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post #46 of 251

ordered!!!

 

Thanks everybody.

post #47 of 251
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Originally Posted by ClieOS View Post

E17 is not even on the same playing field. E18 easily beats it out on both DAC and amp section.

Oh awesome, thanks for the reply smily_headphones1.gif
post #48 of 251

clieos did u compared this dac&amp with JDSLabs C5D?

post #49 of 251

To the OP, you just made me spend $160! :)

 

After plunking down full cost for my Note 3 on Verizon (in order to keep my unlimited data) I decided to maximize my smartphone by picking up a pair of ATH-M50 ($115).  Not too impressed with the flat sound I picked up the FiiO E11 ($53). Big improvement for such a small price but I decided to give the Mont Blanc E12  a shot ($106) since they seem to increase performance for a still modest sum.  Well that hasn't even arrived in the mail yet but the temptation of a 3,500 mAh battery in the E18 vs. the E12's ~800 mAh's was too great to resist. I spend 15+ hours a week on trains, busses and take at least one 3 hour flight per month. I also craved the convenience of track selection without having to mess with the Note 3's screen. I got too used to that convenience from my LG Tone BT headphones, as well as its AWESOME battery life. The ability to adjust volue by turning a knob from inside my coat or without having to look down is nice on the FiiO's as well.

 

Great forum, I was completley new to any audiophile anything up until like two weeks ago. I can't believe I put up with bad sound for so long. It's amazing how many new sounds I can hear from my usual playlists with just the $50 E11.

 

My strategy was to maximize my phone's functionality. First I picked up the Chromecast for use at home (awesome for YouTube addicts), then I picked up the Nexus 7 wifi tablet (feeding LTE via FoxFi) for downloaded/pinned movie watching. Last night I watched "1" a Formula 1 documentary and the M50's and E11 completely changed the experience, the engines never sounded so alive.

post #50 of 251
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Originally Posted by atistatic View Post
 

clieos did u compared this dac&amp with JDSLabs C5D?

 

No I didn't. Since I already own the C5, I am not sure I'll want to get the C5D as the two should be pretty much identical sounding on the amp section.

 

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Originally Posted by Perfectlap View Post
 

To the OP, you just made me spend $160! :)

 

 

Haha, enjoy your toys! :D

post #51 of 251
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Originally Posted by Perfectlap View Post

To the OP, you just made me spend $160! smily_headphones1.gif

Your post sounds like me. I did the same thing with my Note 2 last year, now next month again for the Note 3, for the same reason. I bought the Chromecast too for watching on hotel tv's. The original Nexus 7 last year and the Note8 a few months ago. I ordered the X3 which I like, but after reading on this post I broke down and ordered the E18. I should have it next week. My birthday gift to myself. This will be powering my W4R, and my HD580's until the new UAH760 gets released. And I picked up a Zerolemon battery for my note and a Jackery12,000 mAh power Pack with 2 charging ports with one being 2.1 amp.

After plunking down full cost for my Note 3 on Verizon (in order to keep my unlimited data) I decided to maximize my smartphone by picking up a pair of ATH-M50 ($115).  Not too impressed with the flat sound I picked up the FiiO E11 ($53). Big improvement for such a small price but I decided to give the Mont Blanc E12  a shot ($106) since they seem to increase performance for a still modest sum.  Well that hasn't even arrived in the mail yet but the temptation of a 3,500 mAh battery in the E18 vs. the E12's ~800 mAh's was too great to resist. I spend 15+ hours a week on trains, busses and take at least one 3 hour flight per month. I also craved the convenience of track selection without having to mess with the Note 3's screen. I got too used to that convenience from my LG Tone BT headphones, as well as its AWESOME battery life. The ability to adjust volue by turning a knob from inside my coat or without having to look down is nice on the FiiO's as well.

Great forum, I was completley new to any audiophile anything up until like two weeks ago. I can't believe I put up with bad sound for so long. It's amazing how many new sounds I can hear from my usual playlists with just the $50 E11.

My strategy was to maximize my phone's functionality. First I picked up the Chromecast for use at home (awesome for YouTube addicts), then I picked up the Nexus 7 wifi tablet (feeding LTE via FoxFi) for downloaded/pinned movie watching. Last night I watched "1" a Formula 1 documentary and the M50's and E11 completely changed the experience, the engines never sounded so alive.
post #52 of 251

Just ordered one from Amazon I'll post my experience with it and my Galaxy S4 i545 (Verizon).

post #53 of 251

I want a dac/amp combo for my portable headphone/iems but I'm not sure if I should get the E18 for my Galaxy S4 or the X3 DAP.  The X3 costs $40 more but comes with a free Brainwavz R3 iem which retails for $130 on Amazon.  I don't really need another iem so I might sell it to cover the price difference.  Is the DAC and amp on the E18 so much better than the one on the X3 to warrant getting it?

post #54 of 251

Do you really even need an amp with IEMs?

post #55 of 251
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Originally Posted by TsukiNick View Post
 

Do you really even need an amp with IEMs?

Most IEM don't need an amp to drive to high volume, but the better ones sounds better with an amp.

post #56 of 251
Purchased for use with my Galaxy 3s and RE0's. Has anyone noticed any change after breaking it in? Thanks for the review!
post #57 of 251

and what about x3 dac vs e18 dac??

post #58 of 251
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by atistatic View Post
 

and what about x3 dac vs e18 dac??

 

Purely as DAC, I like E18 a little better - mainly because WM8740 on the X3 can come out a little bland sometime.

post #59 of 251

So ... Purely as Amp who win? C5 vs E18?

post #60 of 251
Thread Starter 

They are roughly on the same level, but C5 is a little ahead for overall refinement.

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