Q701 does deserve a better amp than the E9 though despite how good it is for the money.
Sometimes it does feel like the E9 gives many of my headphones an artificially huge soundstage. Don't know how or if this is even possible.
Even on my DJ100 it's like the soundstage has grown.