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X-FI HD vs Fiio E10 - Page 2

Poll Results: which is a better DAC for under $100?

  • 19% (4)
    Creative X-FI HD (USB)
  • 57% (12)
    Fiio E10
  • 23% (5)
21 Total Votes  
post #16 of 18

I'll probably send the Fiio E10 back in the next few days, because the X-Fi HD seems to use my headphones better, but is not without some reservations. Whenever I've used one of the devices for a longer while, going to the other one always results in a refreshing sound experience. It's like they both use completely different approaches. The X-Fi uses the whole membrane-surface and to a significant degree the backgrounds resulting in a very earthy, relatively balanced sound, whereas the Fiio E10 uses only the middle membrane, but to a more powerful degree, resulting in great clarity in some midranges. I'm currently leaning towards the X-Fi because I'm less often reminded of its limitations, which seem to be always present with all the qualities of the E10. But if the E10 is any indicator of a better use of midranges, I'll be tempted to take the E17 although that was initially much too expensive for me.



Originally Posted by stv014 View Post


What is the output impedance exactly ? Is it available somewhere, or did you measure it ?


If you do not hear any noise on the X-Fi HD, how do you know it is noisier than the E10 ? Is it based on the specs or measurements ?


50 Ohm of Sennheiser HD 595. Noise is probably the wrong term, I just tried to describe clarity and differentiation accuracy in a certain way. I've found it called "muddy" and that gives a better idea, though it is not all that bad.

Edited by Phelix - 12/2/12 at 11:29pm
post #17 of 18
Originally Posted by Phelix View Post
50 Ohm of Sennheiser HD 595.


I did not mean the impedance of the HD595 (I already know that), but the output impedance of the X-Fi HD.

post #18 of 18

Well, but I didn't ask THAT. Ok. I just know there's no problem there. My last Google research brought up 16-150 Ohms. The package says 33.

Edited by Phelix - 12/3/12 at 11:31am
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