Hi guys, new to this forum and I have some questions. I just ordered the fiio e11 and my current pair of phones are the sony xb-500s. I just want some info on what to expect with this amp and these headphones. (my main music source is a 16 gb zune hd) Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks a ton!
fiio e11 and sony xb-500?
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That is a loaded question, the Zune looks like a nice media player, I sure it does a decent job of powering headphones and the XB500 does not seem difficult to power.
Guess you will not know until you test it yourself.
One factor for clean audio is the DAC, and you will using the one built into the Zune with the Fiio E11.
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You will enjoy your E11 with XB-500's you can never have enough bass right? Well you can but that's personal preference. The EQ settings will benefit mostly the low end. EQ1 seems to only affect the lower frequency just touching the bottom. EQ2 will give the mid bass a higher push as well as a further increase on the bottom end again.. I would start of with the EQ off. I don't own the XB-500 but assuming they're bass heavy you may be able to get away with no EQ that's not to say you don't need the E11. An amp will bring your headphones to life, they won't struggle as much, just imagine how they sound now but with more authority, smoother, clearer, louder, everything enhanced x10 of what they sound like now. (that does not apply to all headphones/ IEM'S) I use EQ1 for most of my music then when I wan't thumping bass I flick the amp up to EQ2.
Either way your own ears will make better judgement than us.
Enjoy your E11, purchase well made and won't go unused.
Edited by H20Fidelity - 3/11/12 at 7:44pm
any follow up for what you experienced?
I have the sony xb-500's and I was thinking about buying the e11 too. I was wondering if it really is necessary or makes much of a difference for a cheaper pair of cans like the xb-500s. I just got an ipod video and realized how much better they sound than on my droid x. I love music and haven't delved much into over-ear cans. I love listening to house/dub-step on my xb-500s though. I mainly use my UE super.fi 5 (pre 600s). Would the E11 help with IEMs too?
The one plus about descent sounding sub $100 cans... you don't have to feel too bad about messing w it.
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Its funny because I was using the XB500 with both my Headstage and Fiio E11. The headstage 4g has a much cleaner bass boost but I found myself a much bigger fan of the Fiio bass boost on that headphone. Simply put, I didn't care for control or clarity. Just turned it up max bass boost and enjoyed my extremely skewed bass. E11 is definitely a great amp if you desire more bass like me.
I Think you just like getting your brain wiggled, hah. Check out "Cold Blank - 2012" @ 1:12 or surprisingly "usher - lil freak" if youre just looking for bass. They make my cars sub go nuts to the point my vision rattles.