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Bad FiiO E6?

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I just got an E6 in the mail today alongside some EPH-100s, and they sound pretty fun together. What worried me starting off was that the E6 dropped audio for my right earbud twice, with a noticeable, light popping sound (mini heart attack, thought my $150 earbuds just burnt out). Bypassing the E6 shows that my headphone is just fine, plugging back into the unmodified E6 gave just the left ear. Switching EQ modes fixed it initially. Recently it started completely dropping audio for both ears, EQ mode didnt do anything, requiring the device to be restarted. It just does it randomly and occasionally, triggered by my moving around. I mean, I move around much, but I can't just trigger it on demand. Can jiggle the cable and jacks around as much as I want, and it'll behave, but when I say, go to grab my cup after walking around the house, it'll cut out.

 

Did I receive some faulty model or something? I'm not sure what I'm particularly supposed to be listening to either sound quality wise, this is my first quality IEM actually.

The EQ settings agree with what I read here http://www.head-fi.org/t/566351/fiio-e6-story-of-the-tiny-amp-continues-w-review-on-1st-page

Bass boost on the first setting, slight bass boost on the second setting allowing the treble to be focused on more, and the last setting reduces volume. I'm slightly worried that it might be sending overvoltages or something to my right earbud when it cuts out, maybe killing it down the line...help?

 

I want to note that it reported it was at full charge after a half hour or so originally, then left it charging for another hour after playing around with it where it read it still wasn't fully charged. Dunno if that says anything though.

 

EDIT :: And my EPH-100's right earbud specifically has random audible/physical static now...

 

EDIT:: Can't run the E6 for more than 10 seconds now without it cutting out, this is definitely going back.


Edited by ablahblah - 7/10/12 at 11:22pm
post #2 of 8

I'm a n00b here too, and I don't know much about headphones/amps/earphones... but, are you sure it wasn't counterfeit?

http://www.head-fi.org/t/616077/dont-buy-any-fiio-product-from-sainstore-on-amazon-and-how-to-distinguish-a-genuine-fiio-e6-from-a-fake-one

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Read that before signing off, I think it is actually. No serial number on box, clip looks a little thick, thin ridge on the switch. Plus it, well, shorted out. *sighs
 

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Originally Posted by ablahblah View Post

Read that before signing off, I think it is actually. No serial number on box, clip looks a little thick, thin ridge on the switch. Plus it, well, shorted out. *sighs
 

What dealer or store did you buy it from.There weren't serial numbers for some time, but if there is an empty space where a serial number may look like it may go..then maybe.

 

The E6 has been drawing a few counterfeiters into it. Ask for refund and buy from authorized dealer. Saving $8 isn't worht it sometimes. Support FiiO and authorized dealers and even our own members by buying legit....because honestly. $28 isn't exactly a fortune. And buying legit deals a few mini blows to the counterfeit train! 

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US Amazon, via BaHaMa which has some reviews of counterfeit equipment in the past 12 months.

 

There is a box for the serial number on the left.

 

My right earbud seems to crackle no matter the source now, so I guess that's going back alongside it too.

 

I'm debating full-size E11 now though...

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US Amazon, via BaHaMa which has some reviews of counterfeit equipment in the past 12 months.

 

There is a box for the serial number on the left.

 

My right earbud seems to crackle no matter the source now, so I guess that's going back alongside it too.

 

I'm debating full-size E11 now though...

http://fiio.com.cn/where/index.aspx

 

Bahama is not an authorized dealer. I've and others have bought from un authorized dealers in the past with no problems but as counterfeiting is becomming a big problem for FiiO. One should stick to authorized dealers now. That's what Shure and many other headphone companies are doing now. Providing assistance only to people that bought from authorized dealers(they've been doing it for a while)

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/613495/upcoming-fiio-e02i-rocky-and-e12

 

You may be interested in FiiO's new projects. The E12 will be around but not go over $199 and the E02i is more of an E1 replacement and update that also seems to update and replace the now useless E3 so it seems you are safe with getting an E11 as the E11 is $60 from authorized dealers.

 

If you were going to get an E11

http://www.amazon.com/FiiO-Portable-Headphone-Amplifier-Accessory/dp/B004QVPGXK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1342038917&sr=8-2&keywords=Fiio+E11

 

This one would be fine. It comes with the accessory pack. The E11 CAN NOT be used while it is charging. That's what the extra battery and wall charger is for. It seems to be sold by Micca which is authorized and very good.

 

Just an FYI, getting another E6 after alerting Bahama is also a good option or other amps as well...although there aren't many amps that are such or as well received at this price other than a Cmoy's on ebay. But you have to be careful with those. How the person built it can affect sound.

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That was the exact same model I was looking at, haha, Miccastore as well. Good to know I was headed in the right direction.

 

I'm torn between the E6 and E11 though. Not sure how much the counterfeit E6 compares to the real E6 SQ wise, but I felt it gave a bit more clarity while losing some of the punchiness in the sound. Given a little time I got used to it though and liked it better. The E11's just big though, literally the size of my HTC Arrive; might have to run an audio cable thru my belt loop to my other pocket and pray no one notices it lmao.

 

Does the E11 have a hold mechanism like the E6?


Edited by ablahblah - 7/11/12 at 2:17pm
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That was the exact same model I was looking at, haha, Miccastore as well. Good to know I was headed in the right direction.

 

I'm torn between the E6 and E11 though. Not sure how much the counterfeit E6 compares to the real E6 SQ wise, but I felt it gave a bit more clarity while losing some of the punchiness in the sound. The E11's just big though, literally the size of my HTC Arrive; might have to run an audio cable thru my belt loop to my other pocket and pray no one notices it lmao.

 

Does the E11 have a hold mechanism like the E6?

You can just fold the 3.5mm cable that comes with the E11 into a U shape and plug it that way. The E11 also comes with one silicoln (may be wrong what material is is but it's a plastic) strap band for strapping two devices together. There is no lock switch as on the E6 and E17. The E11's volume 

http://fiio.com.cn/product/index.aspx?ID=24&MenuID=020301

 

switch is in this little roof mechanism that protects it from casual unneccesary changing of volume. But even though it's like this , E6 came after E11 (does not mean better sound) and E17 also has a hold switch while the E7 does not so no. It does not have a lock or hold mechanism. So I guess we can say that the lock and hold mechanism was something that FiiO decided to add on after the E5 and E11 and E7 era. I do not have any problems with there not being one on my E5 whilst having one on the E17 was a must. It varies from device to device.

 

The E6 and E11 are extrememly popular. There are so many threads on them. Do a bit of research and comparison work!


Edited by bowei006 - 7/11/12 at 2:22pm
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