Are you laptop users? Feel the sound audio outputs the regular only? Also, less clear, less overlap, etc.? If you feel like it, the use of the USB DAC is the right choice It’s been no secret if the quality of the internal soundcard laptop low-mid end it is not be proud of. Its specifications alone as convincing, bringing in big names, however voice reply resulting unfulfilling especially for music. Fiio, one of the big players in the world of audio, removing the USB DAC/AMP product Fiio Q1 and the competitor Fiio E18 intended for laptop users. Why a laptop, because the DAC/amp this compact sized USB powered, no battery is supplied, so that his life is entirely depending on your intake of USB. Therefore, we purpose to create articles comparisons with products coming from Fiio series Q1 and E18.
Fiio Q1 is the new style design produced by Fiio. It is featured with two silicone mats, two rubber bands, a USB cable and an awesome little InterConnect. Fiio Q1 also uses the Texas instruments PCM5102 DAC chip and the amplifier is Maxim’s MAX97220 with small size, weighs only 100 grams and measures 97mm x 56mm x 13 mm. The battery used inside the Q1 is a 1400mAh battery that is supposed to give you over 30h play time, the Aux in is -7dB / 4.5dB and when using the DAC it is -3.5dB / 4.5dB. Q1’s bass boost is 0 / +5dB, and it has a flask shape and a full aluminum feel and finish, you have to use the plastic mat provided to use the Q1 on your desk. It has already protected by the bass boost switch on the left side and volume control in the middle and also the 3.5mm headphone out on the right. There is one more thing, In between the headphone out and the volume pot is a mini LED that will shine blue (operational), green (charged) or some kind of purple (charging). On the back of the Q1 you will find the micro USB port, the 3.5mm in/output, the gain switch and the charge switch.
Fiio E18 is the latest portable amp/DAC for Fiio company. The new 18 is built with an exclusive special for Android devices. The specifications are hoped to be able perform well. With weight 162 grams and 130x66x14 mm dimensions, including a microUSB charging cable, 3.5mm interconnecting cable, some rubber band to hold the amp to the source, an S/PDIF adapter cable similar to that from X3 (as E18 can output S/PDIF coax), some stick-on rubber feet, a soft pouch, some simple manual, as well as the all importable micro-to-microUSB interconnecting cable. The ability of build quality is pretty much on par with previous Fiio products. It is equipped also with S/PDIF out and two micro USB port, while on the top part, there is an LED for DAC indication as three LED for battery capacity. For a note, it is important never connect the port to a PC when it is in power bank mode, as it can lead to damage and too dangerous thing. What you love from Fiio E18 is the ability to skip / pause music without turning the smartphone’s screen on is quite useful, same goes for PC remote control.
Fiio Q1 Vs E18
|Fiio Q1||Fiio E18|
|Key features||- For Computers & Mobile Devices
- Separate DAC & Amp Functions
- Supports Resolutions up to 96kHz/24-Bit
- Built-In Rechargeable Battery
- Works as Pass Thru While Charging||- For Computers & Mobile Devices
- Separate DAC & Amp Functions
- Supports Resolutions up to 96 kHz/24-Bit
- Controls Playback on Compatible Androids
- Built-In Rechargeable Battery|
|Customer ratings*||4.3 out of 5.0 stars||4.1 out of 5.0 stars|
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By concluding some reviews, we can see that Q1 has the power of E18 with 32Ω@190mW for Fiio Q1 vs 32Ω@306mW for Fiio E18. Fiio E18 seems happier to be used because, it is just enough to drive these cans though they are rated at 16Ω it’s how the drivers are designed(50MM+30MM) and it is also packed with a huge 3500mAh battery and can also charge your phone. But, you can go with Fiio Q1 if you are looking for something small and gets the job done, although still, Fiio E18 can drive you with power hungry cans with its longer battery life.