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Samsung Galaxy S4 compatible portable DAC/AMPs?

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So I recently got a Samsung Galaxy S4 and I want to start using it for music instead of bringing along my iPod Video Classic. However, the headphones/IEMs I use for portable listening are the HiFiMAN RE-262s and the Mad Dogs w/ Alpha Pads. Both of which are not necessarily easy headphones to run. I was wondering if there was a portable amp available that would satisfactorily power both of those headphones? If there aren't any then I would be open to getting a better music player, instead. 

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Currently using the FiiO E17 for my S4 at the moment.  Just enable USB audio in settings and get a OTG cable from Toxic Cable's ebay listing.

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/111036655521?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

 

FiiO's E18 is supposedly coming out sometime next month, I'd probably wait for that unless you needed something right now.

post #3 of 135
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Awesome!Thank you very much.
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I have the FiiO E17, actually. And I've been using it paired with the E09K for my computer. Do you have a different link to get a cable like that? Because the one that you linked is already done.

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And these will both work with the Galaxy S4 and the FiiO E17? Also, have they revealed the E18s price?

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I got those links from threads where others were looking for an android otg cable.  I think the FiiO rep here quoted around $180 for the E18.
 

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Awesome. One last question. If I were to use just a 3.5 to 3.5 mm cable from the GS4 to my E17, what settings would it need to be on to work?

post #9 of 135

You don't need any special settings to use it that way.  Just plug it into the amp and play.  However, using that method to connect it will bypass the E17's DAC.  You'd be amping the amped signal from the S4 headphone jack.
 

post #10 of 135
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Well I tried it, and I don't know if I'm doing something wrong or not. Because no matter what setting I'm on (Aux, usb, etc), it doesn't work. I'll try again tomorrow.

post #11 of 135
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Fixed it. Turns out the cable that came with the E17 wasn't working.

post #12 of 135
May i ask why the cable of the e17's are'nt workin? I have the e17 and planning to get the gs4.. What cable are you using now?
post #13 of 135
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Originally Posted by KetchupNinja View Post

Currently using the FiiO E17 for my S4 at the moment.  Just enable USB audio in settings and get a OTG cable from Toxic Cable's ebay listing.

 

How do you enable USB audio? I haven't been able to find it in the S4 settings. Or were you referring to the E17?

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Bluchicboi, the 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable that came with my E17. I just used a removable headphone cable. 

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Originally Posted by sobrietywarrior View Post

How do you enable USB audio? I haven't been able to find it in the S4 settings. Or were you referring to the E17?

To enable USB audio for the S4:

Settings-->My Device-->Accesory

Then check mark "Audio Output Mode".
Edited by KetchupNinja - 6/14/13 at 11:47pm
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