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FiiO E17 Portable Headphone Amplifier and USB DAC

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  • Replaces PC On-board sound cards as primary audio decoder
  • 5 Steps bass boost, 5 steps treble control and left/right balance
  • Optical and coaxial input options plus standard 3.5mm
  • Digital colume control (0-60)
  • Available in black colour

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 5.5 x 1.5 cm ; 113 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Item model number: E17
  • ASIN: B0070UFMOW
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 23 Jan 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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Product Description

FiiO E17 Alpen portable headphone amplifier and USB audio decoder (DAC) in Black. Introducing FiiO's successor to the highly praised E7, the E17 Alpen, a portable headphone amplifier with USB audio decoder (DAC) is designed for dual-functionality. The E17 Alpen both replaces PC on-board sound cards as the primary audio decoder, which can lead to an increase in audio quality, as well as provide high quality sound amplification and drive high-powered high-end headphones. The E17 Alpen supports different inputs including optical and coaxial. The E17 Alpen is a step up from the older FiiO E7, providing a wider support for various input devices as well as overall more functionality and control.

FiiO's E17 Alpen was built to be a much more complete product than the E10. The most significant addition was the ability for it to serve as a portable headphone amplifier. With batteries built into the Alpen, you can unplug it from USB and take it for a spin together with your iPod. The E10 was limited to the USB DAC/Amp functions, and the E11 amplifier only to amplification purposes. The E17 Alpen does them both, and obviously this is a good thing. In addition to that they also added features such as coaxial and and toslink digital inputs, making it one of the most affordable DAC with complete digital inputs.

SPDIF in, support 192K/24Bit. Multiple functional connectors make optical or coaxial diqital input possible. Button settings are very obvious: adjustment of volume, selecting sound source, setting menu and locking control. Also with small size With more functions, however its size gets smaller. And it has built-in chargeable battery with 1500mAH. Fine crafts and powerful functions. It appears to be very outstanding and harmonious from every angle. Various using circumstances : PC decoding, Amplifier, Optical/coaxial digital input, match with E9

Product Description

Fiio E17 The FiiO E17 Alpen portable headphone amplifier with USB audio decoder (DAC) is designed for dual-functionality. The E17 Alpen both replaces PC on-board sound cards as the primary audio decoder which can lead to an increase in audio quality as well as provide high quality sound amplification and drive high-powered high-end headphones. The E17 Alpen supports different inputs including optical and coaxial. The E17 Alpen is a step up from the older FiiO E7 providing a wider support for various input devices as well as overall more functionality and control. The E17 Alpen was built to be a much more complete product than the E10. The most significant addition was the ability for it to serve as a portable headphone amplifier. With batteries built into the Alpen you can unplug it from USB and take it for a spin together with your Ipod. The E10 was limited to the USB DAC/Amp functions and the E11 amplifier only to amplification purposes. The E17 Alpen does them both and obviously this is a good thing. In addition to that they also added features such as coaxial and and toslink digital inputs making it one of the most affordable DAC with complete digital inputs. The Alpen is the successor to the E7 and there are great improvements on aspects other than just the sound. The first improvement is clearly in the amplifier section. You get better impact and much higher gain level. The E17 Alpen comes with three gain levels. The second improvement is the way it does bass boost. Instead of the three steps bass boost on the E7 you now get five steps and the increments are much more linear than that on the E7. There is no more I wish I can have the bass slightly more than 1 but less than 2? because each increments add bass in good measures. What's impressive is like an equalizer you can reduce bass quantities. Got a headphone you love but think the bass is a little too much? Then dial down the bass on the Alpen. Like the boost level you also get five steps here. The third i.


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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle but so sweet 1 July 2012
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If you appreciate CD quality music and use lossless files with expensive headphones, the Fiio E17 is definitely worth considering. For the price, it provides a sweet DAC and amp which is sufficient to drive high impedance headphones. Whilst there are better sounding DACs available, they are substantially more expensive and most do not have the portability this product offers. The Fiio E17 is, in my opinion, an excellent compromise.

The E17 is basically a little black, brushed metal box smaller in dimensions, except depth than an iphone4. It has a rechargeable battery within that provides, for me around 8hrs of enjoyment with the gain set to 12db(max) and the volume on 60 (max). Since my headphones have a high impedance, and the phone I use does not output music as loud as I wish, these settings suit me. Depending on the headphones you use, you may not need this and thus a single charge will last longer. I do doubt however, the numbers given by the manufacturer, around 15hrs I believe.

There are a few sound related settings worth mentioning including adjustments to bass and treble. These work well but obviously, whether you modulate the sound within a player or within the E17 is up to you. The bass increase using the E17, is very nice however and I prefer this myself.

I use the E17 with my laptop and the sound output far surpasses what the soundcard can do. Unless you use a professional dedicated soundcard for music recording, I am sure you will appreciate the difference. The E17 also allows use while charging which. trust me, is awesome and not a feature of some of the other models by Fiio.

I use Ubuntu, a linux operating and the E17 works immediately. There is a issue however in that with 12.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fiio hit the bullseye! 19 April 2012
I've been using this dinky little device intensively since I got it just over a month ago and it's fulfilled all of my expectations of it and more. Having spent two years driving a pair of HD650s straight from the headphone socket on my laptop (yeah, I know) it 'suddenly' dawned on me that I may not be getting the best out of them just as Fiio came up with this excellent addition to their well regarded range of DACs and headphone amps. The E17 Alpen has improved performance immensely, giving much greater detail, power and control. The bass is deeper, tighter and more even, the midband is much more precise and the treble is sweet and smoothly extended. Once upon a time I was lucky enough to own several thousand pounds worth of real hi-fi including a high-end Marantz CD player and a pair of Tannoy dual concentric floorstanders which sounded glorious. On certain recordings, the Alpen with the 650s rivals the sound quality of that set-up - impressive!

Setting the Alpen up is not much harder than plugging it into the USB, after which your laptop will automatically install the necessary device driver. Once that's done, go to Manage Audio Devices in Control Panel and double click on the active device which will now be 'SPDIF Interface Fiio USB DAC-E17'. Set all the available options to 96K/24bit standard stereo. Be sure to uncheck all the multi-channel options (Dolby Digital, DTS etc.) as the Alpen cannot decode these signals and will produce a horrendous noise if fed them. Then you can plug in your headphones and get stuck in. Using Winamp with volume control and equalisation disabled and with the Alpen set to +12db gain and perhaps a dash of treble lift, the 300 Ohm 650s sound clean and natural to realistic volume levels, which is lot of grunt from a little box.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful! 14 April 2012
By Michael
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Just got my FiiO E17... what a revelation! I have never heard a single item of audio gear before that opens up a window onto the music the way this amazing gadget does. Its clarity, timing and overall sound balance is superb! Makes one wonder how much more exquisite sound is on offer if one spends more money... but I think I am gonna be very happy with my Fii0 for quite a while yet.

Get it! (maybe, see below)

Update... my E17 suddenly stopped working, no sound, no lights, completely dead. I did read that some people were having problems getting their newly delivered E17s to switch on, so there might be reliability issues with this product...

I will see how I get on with the seller before deciding whether to go for a replacement or a refund.

And it was all going so well. Such a shame...

Further update. Pushing reset sorted this out. I have had to do this 3-4 times since, but it works each time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good multifunctional Dac 29 Jun 2012
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Last year I purchased the e7 and e9 and really liked both.

I didn't envisage upgrading so fast,but this little unit does a lot more than the E7 does,what with optical inputs at the cost of the loss of a dual headphone output.

I've had this since April 2012.

Bass and treble adjustment is very effective and are not too shrill or boomy,so they are adjustments you will want to experiment with

Balance control does not isolate any channel completely on full right or left, it just pans somewhat.

Less distortion is present at higher gains when compared to the E7 (+12dB is disabled if docked on the E9)

So now my Dad gets a free E7!

The sound from the E17 is similar to the E7 but the attack is far greater and the music is to my ears more vibrant and alive.

Docked on the E9 the treble and bass do work well,line level is determined by the volume you set the E17 at though -- so no longer fixed.

The unit is susceptible to interference from only one household item that I notice, and it's DECT phone base signals -- the optical digital input termination is where mine seems to pick up this RFI.

Keeping it (and also the E9 with it docked) around 7 meters away from any DECT phone base and the buzzing stops (it wasn't loud, just peculiar)

I'm finding I prefer the headphone EQ out on the E17 to it docked on the E9 (when using studio monitor headphones of under 68 ohm impedance)

Battery life is not as good as with the E7,but the sampling rates this unit can work with do demand much higher current.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 9 days ago by keiron lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent device - works great with outstanding sound!
Love this little gizmo! bought it to use with my new Philips Fidelio X1/00 Hi-Fi Stereo Indoor Headphones to give outstanding sound quality!
Published 14 days ago by Jason Duckworth
3.0 out of 5 stars average , not better than creative sound blaster x fi HD
The device arrived and i checked the serial code on the box on fiio site to se that my product was genuine
I have sennheiser hd 650 and the device drives the acceptably (not... Read more
Published 21 days ago by TraceKira
5.0 out of 5 stars e17 great but work with it
This makes a hell of a difference to my sennheisser momentum 260 headphones both with my ipod nano and with my imac..... Read more
Published 25 days ago by fishdonkeys
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really good
Published 26 days ago by Maxamed Hussein
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
WOW IM using the FIIO E17 as an sound card for my computer and a head phone amp and boy dose it deliver I can turn the sound right up and I get no distortion this thing is solidly... Read more
Published 1 month ago by YUBABA
1.0 out of 5 stars My experience was horrible
I wanted to use this product with my desktop PC but was unable to make it work properly.

Although I have set it up and managed to make it work on my PC for a while,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marioo
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't last.
A really great DAC that I loved, whilst it was working. As other reviewers have noted, if unused for an extended period the battery completely discharges and will not reset or... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Daniel
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice
I use this as an interface and headphone amp between my computer and my different headphones. I works well with all my headphones, even my Grado's. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dan Dorschel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality
I bought this for ~100 and it was a brilliant purchase, 40 hours a week at work make this great value, much much better than the stock soundcard in the pc. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chris Varnz
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