Unboxing and General Usage video (which is already availble on Youtube) will be added to this review later today. I forgot to add them initially.
Edited by bowei006 - 12/24/13 at 9:03am
One thing to always note and remember about a review is that is is meant to inform. They typically also feature a reviewers own opinion on the sound as a type of personal but authoritative bias to it.
The non-linear sound of the E18 isn't necessarily bad as you mentioned. Some people with some equipment may favor this a lot more. This is true. My review scheme informs, but also adds personal opinion to it.
god... i wish fiio just used the same WM8740 chip in the e18. they are using the TI PCM1795 in the e18 (tho according to this website, it's an upgrade) http://soundnews.ro/2013/12/02/8653/
i think most reviewers had the same opinion as you, mister talking pandabear. that the e18's sound isn't as good as the e17. booo :( it looks soo money
I missed this post this morning.
I think that FiiO using new chips is a very good thing.
It sets a precedent for exploration and new products.
FiiO has claimed - in the past - that they are the largest buyer of Wolfson chips in all of China. This is a nice thing, but does show a reliance to default to a tried and true chip, rather than true experimentation.
I have yet to test DAC to DAC yet.
I will test the WM8740 and the BurrBrown (TI) DAC side by side in a week or two.
Thanks Ashade, its always a good feeling knowing that some people are fans
I'm considering getting the Fiio E18 or the HRT microstreamer for portable/android use. The Fiio E18 has a lot more features, that's clear. Would you expect the sound quality being similar on those 2 devices? (I own a E07k)
I've had this for 10 days or so...I've paired it up with my HTC One and listen through Etymotic HF5s on my daily commute. The transformation is remarkable...I'm hearing things I've not heard before, and really makes listening to my collection a joy again. There's been a bit of a learning curve remembering to use the volume control on the unit rather than the phone when I need to change it, but apart from that it seems quite straightforward. My only gripe (there has to be one) is that it comes with a pouch that is open only at one end...if it had a hole in the bottom to put the cable through, it would be much more useful...actually I've unpicked the sowing to let me do this...and at the top end, the velcro loop is directly over the headphone socket...surely this should have been thought through a bit and then the case would have been really useful. Apart from that...absolutely love it....
The E6 does not contain a DAC and its sonic capabilities are a far cry from what the E18 can do. Size vs, ears, you have to make the choice.
That app is for devices that support OTG but not USB audio, I have a Samsung US Galaxy S3 which fully works with the E18. So I can use PowerAmp, NeutronMP or stream with Spotify or Google Music Player with All Access. The E18 also has a Coax SPDIF Out so I can use an external DAC, that isn't directly supported by the S3 but has a Coax SPDIF input. The E18 is a steal.