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FiiO E05 Headphone Amplifier (discontinued by manufacturer)

by FiiO

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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


Product details

  • 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 (228 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,250 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

E05-portable headphone amplifier World’s smallest metal case headphone amplifier EXCLUSIVE! But keep it quiet.... The Fiio E5 has changed it's name due to the witness relocation programme the Fiio E5 will now be known as the Fiio E05 or McKinley. Please keep this hush as we don't want the perps to find out! The E05 is a Portable Headphone Amplifier designed to improve the sound quality and volume of any Digital Audio Player such as a MP3 or MP4 Player Mobile Phone Laptop or Notebook. Following up on the ever popular E3 headphone amplifier the E05 creates a whole new listening experience. While the E05 retains all the advantages of the E3 it has gives your listening experience a kick with some great new features of its own! It is encased in a tiny metal unit so small it's barely noticeable - only 44.2mm x 38 mm x 12.6 mm! The E05 has an excellent in built volume control so now you can connect directly to the line out of your digital audio device and control the volume directly from your E5! More than just an upgrade! That's right the E05 is more than just a jazzed up E3! It is in a world of its own your E05 has a higher power output better Signal to Noise ratio and Lower Distortion! The new TI’s headphone amp solution gives an increased sound quality and works more efficiently with high impedance headphones. The E05 is exploding with funky features like a EQ changer which means you can quickly change the sound of your device from flat to having a fantastic switches Bass Boost ! Grab your E5 and a set of headphones connect up your E05 between your audio device and the headphones and your set to experience the ultimate mobile listening experience! Features Designed for high impedance and low sensitivity headphones Easy to carry and use in the outdoors Increases your music player's play time New amplifier IC with higher S/N and lower distortion! Very high PSRR and with a metal case. Reduces the noise caused by GSM mobile phones Individual power switch Electronic volum

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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful By AfxTwn on 16 Jun 2010
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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 By I Clarke on 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 By D. S. Lightoller on 3 Aug 2011
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 By L. W. Newton TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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