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post #151 of 443
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Good to hear, just one off ebay for $140.



Good price, I can't really say "sorry about your wallet" with a bargain.
What you need is some dual lock 3m of ebay and a spare case. The dual lock is needed to get rid of those dreaded bands across the screen.
I made some nifty right angle micro usb plugs which made the thing more compact, the ones they supply are ginormous.
post #152 of 443

Ah yes, but I have an iPod, so I need to use the CCK with a small connector.

post #153 of 443

i just became mine and its gorgeous

E18+E12 sounds just brilliant on Focal Spirit Classic

 

and it works well with Sony Xperia Z ultra Stock 4.4.2 and Poweramp

post #154 of 443

My Fiio E18 just arrived today, hope I can get a review out!

 

Wow, and to think it arrived in just 2 days.

post #155 of 443

it was kinda strange in my case

if somebody orders from germany .....

 

 

fedex stopped my package because of boarder controlls

i provided paypal payment 159 USD and a day after they just delivered it to me without any taxes

 

no idea why...if they stop a package, i think it would be normal to expect they take taxes for 159 usd

 

but no and that was very very strange for me

post #156 of 443

Hmm, currently I can't seem to get it to recharge my iPod touch 5g.

 

I fully charged it, flipped the switch to charge, and plugged in my ipod. Nothing?

 

Anyone else having this problem?

post #157 of 443
Just brilliant
Very good job Fiio
E18 is a fantastic DAC
post #158 of 443
Honestly, I'm starting to dislike the e18. Although the sound is nice, it's not really an improvement on e07k, maybe barely better?

I love the volume wheel and functions of the buttons at the bottom. But with the inability to charge my iPod, the humming with bass boost on, and the fact if you bump the micro connector at all, it just disconnects. You hear some fizzes, just brushing on it. Gonna use a 10cm cable and see if that changes my situation.

It's really close to being a great product...maybe if I had a galaxy s5, (was thinking about getting one) the e18 may be worth it to keep. But I still can't use bass boost, the tone is loud enough to be prevelant on both my headphones and IEMs.

Also, the line-out bypasses the dac and/or amp, is that normal?
Edited by Hapster - 5/22/14 at 5:15am
post #159 of 443
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Honestly, I'm starting to dislike the e18. Although the sound is nice, it's not really an improvement on e07k, maybe barely better?

Can't really, talk for the e07k, haven't used one.
There may be a burn in time, use it for a while let all the components settle in.

I love the volume wheel and functions of the buttons at the bottom. But with the inability to charge my iPod, the humming with bass boost on, and the fact if you bump the micro connector at all, it just disconnects. You hear some fizzes, just brushing on it. Gonna use a 10cm cable and see if that changes my situation.

Get some CRC, Co contact cleaner, spray the plugs only, this had fixed intermittent contact plug issues for me, also a little bit of deoxite on the plug after will improve plug contacts heaps.
The analog volume wheel is heaps better than a digital button.

It's really close to being a great product...maybe if I had a galaxy s5, (was thinking about getting one) the e18 may be worth it to keep. But I still can't use bass boost, the tone is loud enough to be prevelant on both my headphones and IEMs.

I will not use any crapple products, they look great but get crippled in a walled garden. So I can't comment on that. I think the cck connecter is designed for feeding power not charging the phone.
However, someone who knows more on that fact may let us know?
I do remember apple iphone4 being very picky on chargers. And with good cause as well.
It may be time to look at a s4 (great phone),, or an s5.



Yeah I don't quite understand why the bass boost is there it should be called the annoying tone switch.
I don't like the changes to the sound, so there's no great loss.
Good news is usb audio pro now has an equaliser to fix any pitfalls in the sound.


Also, the line-out bypasses the dac and/or amp, is that normal?
Yes, the amp should be bypassed after the dac, which is the case with the e18, this is correct for an input to a alternative amp.
Good luck.
Edited by audioxxx - 5/22/14 at 5:03pm
post #160 of 443

I've just decided to sell it, I'm getting a iDevice specific Dac. Selling it for $145 if anyone's interested (That includes fees & Shipping). Basically brand new.


Edited by Hapster - 5/22/14 at 10:35pm
post #161 of 443
I am wondering how so many poeple say things tgey dont have an idea how it functions
Poor producers to be honest....


When you play with 3.5 jack and device is on, it will always reproduce noise
Line out ist bypassing internal amp
And bass bosst ist just a feature which doesnt really matter...you dont buy such dac for bass boost, do you?
E18 is at least one step above E07K and the same could be supposed for E17


E18 sounds brilliant and you should use external amp too
Believe me, line out and e12 adds lot more in sound
When i stick in e18 headphone out and compare it to line out with e12 , there is very solid difference in sound
post #162 of 443
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I am wondering how so many people say things they don't have an idea how it functions
Poor producers to be honest....


When you play with 3.5 jack and device is on, it will always reproduce noise
Line out ist bypassing internal amp
And bass bosst ist just a feature which doesnt really matter...you dont buy such dac for bass boost, do you?
E18 is at least one step above E07K and the same could be supposed for E17


E18 sounds brilliant and you should use external amp too
Believe me, line out and e12 adds lot more in sound
When i stick in e18 headphone out and compare it to line out with e12 , there is very solid difference in sound


1) I wasn't referring to the 3.5mm jack, I was referring to the micro usb connector. I couldn't have it in my pocket, backpack, or in any other situation where it could be moved (at all) without the entire thing just cutting out.

 

2) Correct me if I'm wrong here, Line-out bypasses the amp of the e18, but still uses the dac?

 

3) If there's a function included on it, yes I intended to use it. It's ridiculous to not be able to because of a clearly audible hum. The eq on these devices is far better than an eq from, say, iTunes or an app on your phone. Less distortion.

 

4) I personally believe that after $200, give or take, there's literally no improvement in sound quality with dacs & Amps. So any difference at all, (between E07k and E18) is probably minor. I purchased the e18 as a mobile amp/dac to use with my iPod touch. Clearly, somewhat my own fault for not realizing it wouldn't charge it (not enough research?) but with a higher noise floor, unusable eq, and a connector that is extremely delicate, I actually preferred my E07k to this.


Edited by Hapster - 5/23/14 at 12:18am
post #163 of 443
1.ok sorry.my mistake.its kinda very hard to carry it in pocket
I dont really consider it as a portable device for running

2. Yes line out bypasses internal amp

3.maybe your device has problems.mine is fine


4. I confirm...above 200 usd when we take dacs there is talking about 1-2% nothing more in.clarity but wider soundstage for example still can be achieved.

I diasagreee if you mean headphones
500 usd headphone is several levels better comparedbto 150 usd one
post #164 of 443
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Originally Posted by utmelidze View Post

1.ok sorry.my mistake.its kinda very hard to carry it in pocket
I dont really consider it as a portable device for running

2. Yes line out bypasses internal amp

4. I confirm...above 200 usd when we take dacs there is talking about 1-2% nothing more in.clarity but wider soundstage for example still can be achieved.

I diasagreee if you mean headphones
500 usd headphone is several levels better comparedbto 150 usd one
Wasn't even running, it was like walking at a slow pace :/

so if it still uses the dac, is line-out a better option for IEMs? Because of the high sensitivity of them?

Meh, I've read a lot of stuff about it, I just cannot justify paying $700+ for a dac. Maybe if I had stax 009? I've just read too many articles basically comparing fairly expensive DACs to "hifi cables" And yea, a $500 headphone can be miles ahead of $150. I don't know what brought that up, but at around $150 you're still in the mediocre range, with roll offs at like 64hz & 15khz
Edited by Hapster - 5/23/14 at 5:29am
post #165 of 443

Hi Buddy,

 

Could you please advice which headphones is the best match with E 18 (i use a galaxy note 3 so a android DAC amp seems better).

 

Headphone options that i am considering are HD 650/700; HE 400/500; LCD 2.

 

Please feel free to recommend any other amp dac or headphones.

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