Oh, so then nevermind... The new one is better but it's way too much. It's actually kind of how I thought it was anyway. And it's not subtle by the way. 6dB is a lot! It's very noticeable for me and if actually quantified, that's twice as loud! (Or rather, +6 dB is twice the amount of sound pressure level.)
This isn't opinion either... You can't subjectively say that it sounds subtle and wanting it any finer doesn't make sense. I'm predicting a statement like that. What I can say however is that I use bass boost to even out the frequencies and 6 dB is a crazy boost for pretty much any pair of cans. That level is really for bassheads who can't appreciate any other frequencies. I'm sorry but that's like the higher boost level option on the E11 and that has not only never been right, but it hasn't ever even sounded good - maybe with very specific tracks that were lacking or to which balance wasn't especially beneficial (like often with Hip Hop or something). Never before has FiiO released an amp with this much bass boost and always before, the bass boost is what people typically liked about FiiO's amps. Why change what was working? The E10 had the one that generally works for most applications, the E11 gave that extra boost option, and now the E12 limits you to ONLY that much... SOOO close this amp; I was so excited for it!
Edited by Typhoon859 - 2/15/13 at 4:32am
I love FiiO as a company and what they're doing, but I hate blind fanaticism. Come on guys, don't make yourselves believe that it's all excellent and perfect because in the end, you'd just be harming the outcome for yourselves and for everyone else. How can anyone say that there's nothing wrong with this? It makes it a completely useless integration. Yes, I'm stating that as a fact, because subjectively those who don't have the ear and/or understanding would be fine with a 12 dB gain in bass saying, "This is the best sounding bass ever!" 6 dB is not even close to subtle! If you have a pair of headphones with bad bass reproduction, then sure, that's a possibility, because 6 dB will sound like 2. However, once again, that would make it a very unobjective assessment, likely coming from somebody uninformed. There's nothing wrong with that, the intention here not to put down, but at the same time, it is to say that to be a bit more agnostic in any assertions has never been a bad thing