Final Thoughts

I cannot believe this is $75 and can sound this good. To stay relevent in this end of the market and still find the time to launch $300 DAP’s is really paying attention to the original budget loving audio fans that got FiiO to where they are now. Bottom line for people upgrading from a computer’s headphone jack the new E10 has great power for a very small device and is insanely better in power and volume than my Lenovo’s headphone jack. For the low price, it is a no brainer and should be on the top of anyones list looking for a sub 100 dollar dac/amp for a computer.

Technical Specifications

Power Supply Standard Micro USB port
Output Power 200 mW @ 32 Ω
Sample Rate Maximum of 24-bit/96 kHz supported
Signal to Noise Ratio ≥108 dB
Digital Output 1x Coaxial digital output, stereo PCM format
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Impedance Recommended Headphone Impedance: 16 to 150 Ω
Dimensions (H x W x D) 3.1 x 1.9 x 0.8″ (79.0 x 49.1 x 21.0 mm)
Weight 2.8 oz (78 g)

Price: $75.99


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  • Great review! Do you think the E10k could drive a T1 to decent volume levels?

    • donunus

      That depends on your definition of enough volume but specwise, they are only rated to drive 16 to 150 ohm headphones.

      • Good to know. Still good at the price.

  • Guest

    How does it compare to current crop of $200 thumbdrive size DACs?

    • donunus

      Unfortunately I haven’t tried any of those yet

    • I hope to get the E10k at the end of August and compare it to the Microstreamer. Hopefully the E10k will be better than the E07k that I have now.

      • headfonics

        Both use the same headphone opamp buffer.

  • oldandcurious

    I recently bought an O2 from a local JDS distributor so I can experiment with different DACs. At the moment, with what is locally available, I am trying to decide between ALO’s The Key and the ODAC.

    Looking at the pictures in this review, am I correct that the line-out is for using the E10K simply as DAC? If so, how does this compare with the DAC side of the E07K? I do enjoy the E09K+E07K with my Grado and HD518. But I prefer my X3 as DAC on both the E09K & the O2 when I am using my HD600.

    To summarize the question, can any budget DAC really make a wide-smile of a difference in bringing out the most out of budget SS desktop amps?

  • Jamz

    Great review man!

    I’m a proud owner of the old revision (E10) and I’m paring it with the SoundMagic E10 headphone, which sounds phenomenal together.

    The SoundMagic E10 is a quite bassy yet detailed and airy phone which I value greatly!

    I’ve got a question for you regarding which revision you would rate better if ones musical taste is aimed towards EDM? Mainly Soulful Drum and Bass, but also house music and other genres.

    You stated the new E10 has less mid-bass bloat which is a good thing because at times some tunes can get smeard together due to too much mid-bass rather than sub-bass.

    Most of the time the E10 behaves phenomenally and has total control over the music. Rich, textured and just simply put musical 🙂

    I’m not a analytical guy at all and just want to enjoy the music rather than picking out details. At the same time I appreciate well produced music.

    Would you consider the E10K an upgrade over the original E10 if one is an avid EDM-listener?


  • Mani

    Can please compare the DAC of both Modi and E10k? That would be great as both 24/92 capable DAC.