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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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Product Description

The FiiO Kunlun E18 is a groundbreaking product, a professional grade high end portable headphone amplifier and USB DAC that turns any compatible Android smartphone devices into a pure digital audio source. Its Tenor TE7022 USB audio streaming controller supports many of today's OTG-capable Android smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S3/S4/Note 2, HTC One, and SOny L36H. The E18 bypasses the smartphone's inferior audio circuitry and delivers reference quality audio by performing the digital-to-analog conversion via a Burr Brown PCM1798 DAC, and driving its audio outputs with OPA1642 and LMH6643 OP amps.

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.

Specifications
- USB Audio: 32/44.1/48/96kHz, 16/24-Bit
- Power Output: >300mW @32Ohm
- Headphone Imp.:16~150Ohm recommended
- THD: <0.005% @1kHz/32Ohm106dB (A)
- 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

Product Information

Product Dimensions 5.1 x 2.6 x 0.6 inches
Item Weight 5.9 ounces
Shipping Weight 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B00GCDJBMM
Item model number E18
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
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4.1 out of 5 stars 140 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #20 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Audio & Video Accessories > Headphone Accessories > Amps
Date first available at Amazon.com October 31, 2013

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I will say this is a fantastic portable DAC+AMP, I don't think anything comes close to competing with the performance at this price. However I'm not really here to leave a review, just info I'd like to share that other reviewers may not have...

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.

On PC:
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...
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This thing sounds fantastic and is super easy to use. Works great on all my computer and laptop as well. One thing though, if you want to use it with any kitkat android device (like my nexus 5) and want to connect via usb for full DAC instead of just the amp (can be done with headphone jack) then you need to install cyanogenmod 11. Stock kitkat does not support audio over usb. With cyanogenmod it works great though. Cheers!
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I think this is the best DAC you can get for your android phone right now.
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.
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Original review: I bought this is amp a few months ago and it has been preforming well in the main areas I bought it for. When connected via micro USB to my Sony Xperia z3v, this DAC can put out some great sounds. I usually select the "Hi-Res audio via USB" option on my Xperia which sends unmodified audio directly to the amp. Though, it can also be fun to play with the sequencer while running the internal DAC and external DAC simultaneously. I mainly use the Sony MDR-XB90EX IEMs with this setup. At first, I was slightly disappointed with these IEMs as I was expecting a lot more bass from 16mm drivers (twice the size of regular drivers in earbuds). And I was always on max volume on my Sony Xperia as it didn't have the power to run the monster earbuds. When I bought the Fiio E18, my first thought when I tried it out was, "There's the bass and sound quality I was looking for!" And I usually set the amp to volume level 4 out of 9 and that's on low gain. The Fiio E18 made my $85 Sony IEMs sound how they were supposed to sound. Though, I do feel a little strange spending more money on the amp then the earbuds themselves. Atleast I have room to upgrade later. Now to the things I was slightly disappointed with. Fiio advertises that their E18 smartphone amp can charge your phone with its small battery. Well, power would in fact be sent through, but at such low voltage that my phone doesn't even recognize there's something trying to charge it. It could not charge my phone no matter what procedures I tried. I found there are a number of people online that also had trouble with this even when you follow the directions. Well, it wasn't too big of a deal for me. What bothered me more was the distortion and random noises made in the background when the amp is powered on.Read more ›
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