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Good looking setup ! Makes a whale of a difference doesnt it !! 

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Good looking setup ! Makes a whale of a difference doesnt it !! 

 

I'm noticing an improvement in clarity and the bass rumbles with more authority and accuracy. I really cannot ask for more, and I still have some upgraded ear pads coming through for my ES10's which are said to improve sound-stage and the overall sound signature.

 

I don't think I've smiled so much listening to my music - satisfaction levels are through the roof.


Edited by GWagon - 10/4/13 at 4:25pm
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Ahh... Much better. smily_headphones1.gif




This setup also solves the problem I had with interference when using my iPhone. I'm now tempted to rip all of my music in lossless format, but maybe for a day when I'm less busy.
That looks awesome, I agree you should re-rip your music to ALAC, you will hear an even better improvement. If this is your first "rig" let the addiction begin. Its like a tattoo there is no such thing as one.
post #2329 of 3695
Lossy vs lossless benefits aren't nearly as big as you make it seem...just saying. 256 kbps AAC is perfectly fine for me as I can't hear the differences between that and CD-ripped FLAC.
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I'm thinking of getting an E12 but is there an LOD cable available for Windows phone? The jack on my Lumia 920 is not working properly. 

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Lossy vs lossless benefits aren't nearly as big as you make it seem...just saying. 256 kbps AAC is perfectly fine for me as I can't hear the differences between that and CD-ripped FLAC.
Not entirely true to my ears, I hear a definite clarity in the highs and near no distortion in the lows. I do agree that it does not have to be in Flac or Alac and that 256 kbps is generally sufficient.
post #2332 of 3695

Current Rig is iPod Classic 160gb, into Custom LOD, into Pico Slim, into UERM's - very happy with this setup!

 

A new Amp is a consideration right now and am wondering if the E12 would be a step up or a step sideways? Had the E11 when it first came out and preferred the Pico because of the great battery life.

 

Thoughts and Opinions........

post #2333 of 3695
QUESTION:

Hey guys I haven't been able to find it in this long thread yet. So if anyone knows please answer the following:

--> Is it damaging to the unit or electronics somehow of theE12 to turn on the Bass boost or turn it off while the unit itself IS ON and playing music ? Is it also bad to adjust crossfeed or gain while the unit is on?

Just wondering because I don't want to break my new E12 or wear it out faster. Thanks guys!!smily_headphones1.gifbiggrin.gif

EDIT:

Additionally, I have my source as this PC toslink> Audio engine D1> Fiio E12 > headphones .....I know this is Double Amping, can someone tell me or direct me to reading material that tells me if this is a problem or bad for my equipment? I like the E12 boost signiture to try and reduce a little bit of harsh highs I've percieved coming out of my D1. Its not my permanent setup but may use it portably in the future so I wanna know what yall think may be concerns or issues doing this?
Edited by oats2012 - 10/6/13 at 1:54am
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QUESTION:

Hey guys I haven't been able to find it in this long thread yet. So if anyone knows please answer the following:

--> Is it damaging to the unit or electronics somehow of theE12 to turn on the Bass boost or turn it off while the unit itself IS ON and playing music ? Is it also bad to adjust crossfeed or gain while the unit is on?

Just wondering because I don't want to break my new E12 or wear it out faster. Thanks guys!!smily_headphones1.gifbiggrin.gif

EDIT:

Additionally, I have my source as this PC toslink> Audio engine D1> Fiio E12 > headphones .....I know this is Double Amping, can someone tell me or direct me to reading material that tells me if this is a problem or bad for my equipment? I like the E12 boost signiture to try and reduce a little bit of harsh highs I've percieved coming out of my D1. Its not my permanent setup but may use it portably in the future so I wanna know what yall think may be concerns or issues doing this?

 

It is fine to adjust bass or crossfeed on-th-fly.

 

First, set the PC software volume to max. Second, if D1's RCA-out is fixed volume, then use it instead of the headphone-out. If both are adjustable, either one is fine but set to volume to max.. Lastly, use E12 to control volume. These should theoretically give you the best SQ.

post #2335 of 3695
Bah, returned the Mont Blanc, way too loud for me and my M-100s. Caused temporary tittanius.

Overral - Very stellar amp, nothing at all wrong with it. FiiO got everything right on it.

Pros - Fined tuned audio control
Bass boost
12v and below charging, supports a wide range of chargers.
The cloth carry bag can be used all the time to protect the E12.
Bass and treble 'automatically' increased.
Twist volume to turn on - saves time.
Firm 'click' sound when turning on.

Cons -
If you're thinking you need an amo to improve SQ, check your headphones and the amps specs first.

No bass and treble control
No DAC / USB.
Brushed metal can be scratches by the non-caring user.
No /VOLUME LIMIT/. This thing will give you tittanius if not careful, I suggest to turn the volume of your output device to a minimum and let the amp do the rest.
Dirty micro usb cables lead the SQ with amp to be muddied while charging.

If you're looking for no fuss and plug and play, and very fine bolume control, go for the E12.
If you want more control over bass, treble, and have DAC support, go for the E17.

Always ask yourself do I need an amp?
Edited by Allucid - 10/6/13 at 7:14am
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Originally Posted by oats2012 View Post

QUESTION:


Hey guys I haven't been able to find it in this long thread yet. So if anyone knows please answer the following:


--> Is it damaging to the unit or electronics somehow of theE12 to turn on the Bass boost or turn it off while the unit itself IS ON and playing music ? Is it also bad to adjust crossfeed or gain while the unit is on?


Just wondering because I don't want to break my new E12 or wear it out faster. Thanks guys!!smily_headphones1.gifbiggrin.gif


EDIT:


Additionally, I have my source as this PC toslink> Audio engine D1> Fiio E12 > headphones .....I know this is Double Amping, can someone tell me or direct me to reading material that tells me if this is a problem or bad for my equipment? I like the E12 boost signiture to try and reduce a little bit of harsh highs I've percieved coming out of my D1. Its not my permanent setup but may use it portably in the future so I wanna know what yall think may be concerns or issues doing this?

It is fine to adjust bass or crossfeed on-th-fly.

First, set the PC software volume to max. Second, if D1's RCA-out is fixed volume, then use it instead of the headphone-out. If both are adjustable, either one is fine but set to volume to max.. Lastly, use E12 to control volume. These should theoretically give you the best SQ.

Sounds good! and I trust that you are more knowledgeable but if everything is at max until the E12 in that sound loop wont that introduce distortion into the sound?

I understand its just a signal strength thing but is distortion only introduced when the drivers in the headphone are too loud? (maybe I'm answeringmy own question but wanted to check if thats the case lol)?
post #2337 of 3695
How is the E12 too loud when there is a volume control?

That makes no sense.
post #2338 of 3695

The E12 is probably too powerful for IEMs ...... IMHO is definitely more suitable for full size hard to drive cans

post #2339 of 3695

There is a very fine line between power, channel imbalance, and no channel imbalance with the potentiometer. I find the E12 to be pretty loud for me too with the potentiometer past the channel imbalance region. It makes perfect sense.

post #2340 of 3695
The M100 isn't an iem. Granted, it's fairly sensitive, but a moderate volume should be quite a bit past the point of channel imbalance

If you listen super low, then... yeah, I dunno why there'd be a need for such a powerful amp in the first place.
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