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Yes biggrin.gif
Paypal tries always to steer you in using the bank account (I have both bank account and CC), for obvious reasons.
I ordered my E12 from BHPhotoVideo. $129 shipped, very fast shipped.
Mm, just learned that now but I will go to hell and back to get my money, even if I have to call them back every day.
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Very weird.

 

I glanced at the ad in your post and for several seconds could have sworn it was written in German.

 

What gives?

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Originally Posted by K.T. View Post
 

 

 

Very weird.

 

I glanced at the ad in your post and for several seconds could have sworn it was written in German.

 

What gives?

More like a bad translation from Chinese to English. I can imagine what was intended.

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How will the E12 do when paired with Shure 535's and a Cowon J3 or Pono?
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I bought an E12 for my SE846 to see what the HF response of that IEM would be with a very low impedance output amplifier.  The E12 is advertised with an output impedance of < 0.1 ohms, which is great for an IEM with as low and non-linear an impedance as the SE846.  There was a noticeable increase in HF compared to my normal iPhone 6 output.  The rest of that story is better related in the SE846 thread.

 

But, one characteristic of the E12 needs to be emphasized.  It's been mentioned earlier in this thread, but I didn't read it before purchasing the E12.  When the E12 is employed, the soundstage becomes almost 2D rather than 3D.  Instead of the soundstage enveloping your mind as presented at the output of the iPhone 6, it seems to be strung out along a line when listening through the E12.  I'm pretty sensitive to this loss of ambience, having spent a lot of time listening to effects boxes whose primary purpose was to add room acoustics to the sound.  I'm not sure what portion of the audio signal is changed by the amp to remove this 3D atmosphere.  Phase relations between the different frequencies?  Volumetric expansion of the signal (the opposite of compression)?

 

Anyway, bear this in mind when purchasing this amp.

 

Also, if you're going to get an E12 for IEMs, be aware that a new E12a has been released that's optimized for IEMs,  lowering the noise floor, improving the "blackness" of the amp.  With the older E12, there is a background of white noise that's about the same level as the noise output of the iPod 5.5g version; not objectionable, but present.  Too bad I bought the E12 about 10 weeks ago.  How quickly shiny toys can become obsolete.

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Originally Posted by gavinfabl View Post

I was at the Bristol Sound & Vision show yesterday. I had with me my E12 and iPod Classic. I was able to use it to listen to a number of different headphones including the top of the range Sennheiser HD700 and HD800, audio Technica ATH AD900 and AD1000 and some $700 Perfect Sound cans.

It wasn't the perfect listening conditions due to the noise of people and other gear but I was amazed at how well the E12 performed with every single headphone. The HD800 needed the gain adjusted. That can needs power.

And for those that have forgotten my review is on page 38 from memory on this thread.


Hi gavinfabl
I had a query, As you said before you tested HD700/800 with Fiio E12, can you tell me How do they perform? I'm planning to buy a Sennheiser HD650 along with Fiio X3 DAP and Fiio E12 amp... So I was curious if E12 will be able to drive the HD650s properly :)
 

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