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post #1786 of 1795
That's an excellent point you make... And I am looking for a little more "fun" with my AK as well. I think it's a good idea as its cheap enough. I was going to get the new digizoid but seems like there have been some issues with the battery and charging.
post #1787 of 1795

I think it's easy to lose sight of fun in this hobby, probably because everything is so fetishized. Great gear is one thing. But gear that actually* gets your feet movin' and your head bobbin' is equally as important. E.g., the Sennheiser Amperior. I got a pair about a month ago. Now, given the edition of the LCD-2F I have, it cost roughly 6x that of the Amperior. But nothing gets me physically engaged with the music like the Amperior.

 

* I don't want to ignore the fact that I can't bob my head with the LCD-2F like I can with the Amperior for a very simple reason: The Amperior is lightweight and clamps tightly. It's not going to fly off your head if you get too excited. I think it's important to not lose sight of "the body" in evaluating and/or enjoying gear. Listening to music isn't entirely cerebral. 

post #1788 of 1795
I completely agree and I never want to lose sight of the fun. Rarely I get caught up in the abing between things, most of the time I just listen an enjoy. I really don't even enjoy abing things, I do it occasionally to see if I can hear a difference. As far as my earlier comment, I only meant it as in losing clarity and some of the details by adding the Fiio to the chain. Recently, I was reading in the HUGO thread and a fellow head-fier wanted a bit more bass out of his Hugo and decided to add a Fiio device to the mix. A lot of people in the thread were in shock, telling him how wrong it was, etc. Needless to say he loved the sound... There is nothing wrong with that, I believe that is why most of us started with this hobby, to enjoy the music.
post #1789 of 1795
A new phone is in my future. Samsung S5 or note 3. From a E18/music point of view. Any difference?
post #1790 of 1795
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Originally Posted by Fpalbrecht View Post

A new phone is in my future. Samsung S5 or note 3. From a E18/music point of view. Any difference?

 

Hi,

 

As the E18 replaces your internal DAC and AMP, as long as the device can use the E18, there will be no difference.

You device is only the user interface and it has to be fast enough to read the file (bitstream) to send to the E18.

 

 

Hope this can help,

 

CasperBxl

post #1791 of 1795
Thanks.
Note has bigger screen(doesn't bother me) and bigger battery so probably will go with it.
post #1792 of 1795

This might sound like a bizarre question, but does anyone have thoughts on the relative value of the E18's DAC compared to its amp? In other words, how much of the E18's value is attributable to its DAC, and how much to its amp? For example, is the E18 a $100 DAC with a $60 amp? Or a $60 DAC with a $100 amp? Or an $80 DAC with an $80 amp? Is the quality of the E18's amp more comparable to the E11 or E12, or somewhere in between, with the DAC comprising the residual value?

post #1793 of 1795
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Originally Posted by nway View Post
 

This might sound like a bizarre question, but does anyone have thoughts on the relative value of the E18's DAC compared to its amp? In other words, how much of the E18's value is attributable to its DAC, and how much to its amp? For example, is the E18 a $100 DAC with a $60 amp? Or a $60 DAC with a $100 amp? Or an $80 DAC with an $80 amp? Is the quality of the E18's amp more comparable to the E11 or E12, or somewhere in between, with the DAC comprising the residual value?

I second this. I'd love to know.

post #1794 of 1795
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Originally Posted by nway View Post
 

This might sound like a bizarre question, but does anyone have thoughts on the relative value of the E18's DAC compared to its amp? In other words, how much of the E18's value is attributable to its DAC, and how much to its amp? For example, is the E18 a $100 DAC with a $60 amp? Or a $60 DAC with a $100 amp? Or an $80 DAC with an $80 amp? Is the quality of the E18's amp more comparable to the E11 or E12, or somewhere in between, with the DAC comprising the residual value?

 

:-)

 

It is taking the bend a bit short. The E18 is a very good device, as AMP and as DAC/AMP.

 

Do not forget that:

   1. Advantage of scaling and large production numbers brings down cost of development

   2. The electronic parts used are only a small part of the cost of the device, so it can be that both parts are of very high quality.

   3. I use it as AMP sometimes and as DAC/AMP sometimes. Both are very good.

   4. Maybe you get a 120$ amp and a 120$ DAC ...

 

I have a CEntrance M8, that is a 700$ DAC/AMP. There certainly is a difference, but is there a 580$ difference?

The M8 has no issue with big power cans; the E18 runs into limits there. But the E18 fits in you pocket, the M8 ... you would look silly!  ;-)

 

For me, the E18 is a very good, flexible, compact, well designed product at a very sharp price.

 

 

Greetings,

 

CasperBxl

post #1795 of 1795

I just got one these amazing little things in the mail and I couldn't be happier with it. It works flawlessly with my 2013 moto x and my lenovo yoga. I do notice some interference from time to time, but it quickly goes away if I move the device around. I can even control spotify using the controls on the side of the device, which comes in handy more frequently than I would have thought.

 

Anyone else using it with a dt770? I've got the portable 32 ohm version with the leather pads and I think they pair beautifully. Smooth but detailed.

 

I even used it as an amp for gaming on the ps4 (using the 3.5mm out from the wireless controller) and was very happy with how it made Dragon Aqe: Inquisition sound.

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