FiiO E10 USB DAC Headphone Amplifier
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- Volume Potentiometer, Barrier Free Design, Easy To Operate. Volume Digital Indicator, More Intuitive
- Bass Boost, OFF:0dB;ON:+3dB, Built-In Bass Boosting Circuit, It's Different With Traditional Software To Set The EQ, The Effect Of E10 Will Be Better
- USB Digital Audio Converter To Coaxial Digital Audio Output; Line Output, Fixed Level Audio Line Output with Full Scale
- Support To Install Automatically Without Any Driver, Maximum Output :96K/24Bit
- All- Aluminum Shell, Enhanced Anti-Interference Ability, Thus It's More Reliable And Durable
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Top Customer Reviews
I use it with a 2008 Macbook > Fiio E10 > Audioengine A5 speaker setup and listen through Sony MDRV6/Grado SR225 headphones.
I was satisfied with the built in Realtek soundcard on the laptop but after reading some reviews and seeing the price I decided to give the E10 a try and see for myself if I could improve the sound quality at all.
The E10 comes in a nice little aluminum tin with included instructions, 2 sets of rubber stick on feet (8 total), and a 1M mini USB cable. The unit itself is very small and looks/feels well made. The volume pot has a good amount of resistance and does not feel cheap at all. One of the complaints I read about them was some units introduced a crackly noise into the sound if the headphone cable or the unit was moved around as sound was being put through it. This seems to be a manufacturing issue on the first batch of units shipped from China. I seemed to get an E10 from the second batch as I haven't noticed the issue yet. If you have run into the issue, I suggest contacting Amazon for a replacement.
The E10 installs automatically upon plugging it into Lion 10.7.2 and Windows 7 64bit. You just go into your sound options in each OS and switch your output to the E10. Nice.Read more ›
The first thing I noticed when taking it out of the box was how small it was. In the picture it looks huge, but in reality, it's a bit smaller than a pack of cigarettes. Another impression I got was how nice the packaging was, especially for a Chinese company. It came in black velvety feeling molded thingy inside of a tin box. The device itself seems pretty well made, with a metal enclosure and metal dials and switches. It has a nice blue LED on the front of the unit that's pretty bright but not overbearing.
HOW IT SOUNDS:
The headphones I am using for testing are the Denon AH-D2000's and the Sennheiser HD555's (modded).
This is my second external DAC/AMP. My other one is just an Mbox2, that I also use for recording. One thing I noticed was that the noise floor for the e10 was silent/inaudible, even when the volume dial was turned to the max. This is in contrast with the Mbox2, where I would hear a constant slight hissing when no song was playing.
To me, this little device sounds great. With the bass boost off, it doesn't seem to color the audio at all and I was able to raise the volume pretty loud. Compared to the default imac headphone out, it's like night and day. Hate to sound cliche, but the highs were crisp and the bass was controlled.
The bass boost does what you think it would, and does increase the bass. Though it sounds a bit muddy. I keep mine off. I'm a bass-head too (I also play the bass guitar!) so I like my bass. But it definitely sounds better off.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
IMPORTANT: the prices recently listed for this unit reflect its availability, not its value, and are grossly inflated (roughly 400% mark-up). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paul Coddington
Works great under Windows and Linux. It even works on my Android tablet!
There is a newer, supposedly improved version FiiO E10K USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier (Black),... Read more
Wonderful sound Quality, and a great amplifier for headphones. Some latency when working with DAW's, so watch out for that if you use them.Published 9 months ago by Dane Morgan
Great product. Sounds great, volume and bass boost and pass through analog line for my desktop speakers. Use this with my headphones at work. Read morePublished 14 months ago by brian t burton
The back USB and headphone jacks became a little loose but still functioning well. I've since upgraded to the E17, love it.Published 15 months ago by Elias Edwin Hickman
This thing makes volume loud.
-Lets you plug in a pair of headphones
-Makes the volume loud
That's pretty much it. You don't need an extensive review.