Originally Posted by Art Vanelay
The Creative is $54, and the Fiio is $74. Is it at all going to be worth the price difference?
The FiiO E10 has a significantly improved headphone output:
(1) no DC blocking capacitor at output, which results in slightly rolled-off sub-bass, especially for low-impedance headphones
(2) much less output impedance even at higher frequencies (no significant frequency response variations with certain lower-impedance and variable-impedance headphones—or mostly multi-balanced armature IEMs in particular)
(3) higher output power levels, so you can get a few or several dB more out of some higher-impedance and lower-sensitivity sets
(4) lower nonlinear distortion, even in situations not covered by the above... though let's be real: the headphones will generally have much more anyway
So for many or most users, even using headphones, it's probably no big deal or deciding factor, but here the extra money and lack of other features really is going to improving something. Also, the E10 has a non-plasticky construction, for whatever that's worth.