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newbie wondering about the fiio e17 (or other reccmendations)

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Hello, just posted in headphone forum regarding some new cans (question below), but felt i should ask the amp question over here as well.

 

Besides looking for some new in ear phones, im also looking for something portable to increase the volume on my android phone and roland drum module. My phone does not go that loud, and when it does, it sounds horrible. My drum module has amazing sound, just need it louder.

 

would getting a headphone amp resolve this? i have been looking at the fiio e17 b/c it seems to have great reviews and is portable. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

 

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Hello, this is my first post and just wanted to thank everyone in advance for taking time to read and reply to my questions. I have spent several hours on this site searching ad left even more undecided than before coming here.

 

my needs: a quality pair of in-ear phones with a mic for a android phone (casio commando). I listen to mostly rock from my phone. However, im also looking for something  can use in my Roland Td-8 drum brain (electric drum kit), so when listening to music, im looking for quality that will allow me to easily learn the drums from a song by hearing the dynamics of the kit. Need good bass, mids, and highs without other instruments creating conflict. Also need the same for when i play my drums.

 

At first i was sold in the Nuforce NE-700M - until i came to this site. everything else i have found with great reviews here does not include a mic or are iphone specific. also like the thinksound ms01, but no mic!

 

I love the look of wood, need durability, and would like to spend less than $100.

 

in addition, im considering getting a fiio E17 to add to the mix. My current headphones are a pair of beats by dre, and i hate them! unsure if it is my phone or the cans, but when i get past 70% volume, all goes to hell. i was thinking a headphone amp would resolve this? also, with my drum brain, the headphone volume is not nearly as loud as i would like it to be. can anyone also comment on if this would resolve this issue(s) as well? maybe someone knows of a sweet pair of cans that would work great with this amp. 

 

thanks again for taking the time to reply and help my confusion of so many options.

post #2 of 6

I don't think the E17 will connect with an Android phone. 

E07k can connect with Android phones though.

If you are happy with the sound quality you get and simply want a volume increase you can look at amps only, no need for a dac. The Fiio e6 is super small and super cheap and gives a nice volume increase. 

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

thanks for the info Mani! I was wondering if it would even connect.. i was hoping that it would work at least as an amp when connected to my android, but then have the option of using it as DAC on my PC. Although the later was not nearly as important. 

 

any experience with those little Altoids box amps? http://www.jdslabs.com/
 

post #4 of 6

It does work as an amp connected to your android it just won't function as a DAC with it.

I use mine for the same thing you want to do. Amp for my android and DAC/Amp for laptop. 

post #5 of 6

Ok guy's this info is now outdated as of today I can confirm that Android devices with a Micro USB port capable of running Android Jellybean 4.1 now support playback via USB, so you can connect your DAC's :D

 

Look here http://www.head-fi.org/t/608713/htc-one-x/60

 

Enjoy!

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Originally Posted by MajHeadcase View Post

Ok guy's this info is now outdated as of today I can confirm that Android devices with a Micro USB port capable of running Android Jellybean 4.1 now support playback via USB, so you can connect your DAC's :D

 

Look here http://www.head-fi.org/t/608713/htc-one-x/60

 

Enjoy!

 

Just a heads up: It doesn't work with all Android 4.1/4.2 phones, only phones which have been tweaked by the manufacturer or user to support it. My Galaxy Nexus, for example, doesn't have support on 4.1 or 4.2, and doesn't seem to be gaining support for it within its lifetime.

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