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FiiO E17 Alpen Portable Headphone Amplifier USB DAC

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  • Standard mini USB interface: Connect to your PC for digital audio transfer and/or charge of the 1500 mAh internal battery
  • 3.5 mm stereo headphone output: Suitable for 16-150 ohm headphones; MAX output current > 80 mA; THD <0.003%@1KHz
  • 3.5mm SPDIF input (optical, coaxial) digital connector to receive PCM signals up to 24-bit/192kHz
  • 3.5mm Analog Line-In for use with other audio sources, 18-Pin multi-functional interface to connect FiiO's L7 and E9 docks
  • Digital Bass, Treble, Gain, Volume Controls
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Product Specifications

Brand NameFiio
Output Wattage150 watts

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 2.2 x 0.6 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B0070UFMOW
  • Item model number: E17
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 9, 2012

Product Description

  • Standard MINI USB Interface: Connect with PC to make digital audio transfer possible and make battery charge possible
  • 3.5mm two-channel Headphone Output: Suitable for various headphones with 16 ohm-300 ohm
  • 3.5mm SPDIF input connector: Connect with high-definition player and receive PCM signal
  • 3.5mm Line In interface: Connect with audio output LO&PO of audio players
  • 18 Pin multifunctional interface: To make audio and data transfer possible in conjunction with L7 and E9
  • Customer Reviews

    It has a very good build quality.
    John Fairley
    The sound is cleaner, sound stage is wider, vocal is fuller.
    T. Tran
    Easy to use, the amp does provide a better quality in sound.
    Coolvans1988

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    109 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Ron Cronovich TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 21, 2012
    Sound quality has to be the most important factor. The other reviewers address that better than I could - I'm new to headphone amps, the E17 is my first one. So far, I've mainly used it as a straight headphone amp with my Sennheiser HD 650s and a short direct line out from my iPhone's 30-pin connector playing lossless or 320 bit rate MP3s. This configuration sounds really great. But I've also tried the DAC functionality a few times, running a USB cable from my Macbook Air to the E17's USB input and sending the E!7's audio output either to my headphones or my Audio Engine A2s. I can hear a difference when driving the 650s, not so much when driving the A2s (which are lower fidelity than the Sennheisers and have their own powerful amp). I have not tried the E17's s/pdif input.

    The E17 has a lot of thoughtful design touches and some very thoughtful extras in the package.

    It's encased in finely brushed metal with a handsome display. It looks and feels very high quality. It's also small (smaller than an iPhone), so it's very portable. It is easy to operate and includes adjustable gain, stereo balance, bass and treble (though I leave the EQ flat). Being a newbie, I'm guessing it's useful to boost the gain when driving larger cans from devices that don't put out a strong signal.

    The E17's display does not seem particularly fragile, but Fiio thoughtfully includes a screen protector film to protect it from scratches. The screen protector is custom fitted with two cutouts in the right places for the buttons.

    Fiio includes a short cable with minijacks on both ends, so you can start using the E17 immediately.
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    72 of 79 people found the following review helpful By mnmark on May 3, 2012
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    Appreciate everyone's reviews on all products. This is my first review and I feel compelled to provide this review of the Fiio E17. Like many of us, my objective was to research and add a DAC that could help enhance the overall music listening quality of my Digital files (yes, many from itunes; compressed). I understand that no DAC is going to completely re-create, enhance, and/or fill in areas to match an original recording. Meanwhile, we all want to have the best quality sound as possible, especially when playing on your nicer audio equipment.

    I did, what I thought to be, quite a bit of research. I had several applications in mind: A portable DAC that could be used with ipod/iphone in the care, with computer, etc., and a high-end DAC that could enhance the sound with my higher-end system (KEF 107's; Nakamichi, NAD).

    I first tried the CambrideAudio DacMagic Plus. Reviews seemed positive. Price was in between low-end units and high-end; had bluetooth wireless, etc. I was disappointed with the sound. Just didn't offer much, to me.

    I then purchased both the Fiio E17 and the Peachtree iNova. My thought was E17 for the portable use and the Peachtree for my other system. Ran a number of tests (original CD's, ipod standalone, ipod with E17, and ipod with Peachtree -- also tried both variable and fixed out with Peachtree). I must share that I was very surprised.

    While the Peachtree soundstage and higher end could be argued that it sounded a bit better, the base was disappointing. The E17, and with the treble and bass controls, was surprisingly good! I definitely could not justify $1,800 for the iNova. Sorry, Peachtree, and I was willing to pay this IF the sound was there.
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    59 of 64 people found the following review helpful By C. Nguyen on April 11, 2012
    Externally: It is very small. Just a little bit bigger than a deck of card. The whole thing and buttons are made out of metal. It is a joy to touch. Screen is nice and brighter. Bottons are solid. There is no fault that I can find from the design and built. It is perfect.

    Sound: I own the Sennheiser Hd598 and the Denon ADH2000. I hooked both to my laptop directly and they give loose bass and not very clear sound. When I hook my e17 up, the sound comes alive. The e17 makes the sound tigher, clearer, and very smooth. The mid and vocal are especially smooth and sweet. Bass is tighter and hit harder. Treble is clearer. There is nothing to complain.

    Is it a worthy purchase? I would say YES. So buy this if you love music and listen to music daily. At this price, there is nothing on the market that can beat it.
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    54 of 63 people found the following review helpful By gnarthashred on July 20, 2012
    The comments from those who cannot perceive a difference between an amped and unamped source should be discounted on the spot, there, I said it. Ok, now onto the review.

    The fiio E17, albeit not the prime package for this price range, does in fact improve the quality of your sound, but depending on your cans, you may not hear it. So the first step is to get a good pair of headphones. I use these to run my HD25's, JH5pros, D2000, ER4-S, and others, and I can hear a difference across the board.

    It starts with noise. By virtue of using an amp/DAC, you are bypassing the crappy D/A on your computer, which, in my case, is a MacBook Pro. To the guy who said that macbook pro's use good D/A's, I suggest you get your ears checked. The noise from my 2010 13' is horrendous, and any one of my sensitive pairs of cans can pick up on it. Noise is an extreme detriment to clarity, and by using the Fiio's D/A function, you use it's industry-leading wolfson chip instead (much cleaner signal). As a result, the noise is extremely low, and you have a very dark background to enjoy your music with.

    Another reason you want an amp is so your music maintains it's Pace, Rhythm, and Timing (PRaT), to the best extent possible. Cans and D/A's with bad PRaT detract from the music experience, and oftentimes make the music sound congested and less energetic.

    Clarity is another reason why you use an DAC/amp combo. Separation with the FiioE17 is way beyond anything that you can get unamped. Bass is tightened up, midrange is presented with more authority, and the highs are clear and crisp. The fact is that most sources (i.e. your computer or ipod) do not keep the ideal power requirements for music, and again, the fiioE17 fixes that, improving the immediacy of each sound wave.
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