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FiiO E3 & E5 Portable headphone amplifiers

Discussion in 'Reviews' started by Frederik S, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. Frederik S Staff

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    xvi says thanks.
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    Way interesting - I was shopping around for a headphone amp about 3 years ago and came up blank with the exception of expensive jury-rigged looking ones, bulky ones... and one I finally found at radio shack (which also is a line splitter).

    For $8 & $20, totally worthy of a "value" award!
     
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    I have them both and they're awesome. They add a lot of bass and widen the soundstage slightly.
     
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    i was considering the e5 a few weeks ago, but i'm not too sure i would hear a difference over my cmoy...
     
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    I do not think it will be an upgrade compared to a CMOY, in terms of sound quality. I have only heard the CMOY one time for like 10 minutes, and to my ears it was a wee bit better, of course the FiiO is smaller than a CMOY so if you want a more portable solution.
     
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    Random Murderer The Anti-Midas

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    eh, my cmoy is in an altoids tin, so it's pretty portable.
    besides, it only drives my grado sr80 which doesn't need amplification anyway...
     
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    I have the E3 and use it with my cheapie Sennheiser HD201's on the go. Kickass combo.
     
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    what's your main setup?
    just wondering...;)
     
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    Azentech X-Meridian with upgraded opamps connected both digitally and via analog (which ever I prefer at the push of a button) to my Pioneer Elite VSX-54TX receiver with Sennheiser HD280's (critical listening) and also some Sony MDR-V700's (gaming, casual listening).

    But I use my speakers more than I do headphones.

    Link to pic.
     
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    Hahaha thebeephaha, that is one massive PC rig :) Very nice.
     
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    I'm with you RM. I'd rather have the homemade thing over this. It is a good thing. But, for those who know how to make one... Not worth it!

    Great review Frederik.
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    Hi Frederik,

    What was the setting on your D2 when you tested both of the amp?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    I had a flat EQ with all effects turned off, and the output level set to 34 for best sound quality.
     
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