FiiO Andes (E07K) Portable USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier - 96kHz/24-Bit


100+ Head-Fier
Pros: Price, Build Quality, Ease of controls, Drives an impacting bass; and improves mids considerably. Quality audio playback, and 24 hour battery life.
Cons: Doesn't help highs improve.
The Fiio E07K Andes DAC and Headphone amplifier is a must have for a beginning audiophile. The quality outweighs the price. It has great value and is a great buy for a powerful, and casual portable amplifier. Also the fact that the amp has a built in DAC for quality audio playback is pretty awesome as well. I will talk about all the positives and negatives about this amp in it's sound quality, build, etc.
The Fiio Company: Fiio is a China-based company that specifically produces headphone amplifiers. Fiio is a very popular company among audiophiles. The most popular amp by Fiio is the Fiio E6, a mini-amplifier that is bought by both regular consumers and audiophiles alike.
The key things you should know is that this is a DAC and a headphone amplifier in one. The DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) is what changes the computer's 1's and 0's to analog (audio, in this case). This provides the "upscale" in your audio format. Basically, a DAC is used with the goal in mind to get the original, best sound quality out of an audio file. One positive about this amplifier is that it has up to 24 hours of battery life when fully charged. Another positive is that the amplifier gives the headphones more driven power, and allowing them to hit all of the frequencies with ease. To have both the DAC and the amplifier in one under $100 is quite remarkable. Now to talk about all the audio benefits; I feel like the bass is the most impacted area when it comes to this amp. The bass is deep and impacting. (It's not overboard with bass though, so don't worry about that.) In addition to deep bass, this amp drives the mids to a completely new other level. The mids are perfect, and are just what they needed to be. I was also very satisfied in the warm, clear sound that this headphone amp produced. 
It doesn't do much improve the highs. As I said this amp features more of warm sound signature. There's not much "sparkle". However I think this amp thrives without "twinkle" or "sparkle". It's really just based on preference; but I am a kind of person likes a smooth, warm sound signature with a little bit of bass, which this amp particularly thrived in.
The Build:
The build quality is purely sleek. A brushed metal look encases the E07K, and there is a glass front with an crystal clear OLED screen. All of the inputs are positioned reasonably. It is comparably sized to an average smartphone. This makes the size pretty beneficial in the aspect that you can strap it to the back of your smartphone when you are out and about and you're listening to music.. It is a pretty sturdy amp as well. Not the glass doesn't appear like it could break like mere iPhone screen glass. (It seems pretty tough.) The amp does not appear bulky or nerdy at all; in fact it looks pretty cool with the glass/metal build. I'm very glad I didn't buy just a big bulk of plastic. I very much enjoy the look and the feel of this amp and its controls.
Specs. (For those analytical people...)
Frequency Range: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Output Power:
250 mW @ 16 Ω
220 mW @ 32 Ω
36 mW @ 300 Ω

Output Impedance: 0.3 Ω
Gain: Switchable between 0, 6, 12 dB
Bass Boost Range: -10 dB to 10 dB
Input Sensitivity:
0 dB @ 2.75 V
6 dB @ 1.38 V
12 dB @ 690 mV

Overall, I think it was a great buy! You can't really go wrong with it. It does great with powering ohm-heavy headphones; and it drives an incredible impacting bass. (For those bass-lovers out there..) I personally love the nice, warm sound signature, and would definitely recommend this amp to a friend. Simply, it just does a fine job at getting an overall better sound quality. The build of it is sturdy, and it's just the right size to be a portable amplifier. Not to mention it's design is pretty cool. I give this amp a 9.5/10, I deducted it half a point because of the amp not improving the highs to the extent that I wanted it. However, it was hardly noticeable with all the other fine sound quality features it portrayed.
My name is Cody, and I hoped you enjoyed my review! If you have any questions/comments feel free to comment down below! 
I have been using it(sparingly) with my iPod Classic G6. At first, I didn't notice much difference
in sq, but after a while the bass seemed to be more plentiful. Made my A151's much warmer and
improved (imo) the bass response. Interestingly, my Andes appeared to have died. Would not hold a charge, display would not appear, etc. Decided to give it a last shot, took it out of its
box, turned it on and everything works. Hope it stays alive, as I rather like it.


Headphoneus Supremus
Pros: Great Value, Durable build, neutral and clean output, great as a DAC
Cons: battery life, not enough power as an AMP, requires E09k to get the most out of it
Owned this amp for just over a year and it is wonderful for the price. FiiO is one of the few companies that openly lists all of their specs to the public. I reason I bought this was primarily to be used as a portable DAC. The Wolfson WM8740 is a very competent DAC which is found in much higher priced equipment. 
Just because FiiO is a Chinese company, does not mean that the quality of the E07k Andes is poor. On the contrary, the design is very compact and the materials used mostly comprise of metal parts. The unit feels very solid in the hands without being too heavy to carry around. 
Plugging these in via USB on my laptop completely blew me away on how much different and detailed it sounded in comparison to my stock motherboard sound. A night and day difference. While most people are not able to hear a difference on perhaps higher end equipment, I can guarantee almost everyone is able to hear a considerable difference through using a DAC vs. Computer Sound. 
Pairing these with IEMs around 30-40ohms are great as I use these as my portable setup hooked with my iPhone 4S. The quality bump is minimal using IEMs and these as an AMP rather than a DAC since the iPhone is already a very good DAP. However, I did notice that compared to plugging it in directly to my iPhone jack, the E07k provided a flatter response with not as much bass. The bass was still very impactful just not as noticeable. It is also apparent that the bass did tighten everything up and made the IEMs retrieve detail ever-so slightly more due to this subdued lower ranges. 
Pairing these with lower impedance full-size cans will work as well although not recommended. It has a low impedance so it works great with IEMs but with more powerful headphones it does lack power and is rated for 150ohms maximum. Most professional headphones will linger around the 300-600ohm mark and at 36mW at 300ohms, these will definitely not be enough for say for example the Sennheiser HD650 or the DT990s/880s. It would not even be an optimal choice to use them with 150ohm headphones. However, at this price you can't really complain.
I would recommend this if you are looking for slight amplification but with a great soundcard for the price. A top choice in the portable market but not enough power as a desktop solution. Would recommend the E09k to pair with this if you are using it for desktop.


100+ Head-Fier
Pros: Good if your onboard current gear or onboard audio is of lower spec than the alc889
Cons: Not worth it if your current gear or onboard audio is to spec with the alc889 or better
Using WASAPI, ASIO and onboard stock drivers yielded the exact same result. Same sound quality and same sound coloration. Unless you are suffering from serious EMI and static noise then these dont really offer any improvement at all.
Just control the volume/output of the desktop or laptop to not damage the headphone drivers.


New Head-Fier
Pros: Lightweight, portable, easy to use, great build quality
Cons: N/A
There are 100's of reviews for this product, all covering differing subjects. Nearly all of them rate the product very highly.
This is not a comprehensive review. If you want a more comprehensive review, you can probably find it on the net.
I only want to cover one topic:
iPhone/iPad connectivity (Lightening Connector)
Yes, this DAC can be used with iPhone/iPad via Lightening connector! 

1. You will need an extra cable (Lightning to USB Camera Adapter), it can be purchased from the Apple store here (I've tried a third party connector, and it doesn't work - so I suggest you stick with the Apple branded one.)
2. You will also need a male-male USB to USB Mini cable (I think one of these came with the E07K). I ended up getting a really short one online, making the whole connection less bulky.
3. Make sure that the E07K is charged, and then disable USB charging (Menu > USB Charge > Off). **This will always need to be disabled while connecting to iPhone/iPad - as it draws too much power from the device**
4. Plug the cables in, and presto! You should be able to hear audio via the External DAC.

5. If you want losless audio on iOS, I recommend VLC. It's easy to use and has a cool interface for transferring files to device over network :)


The problem is that I can't find reliable info as to which fiio model works with the dock connecter as a dac and not just an amp. If the fiio isn't MFI then it'll just get analog post dac line out from the ipod.
My understanding is that, in order to operate as a DAC, the external device must be wholly used by the iphone/ipod for audio output.
Will it output full 24/96 (with the appropriate app) when connected by this method?


Headphoneus Supremus
Pros: Works with iphones and ipads
Cons: Can't handle 192khz; requires camea connecting kits for use with Apple
I purchased this on Amazon from a vendor that had a combined listing for the older model and newer E07 Andes.  So I received the new model at the old model price and saved about $20.   So that was nice.   But even at $90 this unit is great.  I can use it for getting more volume from the Asus T100 when watching movies on a plane (that was my original reason for buying the machine).  But then I discovered that I can turn my current generation Apple toys until audiophile delivery systems.  Sweet.
I found that a number of apps like nPlayer and VLC will allow internal streaming over the home network of hi res material.  One can also download 24 bit 96khz files (or lower rates but not higher) directly to the Apple products.
When the Fiio X1 comes out that may raise the bar yet again for portable audio; but in the meantime this unit is a nice performer at a reasonable price.  I suppose the next step up would be 192 khz or DSD streaming; but realistically Foobar is your friend and can convert just about everything to a format that works with the E07.  Plus even though I have SACD material, I am not convinced that it is a giant step above 24bit 96khz.  (Eggs and rotten vegetables to follow?).


Panda Man
Reviewer at Headphone.Guru
Pros: Multi featured Swiss Army DAC/Amp. Universal sound and EQ. Screen, and slick buttons. Adequate power
Cons: Screen is very small, size is weird when used with many DAP's,
The legend has returned. The FiiO E7 is one of the world's most famous budget DAC's and headphone amplifier. It skyrocketed FiiO to fame back when it came out. It was, and still is, on the lips of many new head-fi'ers as they come to look for a budget unit for their new setup. The E7 has aged in these last 2-3 years since it has been out, but now in 2012 and early 2013, the legend itself has returned. Updated and just as sleek and beautiful as the original was. I honestly can not think of another company that has been as major a brand of choice for a starter audiophile than FiiO. The E7 and FiiO has created and started more audiophiles than I can count. Let's take a look at it.
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If you have ever held a(aluminum body) FiiO, then it should be self explanatory what the build of this little angel is. The aluminum is beautiful and sleek and highly well made. The edges meet incredibly well and its whole look is. It doesn't scratch easy and it doesn't scratch other things in your pockets easily*(if you don't throw many things in there). 

What else do you want? The front screen is a reflective piece of material, possibly glass with a plastic sheet over it.

It should be noted by perfectionists that this model I received does have some non perfection. The white headphone symbols on top for the two jacks are a bit of a faded white. Same with everything else. It isn't full blanche, but does it really matter? I don't think personally but I have heard some people ask me. The volume + and - signs in the circles are also off center by a fraction of a mili meter. I don't really mind in any sense but this is for the perfectionists.

Screen Protector:

It comes with two screen protectors. You get to protect your screen but sadly it also has some issues. It is a generic screen protector and also large. The E07K's reflective screen area covers most of the front of the device. What you then get wtith a screen protector are peelings. The top and bottoms edges more or less peel away after a while and get dust underneath it. It looks quite ugly. The screen protector also dims and distorts the reflective screen. Women and men alike who want to use this as a mirror should note this. Without a screen protector, it works very well as a mirror.(see picture above)

After much time using it I have decided to not use the screen protector anymore. With 1 month of use and proper attachement of the screen protector, many parts are peeling already as dust gathers beneath it. The holding bands will also peel them up when I use my device. 

The E07K's beauty is also revealed without it. Now at approximately nearley a month's time with this device. I am choosing not to use it. "Whatever will be, will be, the futures not ours to see" -Que Sera, Sera


You get a little nylon case as well, it does feel a bit baggy sometimes on it. I would say that the case prevents other items in your pockets from potentially getting hurt rather than drop damage. The case is very light and thin. Won't really protect against a fall. In my opinion, The ANDES looks beautiful without a screen protector and case. The secondary big lock style case is more of a travel case. Roomy enough to put an L9 in there with it.

You get a choice between protecting your E07K from your keys with the nylon case, but it reduces the E07K's attractive points by a full 100pts out of 150 in my opinion.(Bad Game joke by the way)

Accessory Replacement:

At the time of this writing, FiiO on their Facebook page has stated that they will offer(most?) accessories for free but that the user will need to pay freight charge. This is due to freight international being much much more expensive than that screen protector, leg peg, nylon case that was bought in bulk. Rejoice everyone. It will take 15-20 days from the looks of their estimate.


The Andes is a beautifully designed product that works very well as well. It's OS and EQ system is battle proven by the E17 to be a working formula and the additon of the LO Bypass switch and hold switch also make it even more useful. It is literally a down-spec'd E17. The standoff plastic legs that come with it also work very well as a standoff against the device you want to use it with as it prevents sliding and scratching of your smart phone or device. With a strap on the E07K, it can sometimes be hard to find where the up and down volume buttons are but it really isn't a big issue none the less. 

It is kinda hard for me to talk about Usability even more as its bottom dock has literally stayed the same for years and there is little to want to change about it. 

Usability quirks:

The E07K is very well designed but it does have some quirks. The standoff plastic legs that come with it slide after a while(it leaves a glue trail) and thus your inner pocket dust bunnies and other material stick to it. Some people may have a quirk with this but I don't see it as a problem. Next the controls of the Andes are opposite side of the controls on the iPhone and other devices which are popularily used with FiiO's. Putting the E07K back to back with that device makes it so that the volume contrlols are opposite the original ones. This may help un confuse those that need to switch between E07K control and their smartphone. I found it weird but found no problem changing volume at all. My thumb does the job well enough. Like I already mentioned before, the screen protector peeling off is a distraction and lowers the beauty of the device. The controls also WILL confuse you for the first 2 weeks that you use it. You will continuously forget what is enter and what is exit and may be even get angry a few times but this is what the device is like. 

The ANDES and E7 both feature dual headphone outs but of course this has there own quircks. Some may not think about it but pairing a Q701 on one side and a IEM on the other when sharing is not a good idea. The power outputted is approx the same to both sides. With different driveability headphones, you either make it too quiet or too loud. This was a problem when I shared Apple Earpods and MH1C's with my cousin's. 


This was tested with the FiiO E07K Andes, Audio-gd NFB 12.1, Miu Audio MRB, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch 2G, Macbook Pro. The equipment I have and could have used are in my profile page.

Some people prefer to listen to music at a very low volume. I see nothing wrong with that but for testing purposes some problems or highlights can only be unveiled at more "modern" listening levels in my opinion. These do not include blow your ear scream-o levels, but more like the type that isn't too loud but comfortable enough for most modern adults or teens.

Burn in:

Nothing detected be it that you believe in it on SS devices or brain burn in.


It has more or less the same amount of power as the E17. ~240mW @ 16 ohms.

Sound Section:

E07K as amp and DAC:

The E07K is a very smooth sounding device. That is all the truth to this device that I can possibly sum up in a few words.

The mids and vocals do take a spent back in presentation. They do not carry the weight or authority that an Audio-gd or Objective unit would give you with the vocals. To explain, I mean that the mids on the ANDES are very close to the bass. They don't come out to the front to present themselves as much as other units such as the MIU MRB or O2 would. 

The bass of the E07K is much more present in terms of authority and presentation than my testing units. Instead of seperate zones that are further apart on my test units that I am using as "reference" units for this review. The E07K brings the bass/low frequency regions presentation to be closer to the mids. They are also more loud and present. I have tested to make sure my switching between units is not accounting for this. They are also a bit boomy. Do not let the connotation of the word boomy in this niche area put you off. They are just more boomy compared to more perfected refernece units of this price point. The loose some of the huge punch but it is not unpleasant. IT is actually quite pleasant. I am a universal listener being both a treble head and a bass head. The universality of FiiO's sound has always been situated into it's bass and especially their bass boosting capabilitie(I am not using bass boost). 

The highs are a bit dulled off. This isn't bad, this is of course compared to my testing units. They will offer the user the sound that they want of course. Crisp. But I find that it just didn't deliver what I wanted for highs. Very bright highs are not a good thing of course. So these do protect the listeners ears. They are very good for the unit and price though.

Amp only with iPod lining out:

FiiO has always made devices that scream one thing. Universal sound. Their target group generally aren't the flat all you want type of people. I can see why. Some just don't like the more "accurate" sound of these "audiophile" products these days. When I get congestion, even I get a affinity for other things. The E07K builds off FiiO's already well known formula of universality. 

The ANDES is warm/sweet/fun. These words are audio jargon that can mean different things to different people. What I mean by them is that the sound it produces is very comfortable to the average consumer. Not overly analytical,fatiguing, metalic, bass-shy. Headphones GENERALLY with those qualities are not considered warm/sweet/fun. The E07K does a good job of not overly amplifying the fatiguing elements of a song. Of course this is all comparative but I personally say that it is more song friendly than a majority of amps.(consumer market in cheap products)

The bass as with the Alpen I had and the E02i and E5 are all different but their principle behind them are very parallel. A bass induced phenomenon of wonder and hit. Some songs just don't sound good with a highly controlled bass hit. The HFI 580 headphone for example suffers from this. When it is paired with an amp that has a weak bass responce(for any technical reason or another) or one who's bass is highly controlled it suffers immensely. The bass on all of FiiO's units I have heard fix that by not going to any extreme formula of sloppy car sub or amnetic bass.

Andes mids are very controlled. They don't spread across the spectrum(in a good or bad way). It is in a solid spot in my opinion. I personally feel it to be a bit too constrained compared to what I usually listen to on my desktop but it does offer a very front but slightly laid back vocal. I find that while the vocals are slightly more forward, it doesn't fully make you feel the need to be engaged(could be bad or good). 

The highs are very controlled. Nothing too out of place or too bright. I would lean towards a more lack of a sparkle for most cases. This is of course comparing to a O2 which will serve as a middle ground. But that lack of a sparkle that I find isn't really a con for most. It already does extremely well.


I find that no matter what fault I have been trying to find with FiiOs recent devices. The price point they offer it at leaves me little to go off on. The majority of my main criticisms of this device would be in the accessories of this device. They come with a boat load but some of them just don't seem to go well. Some feel hapsidasily thrown in. But even if it feels like they were, they still have little fault in it. The screen protector has peeling problems due to the large area it must cover and how often the user's fingers or objects are near that area. The furry cloth case also seems a bit counter intuitive. It features a loose fit, is big, and while it can be used for storage or travelling, seems not not be needed. This is a portable/travel device of course. 

FiiO has done it again I would say. I never had the original E7 but with the way this device sounds and can be used for the price, I have much to like about it. It is an extremely well built and beautiful device and sounds great. It is available for the same price as the original E7 was officially available for. The legend has returned with new features, a new more modern look and usage and it sounds great.

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Audio Sonic quality: 9/10

Features: 9/10


Usability: 8.5/10

Value: 9.5/10


Output Power =242m@ @ 16 Ohms

Peak Output Current=64mA

Battery Life=20 hours

Charge time=180 minutes


Output impendence=.25ohms @ 16ohms loaded

Op amps: AD8692 and TI TPA6130A


Sample Rate max=24bit/96KHz

USB receiver=TI PCM2706


100+ Head-Fier
Pros: Jack of all trades
Cons: Master of none
I really think the E07K is a great place to start with this hobby - and maybe even carry on for a while.
The biggest plus is the amount of functionality packed into a very small package - combination amp/dac with a large number of user adjustments - eq adjustments (bass + treble), channel balance for those of us with slightly different ear sensitivity, 3 levels of gain adjustment. Supports up to 24/96 driverless via USB. Can use either as a dac/amp via USB or just a portable amp via line in. Long-lasting battery for use as a portable amp or trickle charge via USB when using as dac/amp. Comes with useful accessories (bag, USB cable, line in cable, screen protector, silicone cover, bands). Can use as just a dac with the very inexpensive L7 accessory (about $7) which provides a line out. Hold button to prevent accidental keypresses. Line out bypass control (enable/disable volume or eq adjustments when using as a standalone dac).
Not going to drive your high impedance headphones or orthos to their potential, but there is a companion higher power amp (E09K - about $110) that the E07K integrates with nicely.
If that sounds like a lot of functionality for sub $90, it is imho.
Signature is slightly warm (as compared to the E17 which I found noticeably brighter). Not the king of extended bass or detail retrieval, but very listenable.Not commenting on soundstage because my own soundstage processing is not particularly good.
Very flexible and very serviceable with an attractive price and package, Even when you move on and up, this is the kind of product you may well keep around for the utility factor.
Do you recommend E17 over E07k as you mentioned that E17 has a noticeably brighter sound?


Pros: Very good price point, very smooth impression, good load of accessories
Cons: Hissing due to sensitivity, low quality screen protector
FiiO was being really enthusiastic about their products lately and its no doubt that it will take the audiophile market by storm, they were always known as the company who makes budget audiophile products. And this time, I will be looking at the latest “Andes” E07K Amp/Dac combo.. As we all know that the E07K is the successor of its previous model the E7, with a huge leap of improvement of course. Jaben brought in a few units the other day and I was able to be lucky enough to grab hold of one myself. The reason behind my purchase was mainly because of its value, accompanied along with its gorgeous and sleek outer shell and design, along with a wide range of functions similar enough to its bigger brother the E17 Alpen, not to mention its price point which was the main attraction
In the box, you will get a USB cable, a basic 3.5mm male to male interconnect, two protective films for the screen, a soft carry pouch, a set of rubber feet, and two rubber bands for rig attachment purposes.
Bass: The bass on the E07k brings an impactful, loud, prevalent presence into your music, although sometimes (varying on songs) it tends to get a little boomy, but it is forgivable as the sensation will not totally be considered as unpleasant, I personally find it quite enjoyable. One thing I did notice would be the synergy between the mids and the low frequencies, it was being brought forward altogether but do take note that they do not bleed into each other’s spectrum. As both frequencies are very controlled.

Highs: Not the highlight of the E07k I would say, as it did not do much improvement to my listening experience, as it does not provide any sparkle factor, or should I say, dull. However, I would still say that it has great control over this spectrum.

Mids: The mids are brought forward but not too much, yet again, very controlled in its own manner, I find it very engaging. Very sweet, very defined, is all I could say to describe this section.


Headphoneus Supremus
Pros: Fairly flat sound signature, price/performance ratio
Cons: Slight hissing with sensitive IEMs, UI isn't the prettiest
First of all, I must thank Bowei006 for lending me the E07k. I won't be going into the sound quality all that much in this review, but will instead go over the physical characteristics of the E07k.
The overall design of the E07k is very refined. It looks better than both the E7 and E11, which I have owned at one point or another. 
Picture Time:
The front of the E07k is mostly glass, with a snazzy bezel, and piece of metal running along the bottom.
The back continues the same brushed aluminum as the front and sides of the unit:
At the bottom is a mini USB-in as well as a line in, and Fiio's proprietary line out, which can be used with the E09k as well as the L7, for a DAC line out.
At the top are two headphone jacks, which is a very nice feature that I've actually used a few times already. It's great for bus rides where you have two people listening to the same song or trying to watch a movie together.
On the right side is a lock switch, which is another great inclusion on Fiio's part.
Then on the right side, we have the volume buttons, as well as a menu and Power/Exit button:
Fiio had another great idea with the volume buttons, which is that it takes to clicks to change the volume, preventing you from accidentally bumping the volume buttons while wearing IEMs and blowing your ears out.
A Quick Note:
I found that the size of the E07k was perfect with the iPod Classic. Using the GR07 and the L9 cable, the top of the right angle GR07 cable matched up perfectly with the top of my iPod, while the bottom of the L9 was level on both the E07k and the Classic.
User Interface:
The overall UI of the DAC is still very basic, like it was in the E7. It controls the volume, channel balance, gain level, and other settings, such as a sleep mode, and the option to change how long the screen stays on after a button is pressed. The Orange menu bar really isn't to my liking, I believe it would look much better in a blue that matched the LED, but this is just my opinion.
Sound: (Objectivists look away now)
As I said before, I won't be diving into the sound aspects of the E07k too much, both because I don't have very much equipment to compare it to, and because I am unable to do proper volume matching, which I believe might be skewing my opinions. Nonetheless, here goes.
My "reference equipment" if you will, is an iPod classic 6th generation, and an objective 2 amplifier. I was able to compare DACs fairly straight across, and I believe that there are subtle differences in the vocals between the Cirrus DAC in the iPod and the Wolfson, the vocals felt more intimate, while being slightly more edgy and harsh. The Cirrus felt smoother, but less intimate. I wouldn't say one is completely better than the other, they're simply different.
As for the amp section, I used the iPod as the DAC plugged into the line in on both the O2 and the E07k. I found the E07k to be ever so slightly rolled off in the treble, making it sound a bit warmer. Overall however, the differences are very small.
Power and Other Thoughts:
-Keep in mind that I generally listen to music between 75 and 85dB, which is considered "quiet", which may mean that the E07K might not be able to power your favorite headphone at 100dB, or however loud you listen-
While the E07k isn't a nuclear power plant, it has plenty of power to drive most, if not all dynamic driver headphones. The HD600s are no match for the E07k, as I can easily drive them to listenable levels at around 20 out of 60 volume points on the lowest gain. Surprisingly, the E07k is also capable of driving my Mad Dog T50RPs at around 25/60 volume points. Personally, even when conducting my brief A/B tests with the O2, there was very little audible difference in sound quality between the two.
One of the problems with the E07k that the E11 also has trouble with is noise. With a quiet background, I was able to hear hiss with the GR07s that was not audible on the O2. However, if you're out on the go (where this unit is really meant to be used anyway) the noise should be mostly inaudible.
I hope you all enjoyed this review, and I plan on adding more to it in the near future. Please leave a comment if you have any questions!
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There's a similar version from Pyle, the PHE7AB - cheaper, seems to be just as good...
Heh, I never knew there were frequency response charts for AMPS in particular. However I did check the e07k's graph, you must have golden ears to be able to tell the difference between amps. For me I probably wouldn't be able to notice that well :frowning2:
Trust me, the differences in amps are very negligible. That was after doing a few hours of swapping back and forth to hear a very tiny tiny difference.
The money is better spent on headphones than amps and cables and all that snake oil. If I didn't have a custom engraved ultra limited edition amp, I would probably just buy this to drive all my headphones. It doesn't have 1.21 jigawatts but that doesn't really matter since MORE POWAH doesn't really make a difference to my ears, at least at the low volume levels I listen at...


500+ Head-Fier
Pros: well designed,great sound,superior build quality
Cons: none so far
this is a great device at a a great price . if you want to drive your headphones from your pc or portable device you can not do better unless you pay triple the price .
I have not owned the E17 but it should be equally good value .