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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. Ver JJ
    Thank you very much...... well I will try to save my money a little right now.... hopefully Fiio will release a new amp soon because Fiio A5 has been lying for quite a while.

    Noted, thank you.
  2. coolcrew23
    hi i just want to ask. i currently have hd6xx that i use with a dragonfly red and a schiit vali 1. i want to ask if adding the fiio a5 is an upgrade to my system or just a sidegrade. my mobile gear is a fiio x5iii
  3. Dobrescu George
    It would really depend on what sound you're gong for with your setup, A5 might be an awesome upgrade if you like its sound.
  4. artnoi
    Hey guys I'm currently using Fiio A5 and just got myself a Beyer DT990 250 ohm.
    Will I be able to pair it with my new cans? Is the A5 powerful enough to drive my Beyers at low gain?
    I dont know much about the distortion in high gain (I dont hear it), but since many sites suggest using low gain whenever possible, I really hesitate to switch to high gain when I listen to some quiet tracks (eg tracks with high DR). Any of you here use the A5 at high gain?? And with what cans
  5. Dobrescu George
    I always listen to high gain on everything and never noticed a problem! You should listen and enjoy what sounds best to your own ears!
  6. coolcrew23

    Basically I want to upgrade my Schiit Vali. Would the Fiio A5 be an upgrade? In terms of power and how well it can drive my hd6xx?
  7. Dobrescu George
    I would lie if I said I know the answer to that, never heard Vali or any Schiit product...

    On the other hand, I know that A5 is a great AMP and it has a fair chance to improve your already existing audio chain!
  8. Brooko Contributor
    The Vali is more powerful (1W into 32 ohms) compared to A5 (800mW into 32 ohms).

    The A5s advantages are portability and also bass boost and gain control.

    Sonically (subjective) I hear it as pretty neutral - which is what an amp should be.

    If you're looking for a portable option - obviously the A5 wins. If you're solely looking at desktop use - there is no real advantage unless you need the bass boost, and you currently find Vali less than optimal in terms of noise etc

    Ultimately decide based on use rather than sonics
  9. jaxz
    Yes. The A5 drives my DT880 250 ohms perfectly on low gain. IMO, no need to use high gain. I can't hear any distortion on any gain setting on A5. It's a very good amp.
  10. R_Swan
    Just picked up an A5 from the forum, looking to pair it with my Fiio X3 2nd gen and my HD650's. At my new office I can use my open backs pretty easily without bothering anyone, which is sweet.

    Looking forward to trying this out!
  11. Voxata
    This is a great amp, I use it with a first gen X5 I got cheap and the sound from my heavily modded K702s is absolutely fantastic for a mobile setup.The A5 passes detail the E12 blurred. Synergy galore too!

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  12. artnoi
    Do you use it at full volume on low gain?
    For me most tracks sound fine and loud enough at that point. If it's at full volume, then wouldn't that extreme volume introduce clipping?
  13. jaxz
    No, low gain at full volume will be ear damaging level. Maybe your source it's a little weak? At 3:00 o'clock on low gain it's pretty loud. I can't go beyond that. No distortion heard at that level. The volume increase from low to high gain it's very pronunced so maybe you can let the amp on high gain fine tuning your desirable volume with the pot.
  14. artnoi
    My source is not weak at all. Maybe I just listen too loud lol.
    I use Xduoo X3 which outputs 1.5Vrms to line out.
    I set the volume pot to 4-5'o clock or more for dynamics-rich 16/44.1 tracks.
    Some quiet Hi-Res aren't loud enough even at full volume on low gain.
    Anyway, the pot stops at 7'o clock, right?
  15. artnoi
    Oh, and (un)fortunately I've had 2 Fiio A5s, both brand new, and one did have some defects (not sure if it's from channel imbalance or line in connector problem). Fiio Thailand (local distributor?) is now handling the matter for me.
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