Should be here on thursday, should be much better than the hiss filled sound coming from my work pc's headphone jack.
Edited by randerson07 - 12/11/12 at 11:58am
I have a fiio d3 in my home 2ch stereo setup. PC digital coax out(25ft run of cable)>D3>Onkyo TX-6500 MKII>Pioneer HPM100s That little $30 device cleaned up the horrible hiss I had coming from my on board sound card, Its not perfect, but far superior. So I cant imagine the E10 being any less effective.
Well Ive spent about 8hrs with the E10 so far. I cant really describe the differences between it and the headphone out of my laptop, except to say its certainly better. And most certainly different. The hiss is nearly gone, the E10 cuts out when it hears digital silence. Where when I would hit pause in the past and hear horrible hiss its now silence instead. During quiet passages I can here very faint hiss, very faint, but to me its an acceptable amount for the money invested and the improvement heard.
I have 3 sets of phones, ATH-M35, the k240s, and newly acquired Alessandro MS1s. The MS1s have gotten most of the 8hrs, mostly cause they are new, but I have tried them all a few times.
The k240s are very pleasant out of the E10, I could listen to them all day and not be tired of them, minus my sensitive ears getting hot and pinned against my glasses. I really liked them when I adjusted the EQ similar to what was posted on the last page. I didn't think to play any classical until I started this post so I'm doing that now, using both a flat EQ and adjusted. Certainly find tweaking the EQ to be more to my liking. The only classical I have digitally is from the Ultimate Download disc that is free from HDtracks when you download media monkey, and one Beethoven disc, the basic Beethoven by Simon Addison and the English Philharmonic, it all sounds quite good.
So far, this is $45 well spent.
The AKG K240 MKII is the best headphone I've heard in the $100 range, I got my K240 MKII's new for $106. They do not have mild treble, amp them well enough and you will know they are anything but dark, I would say they are on the bright side as they have a 10khz treble spike as prominent as the DT 990. The K240 has a U-shaped frequency response(which is similar to the DT 990s) with mids presented in a more forward fashion. These headphones improve greatly with amplification. Listening to them on a tube amp shows they scale up well, the difference with them on the FiiO E11 and my hybrid tube amp is pretty large, the E11 can properly drive them, but they sound a good deal better on a desktop amp. I love the sound of these headphones.
Which Sound blaster Pro USB are you talking about? The small flash drive sized one or the bigger one? I'm pretty sure both are simply sound cards/DACs and don't have an amp in them. The FiiO E10 will probably sound a good deal better simply because of the amp and is also a DAC, it won't have all the fancy sound card features but it will sound better. I found amps improve the sound more than DACs, some headphones the difference of amplification is massive, some it's only a small change in quality. The AKGs improve a lot with amplification so an amp is much more important than a DAC for them, most modern mainstream DACs(onboard computer audio, mp3 players, sound cards, etc.) are decent and some are good for a low price. I generally found amplification is what usually is skimped on.