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So basically while I was lurking the internet searching for my beginner audiophile set I came across two interesting deals in Amazon:

-A FiiO E10 usb DAC for $53 (http://www.amazon.com/FiiO-E10-USB-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B005VO7LG6/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top)

-A pair of Audio Technica ATHM50 for $105 (http://www.amazon.com/Technica-ATHM50-Professional-Monitor-Headphones/dp/B000ULAP4U/ref=pd_bxgy_e_img_z)

 

I've never purchased anything online, and I feel this is too good to be true. Any opinions would be appreciated.

 

Also: since this is the Dedicated Source Components I have some questions about the E10:

- Is it good (for the price I mean)?

- Some people complained about the output jack breaking, how common is this?

- Another complain is that it cuts the beginning of the songs (for about .7 seconds). This one was mentioned by only one customer, so maybe his was broken in some sort.

 Still, its enough to get me nervous.

 

Please help, and thanks in advance.

 

Additional info:

How I listen to music and preferred sound:

-I listen at low volume, I like to take care of my hearing.

-I prefer neutral and detailed sound above all else.

 

Genres I normally listen to:

-Rock/Metal 50%.

-Folk/Acoustic 20%

-Jazz 10%.

-Electronic 10%.

-World 5%.

-Anything else 5%.

post #2 of 9

Save a few dollars.

Asus Xonar DG sound card, $25

Gemini HSR-1000 (Takstar Pro 80) colsed headphones, $88

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

Sorry but I'll be using it on a laptop so the sound card is not an option.

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Originally Posted by liogarus View Post

Sorry but I'll be using it on a laptop so the sound card is not an option.

The Fiio E10 sells for $44.99 at Adorama.

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

Nice!
You have any experience with it? Any other good DAC that goes for cheap?

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Originally Posted by liogarus View Post

Nice!
You have any experience with it? Any other good DAC that goes for cheap?

The Fiio E10 is the best value for price i know of.

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks.

 

How about the horror stories? Are they true?

post #8 of 9

- Is it good (for the price I mean)?

Yes, it's good value.

 

 

- Some people complained about the output jack breaking, how common is this?

From what I can remember, it only affected 1% of units.  I've had my E10 for a year and the headphone jack has no issue for me.  Plus the newer gold headphone jack in the latest batch is supposed to be less fragile.

 

 

- Another complain is that it cuts the beginning of the songs (for about .7 seconds). This one was mentioned by only one customer, so maybe his was broken in some sort.

This was fixed in the latest revision, the one known as "Olympus".

post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thank you kindly. I think I'll risk it, I hope mine is not in that 1%.

Thank you too PurpleAngel, that store ships to Mexico (the shipping costs more than half of the DAC, but its the best I can get).

 

I guess I'll order them soon.


Edited by liogarus - 12/17/12 at 3:01pm
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