I found my old Fiio E5 which has been sitting around untouched for several months, and while I was able to charge it up no problem, it seems completely bugged out. The sound is terrible (low quality, lots of clipping above 75% volume), if I can even get sound at all. It will bounce between stereo and just the left channel, or just no output at all. So I thought maybe the cable was the issue. Tried with a couple other cables - same problems. On top of all that, it was even causing my phone to glitch during playback! I was able to test all 3 cables between my computer's soundcard and phone, and they're working just fine. So I'm not sure what exactly is going on with the E5, but I'm not too worried about it. I've had it for about 4 years and it only cost me $20, so I got my moneys worth out of it.
Long story short, I compared the Fiio E07K to the E11. The DAC feature isn't too important to me at the moment, so I decided to order an E11 along with the L2 cable (my other 3 aren't anything special, so I figured this was worth the few extra bucks). Scheduled delivery is Friday. It should hold me off for a little while until I get a new DAP. From there, I can either sell it, or keep it as a backup. Undecided yet...
I'm also thinking of maybe saving some cash and getting a Sansa Clip+ or Clip Zip which I could Rockbox, rather than getting the X5. Maybe I'm a little crazy, as I'm sure the X5 will be a world of difference.
How much sound quality difference would really be noticeable between the Sansa + E11 compared to an unamped X5? I already have a 64GB class 10 microSDXC with all my music on it, so I'm also having concerns about compatibility with the Sansa's. It would definitely be a sensible solution on my wallet, but SQ is important to me as well. Any input?