Fiio Q1 MKII Review – Balance and Harmony

Introduction – Fiio have transcended a lot of other Chinese manufacturers not only through their wide range of products but also through their consistent performance. And while products like the X7 II may not epitomize frugality, a sense of value underpins every product. The original Q1 was my first dedicated source and one that marked…

Fiio X7 Mark II Review – Believe/Defy

Introduction – I think a lot of buyers have a certain faith in Fiio as an audio manufacturer; we always have a basic security knowing that we’ll receive a well-performing device that offers pleasing value for money. However, with the X7, their former flagship audio player, Fiio really reached beyond the status quo, providing a…

Fiio X7 Review – Still Top Dog

Introduction – In the wake of the X7 II and with recent attention being focussed mainly towards Fiio’s new X5 III, it seems that the device that started it all has lost its spotlight. But Fiio’s X7 remains their present flagship for good reason, and though it was Fiio’s first attempt at a smart, Android-based…

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…

Hidizs AP60 Review – Feature-Rich Hyper-portable

Introduction – The dedicated DAP, or digital audio player market has always been one of confliction between smart features and the pure audio experience. And one could argue that, with the mass genocide of the 3.5mm headphone jack, dedicated DAPs are now more relevant than ever. But in the more affordable market, hyper-portable DAPs such…

Fiio X5 III 3rd Gen Review – Affordable Luxury?

Introduction – The X5 is perhaps the quintessential Fiio player, it was one of their first devices and also one of their most universally acclaimed. Fiio have come far since the unveiling of the original X5, experimenting with various form factors and interfaces. With their flagship X7, Fiio first adopted a touch screen based android…

Sony NW-A25 Review – Dead Media or Niche Luxury?

Introduction – Sony took a risk with the A25. It bears no touch screen, no smart features and really, no particularly standout features at all. What the NW-A25 is instead, is a very refined, streamlined take on the classic audio player. With a full focus on audio quality and as a pioneer of the new…

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 A1 Review – Perfect On The Go Companion

Introduction – The Fiio A1 is the successor to the wildly successful Fiio e6, an entry level headphone amplifier that was intended for use with smartphones and smaller iPods on the go. Both are extremely compact and hyper-portable (measuring about 4cm in length and width) and both provide a nice boost in volume and quality over most…

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…