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The Fiio A5 thread: an upgrade of E12A, MUSES02+LME49600, 800mW, 19Vp-p, 12 hours

Discussion in 'Portable Headphone Amps' started by holypal, Sep 10, 2016.
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  1. poto
    Unfortunately, it was both the in and out jacks.
    I tried multiple line cords for the unput and multiple headphones also to include adapters.
    (note, my opinion) It seemed like the jacks were basic soldered to the board and only thing limiting movement was the hardware case.
    As previously stated, I have the x5 3rd gen and I don't experience any where near the movement of the jacks as I saw in both the A5s I experienced.

    -poto

     
  2. poto
    Just went through and verified because Fiio asked, it was from two different sellers within amazon so I don't think the sold me back the same device.

    -poto

     
  3. Dobrescu George
    That's interesting and good to know. Either way, you can always ask FiiO for a replacement since they're known to help their customers when something like this happens.
     
  4. blackrain139
    Hi guys

    New owner of an A5 which I bought from Amazon.

    Does anyone have a problem with clicking noise coming from turning on the unit?

    If I twist the volume knob to switch it on, after 2 secs or so, there is a "click" coming from inside the unit

    Likewise, if I turn it off, I can also hear a click after 2 secs coming from inside the unit.

    Also, turning on or off with the volume button produces a "double click" sound.

    I've owned the old A3 and it doesn't have this issue
     
  5. ceemsc
    That's the safety relay common with current headphone amps designed to prevent the power up/down of the amp damaging the headphone membranes.
     
  6. blackrain139
    @ceemsc Thanks for the explanation! I thought there was something wrong as I didn't have this issue with the older models
     
  7. FiiO
    Dear friend,

    This is the sound of the relay. When you plug the headphone, the relay will make them connect to avoid the impulse sound. But we didn't add the relay in the A3.

    Best regards
     
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  8. macky112
    Hi all I want to know if it's a good buy to get e12a iem special edition for $70 comparing to a3 and a5 in terms of value?
     
  9. Dobrescu George
    Depends, if you can get E12A for 70$, it is a good option! A5 is better, considerably better when I heard it, but I don't own one and without having one in my hands it is hard to say, but I remember that it is better than E12, E12A or A3!
     
  10. SixthFall
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    Just got my a5 in and paired it up with my plunge audio analog producers. Pretty awesome amp and completely mops the floor with my old c421.
     
  11. Ver JJ
    I know I had asked this question tons of times, in your opinion, does the Fiio A5 change the original sound signature of your source?
     
  12. Dobrescu George
    A5 should be somewhat smooth and transparent, knowing that it relies on MUSES 02 which are fairly musical and smooth on the top end.

    Do you want something to spice up your original source signature? I have not heard a single AMP that doesn't change something so far, literally all of them had a signature of their own, but they all are fairly transparent and FiiO AMPs in general have been pretty good in my experience.
     
  13. Ver JJ
    Huh, interesting...well it seems like I will always get the same impression out of everyone about this unit, of course I will still prefer to have the "Saber Glare" sound from my Aune m1s to be unchanged but I hate controlling volume by using button..... that is why I opt for an amp that uses potentiometer. Thank you very much and also sorry for troubling you for replying the same question over and over again.
     
  14. Dobrescu George
    Don't worry about it!

    I'm glad to help!

    If you're looking for something more neutral, but with a volume wheel, maybe there are other AMPs that better suit your tastes. FiiO should be releasing more fun stuff soon as well.

    A5 does sound smooth and the energetic treble of ESS is much more alive throgh something like say, FiiO X7 + AM03 for example.

    Even so, A5 is probably the AMP I would recommend best at its price point, which is really low.
     
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  15. SixthFall
    The a5 is pretty transparent. Not much color at all.
     
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