Originally Posted by Oxide36
Wow, $130 for the E12? Is it really that much better than the $60 E11?
It's a bit subjective. And also, remember that the E11's price only recently came down to those levels. Regardless, it's a good question.
I just did some a/b'ing with my AD900X through my E12 and E11 (via ELE DAC and laptop). The E11 is pretty good actually. I used to think that it had a bit of a veil with my AD900X's, but I realize now that it was probably the EQ2 (2nd bass boost) setting that was causing some boomy-ness in the low end which may have been contributing to that impression. If I stick to the EQ1 setting, it sounds pretty good. I do find that the E12 seems to add a bit of clarity and body to the notes, and there is just something about the sound coming out of the E12 that seems more refined and engaging. Having said that, the E11 sounds very good.
The ability to charge the E12 while using it is definitely worth something to me.
And the last thing that I really like about the E12, at least with the beta version 1, is the way the bass boost is configured. I can use it with my AD900X and it sounds great. I can also use it with my already bass endowed WS99's and it sounds great. The E11's EQ1 setting is close, but not as good (the E11's EQ2 setting often just doesn't work for me).
One thing to keep in mind is that although the E12 is beautifully built, it is larger than the E11, and so it is less portable. To be honest, I am happy to have both so that I can leave my E12 mainly at my desk, and grab the E11 when on the go (probably to be replaced though with the C&C BH) when using with my iem's that are not so amp sensitive.
So in summary, I can't answer you about whether the E12 is worth an extra $70 over the E11, but I do know that I am happy to have it!