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FiiO Kunlun E18 Portable DAC and Headphone Amplifier (Black)
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- Performs reference quality digital-to-analog audio conversion for music played via compatible Android smartphones
- Compatible with Samsung Galaxy S3/S4/Note2, HTC One, and other Android devices with USB OTG and USB digital audio output capabilities
- Also works with laptop and desktop computers at up to 24-Bit and 96kHz bitrate high definition audio
- High-end op-amp audio output circuitry with ultra low distortion and noise.
- Large 3500mAh battery for up to 25 hours of use as an amp-only, or up to 12 hours as DAC+amp. Charges in 4 hours with optional 2A USB adapter.
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NOTE: Not all Android devices are compatible. Check to ensure your Android device supports USB OTG and USB digital audio output. Android USB audio soft driver may be required for some devices.
The E18 unshackles high end DAC capabilities from the confines of a desk. Store your high quality digital audio files on a compatible Android smartphone and be confident that it will be rendered faithfully by the E18 with all the impact, dynamics, and transparency previously only possible with an expensive desktop system. Of course the E18 can also be used with a laptop computer or even a desktop should the need arise, supporting 24-bit high definition audio at upto 96kHz.
Designed to be both powerful and convenient, the E18 packs a large 3500mAh battery for up to 12 hours of combined DAC/amp usage, or up to 25 hours as amp-only. With the flip of a switch, the E18 can also be used to charge an Android smartphone with its own battery.
- USB Audio: 32/44.1/48/96kHz, 16/24-Bit
- Power Output: >300mW @32Ohm
- Headphone Imp.:16~150Ohm recommended
- THD: <0.005% @1kHz/32Ohm
- Frequency Resp.:20Hz~20kHz +/-0.2dB
- Battery Life: >12h (DAC+amp), >25h (amp)
- Charge Time: 4Hr with 2A USB charger
- Dimensions: 5.1" x 2.6" x 0.56"
- Weight: 5.7Oz
Top Customer Reviews
I can confirm that the Fiio E18 Kunlun works as a DAC flawlessly with my AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 Android phone running factory stock firmware (4.4.2). It works as a DAC with music apps I've tried including Spotify. [Play/Pause], [Previous Track], and [Next Track] also work in DAC mode on PC or Android with Spotify and other music apps I've tried.
When I have the E18 connected to my PC by USB and I'm using it as an external DAC/Sound card (Windows detected driver as "USB Audio Device" "SPDIF Interface") I noticed an issue with distortion in producing notes (especially highs) in music, a substantial buzz/hiss at all times, and clipping in and out at times. Was very evident when running the Windows sound test through the Sound Playback Devices Control Panel. (plays a loud ding through each audio channel.) I noticed this on both my headphones and when using the line out into my speakers from the E18 DAC.
I found that the distortion/clipping/noise only occurred when the Fiio E18 was set to "PC IN" on the bottom 3-way slider switch. Setting the switch to "PHONE IN" resolved the issue completely. When set to "PC IN" the Fiio E18 will also charge over USB. It seems like there is a lot of noise produced by charging. I'm curious if the noise is actually coming from my PC and carried over the cable, or if the noise is produced simply by the Fiio being in charge mode. I don't have an extra cable to test this with right now, but I may try later.
So basically don't charge and listen at the same time, use PHONE IN instead of PC IN. Probably could of explained all that without being so verbose, but I like being specific to rule out questions...
Some major drawbacks include:
USB port is on the bottom, making it difficult to carry in your pocket while in DAC mode.
The charge LED lights can be misleading
It can be difficult to figure out how to carry this and a phone - the provided rubber band will end up covering up your touchscreen. Some have used velcro but I can't bring myself to attach that to my devices.
I can't charge my source device while I use the DAC, listening time is limited to the audio source battery lifespan unless i switch to AMP only.
With the use of an EQ on the source device i have had some excellent listening using this device. I try my best to listen to only lossless files but even lower quality compression sounds great on this compared to direct signal from device headphone output.
I love that i can charge the DAC and use it at the same time.
If you are on the fence about getting a DAC/AMP for your phone then you might want to wait for a slightly better designed unit. If you are looking for one now, you will have a good experience with this device. Be sure to buy from an authorized vendor to be certain you get a genuine FiiO device. There are knock-offs out there.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very powerful amp for a portable and good dac too. It can power my Fostex T20rp MK3 (which as I understand is quite the feat for a portable amp) as well as my easy to drive... Read morePublished 1 day ago by theonetuby
So far I am having a great time with this. It has ample power to power my 250 ohm beyer 770 pro... even though it only says 150 ohm. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Dean Lee
Absolutely wonderful amp that will allow you to hear your headphone's full potential. Portable for what it is and easy to operate. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Did not work with my S6. It would either hang or distort the sound after a few minutes of play time.Published 13 days ago by luis reyes
I have been enjoying music my whole life, but it wasn't until I began working at an electronics store that I started to care about the quality of the music I listened to. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
Brought my Sennheiser HD 598's, Beyerdynamic DT770's 80 ohm, and RHA MA750's to life when connected to this DAC. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Luis Molina
Very happy with my DAC - headphone amp.... but it's a little sensitivePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This thing worked very well; I loved the sound coming out of it when it was plugged into my computer. But I wanted a portable DAC, and that is why I returned it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by tatumvay
I'm not sure if anyone is planning to use this with a Asus ZenFone 2 but just in case. I use the E18 with the ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML) and it works great. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Josh