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FiiO E7 USB DAC and Portable Headphone Amplifier (Black)

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Pros: Great sound, free case, volume range, twin outputs, amp

Cons: Volume control independent of Windows 7?, simplistic EQ

This is an excellent USB (external) DAC. I bought it to pair with a future grad school laptop and am incredibly pleased with the purchase.

I pair this with AD-700's and cannot tell the difference between my previous Xonar DX...which is to say, brilliant. Great soudn.

Included is an "EQ" which is really - as far as I can tell - a bass boost. This is actually kind of nice for my AD-700's, as the +1 (on 0-3 scale) setting nicely augments the bass without overwhelming anything else. This is a pretty simplistic approximation of an EQ, but perhaps the best they could do.
-- Also, this allows for a FAR greater volume range than I had before. The E7 can get loud!

There are two analog outputs, which is a wonderful touch: you can plug two pairs of headphones in or, as I have it set up, speakers and headphones. Perfect!

Mixed Pro/Con: It seems the Windows 7 volume control doesn't affect the volume of music playback (in foobar2000, at least). This is a blessing and a curse: I can easily adjust volume in-game via the E7's volume buttons, but I can't even mute the whole system via Windows 7. I've gotten used to this very quickly, though, and it's a minor gripe.

Finally, it comes with a rubbery case that greatly increases friction/stickiness with surfaces.

Summary: Great sound, excellent volume range, twin outputs...excellent external DAC.

ps: I haven't used it for its mobile function, as I'm unsure of the connections needed (I don't have an iPod, and those are the most abundant connectors available). Not a concern for me *shrug*
FiiO E7 USB DAC and Portable Headphone Amplifier (Black)
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FiiO E7 portable headphone amplifier with USB audio decoder (DAC). This product is designed to replace PC on board sound card that do not have enough output power for higher-end headphone. With USB audio decoding, amplification and audio output, E7 can serve as both a professional headphone amplifier as well as an external USB sound card. - TI PCM2706 USB receiver, 48kHz 16-bit support for Windows XP/2000/Vista/7 and Mac OS - Wolfson WM8740 DAC, ADI AD8692 OP Amp and TI TPA6130A Power AMP - High performance, excellent resolution, low distortion, and powerful output - Standard 3.5mm stereo line-in jack for portable amplification with analog audio sources - Dual 3.5mm headphone output jack makes it easy to share music between two listeners - Dual color OLED display with automatic key lock and sleep timer function - Noiseless digital volume control with 60-step precision and perfect channel balance - 3-level bass boost EQ, user definable start up volume and max volume limiter - Specialized dock connector for use with E9 desktop amp for even higher performance - Anodized brushed aluminum case, small and compact, strap to portable audio player - User defeatable USB charging for lower distortion - Build-in rechargeable 1050 mAH Li-ion battery for up to 80 hours of continuous use Specification: - Output Power: 150mW (16?); 16mW (300?) - Headphone Impedance Range: 16? ~ 300? - Signal to Noise Ratio (A Weighted): ?95dB Line In; ?100dB USB - Distortion (10mW):

Details:
DetailValue
BindingElectronics
BrandFiiO
EAN0649241870319
FeatureStylish and rugged: OLED color display, brushed aluminum case, silicone skin case
Is Autographed0
Is Memorabilia0
Height2.2 inches
Length3.8 inches
Weight0.22 pounds
Width0.6 inches
LabelFiiO
List Price$99.95
ManufacturerFiiO
ModelE7
MPNE7
Package Quantity1
Product GroupCE
Product Type NameCONSUMER_ELECTRONICS
PublisherFiiO
SKUFIIOE7-5
StudioFiiO
TitleFiiO E7 USB DAC and Portable Headphone Amplifier (Black)
UPC649241870319
ColorBlack
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