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post #1351 of 3078
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Would love to hear more about the comparison to the Graham Slee Voyager, that I love and rate quite highly

The GSV is good but the E12 gave me more drama, excitement , wow moments, and more.
post #1352 of 3078

The E12 is indeed a "fun" amp to listen to. Sure it's not the best sound quality amp around, but considering the price, it's still very good. Comparing it to the closest amp I have in price (although more expensive), the JDS Labs c421 (OPA2227) has better mids and smoother highs, with better soundstage performance. The E12 is more of a "in your face" emotional experience, while the c421 is more relaxed and laid back, where everything in the mids and higs sounds smoother and more detailed. Where the E12 wins hands down is the in bass department, especially with it's unique and awesome Bass Boost. Actually, I think FiiO mislabeled it, as it should be labeled as "Sub-bass boost"! I'm keeping my E12 mainly because of this feature, as the only other amp I've heard that can do similar sub-bass boost is the ZO2 (in the first steps of it's bass boost). All in all, the E12 is a great amp, with a very unique and different sound "flavour" compared to other amps I own or tried...

post #1353 of 3078

I just got mine and I was hoping it would be more neutral like the O2 I just sold. Sigh, I may keep this as a portable.

post #1354 of 3078
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I just got mine and I was hoping it would be more neutral like the O2 I just sold. Sigh, I may keep this as a portable.

Can you go more in depth on how it compares with O2. I love how fiio E12 looks, it will be a prefect with ipod touch 5G and DD socket 1 however what is worrying me is the sound. 

 

How neutral is it? Or how far away it is from neutrality. 

Cheers

post #1355 of 3078
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Originally Posted by audionewbi View Post

Can you go more in depth on how it compares with O2. I love how fiio E12 looks, it will be a prefect with ipod touch 5G and DD socket 1 however what is worrying me is the sound. 

 

How neutral is it? Or how far away it is from neutrality. 

Cheers

Compared to the O2? it's warm like jock strap on a hot summer day in Alabama. I mean there's no sense in even trying to compare it to the O2. Warm, colored, congested in terms of comparing it to the O2. IMO, this may be bias coming from the O2 but it's just too far from neutral for me. I just got it and I'll do some more testing but I think I'm going to go back to the O2/ODAC combo

post #1356 of 3078

It's a good amp for sure but just not for my taste, I like very neutral sound. 

post #1357 of 3078

Thanks, I think that might be a deal breaker for me. 

post #1358 of 3078
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Originally Posted by kskwerl View Post

It's a good amp for sure but just not for my taste, I like very neutral sound. 

Sounds like the new C5 is calling your name. Suppposly very similar in sound to its big brother, the O2. If you are looking for a portable solution this should be top on your list.

post #1359 of 3078

Everyone's need of how 'neutral' something is is very different. Some won't mind as long as it doesn't become a bass cannon. Others want a fully portable O2. As for me, while on the go with my equipment, I am fine with the FiiO Andes and Mont Blanc. It's actually beneficial.

post #1360 of 3078
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Sounds like the new C5 is calling your name. Suppposly very similar in sound to its big brother, the O2. If you are looking for a portable solution this should be top on your list.

Thank you very much that's what I'm looking for, a more portable O2

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Everyone's need of how 'neutral' something is is very different. Some won't mind as long as it doesn't become a bass cannon. Others want a fully portable O2. As for me, while on the go with my equipment, I am fine with the FiiO Andes and Mont Blanc. It's actually beneficial.

Panda its really weird because I love the Andes, I'm going to give it some more time and do some more testing. 

post #1361 of 3078
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Originally Posted by Greed View Post

Sounds like the new C5 is calling your name. Suppposly very similar in sound to its big brother, the O2. If you are looking for a portable solution this should be top on your list.

How's the drive on the C5? I need something powerful

post #1362 of 3078

I just want to say that O2 is not C5 bigger brother. O2 is developed by someone else, it is made and sold bu JDS lab. Their design philosophy might be different. 

C5 is developed by JDS labs lone. So strictly speaking C5 is on its own and therefore might sound quiet different than O2. 

post #1363 of 3078
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Thank you very much that's what I'm looking for, a more portable O2

Panda its really weird because I love the Andes, I'm going to give it some more time and do some more testing. 

With my portable equipment, its 'sweeter, bassier, and warmer' sound is more beneficial to me as I jam out while on the go. At home, I want excellence with good tracks. On the go, I want to jam.

 

My ANDES is out on temporary borrow to a friend(he let me borrow E11, GR07, and L11 in return for review of E12) but I will get it back soon.


 

 

 

FiiO E12 with my new Custom unit. Inside is a Custom Microprocessor and volatile memory controlled custom Objective 2 amplifier and the flagship Cirrus Logic the CS4398. 

 

I'll add comparison soon of E12 and O2.

 

I'll use either the Heir Audio as the headphone control and the CS4398 will be the DAC control.

 

CS4398-->E12-->Heir Audio

CS4398-->O2-->Heir Audio

 

Is how I'll do it.

post #1364 of 3078
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Originally Posted by bowei006 View Post

With my portable equipment, its 'sweeter, bassier, and warmer' sound is more beneficial to me as I jam out while on the go. At home, I want excellence with good tracks. On the go, I want to jam.

 

My ANDES is out on temporary borrow to a friend(he let me borrow E11, GR07, and L11 in return for review of E12) but I will get it back soon.


 

 

 

FiiO E12 with my new Custom unit. Inside is a Custom Microprocessor and volatile memory controlled custom Objective 2 amplifier and the flagship Cirrus Logic the CS4398. 

 

I'll add comparison soon of E12 and O2.

 

I'll use either the Heir Audio as the headphone control and the CS4398 will be the DAC control.

 

CS4398-->E12-->Heir Audio

CS4398-->O2-->Heir Audio

 

Is how I'll do it.

Panda how do you like that Project H, would you recommend it for someone looking for something neutral as the O2?

post #1365 of 3078

Project-H looks really neat, looks amazing, well done. 

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