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Got mine today.
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Still waiting for shipping confirmation. Might have to do with my last name starting with a "T" though, should FiiO happen to send them out alphabetically. :)

post #378 of 2221
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Originally Posted by lalala6 View Post
 

Yes, with the default AD8620 opamp it sounds cleaner and more neutral than the regular black E12. Haven't tried out other opamps though.

 

Do you know if the default chips in the E12DIY are the same as in the stock black E12?

 

If so, why would the DIY sound different?

 

I can't wait to hear about the different chip combinations. I like a quick, articulate, propulsive, refined sound, but I LOVE a fluid, musical, euphonic, emotional, refined sound even more. Wonder what chips will do that?

 

I think both the silver and gold amps look great. I like the gold a bit more, though. It's got that cheesy bling that reminds me of 1970's Roger Moore era James Bond. It would look right at home next to a purple velvet Crown Royal bag!

 

I do wish FiiO could have used red lettering and a red anodized knob, though. It would add to costs, of course, but with the gold it would give it that Iron Man look!


Edited by K.T. - 12/20/13 at 9:57am
post #379 of 2221

anyone from the USA get theirs yet?  Got my tracking number!  yay!

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Originally Posted by K.T. View Post
 

 

Do you know if the default chips in the E12DIY are the same as in the stock black E12?

 

If so, why would the DIY sound different?

 

I can't wait to hear about the different chip combinations. I like a quick, articulate, propulsive, refined sound, but I LOVE a fluid, musical, euphonic, emotional, refined sound even more. Wonder what chips will do that?

 

I think both the silver and gold amps look great. I like the gold a bit more, though. It's got that cheesy bling that reminds me of 1970's Roger Moore era James Bond. It would look right at home next to a purple velvet Crown Royal bag!

 

I do wish FiiO could have used red lettering and a red anodized knob, though. It would add to costs, of course, but with the gold it would give it that Iron Man look!

Nope, they are different. E12DIY uses AD8620 and BUF634 while E12 uses OPA1611 and LME49600, though they also include both these chips in the package so you can make the E12DIY sound exactly like the E12 if you want to.

 

I've only tried two possible combinations so far, AD8620 + BUF634 and OPA1611 + BUF634. Currently OPA1611 + BUF634 works very well for me, it has a neutral, articulate and refined sound, albeit less warm than normal E12. Will get around to trying other combinations once I get tired of my current combination, and hopefully find the 'musical, euphonic, emotional, refined' sound that you are describing.

 

Cheers! :)

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Hey Lala

 

At the moment I am trying out the combinations too. So far, the LME49600 is by Buffer of choice. I have yet to settle for the right opamp for the output stage.

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My Standard E12 took some time to sound right, I wonder if all the combinations needs long burn in or is this more related to other fix mounted components like capacitors? Any ways I think also the DIY needs some time to really shine. I am also a little scared to switch the combinations so far.

 

:ph34r:

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Originally Posted by pietcux View Post
 

My Standard E12 took some time to sound right, I wonder if all the combinations needs long burn in or is this more related to other fix mounted components like capacitors? Any ways I think also the DIY needs some time to really shine. I am also a little scared to switch the combinations so far.

 

:ph34r:

 

Out of the box it sounded kind of wrong, but after changing some opamps... it sounds very good with the ATH-ES10 (LME49600 + OPA604 OPA1611). On the other hand it sounds too thin with the TH600.

 

I do believe the components need some time to settle. So, as you said, it is scary. I never had the possibility for so many combinations. aiaiaiaiii


Edited by RAFA - 12/20/13 at 12:17pm
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Originally Posted by RAFA View Post
 

Hey Lala

 

At the moment I am trying out the combinations too. So far, the LME49600 is by Buffer of choice. I have yet to settle for the right opamp for the output stage.

Cool, I just switched to the LME49600 as well and it seems to be better than BUF634. Right now on OPA1611+LME49600, which happens to be the same combination as the regular E12 but strangely sounds different. Less warmth and bass, more clarity and refinement. Pretty good combination though.

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Wow... the OPA604 + LME49600 combo sounds amazing with my AD2000X. I can't believe my ears right now. Nice one you've discovered there, RAFA!

 

 

 

Edit: Seriously having eargasms at this combo... OPA604+LME49600 is THE musical and euphonic combo for me and I suspect it will have just as good synergy with most Audio-Technicas.


Edited by lalala6 - 12/20/13 at 12:33pm
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Originally Posted by lalala6 View Post

Wow... the OPA604 + LME49600 combo sounds amazing with my AD2000X. I can't believe my ears right now. Nice one you've discovered there, RAFA!



Edit: Seriously having eargasms at this combo... OPA604+LME49600 is THE musical and euphonic combo for me and I suspect it will have just as good synergy with most Audio-Technicas.

True, to me too. For the moment it is very nice. I have some LME49990 at home, but not in dip8 form. I really would like to try them.

Also investing into the muses02 is crawling through my head.
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Could some of you take some photos showing how you DIY this E12? Say, changing the ICs, soldering chips, changing capacitors, adding resistors, etc.  

 

It would be very helpful for beginners like me.

Many thanks! 

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Did not receive any tracking info yet.

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Originally Posted by duyu View Post
 

Could some of you take some photos showing how you DIY this E12? Say, changing the ICs, soldering chips, changing capacitors, adding resistors, etc.  

 

It would be very helpful for beginners like me.

Many thanks! 

 

you dont need to solder anything.  It's just a plug and play.  There should be directions in the manual

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Originally Posted by duyu View Post
 

Could some of you take some photos showing how you DIY this E12? Say, changing the ICs, soldering chips, changing capacitors, adding resistors, etc.  

 

It would be very helpful for beginners like me.

Many thanks! 

Hi I have received below screenshot from friendly Fiio customer service,  I hope it can be useful for you too.

 

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In the accessories of E12 DIY, there are some adapter PCB (already has the chip on it) and other blank adapter PCB. . From the the picture as attached, there are 2 chip sockets for the Buffer section and one chip socket for OP-AMP section. You can exchange the adapter PCB directly,and please just make sure that the placed direction is correct, and distinguish Buffer and OP-AMP chip.
 
Regarding to other blank adapter PCB, if you have any other OP or BUF chip,then you can use the soldering iron to fix your chips on the blank adapter PCB.
 
The blinking blue light means that there is the direct-current output which causes the protection for the inner circuit, so the E12 will be turned off automatically. Therefore, it's highly suggested to check the Buffer and OP-AMP in your E12 DIY carefully. Please confirm whether the Buffer or OP-AMP is placed in the right place.

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