Originally Posted by SilverEars
I have the e17, and based on my Fiio history, I'm not big fan of their sound. I just got my JDS Labs C5D and it's excellent to my ears. It helps that they have a website to back up the specs.
I just replied to you in the C5D thread, lol. I'm led to believe the E17 has the Fiio "house" sound due to their reliance on Wolfson DACs, ie warm. The E18 was an attempt to get away from that and so they employed Texas Instruments DACs which have a leaner, faster signature.
From what you're saying I'd be better off with a Fiio E17. Can I ask what headphones you're using with the C5D?