Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Portable Headphone Amps › E7 vs E11 vs E17 - Which is the best purchase?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

E7 vs E11 vs E17 - Which is the best purchase?

post #1 of 34
Thread Starter 

Simple question. It the search bar isn't giving me very deep results today.

post #2 of 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by mister skinner View Post

Simple question. It the search bar isn't giving me very deep results today.

E7 & E17 come with a DAC, the E11 does not.

E17 has a better amplifier then the E7.

What source(s) are you going to be plugging the headphones into?

post #3 of 34
Thread Starter 
Mostly iPhone and my desktop pc. Portability is in mind and DAC is a nice bonus
post #4 of 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by mister skinner View Post
Mostly iPhone and my desktop PC. Portability is in mind and DAC is a nice bonus

Get an Asus Xonar DG ($14-$24) or DGX ($40) sound card for your computer

and the Fiio E11 and Fiio L cable

 

With the Xonar DG in your computer, your getting a DAC, Dolby Virtual Headphone 5.1, and a half-way decent headphone amp.

And you can not use the DAC on the E7 or E17 with the iPhone anyway (and most apple portable devices).

So the E11, with a Fiio L cable, you can connect to the iPhone.

You can also plug the E11 into the headphone jack of the DG,

as the E11 amplifier is better then the DG's.

post #5 of 34
Thread Starter 
I already have the line out dock and e6 for my phone. Just want a better amp.
post #6 of 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by mister skinner View Post

I already have the line out dock and e6 for my phone. Just want a better amp.


If you already have the E6, go for an E11 remembering it cannot be used on your PC as a DAC, it cannot be charged whilst in use either, it is purely an 'amp' . If you want the DAC too, go for E7 / E17, preferably E17 and finally, if you only want an DAC/Amp for your desktop look at the E10. It really depends how portable you need it to be on what you choose.

If I was you, I would get the E17 giving you the DAC you wanted and portablity.  


Edited by H20Fidelity - 7/1/12 at 4:42am
post #7 of 34
Hello!
I allso looking for a amp for My headphones Sony XB1000.
I Will use the phones like 90% home with the PC for music,film and gaming.
And use them like 2h a week on the train. Will it be wort to buy a portable amp then? Or can i use the headphones directly from the IPhone?
What amp a E17 be good if i use it with My PC? Or would a E9e Or something like that be beter?
(I have try the XB700 with a Fiio E7 and loves the bass-boost)
What amp/Dac is the best for the price under 200$ (under the Fiio E17 price)
Sry my verry bad English...:/
post #8 of 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by Paprikan View Post

Hello!
I allso looking for a amp for My headphones Sony XB1000.
I Will use the phones like 90% home with the PC for music,film and gaming.
And use them like 2h a week on the train. Will it be wort to buy a portable amp then? Or can i use the headphones directly from the IPhone?
What amp a E17 be good if i use it with My PC? Or would a E9e Or something like that be beter?
(I have try the XB700 with a Fiio E7 and loves the bass-boost)
What amp/Dac is the best for the price under 200$ (under the Fiio E17 price)
Sry my verry bad English...:/



I'd probably get an E10 in your situation, This will only work on your PC, then for travel look into purchasing an E6. Small, neat, tidy. Considering they both come close to E17 asking price you could also consider that too. Fiio are one of, if not the best budget amp company's there is. It's very hard to offer alternatives when Fiio offer so much for your money and perform so well.


Edited by H20Fidelity - 7/3/12 at 5:19pm
post #9 of 34
Okey! Thanks!
But the E10 vs E11 vs e17 for PC use? I Will use the amp like 95% with the PC.
Have read on headphonia, and what i see ther is that the bass on the fiio17 is beter, more poweful and more "clean". But e17 vs HRT HeadStresmer is the HRT beter? Is that true?
The headphones i Will use is the Sony XB100 becuas i listening to 90% electro with much bass and some hip-hop, never Jazz and so.... Do you know if They are good?
And thanks again!
post #10 of 34

I haven't heard HRT HeadStreamer so I can't say. If you will be using your PC 95% of the time I would get an E10. Forget about the E11 it doesn't have a DAC, you need one to use on your PC. If money is not a problem you could possibly go for the E17, which allows you to use that other 5% on train rides as it's fully portable, you can just use the amp section on those occasions. E17 has the same amp section as E11. Considering 95% of your time will be PC I still think E10. Then possibly an E6 for the train.

Sony XB1000 are pretty serious bass headphones which offer reasonably good mids and highs considering they're bass orientated. They will suit hip hop and electronic musc very well. You should be very happy with them.


Edited by H20Fidelity - 7/4/12 at 3:02am
post #11 of 34
Okey!
So how is Fiio e17 vs e10? If you looking for bass what is best then? Have look and its looks like They have like the same sound?
How is They for gaming, is ther Any delay?
And how would a e9i+asus DS(x) Or DX be vs E17/e10?
post #12 of 34

I've compared the two for an hour or two. e17 is better in every way:

 

1) Better dac (easily noticable)

 

2) Better amp (again, easily noticable) 

 

3) Better connections (optical input, usb input, digital output)

 

4) Battery (can be used from battery)

 

5) Equaliser (it's surprisingly good. Surprising.)

 

 

 

 

I use the e17 for my tv that has optical (coaxial type) output. Coaxial out of it to the coaxial input to the e17 and I could listen to movies, games and the like using my headphones. A very decent level of fidelity. 

post #13 of 34

I'd go E17 if I were in your shoes. Better all rounder for a small premium.

post #14 of 34
Witch two did you compair? E17 and ??smily_headphones1.gif
post #15 of 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by Paprikan View Post

Okey!
So how is Fiio e17 vs e10? If you looking for bass what is best then? Have look and its looks like They have like the same sound?
How is They for gaming, is ther Any delay?
And how would a e9i+asus DS(x) Or DX be vs E17/e10?

The Xonar DS(X)  come with DTS, Xonar DX/D1 come with Dolby.

 

The Xonar DX/D1 are good sound cards and come with Dolby, good for movies and some games, but have with poor headphone amplification.

Used one sell for $55.

So any external add-on headphone amplifier with the DX/D1 makes a great combo.

Fiio E9 is a nice liitle solid state headphone amplifier for a fair price.

but has an impedance of 10-Ohm, which is not really a problem for headphones that are 80-Ohms or higher.

50-Ohm headphones and up still seems to work good.

I'm guessing at around 40-ohm or lower something like the Fiio E11, which has a low impedance (like all Fiio portables) would be a better choice.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Portable Headphone Amps
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Portable Headphone Amps › E7 vs E11 vs E17 - Which is the best purchase?