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4.0 out of 5 stars Good value headphone amp., 27 Sept. 2012
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This review is from: FiiO E06 Portable Headphone Amplifier (Electronics)
The Fiio E06 Portable Headphone Amplifier is a small, lightweight portable device that you can easily hook up to your media player by either the short (4") or the long (1ft) male-to-male 3.5mm jack cable included with the product. The Fiio E06 has a built-in battery that charges via a standard mini USB port, for which a cable is included as well. I haven't checked the exact times, but I'd say you can do about 10 hours on one charge, and recharging takes about 2 hours. The device stays operational while charging, so that's very convenient. Also included are 2 plastic clips (one reserve, which is nice) that click into the corner hole.

I like the design of the Fiio E06; it's clean, simple, there are no unnecessary buttons and the LED indicator in the clip-hole gives a nice effect. I only wish the product would've been made out of metal, like its predecessor (the Fiio E05), but unfortunately they've gone with a shiny plastic that feels a bit flimsy and attracts dust and fingerprints easily. The overall build quality seems fine though.

There are two LED indicators in the device: one inside the clip-hole that lights up blue when the device is turned on and red when the battery is charging. I would've loved to also see a low-battery warning indication, for instance by letting the LED blink or something, but this is not the case, so the Fiio E06 just stops abruptly when running out of juice.
The other LED indicater is located slightly below the clip-hole, on the backside of the Fiio E06 and shows which equalizer setting is currently applied. There are 4 pre-defined equalizer settings:
-Flat (LED off), which amplifies the source signal without effect.
-EQ1 (LED red), which boosts the lower frequencies significantly.
-EQ2 (LED blue), which boosts the lower and middle frequencies a bit.
-LO (LED red+blue), which is a special setting for up to 2v high level input. With normal input it sounds the same as Flat.

The sound quality of the Fiio E06 is excellent, it gives a nice boost to the volume without distorting the sound. I personally quite like the EQ2 equalizer setting, which provides a warmer sound while staying very clear. The EQ1 equalizer setting really boosts the lower frequencies, but I find that it makes the bass sound very muddy, so that's no good. It's a shame they don't let you create your own equalizer settings through the USB interface.

All in all, the Fiio E06 Portable Headphone Amplifier is simply good value for money. The audio quality is excellent, which makes the slightly disappointing material choice and lack of extra audio settings a fair tradeoff. I still would've liked to see a low-battery warning indication, but those are all just minor points of critique to an otherwise great product.

I'm using the Fiio E06 for my Sennheiser HD555 headphones, which always sounded a bit too quiet connected to my PC's soundcard.
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Initial post: 6 Dec 2012, 17:07:02 GMT
jackdaww says:
i'm wondering if i could use this to help a deaf person.

would it take a microphone input ?

she would wear headphones and should pick up conversation in the room.

not expecting perfection .

many thanks

ps. am posting this on several reviews.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Dec 2012, 18:00:41 GMT
Erikvdb says:
I tried, but it doesn't work. Not very surprising, because an amplifier is very much a one-way street and a microphone doesn't give a signal on its own, only feedback.
So nope, sorry, this won't be a cheap alternative to a normal hearing aid.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Dec 2012, 18:19:25 GMT
jackdaww says:
many thanks for trying that.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Apr 2015, 11:35:29 BST
L.J. says:
As this is Amazon UK, I'm going to assume you're in the UK, in which case, why doesn't your friend have (free) hearing aids on the NHS? Tell her to see her GP and get a referral to an audiologist. I have them, and I'm looking at this device because I can still wear headphones for music and such only the output from some devices is too low even if you have good hearing.
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