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FiiO E17K Alpen 2 USB DAC

FiiO E17K Alpen 2 USB DAC

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when is the drop shipping? The estimated date says Feb 15th, but it doesn't seem to be shipped.
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wawawa
I have had this one for a long time now, connected to my PC and also portable.
They fixed all the flaws of the previous iteration with this one, such as weird noise, delay, battery running dry very damn quickly.
it is perfect, the EQ and sound are amazingly warm yet super detail rich. I would suggest getting this off ebay for the same price, as the shipping will be quite a bit faster!
I used to own the original E17, and it sucked balls. Sometime the sync didn't match up with the PC, and a full-scale blast of pop noise came right into my ear canal via headphones.
How does the sound compare to lets say the integrated sound on a Galaxy S6? I have some sennheiser HD650s and some TH-X00s that I would like to use at work.
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Pretty much any Android 5 device supports OTG Audio. Prior to that it was spotty-at-best.
Enable Developer Mode. Enter "Developer Options", Select USB Configuration: [x] Audio Source. Plug any OTG cable or adapter into the phone, and send it to the E17k via USB, or into a USB-Coax convertor, then the COAX-in on the E17k.
> The Fiio E10K works via usb, but it draws on the phones USB port for power.
Get an OTG USB 2.0 Y cable : https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00V81L9M8/ You can plug the support USB power line into a usb-charger-outlet, portable battery, etc. --- Addenum, When using an OTG Y cable: * Step 1: Connect to the DAC (or USB to Coax Convertor, which is already connected to your DAC). * Step 2: Connect OTG to the phone. * Step 3: Connect Y-cable power-line, last.
If the Y-Cable is plugged into a power-source before connecting the OTG to the phone, the phone will likely trigger charging instead of Audio-Out.
The benefit of using a USB to Coax convertor: 1) You can power your DAC from USB instead of using the USB-in for audio. 2) Windows doesn't require "special" unsigned drivers to use USB-audio-out to the convertor. 3) There should be no quality loss from USB Digital-Audio to Coax-Digital.
Having owned one of these with my AKG K612 Pros, I have to say I'd recommend buying an Objective2 amp instead. It just doesn't have the power to drive them completely, and I definitely get MUCH better sound with the O2.
May I know can I use this E17K with android phone (provided the phone support OTG) with a single micro USB to microd USB cable like below? instead of connect to 2 cables - an OTG cable first then connect to another USB cable.
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Triplew
Yeah, you can connect it directly to your phone. Just make sure you turn off USB Charging when you do.
Would this pair well with a Fiio E11K? (A3)
KatzFi
yes!
How does this compare with the Centrancr DACport slim?
FiiO products are good but terrible with batteries. The E17 Alpen died on me just like that. So not burning my hands again.
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I would have if I had the correct tools. Gonna ask the FiiO guys again if they can do it for me.
shadyinc
The 15 hour playtime for the E17k is fairly accurate. Compare to say the "claimed 20h" playtime of the XDuoo XQ-10, which you are lucky to get 4hours from fully charged (Good luck trying to determine if its actually charged though, the RED charge led never turns off if it's plugged in) The XQ-10 weighs almost nothing, inside is mostly empty space, and for an extra buck or two they could of easily included a battery with 10 times the supposed 250mAH (a single AAA can be 1100mAH or more).
How does this sound compared to the odac?
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Cool. How about compared to the Hifime Sabre 9018? I heard it to be pretty good for the price.
ThatOneAudio
I'm not really sure - haven't used it before! The O2 is very much a neutral amp though, so it doesn't change the sound of the music at all - it just is extremely clean (like extremely, for the price).
This had good reviews but after auditioning one from a local audio store, I was unimpressed. Didn't drive my K7XX as much as I expected that it should have
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BigBoyLoki
Did you increase the gain?
dalethorn
Yessir. I was disappointed that my ears found my old E11 as a better Amp than it.
Sound wise, how does this compare to the JDS C5D when used with the HD650?
Semicoln
I use it with my iPhone and HD650 when I'm on the road. You can use a lightnig CCK with this as long as charging is turned off. Sounds far better than just iPhone headphone out. At home I dock it in the fiio K5 and that is a bit better. You will get louder than any sane person should listen to music with just the e17k. I typically use +6DB gain on the e17k but that just my preference.
This item can be purchased on eBay for exactly the same amount for both item cost and shipping to Canada (14.99).
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Fiio-Alpen2-E17K-USB-DAC-Headphone-Amplifier-/262499051952?hash=item3d1e29a9b0:g:ajwAAOSwECZUpEq1
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It's just not that good of a deal. Amazon is so much easier to deal with when there might be an issue and returns.
MusicLover
Same as eBay/Paypal, buyer protection is very good. Massdrop has to work harder in order to compete with eBay and Amazon. Being said, some of the Massdrop deals are really good in terms of value, therefore you really have to know what the best street price is.
Will this be good enough for the HD6XX?
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SomeMexicanTechyGuy
Yes it will. I use it with my HD 600 and it sounds great. Off of my Dell Precision, I play Hi-Res Audio through Foobar and the sound is great. Really bring the HD 600s to life.
SomeMexicanTechyGuy
Yes!
It's an amazing DAC/AMP!
I know this is old but anyone know if the DAC chip in this (PCM5102) is better than the one in the Fiio X1 (PCM5142)?? Cheers
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IF you want to take it portable - The AMP inside E17 is somewhat stronger and much cleaner / vivid sounding than X1 - at least in my experience.
It depends a bit on what you're trying to drive with it.
E17 is totally worth it's money and it is probably one of the best things FiiO has made to date - you can use it with your PC / laptop for example - and this is an important strength.
You can set X1 to be used as a line out - so the DAC inside decodes and E17K amplifies the signal .
DeltaG
gotcha. Thanks bud.
Got it and it is amazing.
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This drop is way ahead of schedule, as our warehouse team just received the bulk shipment this evening. All that's left is to break the order down and prepare your individual orders for shipment. We are aiming to get everything out the door by Thursday. That would put us well ahead of the original estimated ship date.
Expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 11/24 or sooner if something comes up.
Any chance the FiiO E17K will be delivered before XMAS of this year????
It’s a go! Thanks to all of you for being a part of this successful drop. We have submitted the group’s order with the vendor for the FiiO E17K Alpen 2 USB DAC. They are currently preparing the shipment and once we receive it at our warehouse in New Jersey, we’ll separate everything into individual orders and send them out to you! We expect your orders will be in transit from our warehouse by 11/23.
In the meantime, we’ll do everything we can to update you on information we receive from the vendor about your order status so you know the location of your order throughout the process.
Thanks again for being a part of this community! You can expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 11/17.
Trying to decide between this and the CEntrance DACport Slim that's also dropping. Going to be paired with the K7XX's and a Fiio X3 2nd gen. Would also like to be able to use it with my Macbook Pro. Can anyone comment on which is the best option. The price difference now is negligible. Thanks!
Question for those more knowledgeable than myself. I'm getting the AKG K7XX drop and I'm looking for an amp. Is this a good option or would the Fiio E12 be better?
Indalecio
The E12 is a better amp, but doesn't have a DAC.
The E17k is both DAC and amp. The K7XX aren't that hard to drive, so you don't necessarily need the most powerful amp, but an external DAC will make a difference.
I'd go for E17k myself, assuming its DAC is compatible with whatever your source system is...
manezinho
Thanks! I appreciate the info. I'll probably pick this up then.
Does anyone have any experience running this with a Nexus 5 (Android 6.0) with otg cable? I know the E18 should work, but I'm liking what I've read about this as far as how it sounds compared to the E18.
Cosio
I'm using it with the Nexus 6 running Marshmallow and everything works! The difference in sound quality is night and day!
It's literally just plug-and-play. The phone should automatically switch to USB audio output when you plug the E17K in. I'm using this cable: http://www.amazon.com/Meenova-Mobility-Cable-MicroUSB---MicroUSB/dp/B00ZYB44UW
Just remember to disable the "USB Charge" option on the E17K.
kindrich
Awesome that's great to hear, thank you!
Can the FiiO E17K Alpen 2 USB DAC charge your cell phone as well as serving as a DAC/AMP if used with the mobile device?
reubadoob
Not this one. The e18 can do that though
Surprised more people aren't jumping on this... Have my fingers crossed that this drop is successful.
How does the compare to the Centrance DACport slim that there is also a drop for? I'd be using it with a Fiio X3 2nd Gen and AKG K7XX's.
Is this model still compatible with the E09K desktop stand thing? I use one with my older e17k and it works nicely, but I would like to upgade to microusb and pass my current e17k on for someone else to love
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Thank you. I will wait for the E09S to come out and jump on the next drop then :)
Any idea when that's going to be released? I can't find anything about a new version of the E09K. I did find something called the "K5", but it doesn't look like that was ever released either. (Shame, because it looks dope.)