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post #1 of 17
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I just got my HD 558s last friday, and ran into a couple of problems.
1. My phone doesn't drive them very well.
2. Headphone jack on my laptop is dying. (not to mention the onboard soundcard has horrible quality, and has such a brute unrefined sound no matter how I try to EQ it.)

So I've been looking at the FiiO E7.
From what I've read, I think it'll comfortably drive my cans. My main question is, will it work alright on Linux (more specifically, arch)?
Other than that, I'd like any feedback from anyone that's had experiences with this, or anyone who's had other FiiO amps. Also, I've looked at the E17, and it's a bit more pricey, and harder to find, looks a bit big, and I'm not sure I need that much.
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If your going to use them for your phone you should look at the E11, its portable and according to head fi has more power than the E7. I'm actually about to order it within the next couple days.

Sorry read after the fact about the headphone jack, then ya your stuck with the E7 which has a DAC onboard.
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post #3 of 17
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Well, I hadn't really seen any other options for an all in one DAC/AMP/etc, until I stumbled upon this review.
http://www.headfonia.com/fiio-e7-meet-your-rival-the-ibasso-d-zero/
Looks pretty good, bit more expensive, but it could very well be a better buy for me. I'm going to continue researching cheapish portable amps. Anyone else have any thoughts on the D-Zero or E7?
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D-zero from what i know is a bit better than E7 technically but for Mike who liked warm mids, the FiiO was a bit more appealing to him

now..do you need just an amp? if you need just an amp. the E11 will fit the bill. if you need everything. a strong portable amp, portable travel sound card and options and inputs. the E17 is a great choice. but if you just want to drive..than the E11 might be better
the e17 and E7 are roughtly the same size.
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Dont have any experience with the e7, but I have an e5 and an e11 (using the e11 right now with my tablet. Both provide a great amount of power without any noise or feedback and their battery life is great as well. The only thing i dont like about some of the fiio amps (to include the e11) is they use the volume knob as the power switch so you have to adjust the level every time you turn it on/off. Just a bit of a pain.
    
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post #6 of 17
i liked the e7+e9 concept, dunno - just ordered them in blind faith today.

wont be any help for feedback tho.
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i liked the e7+e9 concept, dunno - just ordered them in blind faith today.
wont be any help for feedback tho.

haha. i feel you. after a while of comparing things with soo much to do...just buy the popular combo...ahaha smile.gif
post #8 of 17
I've owned an e7 for about a year now and bar none, it has been quite an impressive little device for powering my headphones. I've tested them with HD555s and still an amazing sound.

I will say this tho, if you upgrade and get an AudioQuest Cinnamon USB cable, the sound quality will go from amazing to godlike with just the cable. For example when playing Wav files, you can hear the separation of individual tones more distinctly than you can with the stock cable. Now, keep in mind the stock cable isn't just a cheap data/power cable that you get with a camera. It is competent, however getting an aftermarket cable will certainly deliver better sound quality.
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I will say this tho, if you upgrade and get an AudioQuest Cinnamon USB cable, the sound quality will go from amazing to godlike with just the cable. For example when playing Wav files, you can hear the separation of individual tones more distinctly than you can with the stock cable. Now, keep in mind the stock cable isn't just a cheap data/power cable that you get with a camera. It is competent, however getting an aftermarket cable will certainly deliver better sound quality.

Dude, an USB cable is an USB cable. It must adhere to standards + the fact that it only carries a digital signal over a very short distance.
Cable quality only matters over long distances over ~10 metres (30 feet). Since it carries digital data only, the signal's either there or not there, cable quality cannot affect the analog waveform like cables carrying analog signals potentially can.
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Dude, an USB cable is an USB cable. It must adhere to standards + the fact that it only carries a digital signal over a very short distance.
Cable quality only matters over long distances over ~10 metres (30 feet). Since it carries digital data only, the signal's either there or not there, cable quality cannot affect the analog waveform like cables carrying analog signals potentially can.

I had this discussion with someone else in another thread, and while I don't want this thread to turn into a discussion of USB cables, all I can say is this: I heard about a 5-10% improved listening experience over the stock cable, namely the individual sound clarity was far more sharp than the stock one. That's it. Enough said. You'd have to try one for yourself and run a battery of tests like I did.
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