Fiio i1 Review – Minute but Mighty

Introduction –  The Fiio i1 met nothing but a tough reception upon release with many marking it as redundant being comparable, at least on paper, to the dongle included with the iPhone 7 for free. However, numbers and measurements aren’t everything, of course, demonstrated by the radical difference between smartphones using the same onboard DAC…

Oppo HA-2 Review – Composed Looks Meet Refined Sound

Introduction – Like Xiaomi, Oppo leverage their smartphone mass manufacturing prowess to produce interesting takes on conventional technologies. The AMP/DAC market is an interesting field in that it is simply so diverse. As with many users, my first DAC was the Fiio Q1, a solidly built, well-performing device and I was content with it in all…

Fiio e17K Review – Big Features, Bold Sound

Introduction – The e17k is technically a higher model than the Q1 but it is also older.It actually uses the same DAC chip as the Q1 (PCM 5102) but the 17k has a better, more complex amp section. The USB receiver is also improved, allowing for higher bit depth file support. It is interesting to see…

Fiio Q1 – Impressive Performance, Entry Level Price

Introduction –  The Fiio Q1 is an entry level amp/dac, currently the cheapest in Fiio`s portable DAC lineup. It retails for $60 USD or $100 AUD and offers an affordable gateway into the world of high-fi sound. The Q1 has a 1400mah inbuilt rechargeable battery, a PCM5102 DAC and MAX97220 AMP chip, promising up to 30hrs of battery…