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post #1441 of 1747
I think you'll give in before the E18 does. Or you're deaf (or soon will be).

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post #1442 of 1747
Can someone tell me whether the authentication code is on the box behind the sticker in top right hand corner, or on the sticker itself. Its just I ripped the sticker off and cant find it and now the sticker is in pieces. I bought it from one of fiio's recommend sellers, but still, a little worrying.
Edited by Hanslow - 4/26/14 at 7:55am
post #1443 of 1747
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Originally Posted by Hanslow View Post

Can someone tell me whether the authentication code is on the box behind the sticker in top right hand corner, or on the sticker itself. Its just I ripped the sticker off and cant find it and now the sticker is in pieces. I bought it from one of fiio's recommend sellers, but still, a little worrying.

You scratch off a bit of paint on the sticker to reveal the authenticity code. Oops redface.gif

At this point we don't think there have been any fakes of the E18 smily_headphones1.gif
post #1444 of 1747
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Originally Posted by luisandre View Post

Hello to everybody!

This thread is very long and probably you spoke about it earlier.
I just wanted to ask if you think the E18 will drive easily a pair of Beyerdynamic DT880-250?

Thank you!!

My daily driver is the E18's predecessor the E17 and it can drive the DT880-250 to deafening levels too biggrin.gif The E18 is more powerful than the E17.
post #1445 of 1747

Yahoo!  I volunteered to be a contact with Fiio for the Audio Video Club of Atlanta Portable Audio Jam on Sunday, May 4.

 

http://a-vcoa.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=87&club_id=290418&item_id=313516&sl=268303750

 

As a result, I have had a few days to audition the NEW X5, the X3, and the E18.  Wow, call me impressed!

 

If you plan to be in the Atlanta area this coming Sunday, please feel free to stop on by and hear this new Fiio gear along with a lot of other portable audio equipment.  See our inventory at the following link:  

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/714128/atlanta-ga-a-vcoa-presents-may-4th-portable-audio-jam

 

You are absolutely welcome to attend and need not be a member of AVCOA.  If not a fan of Fiio now; you WILL be.

post #1446 of 1747

I hear noise from it with low gain, bass off, low volume, and wasn't charging, but according to the comments, could it be that mine is defected?

using xba-h3


Edited by BestEarCN - 5/2/14 at 10:09pm
post #1447 of 1747

Clarification question for newbie: The FiiO product data advises this item" can be used as a headphone amp or a usb dac". If I connect it between my macbook pro with high res alac files playing through amarra symphony, and my headphones, do I get the benefit of the amp AND dac or not? (Note, I'm not interested in using the E18 as a dac for a hifi system of any kind beyond headphone use at home or on the go.)

 

And would the E18 work as an amp 'booster' for an X5 if required? 

 

Any help appreciated, thx.

post #1448 of 1747
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Originally Posted by albaman View Post
 

Clarification question for newbie: The FiiO product data advises this item" can be used as a headphone amp or a usb dac". If I connect it between my macbook pro with high res alac files playing through amarra symphony, and my headphones, do I get the benefit of the amp AND dac or not? (Note, I'm not interested in using the E18 as a dac for a hifi system of any kind beyond headphone use at home or on the go.)

 

And would the E18 work as an amp 'booster' for an X5 if required? 

 

Any help appreciated, thx.

 

1. If you connect the E18 to Mac and select the the "PC" switch (on E18), it will work just like any external sound card / USB DAC+amp. However, only up to 24/96 files.

 

2. Yes, it will work as an amp for X5, though I don't see X5 needing it.

post #1449 of 1747

Thx for the helpful reply, ClieOS. I think I might plump for the E12 Mont blanc for macbook connection then; gets better reviews as an amp, cheaper and not sure a dac would make much difference to downsampled hd content via amarra etc.

post #1450 of 1747
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Originally Posted by albaman View Post

Thx for the helpful reply, ClieOS. I think I might plump for the E12 Mont blanc for macbook connection then; gets better reviews as an amp, cheaper and not sure a dac would make much difference to downsampled hd content via amarra etc.

With respect, this wouldn't be my conclusion. The DAC in the E18 is superior to the one in your Mac. Even if it was exactly the same there should still be an advantage in doing the conversion off-board, away from all the electrical noise in your Mac.

Also, the E12 measures better for power output but reviews I've read talk of a narrow soundstage and unimpressive imaging. I don't have any complaints regarding these qualities in my E18 & it has more than enough power to drive my HD650's.
post #1451 of 1747
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Originally Posted by albaman View Post
 

Thx for the helpful reply, ClieOS. I think I might plump for the E12 Mont blanc for macbook connection then; gets better reviews as an amp, cheaper and not sure a dac would make much difference to downsampled hd content via amarra etc.

I don't have an E18 but I do have an E7 and an X3 and a Macbook Pro (2010). The E7 was a huge improvement in sound (so was the X3 - both used as a DAC/AMP combo) and I would expect even more so for the E18. The DAC part (IMHO) makes more difference than the amp so I'd get the E18 if I were you.

post #1452 of 1747

thank you v much for the feedback, tjw321, > maybe I should stick with the E18 plan!

post #1453 of 1747

thanks v much zorrofox > the expertise here seems to think E18 is the way to go!

post #1454 of 1747


Not to go against the tide here, but I returned my E18 because it didn't work as stated with my HTC One.  (The whole OTG issue.  I got no help from either Fiio or HTC, BTW...)  So, I got an E12DIY.  Very nice piece of equipment.  I held my breadth as I combined the HTC One with the E12DIY.  Phew!  Sounded pretty gosh darn good--so really didn't need the E18 DAC portion.  Plus you can tweak the E12's ops and buffers.  This isn't my main source of great sounding music, but it sure works well with rdio and as an amp to feed into the car system off the HTC One. 

post #1455 of 1747
I don't think the blame lies at Fiio's feet. I think Google don't want people to use their own music. Period! But that's another story.
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