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post #1546 of 2231
My pleasure.
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A friend of mine and I both recently purchased the E18 to use with out PC's as well as out Samsung Note 3's. We have introduced about a dozen people to this little wonder and have them all wanting to get one as well. It is a great little amp/dac for our use. That being said, we have both found an issue. We both listen using our Grado headphones and have noticed that when it is plugged into the phone, using the little micro usb to micro usb cable that came with the E18, that we hear static. It's not all of the time, but it is quite noticeable. I don't even hear this when the E18 is hooked up to my PC. So I'm wondering if the problem isn't the micro usb cable we are using. I'm wondering if it is more susceptible to static electricity than other cables? If this has already been discussed, my apologies.

 

Does anyone know of a place online that might sell very small right angle micro usb cables? I am not too crazy how it sticks out an inch or more out of the bottom of the phone into the E18. Since if I stick the pair in my pocket with the phones coming out of the top of the E18, it puts pressure on teh cable and therefore wears the usb ports on both the amp and phone. I figure a cable the kicks out towards the coax out port and loops under and back into the phone would be less obtrusive and less likely to cause damage to the hardware.

 


Edited by MrFaust - 5/26/14 at 1:07pm
post #1548 of 2231

I experienced similar issues with the 'static' type noise and eventual disconnection of the audio, which I believe were related to the USB connectors moving when the phone and amp were in my pocket. I never experienced this with the equipment stationary on a desk so I reckon it's an issue with the very fine contact strips in the micro USB connector rather than the FiiO supplied cable itself.

 

A right angle connector would certainly help and it's a shame that FiiO don't supply one or make it available as an accessory. The supplied cable is unsuited to the method of connection that most users will want.

 

Having failed to find a suitable cable from any supplier, I bought two OTG cables with right-angle plugs from ebay, cut the USB A socket end off and soldered the core wires together to make a single cable. I also fitted the Phone and E18 in a case and have had no further problems with interrupted playback.

 

I believe the iBasso devices are supplied with a right-angled micro-USB cable so someone out there is making them - we just need to track them down :)

post #1549 of 2231
This will work if Matthew can be persuaded to set the plugs at 90degrees.

http://forzaaudioworks.com/en/product.php?id_product=55
post #1550 of 2231
+1
Neither of my 2 E18 cables work any more!
Happily pay for a good micro with right angle both ends. But it would need to be a little longer than the Fiio cable.
post #1551 of 2231

I bought this last night...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/200965855567

So I'm going to see if I can make my own

post #1552 of 2231
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Originally Posted by MrFaust View Post

A friend of mine and I both recently purchased the E18 to use with out PC's as well as out Samsung Note 3's. We have introduced about a dozen people to this little wonder and have them all wanting to get one as well. It is a great little amp/dac for our use. That being said, we have both found an issue. We both listen using our Grado headphones and have noticed that when it is plugged into the phone, using the little micro usb to micro usb cable that came with the E18, that we hear static. It's not all of the time, but it is quite noticeable. I don't even hear this when the E18 is hooked up to my PC. So I'm wondering if the problem isn't the micro usb cable we are using. I'm wondering if it is more susceptible to static electricity than other cables? If this has already been discussed, my apologies.

Does anyone know of a place online that might sell very small right angle micro usb cables? I am not too crazy how it sticks out an inch or more out of the bottom of the phone into the E18. Since if I stick the pair in my pocket with the phones coming out of the top of the E18, it puts pressure on teh cable and therefore wears the usb ports on both the amp and phone. I figure a cable the kicks out towards the coax out port and loops under and back into the phone would be less obtrusive and less likely to cause damage to the hardware.


I dont know if this will be any help but I have just upgraded from the Note 2 to the Note 3 and have noticed a lot more noise artefacts when amped through the fiio e11. I experienced pretty much zero interference from the Note 2.
post #1553 of 2231
When the phone and Amp are stationary there are no issues that I have found. But when riding in a car or walking around with then in your pocket is when the feedback becomes noticeable.
post #1554 of 2231
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Originally Posted by MrFaust View Post

When the phone and Amp are stationary there are no issues that I have found. But when riding in a car or walking around with then in your pocket is when the feedback becomes noticeable.

Same here.
post #1555 of 2231
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Originally Posted by MrFaust View Post

When the phone and Amp are stationary there are no issues that I have found. But when riding in a car or walking around with then in your pocket is when the feedback becomes noticeable.

My E18 is connected to iPhone 5 via CCK. I can hear static noise in my left channel, even when placed on desk.

Btw, my iphone 5 is on airplane mode and only wi-fi ON.

post #1556 of 2231
Excuse me but is that mini usb or micro usb on this e18?
post #1557 of 2231
micro USB
post #1558 of 2231
Ah ty luke. Am planning to buy this as for my first jump into this so called audiophile world, pairing with ath m40x. I got uap ready in my lenovo p780 but kinda having a corcern on cabling setup since there's no angled cable from fiio.
post #1559 of 2231
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Ha, I was in that same position when I was getting ready to buy and amp/dac.. E17 or E18..Well, when they said the E18 was made especially for Android, and since the reason I got into headphones was because of my android devices, the E18 got the nod. I have even heard that in some instances the E17 sounds better. Be that as it may, IMO, the E18 a later version, and it was made for Android, that was enough for me. Also, in my 3 to 4 month newbie experience,  none of these amp/dacs are perfect,just like headphones. That is why most of headphone users have more than one set of headphones, and heaven forbid, more than one amp/dac too. Even a newbie like me, has fallen for 2 amp/dacs.;) The E18 and the O2-ODAC.

 

They should handle all my newbie needs..

 

If you are into android devices, I would go for the E18..

How do you feel about the sound quality come from the E18? because I am currently looking for a good dac to go with my phone and or my pc when I feel like it. I mean I know this is more of a budget friendly solution when compared to otehr dacs and amps out there but for what I can afford do you think most people would be happy with this product who have not been custom to using very high end DAC's?

post #1560 of 2231
You'll be just fine with this one.
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