Originally Posted by Andries
what seems to be the best dac to pare this with for around $100?
Wolfson and Cirrus Logic flagships(or equivalent) both sound good.
Originally Posted by ClieOS
I don't find that to be true.
Does E12 pair particularly well with IEM? No. But does it not working well with IEM? No as well. So there is no special synergy between E12 and IEM? Yes, I would say so. E12 biggest strength is in its raw power, and IEM just so happens don't usually need that much power, and so you won't notice much improvement on overall performance, but it is not to say it is bad.
Yeah this is the same for me.
Even on 0 gain, it isn't really easy to use with IEM's, and especially linear armature ones.
For nuetral/monitor armature IEM's. the E12 is of course much better than say using an E11 if you are going for clarity.
For example, pairing the 4ai with the E11 works. If you want more bass and color that is. But the 4ai's quality is a smooth neutral IEM and some probably wouldn't want any of the added coloration of the e11(not saying that the e12 doesn't have any) and so then, the E12 would pair better in that sense.
But of course, the e12 is raw power. And sometimes it just doesn't do too well with some IEM's
Originally Posted by Craigster75
I have a question for bassheads. I have a strong interest in the E12 as an upgrade to my E11 and feel the overall sound will be a big improvement. However, I am concerned I will miss the generous bass boost of the E11 since the E12's is only +3dB. I am considering the JDS Labs C5 with a +6dB bass boost, but it will probably cost about $75 more and I don't know if the overall sound will be better. I am also considering the Headstage Arrow 12HE that has two-stage bass boost of +3dB and +9dB, but it is $170 more.
I am thinking the most cost effective solution for portable use with my Iphone 4 would be to use line out with the E12 and double amp with my ZO2.3 when needed. I'm thinking that there would be minimal degradation in SQ because, in theory, the ZO was originally made for double amping by running through the headphone jack and using the player's amp. I am also going on the assumption that the E12, with FiiO offering the best value in amps, would hold its own sonically with the C5 and 12HE so that I can have the bass boost I want for certain genres, excellent SQ and minimize cost.
I currently have Vamp and should be happy with that. The sound is fantastic, but there is no bass boost, it doesn't double amp well with the ZO and doesn't have as much power as I would like at only 150mw/channel.
The E12 is not for bass heads.
Well not not for them. I am one, but I am not always a bass head. I like a good responce for every frequency basically.
These are my general E11 and E12 impressions. I don't get specific into audio qualities of the E12. It's only a general thing so people know whats up.
The E12 is much different from other units FiiO has released in the past. It's much more neutral and has a sense of authority. By this, I mean that it literally feels and sounds like a more expensive amp.