- Brand Name: Fiio
- Model Number: E17
- Includes Rechargable Battery: N
FiiO E17 Alpen Portable Headphone Amplifier USB DAC
- 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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
The first thing to understand is how to hook the E17 up to your computer.
Your best bet is to connect the E17 to the SPDIF optical output jack on your Mac. The what? As it turns out, Steve Jobs was an audiophile and wanted to make sure that Macs could be an integral part of a hifi system. (I've repurposed my MacBook Pro 17" as a media server.) So all Macs have an optical output jack. On the Mac, digital audio is output through the headphone jack. You just plug in an SPDIF optical cable (included with the E17) and a little red light comes out. Connect to the E17 SPDIF input. If you have a PC, you have my condolences, but you can use the USB input to the E17.
I suspect one reason some reviews have been less than favorable is that people just use the E17's AUX analog input with a 3.5mm headphone cable. If you do, you are only using the headphone preamplifier and not the DAC, so it won't sound any better than just turning up the volume on your headphones.
Also it makes a difference what you output to the E17. Don't start up iTunes and start playing aac or mp3 files. These lossy compression formats are not digital versions of your music. You want to use ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) format. To do this, rip your CDs using the ALAC CD import setting under preferences. ALAC files are digital audio files that preserve the full 44.1kHz/16 bit audio information from your CD.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While I am generally a fan of FiiO products, I was disappointed by the E17.
FiiO is a company that is responsive to customer wants, particularly in the low cost portable... Read more
Love it, I can hear so much more in every song that I didn't before with this attached to my Sennheiser Game Zeros. There are cheaper options but they lack custom controls.Published 1 month ago by Gamer for Life
Purchase in March, and now it won't charge, won't reset.
Just a piece of expensive metal brick sitting on my desk.
I use these with my Sennheiser DT 770s. The sound is crisp and great. This amp is a good size and can easily be transported. Also, the functions are simple and intuitive. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eric Revollo
I listen to 90% of the music I play either in my car in which i have heavily invested and my home (Same story- pretty high end stuff). Read morePublished 2 months ago by Craig
I love this amp hooked to my Bose pc computer speakers.Published 6 months ago by Eward W. Steinmueller
This is a great little amp, once I got it working. The instructions were useless. I use it with my aging MacBook Pro, connected via USB, and some Beyerdynamics headphones (DT770... Read morePublished 7 months ago by zeozod
Worked well till poor quality headphone plug issue. FIIO refused to fix it out of warranty despite its manufacturing error. I won't buy Fiio ever again.Published 7 months ago by Y. Lu