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FiiO E10K USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier

FiiO E10K USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier

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Just received my 58x today, I don't have a DAC/amp yet so driving them with my onboard Realtek card. While they sound great so far, I have them at 100% volume and would still like to amplify the sound more, especially the bass. Would this amp do the trick? Also found this amp "New" on ebay $48.95 here and wonder if it's legit. https://www.ebay.com/p/FiiO-E10K-DAC-Headphone-Amplifier-Black/15019370995?thm=1000&chn=ps
Don’t buy, Sounds lower than my PC audio.
how much was it selling for?
How many requests does it take to make the item drop?
which one is the best these, dragong fly black or schiit fulla 2 ?
Can it power Dt990
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Work with ATH-AD900X? 38ohm. Not sure what threshold is for low impedance consideration?
I notice that with these headphones and this amp, the lows are substantially more present. I had to tweak spotify EQ a bit to get a greater range, but even then, mid and high are lacking somewhat. Vocals sound somewhat muted. It is much warmer sounding overall though.
ApexAZ
Just looked at specs on ATH-AD900X ... impedance is relatively low (as you say, 38 ohms), plus it has a relatively high sensitivity of 100 dB/mW. The drivers are pretty large (53 mm) so more material to move. But still, E10K is probably plenty good for this.
I always found the E10K to have above average bass--way more than you would expect just looking at the little thing. I was never tempted to try the bass enhancement switch...no need.
Re mids and highs, when I got better headphone amps (starting with the Lake People G109A), I realized that what I had been hearing was not truncated/missing frequencies, so much as subtle timbre cues & detail within those frequencies. Bigger amps w/bigger power supplied tended to give not just more detail, but also fill in each instrument's sound, compared to the E10K.
That includes the bass. While the E10K has good extension and impact, it's harder to hear those subtle harmonic/timbral differences between instruments on it (ie, electric string bass sounding very different from acoustic string bass vs synth vs marimba bass, etc).
I've never been into treble, you know, the kind of "air" that goes up to 50 kHz. I suppose the E10K would fail to go as high, or with the subtlety, of bigger/badder amps known to "do treble" with great finesse.
I never played around w/the 3.5mm line out, to check whether the "sound" of the E10K was more due to DAC or HP amp.
Still, we're talking about a ~$75 DAC/amp smaller than a pack of playing cards. It helps to keep a sense of perspective here...
Now if it only had a soothing red light instead of a blue. For work and on the go.
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Since it ended so soon does that mean they will be shipped sooner?
Has this sold out already?! It is saying inactive for me.
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Thanks for the reply. Rats, I'll have to be quicker next time then lol!
essceebird
Yes, I tend to commit at the lowest price just incase this happens and it sells out quickly.
Would this be recommended for AKG K240 MKII?
Does anyone know how much it would cost to cost to import this produkt to germany, if possible in Euros Would be kind if helped me
Shipping ( which takes about a month after a month of waiting) + taxes + import fees... Bought one from Amazon UK shipped within a week for 65€ (no additional costs).
Just because I can't tell from the pictures - is this a 2.5m or a 3.5mm jack? Just curious if I'll need an adapter.
ElectronicWizard
It's just a regular headphone jack. Like the one on your pc / laptop
ElectronicWizard
3.5mm
Anyone on the fence about ordering the 10K on Massdrop--just do it. Don't think twice. For one thing, it's best price I've seen. For another, this is an extremely useful DAC/amp that sounds pretty good, has surprising power, and offers lots of operational flexibility. A year and a half ago, when I got my 1st pair of headphones and had no knowledge of headphone amps, I got this, hoping it would work. It certainly did work. My first taste of headphone audio came through the 10K.
Later on, I started upgrading DACs and headphone amps, and like anything else, when you spend more, you get more. But I still use the 10K; often, for extended burn-ins of a new headphone on back-up computer; also for when I travel (this + laptop + headphone = all you need). These days, when I listen to the 10K, I never think, "That's not very good." I just listen to music & forget it's even in the chain...
I wouldn't use this amp for planar headphones, or high-impedance models (300-600 ohm). But for everything else, it gives a very good account of itself IMO.
Pharmaboy
I'm currently using the e10k as a dac only, and splitting the lineout into my headphone amp and speakers. I would like to ask you how does the e10k compare to other products in the same price range in terms of dac performance only. Would there be not much of an improvement unless I change to a dac that costs much more?
Fio a5 is better
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You know your math smart man...
ludachris
Ummm... the a5 doesn't seem to have a built-in DAC, the E10K does, and the stand-alone performance of the DAC is quite good. I've had mine for 2 years and only stopped using it because I got a Chord Mojo... and yes, the Mojo also sounds better than the e10K but it also costs 5 10x more than the e10K. The e10K is quite the bargain.
Can anyone confirm this would work with an Android device (Galaxy S4) using an OTG USB cable?
Benjamin6264
hey guys will this go well with fostex th-x00 purpleheart? thanks in advanced
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i saw the FiiO A5 on their offical aliexpress store for US $129.99 and OPPO HA-2SE on their website for US$ 299.00, like i replied earlier, sorry, i have a $10 massdrop discount xD , thanks anyways
wolnavi
Got mine for $105 shipped.
I get this about half year ago for a few dollar cheaper. Not much different in price. But I thought mass drop is where I'll get offer that I can't refuse and I can't see anywhere else? Recently most of the offer I've seen in massdrop is nothing special.
I feel like this should be said as it Massdrop seems to have neglected to mention this: the volume knob on the front is strictly for the front port and not the back. For some it's common sense and for others it's a mistake.
As long as you know that, this thing is really nice. I've had it for over a year now and don't have any problems with it.
Greetings All, I wonder will this be a good buy if i want to use this with my Macbook Pro 2016. I am curious seeing that this machine only comes with USB-C, for me to use the E10K, I would have to link it via a hub. Is this supported? Will that hamper the performance of the amp or will this be a bad idea?
Would this be recommended for the K7XX?
blury
No idea, but I bought this too for the same cans. When they both come I'll say.
blury
I tried this with K702. When I turn up the E10K volume to "4" in low gain, I get very loud music.
Looking for a DAC to power the HD650s. I'd like to get a bang for your buck solution.
This vs FX audio X6 vs OL Dac what's the best value(keeping performance ratio in mind), paired with the HD650 and the JDS Labs o2.
Feel free to add more suggestions.
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The DAC doesn't power the headphones at all. It's merely there to interpret the input signal from the computer. The amp would be doing all the heavy lifting from the pc, and if he is bypassing the one in the e10k to a line out, then it shouldn't matter that it's usb powered. Since he's using an O2 which is pretty powerful he should be fine with any of these.
CaptainPicard32
Yep, you are right. It doesn't matter if using E10K as a pure DAC to convert digital to analog signal.
I also research decoding chips of these 3 device:
FX X6: CS4398, -51 dB THD+N (-60HZ),0.282%
E10K: PCM5102, -50 dB THD+N(-60HZ),0.316%
ODAC: AK4490EQ.

I am not electrical Engineer, but seems like both CS4398 and PCM5102 are in the same level.
What are the shipping charges? Thanks!
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Right on, thanks.
CB12
You're welcome
Does anyone know how it will pair with akg k553? My recent purchase in here :)
Sconner
E10K definitely can power K553. I could make my K550 MK2 very loud when I turn up the E10K volume to "2" in low gain.
So it that line out optical?
Sorry new to USB DACs. I'm interested in one for my desktop. My speakers have optical in, so I'd like to take advantage of that. No Coaxial. If not, is there a comparable model that does? For all I know usb dac's don't come with optical haha.
Gingerbreadman
The line out is not optical, and as far as I know, the line out is used to power particularly strong headphones, and provides pretty heavy flow, which can ruin some lower impedance headphones.
Gingerbreadman
I'll quote straight from the description, "the rear panel houses both a 1/8” line output and a coaxial digital output to run your digital signal to another location, should the need arise."
It's not optical. Additionally, the line out is usually a fixed voltage signal from the DAC. That signal can be used to connect to an alternate device or amp. I wouldn't recommend hooking it up to a headphone. It would be one set, loud-as-hell volume.
This is my first drop. how soon would i get it after purchasing it?
syed
the shipping date is indicated at the bottom of every drop. this one will ship on or after may 19
Ok should I get this now or wait until the holidays to hopefully get a better deal
I have a fiio montblont as a portable amplifier and grace m9xx at home. Is there any point getting the e10k
qu11355
No, I think you're good with the mont blanc and the grace is fine
Should I get this one or the newest version of it ( FiiO Olympus 2-E10K ) ?
Rudged
This is the newest version (aka the Olympus 2). The previous version was just called E10.
this or the SMSL SD-793II for hd6xx?