I've noticed the mont blanc is slimmer, but is it better than the E17 Alpen?
What's the difference?
I use my E17 for DAC and Portable use.
Basically, Fiio E17 Alpen vs 12 Mont Blanc?
Edited by Allucid - 8/21/13 at 7:47pm
I believe both are about the same: 12 - 14 hours.
I have the Monte Blanc (1st vers) and use it with my iPod 120GB classic and a LOD cable. I really like the combo when using with my Vsonic IEMs. I did try it with my Grados and, to me, I tend to lean more towards my desktop system (Little Dot I+ and Fiio E10 DAC) as it seems a bit more natural the the E12 just hurts some of the frequency points, which I suspect is totally attributed to my iPod source. I should run a mini cable from the E10 (used as just a DAC) to the E12 and see how it compares. I'm sure it might do quite well by removing the iPod.
The E12, though, is an outstanding portable amp given its price point of $120 - $130. Just a few years back, that level of performance would have cost quite a bit more.