the aux on the e07k is a line in only right? or it will go output if you switch the lobypass down?
FiiO E07K ANDES Review and Help Thread - Page 95
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Apologies.. I know it was a very novice silly type of question. I was just a bit confused because I keep reading (various reviews etc) about how people say it's a good external DAC for their phones, but never for the most part talk about the amping portion. The way I assumed it happened was the micro to mini cable sends the signals from the phone too the Fiio, than the Fiio re-amps and re-dacs it.
Well, there is no such a thing as "re-DAC", and of course you are getting an amped signal from the headphone-out. It is what it is designed for, an USB DAC + headphone amp in one unit.
Yes and no.
Note that they are similar in the sense that they both use a gain + buffer stage topology and has the same opamp in gain stage, but the buffer stage are not the same headphone driver chip. They also employ two different implementation of volume control and EQ. So they are not identical sounding.
This may be a total noob question: Why do I need the volume up on the E07K if it docked in the E09K ? Aren't I double amping? I really though that the doc acted like a line out but if the volume is down on the E07K I'm not hearing anything.
Edit: Never mind. Find the little line out button on the side.
Edited by imackler - 9/25/14 at 11:43am
First of apologies if this is (and I'll bet it is) a repeat question. I've just spent the last umpteen hours reading and rereading reviews, articles and posts on this subject and I can't think straight anymore. I currently have the e6. It's barely 6 weeks old but the way it dangles is frustrating. I wish I had bought a larger device that I can strap to my audio player. Roughly around my thinking of that my work location situation has changed and I'll be able to spend more time at home listening from my computer. So something like a e07k or e17 looks attractive for the DAC (I do hear hiss when plugged directly into the iMac). I also just moved from UE triple fi IEM to B&W P7.
So with this setup:
iPod Classic G7 + LOD cable + B&W P7 headphones (with a portable amp)
Late 2013 27" iMac + B&W P7 headphones (with a portable DAC/amp)
WITH a mixture of decent quality MP3s and AACs (256 to 320) with a growing library of ALAC lossless at 16 bit (I can't justify the space for 24 bit yet - especially when the files will end up on the iPod)
Is the E07K a better buy for me? I can afford the extra £30 for E17 but I doubt I'll need an optical cable if I won't go above 16bit lossless. The extra battery life looks handy. Yes the E17 has more power but P7s aren't starving for power. On the other hand reviews of the E07K and E7 mention a warmer sound than E17 and these P7s are already pretty damn warm to begin with. Sidenote: on the E6 I use the default EQ and not any of the bass boosts.
I suppose one advantage of using an optical cable instead of USB might be that I could run the E17 off USB to power it and optical for the audio, and iMacs have optical out. Although wouldn't that mean the sound has already been amplified and converted rather than being a clean signal?
Edited by riChchestMat - 9/26/14 at 6:41pm
Well. I took the plunge and here I am with the E07K.
Plugged into the iMac via USB the sound quality is amazing. But on the iPod Classic 7G via L3 the bass on some songs is a bit farty and muffly - like it's clipping. The same songs are near perfect via the iMac. It sounds then that the DAC on the iPod is letting me down. Can anyone confirm or share a similar experience? Any tips for fixing this?
If someone were to upgrade from the E07K, is there an obvious choice, a clear next step for an amp/dac combo, maybe under $300? Where did all you E07K owners go next and what has been the sweet spot for you? I can't believe I've used an ipod + amp for so many years...when I'm almost always tethered to my laptop while listening to music, especially at home or about with iems. I'm really enjoying the E07K, so not in a rush. I'm looking for something with a line out so I can use it for an external amp, but I need it to be sensitive enough to use it with iems, too.