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Old 10-29-2009, 06:39 PM
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Default FiiO E5 - First impressions

My E5 just arrived. What an amazing device - Completely revamps the SQ.
Before I go on, I'll describe my setup: Clip+ 8GB > FiiO E5 > Soundmagic PL20 ("Listening Magic Sound, Feeling SoundMagic!")
The description of the E5 is slightly misleading. Despite being a certified anti-basshead, I've found that the "Bass Boost" setting adds a little bass but mostly boosts the midrage. All around, everything sounds more crisp. Not sure how to describe it, but the guitar maneuver where you slap the strings to make a "tchk" noise a la All Along the Watchtower comes out really awesome. If anyone out there is a Dave Matthews fan, Jimi Thing > What Will Become of Me on the Some Devil bonus disc is marvelous.
With bass off, on some songs it sounds slightly washed out and slightly blurry, though still with that crispness. Although usually it just reduces the bass.
Sorry if this is noob question, but do amps such as this need time to burn in like headphones? If so, this will be even better.
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