Fiio A1 Portable Headphone Amplifier Review: For a number of reasons, the product range of Fiio’s audiophiles are quite interesting. The Chinese electronics manufacturer is very well known for its various accessories and audio products including portable headphone amplifiers, specialized audio cables and portable media players. In fact, recently the company have revealed the first pair of headphone i.e. the Fiio EX in ears.
Fiio A1 Portable Headphonemplifier Review
On the line of its portable headphone amplifier the Fiio likes to focus on. The portable headphone amplifier is very small and plugs in between the source device and headphones and then boosting the analogue signal before making its way into your ears. By amplifying the sound, they can help you to get the most out of your headphones which will contribute towards making the sound better and will make the sound louder. The headphone amplifiers will be useful in fixing the any type of volume issues that you may face and will also serve a great upgrade to your listening setup.
From the entry level to the high end i.e. by covering everything. These headphones are some of the most popular options in the market with the retail price of Rs. 2,000.
DESIGN and SPECIFICATION
With a basic but functional design the Fiio A1 is simple and compact. It is small enough to easily fit in your palm and has only required ports and buttons. The amplifier casing is entirely of metal with dual silver finish. It is thick like an average smartphone and will sit easily in your pocket when in use. Also, it is very light that it can be clipped to a shirt or belt as well because its weigh only 20g.
At the top there is a removable plastic strip that can be replaced with the included belt-clips strips if you want to keep the device clipped. On the top there are three buttons:
- One to control the equalizer setting and power
- Other two to adjust the volume
On the top there is also a 3.5mm output for headphones. The bottom has a 3.5mm input and a port, so you can use any of the two source device which also includes auxiliary wires to connect the A1. There are no mains adapter but there is a standard USB Type-A to Micro-USB cable for charging in the inbox.
The amplification unit powering Fiio A1 is a Texas instruments TPA6130A2, which will drive the headphone with the impedance ratings between 16Ohms and 100Ohms. The Frequency response ranges between 10-90,00Hz and the device is claims to have a total harmonic distortion of less than the 0.05 %. Its battery is of 160mAh and it can ran for about 12-13 hours of full charge.
We used Fiio A1 with our reference to Fiio X1 a high resolution audio player, an Android smartphone and a Windows laptop. We used Trinity Atlas and Evidson AudioSport W6 headphones for the review.
Now let us start with the Trinity Atlas and the State of the Art, we found that the A1 manages a serious amount of amplification for this small device. The listed of 3.65dB gain can be felt really. And the volume was maxed on both the devices and the A1 became too loud for the normal listening. It is good to know that this device can effectively solve any problems related to volume.
The Fiio A1 is really an incredibly a simple device. By giving a decent boost in sound it will complements your source device and headphones even without messing with the sonic signature.
With Rs. 1,999 the Fiio A1 gives a tremendous value and has the capability to improve the sound quality no matter what source device and what kinds of headphones you use. You can also these headphones with your PC if you face any volume problems and it also has a decent battery life as well.
So, the Fiio A1 is a good portable headphone amplifier if you don’t have a big budget with you.
- Decent battery life
- Improves clarity and imaging
- Good build quality
- Compact design
- Maintains the sonic signature
- Some unnecessary equalizer modes
- Ratings (3 out of 5)
- Performance: 4
- Design: 4
- Value for money: 4.5
- Overall: 4