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FiiO E17 Portable Headphone Amplifier with USB Digital Audio Converter (DAC)

engadget
engadget 'The E17 looks very much like an exquisite MP3 player with its luxurious brushed metal finish, crisp LED display and tactile buttons.' engadgetFull Review
Date Added: Friday 11 May, 2012

FiiO E17 Portable Headphone Amplifier with USB Digital Audio Converter (DAC)

Sound + Vision
Sound + Vision ' Operation is quiet, even with sensitive IEMs (we used models from Westone, Shure, and ACS), and the unit lets you make use of headphones that otherwise might not be portable. Beyond that, the E17 offers about the deepest feature set I've yet seen in a portable DAC. Within the easy-to-navigate menus you'll find a three-position gain switch (offering 0, +6, and + 12 dB). A simple EQ is offered, with bass and treble controls, along with a balance control (and often-requested feature among listeners who don't have perfect hearing, and a welcome addition here). There's also a maximum volume limiter, and a sleep timer too. A front panel input switch lets you toggle between inputs (more in a second on that), while a hold switch keeps you from pocket-dialing some combination of features you'd rather avoid. The user interface is quite nice (especially for a feature-packed small manufacturer product like this; many of the lower cost Chinese designs I've run across have really skimped on usability). The little OLED screen alerts you clearly to which input is live (and tells you sample rate and lock status in USB mode), while the LED indicator ring surrounding the power button glows blue while in use, red when charging, and a combo of both when doing both (as when you're connected over USB). There's even a reset switch, should you crash (I never managed to), and another to toggle the analog outputs between fixed line and variable-level preamp operation. It's all clearly enough laid out that I never had to resort to the manual. The up and down buttons for volume control, however, just aren't to my taste; I really found myself wishing for an analog pot or rotary encoder instead. But considering how much functionality FiiO have packed into this little box at the ridiculously low price point, an omission like this is understandable. Most interestingly, the E17 includes S/PDIF inputs via a combo jack that accepts both optical and coaxial connections (adapters for both are included in the box; you just need to supply your own cables). While USB decoding is limited to 24/96, over S/PDIF the E17 will accept incoming streams at up to 24/192 — certainly high enough for most mortals, and possibly Neil Young too. An 1/8-in minijack accepts an analog input if you want to use the E17 simply as a headphone amp, and a dock connector lets you pair the device with FiiO's E9 desktop amp (and also provides an analog line out if you want to interface with external analog audio devices but don't feel like picking up the E9; that particular mini-dock — known as the L7 — will run you 10 bucks). The E17 does a lot in a tiny package. And where it isn't quite up to snuff, the E9 can fill in the gaps. The price for all of this performance? The E17's battery life, which is down to a claimed 15 hours, a significant cutback when compared to the E7's 80-hour lifespan. That said, unless I'm on the road, in practice I find myself charging my devices each evening or at some point during the day, and so long as I didn't leave it running I got several days of ordinary play (primarily on subway commutes) out of the combo of the E17 and my aging iPod (a 30 GB Photo model from a few generations back). But that's all fine given the E17's dual identity as a portable companion. Enjoy it on your commute, then take it home and pair it up with the desktop E9 for serious listening sessions. The E9 is a similarly capable headphone amp (though it's an amp only — there's a USB input, but it's merely a repeater for the E17's own), with a host of options. You'll find a big, comfy volume pot on the front panel, straddled by both 1/8-inch and 1/4-inch headphone output jacks (though we're guessing this'll primarily be used with full-sized phones in any case). Around back, alongside the USB input, there's a two-position gain switch, and auxiliary input on 1/8-inch jack, a fixed-level output on stereo RCA jacks, and a variable-level preamp output on a 1/8-inch minijack. The E9 charges the E17 as it plays, so it makes a nice little "dock" for it's portable partner. What the E9 adds on the desktop is the ability to drive current-hungry high-impedance headphones easily, and the E9/E17 pair sounds great with appropriate headphones, very much in line with the sound of my usual budget reference combo, the Musical Fidelity V-DAC II DAC and V-Can headphone amp. Output impedance is a bit high — 10 Ohms on the 1/4-inch jack, 43 Ohms on the 1/8-inch jack — but there's plenty of power on tap here (and given that the target headphones for this thing are likely to have fairly high impedances), you'll probably do OK with it's full watt of output power into a 16 Ohm load (for comparison, the E17 alone will put 250 mW into a similar load). Still, if you have full-sized headphones that don't have particularly flat impedance across the frequency spectrum, you may want to try before you buy. The pair of Sennheiser HD-650s we tested the E9 with, however, was very well served, even in the low-gain position — everything we threw at it, from the Tor Espn Aspaas recording of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor Op. 111 (from Mirror Canon, on 24/96 FLAC); to Roxy Music's "Take a Chance With Me" from Avalon, as a 16/44.1 FLAC; to Miles Davis' "In a Silent Way/It's About That Time" on 24/96 FLAC; to the track "Alpen" from the new Oval album, Oval DNA (as a 320 kbps MP3) sounded full and rich, with plenty of volume well before the output knob hit 10 o'clock, and without unusual bumps in response. For $139, this little thing does a great job in this application. The question is, do you really need the E9 at all if you get an E17? If you have a quality set of high-impedance phones for home listening, and prefer something else (like a set of quality IEMs) for out-and-about, you might well want to invest — it's only another $139, mind you. The E17 on its own has 1-Ohm output impedance, and plenty of horsepower for in-ears or portables, but it couldn't quite get our test HD-650s into the comfort zone (though they were plenty listenable, far more so than when driven with the iPod alone). With both devices, and a couple of pairs of nice headphones to drive for different situations, it makes sense. If you don't have difficult-to-drive cans to drive, you might be better off sticking with the E17 on its own — you won't be disappointed. The E17 does so much, and offers so much connectivity, at such an affordable price, it's something of a no-brainier if you have a need for a portable DAC/headphone amp that'll decode high-rez files. ‹‹ PREV 1 2 3 4 NEXT ›› RELATED TAGS: ACCESSORIES, ACCESSORIES, ACCESSORIES, ALPHA DESIGN LABS, DAC, FIIO, FURUTECH, HEADPHONE AMPLIFIERS, USB Comments from jcaplan on 05.04.12 at 12:21PM I was hoping you could tell me where you bought: Tor Espn Aspaas recording of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor Op. 111 (from Mirror Canon, on 24/96 FLAC) and Miles Davis' "In a Silent Way/It's About That Time" on 24/96 FLAC. Cheers. from MBerk on 05.04.12 at 1:29PM The Tor Espn Aspaas recording is available from 2L (http://www.klicktrack.com/2l/releases/tor-espen-aspaas/). The Miles is a personal rip from vinyl, so far as I know it isn't available anywhere in that format. from jcaplan on 05.04.12 at 11:29PM Great. Thank you. 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Date Added: Tuesday 08 May, 2012

Popcorn Hour C-300 High Definition Network Media Player

Pocket-lint (RATED: 4/5)
Pocket-lint 'There's no denying it, the picture quality on the C-300 is fantastic. Other media players do a good job, but the Popcorn Hour has a sharpness and detail that is incredibly pleasing to us.' Pocket-lintFull Review
Date Added: Tuesday 01 May, 2012
RATED: 4/5

FiiO E06 Portable Headphone Amplifier

Apps Magazine (RATED: 5/5)
Apps Magazine 'Gives an instantly noticeable boost to your music volume' Apps MagFull Review
Date Added: Thursday 26 April, 2012
RATED: 5/5

FiiO E06 Portable Headphone Amplifier

Gadget Speak
Gadget Speak 'A simple one purpose device that does what it should.' Gadget SpeakFull Review
Date Added: Thursday 26 April, 2012

ACS Custom 'T2 Classic' Custom Made Dual Driver Earphone Monitors

wired.co.uk (RATED: 9/10)
wired.co.uk 'That said for those who do have the means and the desire to take their music to the next level the T2s represent a powerful, enthralling and hair-raising leap beyond the competition.' wired.co.ukFull Review
Date Added: Wednesday 28 March, 2012
RATED: 9/10

FiiO E06 Portable Headphone Amplifier

The Scotsman
The Scotsman 'Be warned though, this little amp packs quite a punch, so you really shouldn’t bump it up too high or your ears won’t thank you.' The ScotsmanFull Review
Date Added: Monday 26 March, 2012

FiiO E06 Portable Headphone Amplifier

Techworld
Techworld 'The fact you can readily pick one up for less than £20 makes this a steal if want to enjoy your music to the fullest on the move without having to lay out a fortune for an audiophile mobile player.' TechworldFull Review
Date Added: Friday 23 March, 2012

Popcorn Hour C-300 High Definition Network Media Player

Wired.co.uk
Wired.co.uk 'The C-300 a tweaker's dream with a feast of options for adjusting things just how you like them. Like its predecessor, it can stream media both from the internet and your computer via your network, but there's also room on board to add a slim line Blu-ray drive via the slot at the front.' Wired.co.ukFull Review
Date Added: Wednesday 14 March, 2012

SONOS PLAY:5 Wireless Music System - The ultimate all-in-one listening experience with the deepest, richest HiFi sound

T3 (5/5)
T3 '[...] the speaker drivers in the S5 are of excellent quality and offer enough bass alongside reasonably detailed treble highs [...]' T3Full Review
Date Added: Monday 12 March, 2012
5/5

SoundScience QSB - 30W USB Desktop Speakers with NXT DyadUSB Technology Rated 5/5 by What HiFi

TechRadar
TechRadar 'Sound quality is excellent, with a wide soundstage, plenty of detail and enough bass to make even a movie convince. If you have a laptop full of films and time to kill in a lonely hotel room, the Sound Science QSB is a wise investment.' TechRadarFull Review
Date Added: Monday 12 March, 2012

FiiO E06 Portable Headphone Amplifier

Twin_Geeks
Twin_Geeks Twin_Geeks video review the FiiO E6.Full Review
Date Added: Friday 02 March, 2012

FiiO E17 Portable Headphone Amplifier with USB Digital Audio Converter (DAC)

'Several sound adjustments can be done in the E17′s firmware: bass, treble, gain level, and – sometimes miracles do happen – pan/balance.' anythingbutipodFull Review
Date Added: Tuesday 28 February, 2012

FiiO E17 Portable Headphone Amplifier with USB Digital Audio Converter (DAC)

Headfonics
Headfonics 'With the phenomenal rate FiiO keep churning out budget audio hits over the last 2 years you might be forgiven for getting lost in all the E’s and D’s yet somehow they still seem to find a niche or new ground for a new product that has us all say “Well that makes total sense” or “That is a great upgrade” and yet still maintain that almost insane price point that makes it so hard to resist.' HeadfonicsFull Review
Date Added: Tuesday 28 February, 2012

FiiO E17 Portable Headphone Amplifier with USB Digital Audio Converter (DAC)

Headfonia
Headfonia 'You get better detail level, more frequency extension top and bottom, better articulation, better soundstage width/depth/image and so on.' HeadfoniaFull Review
Date Added: Tuesday 28 February, 2012

FiiO E17 Portable Headphone Amplifier with USB Digital Audio Converter (DAC)

Head-Fi
Head-Fi 'Never did a portable headphone amp + DAC with these many features were made in the sub-$200 market. Then again, it is not the first time FiiO has broken the record in offering class-beating bang for the buck product.'Head-FiFull Review
Date Added: Monday 27 February, 2012

FiiO E17 Portable Headphone Amplifier with USB Digital Audio Converter (DAC)

CNET
CNET 'Pricing may be solidly in the affordable range, but don't for a second conclude Fiio's components aren't beautifully designed little gems.' CNETFull Review
Date Added: Monday 27 February, 2012

SoundMagic E30 Pro-Fit In-Ear Earphones

Sleepover Review
Sleepover Review "The sound is definitely an added bonus to their functionality. I’m not used to great sounding headphones when putting them through their paces at the gym so to have high functioning headphones with a great sound was pretty good"-StephFull Review
Date Added: Friday 10 February, 2012

SoundScience QSB - 30W USB Desktop Speakers with NXT DyadUSB Technology Rated 5/5 by What HiFi

Sleepover Review
Sleepover Review "Overall I give these speakers a high rating of 9/10. They are quality speakers and built with an attention to detail that sets them apart from the competition. In terms of speakers my criteria for selection is simple: go big or go home. I wasn’t impressed with these on paper but after using them I was easily swayed and instantly impressed"-StephFull Review
Date Added: Friday 10 February, 2012

Audioengine A5+ Active Speaker System (Pair)

What HiFi (RATED: 5/5)
What HiFi 'And we're happy to report the sound is indeed noticeably improved. The A5+ speakers are light on their feet, sound subtle and boast impressive dynamics.' What HiFiFull Review
Date Added: Thursday 22 December, 2011
RATED: 5/5
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