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Just got some Grado SR80i's and a Fiio e6, They sound good but I was expecting more. I have a older Soundblaster USB DAC and was using some Gamecon's before. I can tell there is a quality increase but I was expecting to be amazed. Was I expecting too much?
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Look what came in today tongue.gif
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bad pic is bad.

Anyways, quick rundown.

FIRST IMPRESSION

Man, this thing is small! It's a bit thicker than most things like smartphones, but height and width wise it's pretty tiny. It's much lighter than I anticipated it to be. The finish on it is fantastic. Super nice and not a fingerprint magnet. The buttons on it are a bit hard to press, it's almost like you have to push it down a bit before the click actually registers. The display on the E17 is super nice. Very bright and nice colours.

SQ

I've been using the E17 with my DT990 Pros, and umm, yikes. Now I don't know if it's my expectations being too high, but man. This definitely doesn't sound like a $150 upgrade to me. While using on my computer, I could barely notice a difference between using the E17 and the headphone jack on my speakers. Beginning to question that something's wrong with the E17... For phone use with my Atrix, even worse. I still face major distortion at high volumes and no improvement whatsoever.

BOTTOM LINE

Cool looking device, doesn't do much.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jpope View Post

Just got some Grado SR80i's and a Fiio e6, They sound good but I was expecting more. I have a older Soundblaster USB DAC and was using some Gamecon's before. I can tell there is a quality increase but I was expecting to be amazed. Was I expecting too much?

Do you feel like anything in particular is lacking? Maybe you just don't like the sound signature of the SR80i (of most Grado models). As with a lot of models, a lot of people like Grados; a lot don't.

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Look what came in today tongue.gif
I've been using the E17 with my DT990 Pros, and umm, yikes. Now I don't know if it's my expectations being too high, but man. This definitely doesn't sound like a $150 upgrade to me. While using on my computer, I could barely notice a difference between using the E17 and the headphone jack on my speakers. Beginning to question that something's wrong with the E17... For phone use with my Atrix, even worse. I still face major distortion at high volumes and no improvement whatsoever.

With high-impedance headphones, more sources will sound more similar. The effects of impedance interactions due to higher source output impedance are smaller, and a high impedance load is easier for any amp to drive accurately. This mostly just confirms that whatever is behind the headphone jack on the speakers (and phone), doesn't suck badly.


btw I have an Atrix, and I think there's just always high distortion if you set volume above 13/15 (or was it 12/15?). I confirmed it with RMAA. As for why they designed it that way, who knows. Anyway, do you mean high volume set on the E17 or high volume on the phone?
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SQ
I've been using the E17 with my DT990 Pros, and umm, yikes. Now I don't know if it's my expectations being too high, but man. This definitely doesn't sound like a $150 upgrade to me. While using on my computer, I could barely notice a difference between using the E17 and the headphone jack on my speakers. Beginning to question that something's wrong with the E17... For phone use with my Atrix, even worse. I still face major distortion at high volumes and no improvement whatsoever.
BOTTOM LINE
Cool looking device, doesn't do much.
You realize you're using 250Ω phones with an amp that has less output than the E7.
Also, what input are you using and what's your audio source?

As for using it with your phone, well, that's typical especially with Motorola phones (it does it to me with my Droid 3)
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With high-impedance headphones, more sources will sound more similar. The effects of impedance interactions due to higher source output impedance are smaller, and a high impedance load is easier for any amp to drive accurately. This mostly just confirms that whatever is behind the headphone jack on the speakers (and phone), doesn't suck badly.
btw I have an Atrix, and I think there's just always high distortion if you set volume above 13/15 (or was it 12/15?). I confirmed it with RMAA. As for why they designed it that way, who knows. Anyway, do you mean high volume set on the E17 or high volume on the phone?

Ah, I see. For my phone I had the volume on half and the E17 on 60 to get decent volume. As soon as the phone gets to like 13 or 14/15 it's mass distortion. Only thing that doesn't make sense is I can use my Bose IE earphones on my phone with no amp and get to 14/15 with no distortion.
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You realize you're using 250Ω phones with an amp that has less output than the E7.
Also, what input are you using and what's your audio source?
As for using it with your phone, well, that's typical especially with Motorola phones (it does it to me with my Droid 3)

Yes, and from much research and recommendations the E17 would be good for me. I'm using the USB input from my computer. Not too worried about the phone since I'm mostly using my earbuds with my phone.
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I ended up doing that with my phone as well. Make sure you click on the "speaker" at the top of the volume slider and set the bit-rate to at least 16 / 48000 and use the WASAPI output in foobar2000

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I have a pair of Grado SR225i headphones and some Klipsch Custom 3 earphones. Too bad I have to sell them. tongue.gif
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Look what came in today tongue.gifWarning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Anyways, quick rundown.
FIRST IMPRESSION
Man, this thing is small! It's a bit thicker than most things like smartphones, but height and width wise it's pretty tiny. It's much lighter than I anticipated it to be. The finish on it is fantastic. Super nice and not a fingerprint magnet. The buttons on it are a bit hard to press, it's almost like you have to push it down a bit before the click actually registers. The display on the E17 is super nice. Very bright and nice colours.
SQ
I've been using the E17 with my DT990 Pros, and umm, yikes. Now I don't know if it's my expectations being too high, but man. This definitely doesn't sound like a $150 upgrade to me. While using on my computer, I could barely notice a difference between using the E17 and the headphone jack on my speakers. Beginning to question that something's wrong with the E17... For phone use with my Atrix, even worse. I still face major distortion at high volumes and no improvement whatsoever.
BOTTOM LINE
Cool looking device, doesn't do much.

Would I benefit from getting an E9 to dock the E17?
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I guess I'll be in. I've got my Sony MDR-XB500s for music and Turtle Beach PX-5s for gaming.
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