Originally Posted by Dyaems
sure it will fall with the new toy syndrome, but users who claim it as the "best" even if they only own it for a few days, and have not compared it with a wide range of amps is definitely wrong
I never said it was the best portable amp, period. This is what I wrote:
"It is however, definitely the best truly portable amp I now own, and that's compared against the E17 I have, and the E7 and E11 I have owned in the past."
I explicitly qualified that it is the best portable amp I own, and listed each of the products I have personal experience with, and can honestly compare against. There are many other portable amps out there which I have not (yet) listened to, and some of those may in fact be better overall products - the Leckerton UHA6-MKII, JDS Labs c421, V-MODA VAMP, etc. Note that some of those amps are also a significantly higher price point.
What I can absolutely say, with 100% confidence, is that the E12 is extremely well-built, is very attractive (in my opinion) with the classic FiiO black brushed aluminum finish, is quite powerful for its small size, and perfectly meets my needs for a portable headphone amp. But I'm not your typical Head-Fi member, in that I tend to find exactly the sound signature and features I'm looking for, and then stop searching. Is there a headphone better than my Audez'e LCD2s somewhere out there in the world? Quite possibly, but I am completely satisfied with the music I hear from them, and I spend my time listening to them, rather than searching for another pair and believing the grass is greener in some other backyard.
That's how I feel about the E12 - it meets my needs, and sounds quite good. For the $99 total I paid for it, I consider it a steal.