|Product Dimensions||2.1 x 4.9 x 7.9 cm; 77 Grams|
|Batteries||1 Lithium ion batteries required.|
|Item Model Number||E10K|
|Output Wattage||10 Watts|
|Battery type||Lithium Polymer|
|Item Weight||77 g|
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FiiO E10K USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier (Black)
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|Item dimensions L x W x H||21 x 49 x 79 millimetres|
|Output Wattage||10 Watts|
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- LOW NOISE FLOOR - The unit has an optimized low-pass filter and selectable bass boost circuit that are designed for a low noise floor in all states.
- DAC Chip-The Internal DAC chip is a PCM102 and can handle PCM files up to 24-bit/96 kHz while improving audio quality via a linear filter, reduced delay and internal silence on changing tracks, and no phase shifts.
- USB CONNECTION - Connects to your laptop via its micro USB connection, which also provides it with power.
- PORTABLE DESIGN - A sleek, brushed aluminum shell and chassis allow for durable, portable use.
- CONNECTION VARIETY - The variety of connections include a front-panel 1/8" headphone jack, a rear-panel 1/8" line output, and a rear-panel coaxial digital output, which allows you to send your digital audio to another destination.
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The E10K USB DAC high resolution Headphone Amplifier from Fiio is customizable and designed to improve your laptop's audio output quality via its PCM5102 DAC chip and is capable of handling PCM files in up to 24-bit, 96 kHz resolution. It features a selectable bass boost and low-pass filter, both with circuitry optimized for a low noise floor when engaged, allowing you to customize the sound of your audio to your tastes.The unit connects to your laptop via its Micro USB connection, which also provides it with power. It offers a variety of connections, including a front-panel 1/8\" headphone jack, a rear-panel 1/8\" line output, and a rear-panel coaxial digital output, which allows you to send your digital audio to another destination. DAC ChipThe internal DAC chip is a PCM5102 and can handle PCM files up to 24-bit/96 kHz while improving audio quality through via a linear internal filter, reduced delay and internal silence on changing tracks, and no phase shifts.Low Noise Floor The unit has an optimized low-pass filter and selectable bass boost circuit that are designed for a low noise floor in all states.Amplification Stage The E10K features a LMH6643 op amp, which is designed for transient response and driving power.Portable DesignA brushed aluminum shell and chassis allow for durable portable use.
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When i first plugged this in, i was confused, the sound was worse than the built in amp on my motherboard. but after checking in the properties i noticed the supported formats needed checking. it was set to 16bit 32000hz so i ticked the 96khz box and selected the 96000hz 24bit drop down and OH MY GOD. The sound difference and quality was night and day, even from the built in amp on my motherboard.
At first i paired these with some Sennheiser PC 350SE and they sounded really nice, music and gaming was really good. But then i decided to buy some DT990 pro 250ohm headphones, and the sound paired with this DAC is on a whole other level. I was worried the DAC wouldn't be enough to power them or they would be a little on the quiet side but having used them together for a few days now, they go perfectly together. I stop turning them up higher than 6-7 as they become far too loud for myself.
Highly recommend for anyone looking for a DAC that, like me, didn't want to break the bank for an Audiophile sound experience.
Firstly the FiiO does add a nice amount of volume (make sure you're headphones are the suitable OHM recommendations), though I doubt I will ever push the unit above the 3 mark on the unit.
I can certainly hear the benefit to using this unit. While it wont necessarily make all headphones sound greatly better, it WILL allow your mid/high quality headphones to revealing their full potential compared to connecting straight to your PC jack. It seems to separate the Bass and Highs more than when I connect straight to a PC via headphone jack - without the unit they sound closer and more middy in comparison. You could say it "opens" the sound, this is the most notable benefit, and If you care about your sound quality when listening to an album then this product is for you SO LONG AS you own some semi-decent headphones. As a vinyl lover the unit does make my digital PC delivered music sound more natural.
The unit is of solid construction. The housing is 100% black sprayed aluminium as far as I can tell, I have no reason to suspect the paint will ever chip off easily nor should the housing fall apart. This unit has clearly been designed for desktop use. The volume and 2 switches are a plastic however they are a very strong solid plastic and I don't see them breaking sooner than the internal component wear out, so long as you're not rough with your devices. The switches also do not protrude from the housing much, so will likely not get caught unintentionally.
Using the switches.
I have no use for the gain switch as of yet, but it may come in handy If I'm listening to some quieter music such as orchestral pieces of acoustic instruments, or would certainly come in handy with a higher OHM headset than mine. The bass switch acts similarly to your "loudness" button on a speaker amp if you have one, or perhaps switching from "flat" to"rock" EQ on your iPod. It does not drastically increase the bass but adds a noticeable boost. That is perfect in my opinion, I am leaving the bass On more than Off, however my headphones are very neutral and not bass heavy.
For the price I personally can't complain as I did only pay a reduced price of £60 for it.
Frankly If I had paid £100 - AS A CONSUMER and not an audiophile - for this unit I'd of been a little let down by the fact that the controls are plastic and not metal. However, looking at the competition its easy t osee that some models worth twice as much do noit have many other
Would also have been nice if the unit came with simple rubber feet to stop slippage on my desk.
So, if you have some semi-decent headphones that are probably worth £100+ that fit the 16-150 ohm range than sure, this is worth it.
Ever since a young age I've always had a huge obsession with music and now, at age 20, I'm no different. Aged 13, when I first got a Sony Walkman MP3 player for my birthday, I'd always have earphones in which got me in a lot of trouble in school. I never really paid interest into the mainstream music - my interest has always been in underground UK music but I have an appreciation for all types and genres. I've previously invested in good headphones and earphones which have usually been focused on bass which is a huge feature of UK music styles. I generally look for high quality music copies, using a spectrum analyser so make sure it's as good as Windows claims. What I never stopped to think about was how the audio was being processed. I assumed it would all come out of the faithful 3.5mm jacks all the same but I've realised how wrong I was. It started when I chose electronics for my A levels and we covered amplifiers. My teacher told me how different configurations can result in different qualities, noise levels etc. I did my research into this and discovered standalone DACs which people were preaching great things about. I did a little looking around reviews and forums and realised the consensus was that this is a cheap but high quality product and I agree totally.
The packaging immediately gave me high hopes as you could tell effort had been made with it. I continued into the box to find a surprisingly weighty product which screamed high quality. It came with a USB cable and rubber feet to prevent slipping. I immediately fired up my laptop and plugged it in. I was happy to find out it was plug-and-play - no software was forced upon me at all. I put my Sony MDR-XB500's in, opened a high quality music piece and was blown away. Wow. I've never heard clarity like it with such rich bass as well. I heard subtleties in the songs that I hadn't heard for the years I'd been listening to them.
I couldn't stop listening so I cycled through a whole variety of tracks and continued to be amazed at each one I heard. I then switched to another set of my headphones (I currently own my Sony MDR-XB500s, JVC HAFX1X IEMs, Plantronics GameCom 388 and Turtle Beach x32s for use with my Xbox). I listened to a whole range of music ranging from Ludovico Einaudi's pieces in FLAC down to early dubstep songs - I noticed a huge improvement with every single one while using this product. I've actually resorted to streaming my Xbox through my PC on maximum quality and using the Windows Xbox app for chat, just to hear the vastly improved sound during gaming. Directional sounds seem so much clearer which applies to games and music. I found that bass now wasn't drowning out the other sounds in the song, even with the bass boost enabled. It's completely changed my view on music and I loath the day I have to leave my DAC at my university accommodation when travelling around.
If you've only ever heard music from the built in audio of your phone or laptop, or have never listened through high quality equipment, I whole-heartedly recommend this product to you.
• Music - Check
(The HD598 is more a "mid-high" headphone and the boost on "Bass" that the FiiO-E10K has, it makes a perfect and pleasing experience - Note that your experience may differ base on what you prefer)
• Movies - Check
(Make dialogues clear as water - again, base on my experience paired with HD598
• Games - Check
(Mainly if you're playing Fps games such Overwatch)
Using it with a Mac is simplicity itself, connect it and turn on, select Fiio USB DAC -E10 from either the volume icon or go to System Preferences/Sound. Simple as that, no drivers needed, and no settings to fiddle with.
I use Logic Pro X and various music software, Kontakt, Miroslav Philharmonik 2 etc. You will need to choose the Fiio from the preferences in these apps, but only once. The reason I chose the Fiio over an audio interface is simple, I have no need to monitor the input of external instruments, all instruments are from plugins etc. Another winner for me is that it is so tiny, a boon where studio space is very tight as in my case.
A few reviews state that the micro USB is loose and comes out. Mine came with a very good quality cable which fits very snuggly once inserted, I doubt that it is likely to come out. As yet I have heard no drop outs or crackles as some have experienced, though they do all seem to be from Windows users, this might just be coincidence though.
Should I experience any problems with the Fiio in the future I will amend this review. Right now I am very happy with the units.