This is my first review for a portable amp/ USB DAC. I had bought this amp today from my local headphone store (headphonebar) downtown, and let me tell you – their service is awesome! On Friday, I had ordered a FiiO E11 amp, but after reading some reviews I decided to go for the FiiO E07K instead (the E07K is the new and improved version of the popular E7). Since I had already ordered it, and it was already being shipped to my house, I had thought it was too late to cancel and replace my order but I was wrong! I walked in there and I didn’t even have my order number or proof with me! The guy just asked me some questions to prove it, and a few mouse clicks here and a few there, and boom, he cancelled the E11 and gave me the E07K and I payed the difference of $13.50. Now, I’m at home, and I’ve fully charged my amp and I’m enjoying every little bit of it.
Let’s start off with appearance, and accessories. This thing is beautiful, it’s like a tiny iPhone 5 (thats a little fatter too)! It is fully metal (I think brushed aluminum) except for the screen which is well, glass (duh). It’s about the size of an average person’s palm, and the width of two iPhone 5′s put together. It comes in a box that looks like the box of an iPhone 4 (see a pattern going on?), and when you open it, you will find a little baggie of cables (for charging and plugging in), two silicone or rubber bands for strapping this amp to the back of your phone, some rubber bumps (which I haven’t learned exactly what they are yet), two screen protectors, a manual, and finally, the FiiO E07K which comes in a carrying pouch, and the amp itself comes with a case (like an iPhone case). Also, if you believe that your FiiO E07K is fake, then it comes with a scratch code on the box to check it’s authenticity online…
Next, let’s talk about ease of use. This thing is easier than using a computer keyboard, and how can anything get easier than that? On the right, there is a HOLD switch that you can turn on or off to lock buttons or not. Below that is a LO BYPASS switch, which I believe is if you are pairing it with other amps. On the bottom, there is a 3.5mm jack plug and a mini usb and another jack that I believe is used for Sony products. On the left there are 4 buttons. The top two are for volume, or when you’re in the menu for scrolling up and down. Below that is a Menu/Enter button and then below that is a Power/Exit button. Lastly, on the top there are two 3.5mm ports for connecting up to two headphones, so you can enjoy your music with another person, which may seem pointless, but trust me I’ve gone on planes with my best friend, and we had to buy this Monster cable that was a Y splitter from one 3.5mm male to two 3.5mm female. And by now, you should know I hate Monster’s products. I don’t care if they don’t own Beats anymore, they still did the same tricks that HTC is doing now.
Lastly, let’s talk about performance and options. It’s not that advanced when it comes to options. It’s pretty basic. USB Charging ON/OFF, bass level, treble level, balance level, sleep, display on/off, max volume (max is 60), volume, and three gain options (0dB, 6dB, 12dB). But I don’t think you’d need more than that. This amplifier definitely improved the audio quality of the music on my computer and phone. It not only boosted the volume, it made things more clear, and brought up the low, mid and highrange frequencies. Especially the mids and highrange. On my amp, I like to keep my treble level at 4 or 6 (depending on the song), and my bass level at 8, which in my opinion gives me clear highs and juicy or crispy lows. This amp also converts digital audio to analog audio (DAC), and if you’d like to know the difference between digital and analog. Well, the picture is over there >.
Overall, if you’re a person that has some very nice headphones or earphones, and you feel you’re not getting the best out of them, I’d seriously suggest you look at this amp!
FiiO E07K – $90 on Amazon: