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FiiO E05 Headphone Amplifier

by FiiO
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)

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  • Portable headphone amp for iPod, MP3 Player, laptop or mobile phone
  • Boost volume and reduce battery drain of portable players
  • Built-in rechargeable battery (charged via USB)
  • Robust metal casing for everyday use
  • Ultra low signal to noise and distortion specifications
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  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
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  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: E5-BK
  • ASIN: B0026RJQJ6
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 17 Jan 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,529 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

The FiiO E5 portable headphone amplifier improves the sound quality, volume and battery life of your portable digital audio gear.

Simply connect the FiiO E5 between your portable audio device and headphones for the ultimate mobile listening experience. With the integrated volume and bass boost buttons you will have full control of your sound and the built-in metal clip allows you to attach the E5 to anything. What's more, the FiiO E5 also reduces battery drain on portable devices, which means you can enjoy your music for longer.

The E5 headphone amplifier is a pocket-sized remedy designed to enhance your sound experience on-the-go. With the FiiO E5 you can ensure you are getting the best out of your portable audio setup.

FiiO E5's sound signature adds depth to the bass and enhances detail of trebles; it boosts the volume and makes it even clearer, making the E5 a worthy upgrade to your mobile audio system.

Improved in many aspects, the E5 follows the worldwide success of the innovative E3 budget headphone amp. Upgraded in all the key areas to guarantee a brilliant audio signal and with a new sleek design to suit the latest mobile audio players.

Let FiiO enhance your sound, your music, your experience.

Product Description

Please note - updated E6 model will be sent. Fiio E6 Portable headphone amp A step up from the E5 FiiO have upped the game a bit from the old E5 Keeping things affordable while offering some of the sonic benefits of it's more expensive rivals. The FiiO E6 has 3 EQ settings -3dB +3dB and +6dB. The 3 EQ setting give flexibility to adjust the sound to suit your headphones as a lot of aftermarket headphones can promote a more bassy sound the -3dB setting can be used to level the sound out while the +6dB setting adds a warmth to the bass and mid-range without over doing the bass. The FiiO E6 is not simply a device to make the music from your device louder but it improves the sound quality the same idea as buying an upgraded amplifier for your home system. These images show a direct comparison between the E5 and the new E6. While the E5 was a heavy little metal clad amplifier weighing in at 30g the E6 with its plastic body is more portable weighing in at a mere 16g making it more comfortable to have hanging from your headphones. The FiiO E6 also comes with a removable transparent belt clip and a lanyard loop on the top edge which gives you more carrying options whether you chose to have it hanging round your neck clipped to your coat or belt or just hanging from your headphones. The E6 is powered by a light lithium battery which will give up to 10hrs of listening pleasure from its 16mW output between charges. Charging is by mini USB so you just need to plug it into your PC or laptop to top up your listening time no need to replace the battery! What a great introduction the portable headphone amplifier market The FiiO E6 is a great first headphone amplifier for anyone wanting a better sound from their player or just more volume. Lots of fun messing with the EQ settings to see which suits your headphones the best and then just kick back and enjoy the enhanced sound. Features Small size easy to carry New power amplifier circuit

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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get That Bit More Oomph Out of Your iPod! 16 Jun 2010
By AfxTwn
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I like many reviewers here bought this to get a bit more volume out of my iPod Touch as this is a common problem for most users. The iPod Touch and other MP3 players do have a volume restriction built into them because of EU laws and that is why it always seems that bit too low.

First thing to note about this headphone amplifier is that it's primary purpose is to increase the volume of the device it's connected to. So if you're looking for better sound reproduction and bass etc then I would advise you to invest in a better pair of headphones. The FiiO E5 does have a bass boost button it and it does work but not with all headphones and the most significant difference you will hear when using the amp is the increase in volume.

You can buy many different headphone amps and this is one of the more entry-level devices and is reflected as such in the price. Having said that I am not at all suggesting it is poor quality, in fact the opposite. This is fantastic and you will notice a huge difference in volume straight away when using it.

It comes with two 3.5mm male to male cables for connecting to your MP3 player. One is a shorter cable with one of the jacks being right angled and is 22cm (8.5") in length, the other has both jacks straight and is longer at 84cm (just over 2.5ft). The amp itself measures 4cm x 3.5cm and 11mm depth. So, it's not very big then!

There aren't any pictures of the back but it does have a clip like the iPod Shuffle for clipping it onto your belt or pocket etc. The bottom of the amp is where you connect the USB cable that comes with it for charging and the input connection for connecting it to the MP3 player.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Startlingly good 8 July 2009
Its tiny, but it is startlingly good. It boosts volume and with the bass boost option adds drive and dynamics to portable headphones like the Sennheiser PX200s and full sized ones like the Grado SR80 and AKG K702. Connected to an ipod Classic 80gb all three headphones really sing. But, to get the true, full potential of the E5s sound quality get a Line Out Dock (LOD) to connect the ipod via its docking port to the amp. I got a LOD that was 20, so more than the amp itself, but the increase in sound quality is dramatic. The LOD bypasses the ipod's volume control and so E5 takes over. Its tiny volume control is more than up for the job. The overall sound of the E5 is bright and dynamic, particularly with the bass boost on, and I like that. However, the amp is still neutral in that all three headphones retained their individual sound characteristics. For the money everyone who has an ipod should get one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I got this because my other half had got me a Sony NWZ A845 mp3 player, which has the ridiculous EU volume cap on it, which limits the volume to a ridiculously low level, and as the player was a gift I didn't have the heart to ask her to send it back.

I ordered this and got it two days later, charged it up and plugged it in, WOW the sound was boosted to at least double what it was before, I couldn't even stand it on maximum volume it was hurting my ears.

This device took the A845 from being too low on 30 (max volume) to 22ish being too loud. This is an absolute must have for any device which has the EU volume cap on it!
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb little amp. 27 Jan 2010
I got this headphone amp to use with my Creative X-fi2 which has a disappointingly poor output power level, I like my music LOUD, but I also like a pure signal without distortion so read some reviews on the net about this tiny amp and thought it was right for me so placed my order.

I took delivery of the amp yesterday and immediately started charging it via my laptop USB port, The amp has a very small physical size just 45mm x 38mm x 18mm(Inc Clip)and has an black aluminium case with white plastic sides and buttons, the amp also looks fairly well put together.

The amp has 3.5mm input and headphone output sockets, electronic volume control that eliminates noise from the normal potentiometer, on/off button and a bass boost/flat switch. The amp comes with all the leads you need to get up and running, 2 adaptor leads (3.5mm to 3.5mm plug, one lead has a right angled plug and is fairly short, the other straight 3.5mm plugs around a meter long)and a USB lead for charging the amp.

Once charged I plugged in the amp to my X-Fi2 and using my Ultimate Ears Super-Fi Pro 5's set about getting the correct balance of sound, matching volume output of MP3 player to amp, at this stage I must say that right from the beginning I was very impressed by this little amps ability to drive the UE's to their full potential. After I had tweeked the EQ on the X-Fi2 and bass boost/flat switch on the FiiO E5 I started cranking up the volume on the E5, the sound of this amp is amazing, it brings out all the detail that was sadly missing when using the X-Fi2's output, bass is MUCH better, the bass boost on this amp works without overdoing things, rich without being bloated, mids are near perfect with breathtaking vocals and ripping guitar solos and the highs clear with no harshness.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Very happy with this item it was bought for my husband to help with the headphones I ordered. Came pretty quickly.
Published 2 months ago by Sheena Stott
5.0 out of 5 stars Works perfect
Good sound

It is loud

Easy to use

there is really nothing to complain about this. Solves the need for louder and expensive earphones.
Published 2 months ago by sek
3.0 out of 5 stars use with care
I have discontinued using this after a month or so.

Not because it doesn't work - it amplifies brilliantly - but because I was using it on London Transport and it was... Read more
Published 2 months ago by John Davison
4.0 out of 5 stars Improves quality of everything but doesn't really make it louder
Bought it for quiet Sennheiser headphones. The quality of even the poorest MP3s improved to almost audiophile quality - when you just sit and listen and can't stop. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Il
5.0 out of 5 stars great product
Been using this for over 2 years now, brilliant product and adds a nice few decibels to those limited volume Ipod classics
Published 3 months ago by Mr. W. J. Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars Headphone Amplifier
I purchased this unit so that I could listen to the radio in the car through headphones.
I have plugged the unit into a DAB unit which has an line out socket. Read more
Published 3 months ago by timmy
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says
This is great value for money and does what it says it will do.
i use it to boost the sound on long airflights and this delivers.
Published 3 months ago by Starling
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a fan
I find this amp provides no improvement in the sound from the iPhone 5 except that it goes louder. The sound quality is in fact worse on my two headphones: AKG K550 and Philips... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Barristan
5.0 out of 5 stars great product
I use my tablet PC to play movies while flying but the sound was low, adding this amplifier cured the problem.

Published 4 months ago by senorbarry
1.0 out of 5 stars Not much difference
The difference it makes to the volume is so slight that it is not worth the bother.
I bought this so that I could listen to podcasts when out and about and actually hear most... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Les W
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