From Headphone Bar: The Fiio E10 is an affordable way to upgrade your stock computer's sound with headphones and out to powered speakers/stereo. It fits in the palm of your hand, has a solid aluminium case, and is comfortable powering most headphones up to 300 ohm impedance- actually, it has a surprising amount of gain. We've had good results in store with the tough to power AKG Q701 & 300ohm Sennheiser HD650. It will work well with a wide variety of tougher to power cans and has a really nice, dynamic sound. For further improved sound quality, or for 300-600 ohm headphones, you can always upgrade in the future by adding the Fiio E09K or another higher quality headphone amp, using the E10 strictly as a dac.
Plus, if your cans are a bit wheezy with bass centered music, like dubstep or hip hop, the bass boost is a very nice effect and targets the sub bass region effectively.
The E10 also has adjustable gain, making it easier to get good results with earphones as well as headphones.The E10 is tiny, powerful and is an ideal desktop size to upgrade your computer sound. *System matching note: the line out for powered speakers or stereo is a full strength signal, meaning the E10's volume knob does not control the line out volume, only the headphone volume.
E10 has already recieved a rave review from Headfonia.com, calling it 'the latest must have'. An excerpt: 'First impression: this thing sounds good. Amazingly good in fact, despite the fact that I just finished the ALO Continental amplifier review less than 24 hours ago. Full mids, good bass, spacious open sound, unoffensive treble. Things are sounding very, very good, and I’m happily nodding my head to the beats of the music. Fiio has really nailed it with this one. Everything sounded right and full sounding.
Update: smooth 24/96 playback after I bypassed the USB hub I was using. Seriously with a good recording, the E10 is just mind-blowing for $80.'
I should stop now. The Fiio E10 is a winner product, and at $80 I think everyone should get one just to see how far sub-$100 DAC boxes have progressed. And I don’t care if you have a $1,000 DAC on your home system because the E10, plugged into a laptop, and a good headphone at the output, is a superb, simple, fun sounding product.'
NEW - another ringing endorsement just in from the experienced and frugal inearmatters.net. Likes it alot and compares it to the closest competition. The conclusion: 'As far as an $80(USD) USB DAC goes, E10 is a killer.'
Volume potentiometer,Barrier free design, easy to operate.Volume digital indicator, more intuitive.
● Bass boost,OFF:0dB;ON:+3dB , built-in bass boosting circuit ,it’s different with traditional software to set the EQ, the effect of E10 will be better.
● USB digital Audio convert to coaxial digital audio output.
● Line output,Fixed level audio line output with full scale.
● Support to install automatically without any driver, maximum output :96K/24Bit.
● All- aluminum shell, enhanced anti-interference ability, thus it’s more reliable and durable
Power supply: Standard MINI USB port
● Output Power: 150mW(32Ω)
● Sample rate USB decoder: 96KHz/24 Bit （Maximum support）
● Coaxial output: Stereo PCM
● Frequency response: 20Hz~20KHz
● Suitable Headphone Impedance: 16Ω~300Ω
● Size: 79mm×49.1mm×21mm
● Weight: 82g
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Posted by James on 30th Mar 2013
Fantastic Amp Dac for the price , the build quality seems good.
The volume knob is great , bass boost with no distortion.
Thank you Headphone Bar for carrying such products ,The shipping was nice and fast.
Posted by Greg on 27th Feb 2013
First, hats off to headphonebar for the fast shipping, took 3 business days!
As for the E10, I'm fully aware that it is an entry level device but like I've read almost everywhere it is true that it sounds dramatically better than my laptop's integrated sound card. It's clearer, fuller, LOUDER!!!
I listen to music all day at my job using AKG 240 Studio/Klipsch X7i and thought it's about time i got the sound i deserve and here it is, the E10 is a must!!
Posted by Jerry on 4th Feb 2013
I've had this unit for just over 6 months now. I replaced a NuForce uDAC2 that had broken solder points after 6 months or so of normal wear and tear (microelectronic solder points unfortunately, not the big easy to fix kind). This e10 feels a lot more solid than the uDAC, and isn't showing any signs of wear. Also, it has little rubber stick on feet that help it stay on my desk.
I'm not going to pretend to be an audiophile - I got this unit because it's a USB audio source and my desktop computer's various headphone out jacks were inundated with hissing electrical interference noise. This solved that problem nicely. Also, the volume on my laptop (macbook pro) couldn't go low enough to comfortably listen using a pair of Shure SE210's. I imagine this has something to do with low impedance. This Fiio with its separate audio source and volume knob solved that "in-ear" headphone problem too.
For any linux geeks out there, this thing pops up as an audio device in ubuntu 10.04 (and I imagine newer) without having to mess around.
Great buy for the price in my opinion.
Posted by John on 10th Dec 2012
For $80 this is hard to beat. Build quality seems to be very good. For those wondering, the v3 olympus doesn't have the headphone jack problem that the old e10's had. I'm still amazed at just how small it is as well, less than half the size of my galaxy s2.
It's currently being used to drive a set of audio technica m50's and it sounds great. Bass is a lot more defined now and overall the headphones sound a lot more lively. Using it on the low gain setting and it gets plenty loud, not sure if I'll have any use for the high gain.
So far the only drawback is that it's very light and my headphone cord might pull it off the desk.
Lastly, there seems to be a shortage of Fiio stuff for the past two months, the only e10's on amazon canada seem to be the old model and are slightly more expensive, so hats off to headphone bar for having these. And on top of that, it shipped from vancouver to ontario in 4 days, thanks again!
Posted by Simon on 16th Sep 2012
For years I've been listening to my audio files with the crappy sound card on my computer. Travis recommended this little device and I am amazed. Teamed up with a pair of Eskuche headphones the sound is remarkable.
Installation was breeze and the little box sits unobtrusively under the monitor on my desk. The gain goes up to 8, and 1 is enough for me. The bass boost is a nice add on, but I use it sparingly.
It is almost as if I have discovered a whole new library of music. There is no excuse for putting up with poor quality audio from your computer.
Posted by JF on 11th Sep 2012
My friend Peter helped me choose a new pair of headphones and finally gotva pair of Ultrasone HiFi 450(sorry folks). But he also convinced to get a DAC for them.Finally I came on this site after few searchs and got this brilliant gizmo from
Fiio. What a marvelous choice I made!
I did some listening tonight:
Wish you were here by Pink Floyd
Rudy by Supertramp
Sonata for violon and piano by Beethoven
It ain't spring by Pat Metheny
So what by Miles Davis
Like some people said before, the warmth,the details,the spectrum of sounds is fantastic. Thanks Headphone Bar for carrying such a great product for audiophile people like me.
Posted by Unknown on 29th Jan 2012
I was in the market for a sub 100$ DAC/AMP for my new computer setup to pair with my HD 558. I looked at sound cards but there is not a whole lot of choice and your limited to the computer that it's installed in.
The FiiO E10 seemed to be perfect option for me and indeed, it is. This small box got WAY TO MUCH power for my headphones and it gives me this clean and open sound that I was looking for. I heard instruments in my music that I never heard before (coming from onboard audio) and I had to listen to all my music library again because I actually never heard my music the way it's meant to be heard. Also, I was really surprised by the bass boost. It is not a cheap EQ that blurs the mids and the highs. It just gives extra punch when you feel like so.
Just for fun, I tried to use the E10 simply as a DAC with the Moon amp of my father to power a set of speakers. I used the line out with a 3.5 mm cable to RCA and WOW! I listened to "Another one bites the dust" from Queen and was blown away by the clarity and the soundstage I was getting with this small box.
For 80$, this thing is just amazing and I would recommand Headphonebar for their good service.
(Sorry for my poor English)
Posted by Andre on 1st Dec 2011
I got this for use on various computers, some laptops and some desktops. It's a huge improvement from the onboard sound on most laptops and fair step up from ALC889 chipset audio on desktops as well. It also much smaller than I thought it would be so it's actually quite portable and easy to carry around with a laptop or netbook.
When using lossless or high bitrate audio files this is a dream to listen to. It provides great clarity and seems to widen the sound stage a little bit. The included bass boost was subtle but satisfying. It does not give very boomy and exaggerated bass but it adds a slight edge in genres like metal and hard rock. Having good quality audio files is a definite advantage, as some of my music that was ripped many years ago at 56kbps before I knew better doesn't sound nearly as clear or "alive" with the E10.
This review may seem one-sided in favour of the product, but I really don't have any serious problems with it. If I had to find something bad to say, I could mention that the included USB cable is a bit short. That is not a big issue because it's a standard A to mini-B USB cable and you can get another longer one at almost any computer store.
Also, this comment is not specifically about the E10, but I want to express my satisfaction with Headphone Bar for making this product available because it's very hard to get anywhere else in Canada.
Posted by David on 27th Nov 2011
Travis recommended this and it kicks ass!
Posted by Patrick Wong on 9th Nov 2011
For the $80 it is just a very impress Item. It has no problem driving my Grado PS500. Set on low gain. bass on and it loud as hell on the volume setting at 2. The build quality looks excellent and the volume control it really solid. As for the DAC yes it does improve the music. By how much hard to say, because I only gotten it out of the mail box half an hour ago. beside this my first DAC. Only one slight complain, the unit is so small and light the unit will not sit still on my desktop, especially if you have a heavy cable like Grado plug in to it.
Just want to say I am not a big fan of online ordering, but because Headphone Bar is the only Canadian Reseller of Fiio, i give them a try. real happy with the service so far, keep up the good work.
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