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post #61 of 203

"Not too impressed with the flat sound" PerfectLap

 

Yes, the Note 3 (or at least the SM-N900P that I have) sounds absolutely terrible.  poor dynamics, indistinct, no transient response, an apparently limited frequency range, etc. I don't listen to music, it is that bad.

  Seriously, my old HTC EVO 4G sounded so much better than there is simply no comparison.

post #62 of 203
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They are roughly on the same level, but C5 is a little ahead for overall refinement.

 

What about ODAC+O2? How would it compare with them soundwise? 

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What about ODAC+O2? How would it compare with them soundwise? 

 

O2 is definitely a better amp than E18. As for ODAC, it is ESS Sabre ES9023 based so it has been covered on the first post.

post #64 of 203
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O2 is definitely a better amp than E18. As for ODAC, it is ESS Sabre ES9023 based so it has been covered on the first post.

 

Thank you very much ClieOS. Well, I know O2 is a much better amp regarding amplification and power, I was probably referring more to transparency, although honestly I expect the O2 to be better as well in this regard. Thank you for the great review.

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I haven't really heard any portable amp that is more transparent than the O2, that should answer some of your question.

post #66 of 203

Hi Clieos,

Thanks for the great review!

I have 2 questions:

1. will the e18 work with google nexus 5? Sorry if this seems silly but i dont know anything about android. Have an iphone now but might want to switch coming year.

2. If I, at this point, use the e18 primarily as a laptop soundcard(lineout)/headphone amp, is there a way to turn the battery off so that it wont get charged over time (like you can do with the e17)?

I am afraid that i would otherwise ruin the battery and not be able to use the amp/dac powered or unpowered.

I know this unit is mostly made for portable use and not as a stationary laptop device but, for personal reasons, i prefer this model with physical buttons above the e17s meny system.

Thanks again!

Greetings, Anouk,

post #67 of 203
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Originally Posted by Anouk View Post
 

Hi Clieos,

Thanks for the great review!

I have 2 questions:

1. will the e18 work with google nexus 5? Sorry if this seems silly but i dont know anything about android. Have an iphone now but might want to switch coming year.

2. If I, at this point, use the e18 primarily as a laptop soundcard(lineout)/headphone amp, is there a way to turn the battery off so that it wont get charged over time (like you can do with the e17)?

I am afraid that i would otherwise ruin the battery and not be able to use the amp/dac powered or unpowered.

I know this unit is mostly made for portable use and not as a stationary laptop device but, for personal reasons, i prefer this model with physical buttons above the e17s meny system.

Thanks again!

Greetings, Anouk,

 

1. I assume it should work with nexus 5 since there is no reason why it won't, but there is no way for me to confirm it since I don't have a nexus 5.

 

2. Actually there is no easy way to charge and use E18 (as PC's USB DAC) at the same time because of the configuration of the USB ports (charging and DAC are two separated port). Which is one of the reason why I don't recommend it as PC USB DAC. It is however possible to use two USB cables to connect E18 to PC: one for charging while the other of DAC, though I am not sure it is recommended or not.


Edited by ClieOS - 11/11/13 at 2:37am
post #68 of 203
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Originally Posted by twister6 View Post
 

 

In my opinion it will be an overkill with X3.  It definitely works great with Note 2 (my review of E18 with Note 2 and lots of pics: http://www.head-fi.org/t/688094/fiio-e18-review-from-audiophile-in-training-perspective-with-lots-of-pics).  I personally wouldn't want a dedicated player keeping playlist synced between my N2 and X3 and carrying an extra device.  Again, just speaking from my own perspective where I'm always looking for one universal gadgets to consolidate everything else.  Looks to me you can always use E18 as external battery, dac/amp to drive high impedance headphones (spec says up to 150 ohms), as external dac (through usb otg) for Note 2 which has crappy dac to begin, as external usb card for your laptop, etc.  One of the Fiio marketing guys told me they are working on a clamp for smart phone attachment.  That would be so much better then rubber bands that block touch screen.  So, that's another bonus ;)

 

Hi,

 

I believe Note 2 has a wolfson dac. Does this sound bad? How does its sound (as a source to an Amp for example) compare to the iPod 5G for example?

 

T

post #69 of 203
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Originally Posted by garysohn View Post
 

"Not too impressed with the flat sound" PerfectLap

 

Yes, the Note 3 (or at least the SM-N900P that I have) sounds absolutely terrible.  poor dynamics, indistinct, no transient response, an apparently limited frequency range, etc. I don't listen to music, it is that bad.

  Seriously, my old HTC EVO 4G sounded so much better than there is simply no comparison.

Huh! I went from an Evo 4G to a Note 2 and found the opposite. I really didn't listen on my Evo because it was so bad. With the Note 2, I don't fret too much listening with earphones on the go. 

 

Any more comments on the E18 vs the Leckerton unit on hand? 

 

What's the best deal running on this unit? Looks like Micca might be the only one stocking it right now?


Edited by elwappo99 - 11/11/13 at 10:41pm
post #70 of 203

SQ wise, is a Note2 + e18 better or just a FiiO X3?

 

T

post #71 of 203
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Originally Posted by ClieOS View Post
 

 

1. I assume it should work with nexus 5 since there is no reason why it won't, but there is no way for me to confirm it since I don't have a nexus 5.

 

2. Actually there is no easy way to charge and use E18 (as PC's USB DAC) at the same time because of the configuration of the USB ports (charging and DAC are two separated port). Which is one of the reason why I don't recommend it as PC USB DAC. It is however possible to use two USB cables to connect E18 to PC: one for charging while the other of DAC, though I am not sure it is recommended or not.

 

I'm kind of disappointed in this.  I was wanting one to replace my E17...looks like I'm waiting for the E17K next year.

post #72 of 203

Would the E18 work with iDevices w/ iOS7 and the CCK?

post #73 of 203

New Nexus 5 owner here. Very interested to see how it does on the N5 with KitKat. I'm going to see if they have the E18 at e-earphone or Fujiya AVIC.

post #74 of 203
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Originally Posted by Varoudis View Post

SQ wise, is a Note2 + e18 better or just a FiiO X3?

T

What source is not important, ad long as it works. SQ is determined by the E18, so it should be netter sounding than X3 alone.

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Would the E18 work with iDevices w/ iOS7 and the CCK?
I don't see why not given the USB receiver is TE7022 and it is known to be pretty Android anf iOS friendly. Of course I can't confirm it either, since I am not much of an Apple user.
post #75 of 203

Another Nexus 5 owner here, I'm also waiting to see if the e18 is compatible with it.

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