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Finally got my Fiio E7! I won't give it a proper asessment until the replacement LOD arrives. Until then I can only test it out with headphone outs, and the DAC with my girl's laptop.
edit: I figured I'm at work with nothing to do so I said what the hell and tested the E7 with my phone's headphone out. It made it painfully obvious how cold the phone's internal amp was. The phone could drive my ES7 fairly loud and bassy, but you could hear how thin it sounds compared to the E7 without any bass boost eq. The E7 smoothened out the entire spectrum, giving the sound a thick body to it. Much more alive. It made it apparent to me that the E7 also runs on the warm side, and I have a feeling it will work surprisingly well with the K70x. It won't be something like what the K70x really needs, but I like the K70x with the E5 so I'm sure the E7 will be even better.
The Bass Boost has 3 levels. I feel that level 1 sounds best, as it gives it enough bass emphasis without it being intrusive. Kinda reminds me of the M50s sig. Balanced with a little bass emphasis.
Level 2 reminds me of the E5's bass boost. Powerful, but can tend to muddy up the sound as a whole. I find this useless compared to Level 1 and the much better as a bass beast Level 3.
Level 3 is kind of an mysterious setting. MOST DEFINITELY not just a bass boost. It sounds like a gain boost across the entire frequency, bringing out the lows, mids, and highs. Definitely MUCH better than Level 2, but I doubt most audiophiles will use this setting. The bass is thunderous, but since everything is jacked up, nothing sounds muddy, just heavily EQ'd all around. I like level 3 when I want to feel the bass, but Level 1 gets the job done for practically all music. Usually the first thing that goes is the mids in a bass boost EQ, not so with E7's level 1 and 3.