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Old 10-29-2009, 07:39 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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Old 10-29-2009, 08:09 PM
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Old 10-29-2009, 08:36 PM
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... Sorry if this is noob question, but do amps such as this need time to burn in like headphones? ...
Burn in is a placebo effect with an amp, itís more likely that you get more comfortable with the new sound over time and like it better.
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Old 10-29-2009, 10:45 PM
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Burn in is a placebo effect with an amp, itís more likely that you get more comfortable with the new sound over time and like it better.
+1, I beleive in headphone burn in though
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Old 10-29-2009, 10:49 PM
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Burn in is a placebo effect with an amp, itís more likely that you get more comfortable with the new sound over time and like it better.
Well, that's certainly happening...lol
After only a few hours, I'm beginning to like the flat mode better. Doesn't seem very blurry at all, in fact the contrary. Seems quite crisp.
Definitely a worthwhile purchase. I might upgrade my headphones soon.
Also, never buy from focalprice. Takes forever to ship. Although this is $50 on Amazon.
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Old 10-29-2009, 11:03 PM
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Well, that's certainly happening...lol
After only a few hours, I'm beginning to like the flat mode better. Doesn't seem very blurry at all, in fact the contrary. Seems quite crisp.
Definitely a worthwhile purchase. I might upgrade my headphones soon.
Also, never buy from focalprice. Takes forever to ship. Although this is $50 on Amazon.
It's only $50 on Amazon when paired with some earphones.
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... Also, never buy from focalprice. Takes forever to ship. Although this is $50 on Amazon.
Wow, $50 seems high for the FiiO e5, at DealExtreme it's only $17.41, I've purchased stuff from them and they also take a little while, but their prices are good.
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I got my Fii0 for 4.99, plus 15.99 postage off ebay...
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Wow, $50 seems high for the FiiO e5, at DealExtreme it's only $17.41, I've purchased stuff from them and they also take a little while, but their prices are good.
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I got my Fii0 for 4.99, plus 15.99 off ebay...
Don't get me wrong, I didn't buy from amazon, I got it on Focalprice for about $17. Like Marvin the Martian pointed out, the amazon ones come with earphones...although I just checked again, and they have it for $22. They also have the E3 for $10.

Did I mention that because I have a black clip, a black E5, and black PL20s, it's completely color coordinated?
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