The Fiio E9 is an affordable desktop headphone amplifier which simply means that it’s a device that you’ll plug in and leave in one place like any other small appliance you may have. It’s big enough that moving it around isn’t the most convenient thing ever, but with that size comes some high quality components that can drive not just one set of headphones, but two.
Fiio E9 Review
I’ve created a video review (below the pros and cons) so that you can get the full scoop on what all the features of the Fiio E9 has so I’m not going to write an exhaustive review as it seems that most people would just rather watch the video anyways! However, I’m going to give the pros and cons of the device, plus a small frequently asked questions section to help people understand more about the device. If you have any specific questions, leave me a comment below and I’ll personally answer it. And, if it’s something that seems like it should be long in the FAQ’s, I’ll add it in there for the benefit of others.
Fiio E9 Pros
Fiio E9 Cons
Fiio E9 FAQ
Can I listen to music by plugging in a USB cable from my computer to the Fiio E9?
No, not without either the E7 or the E17. The USB connection on the back of the E9 is simply a convenience for those that do have the E7 or E17 – rather than having to run a USB cable to your E7/E17, you can simply plug them into the dock connector on the top of the E9 and the digital audio files will be sent to the device for decoding.
Will the E9 make my speakers sound better?
The E9 is not designed to drive speakers. Speakers generally require much more wattage than a set of headphones and the E9 is not recommended for powering speakers.
Will the E9 make my headphones sound better?
This is an interesting question that I get a lot. Here’s what I can tell you – if you’re not happy with the sound signature of your headphones, the E9 will not fix that. HOWEVER, if the sound that you’re hearing in your headphones is bad due to a poor output connector from a sub-par sound card or something like that, it COULD improve the sound, but I would first suggest that you try out your headphones with a quality device to see if you like the way they sound without an amp. Now, to finish up – typically an amp will “open” up your headphones. So, if you like the way they sound, then you will typically experience a fuller and richer sound because the amplifier doesn’t have to struggle to power them. The E9 has ample power to push any set of headphones with extra to boot so you should never hear any “strain” as a result of an amp being too weak to power your headphones.