Originally Posted by Benthegrate
I’ve been following this thread with anticipation as I was awaiting the delivery of my Fiio e07k. I received it two days ago and was very pleased with its performance when connected with the 30 pin doc cable in my iDevices. The sound is laid back, with a nice tight deep bass and a vastly improved top end definition. Nice nuance details with cymbals and bells. The sound field, although not as broad as I would like, still seems balanced and very pleasant to listen to. I’m very pleased with this unit.
Today I thought I’d try using the camera connector with my iPad. This experience was not as gratifying. Not the same sound field at all. That nice smooth top end was basically the same is when simply plugged into the headphone jack of the iPad. I’m not sure what’s at play here. Is it the Fiio’s DAC, or some other technical issue? I’m not sure at this stage.
I know some of you are trying to bypass the DAC by connecting your iPods and iPhones. Depending on your forthcoming reported developments, I’ll be interested to see how this evolves. On my current experience, I’m quite happy with the 30 pin connector, and it gives me an extremely pleasant listening experience.
You bypass the DAC when usingCCK with iPad.
I am not downplaying your "problem/issue" but may I offer some psycho-analysis?
There have been one or two others that have posted the same thing here so therefore it may be a bandwagon effect started from the aesthetical and look of the device. There are many studies shown that if you show people a $10,000(very expenisve) piece of equipment in their face and then play music (hidden) with hundred dollar equipment, they will say it sounds good. And then when you show people a very poor setup but with actual hidden but very expensive equipment, they will say it sounds bad.
The usage and behavior of how one listens to music is generally slightly different. On my desktop, one is generally more focused and actually listening to the music as opposed to more on the go. This lack of focus ON GENERAL, may lead to a more metalic or cold sounding nature. Lastly there is also the aesthetics, with desktop usage, we generally see the DAC unit attached to a computer using an audio player and it looks nice but with a smaller device its lack of size may develop a placebo within the user.
These are just some objservations I am not down playing anything you are saying.
Every peice of info and impression is important of course and I hope to hear your further thoughts. The only problem is that most just lurk these days and will get the wrong idea if the whole thread is filled with issues people have. This is another problem as if you think about it, most come and ask when they have a problem. This creates a higher problem unit issue than there actually is to the viewer.