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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. Darren Cotter
    AdvancedMP3Players.co.uk are offering a 20% discount on all FiiO products until 27/11 using discount code FiiO20BF.
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  2. alexandros a
  3. Darren Cotter
    I appreciate you might not want to spend a lot more for your next upgrade at the moment, but an A5 is £109 and a second-hand X5ii is about £165 on eBay. Well, that's what mine cost a few weeks ago.

    Also, you will get more money for your X3ii (£115?) than your E12A (70?) on the second-hand market, offsetting the cost of the X5ii.

    All of the above is just purely based on money and not synergy, of course.
  4. alexandros a
    Ain't gonna buy a second hand X5ii man...
    No way....not gonna happen...
    Let me just inform you that X5ii isnt exactly an upgrade on X3ii...
    Many listeners could not tell a difference is blind sound tests....
    But even if you consider those random evidence dap wise i would go for Aune M1s with close eyes.....or shozy alien. ..
    I wan4 a different sound signature than fiio house sound....
    Amp wise things are a bit different....
    I do appreciate a lot E12A aoumd quality and i would even examine the chance to get another one just in case tge onw i have breaks down....
    As for dap i so not think i need anothwr one right now.....maybe i ll just get F9pro risking a ahance to be similar to LZ A4 wich i got some months ago....
  5. Darren Cotter
    You said, "Let me just inform you that X5ii isn't exactly an upgrade on X3ii...".

    Having owned both, I can't agree. I like the X3ii and am currently looking for one to use at the gym, because of it's size, but I think the X5ii is a step up.
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2017
  6. alexandros a
    You took it the wrong way...
    Didnt mean to be rude...either offensive here.... texting messages is risky ...and some times can lead to major misunderstanding ....my apologies for any inconvenience caused there...
    Just expressing my opinion..
  7. Arum16
    Nice. Was looking into one of these to drive just a HD6XX. That's a real bargain.
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2017
  8. clerkpalmer
    Apologies for the newbie question but can anyone tell me exactly what cables I need to connect this to my iPhone X. Been searching all morning and can’t seem to find a clear description. I think I need an Apple camera cable for sure. Anything else?Thanks very much.
  9. antdroid
    The A5 is just an amp. You dont need the camera kit for it. It uses 3.5mm stereo male to line-in and outputs 3.5mm to headphones. You can just use your apple headphone adapter to the A5 and be good. it includes a small 3.5mm male-to-male cable already too.
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2017
  10. clerkpalmer
    Thanks. For some reason my google skills could not figure that out
  11. UprightMan
    sorry, reall dumb question. What are the rubber mats that come with a5 for? I assume they are to be used with the rubber bands to seperate your dap/amp maybe?

    I plan to use with my X7 and expect I'll use lock tite - just making sure i'm not missing a trick :)
  12. chickenmoon
    That's what I use them for, prevents the two devices from scratching each other, can't really think about another use.
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2017
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  13. Heals
    What are the chances that someone here has paired the A5 with the ZTE Axon 7? The reason I ask is I'm getting some strange behavior from my audio payback that is NOT present when I pair the A5 with my older Ipod Touch 5th Gen;

    1) At the beginning of every single song, the first half a second of the audio is extremely distorted, then it goes on to play as normal (does not happen with ipod)
    2) When switching songs, the relays cause audible popping noises in my headphones (does not happen with ipod)
    3) Honestly, the music just sounds better on the Ipod...which I did not expect at all given its seemingly dated hardware

    Anyone have any experience/ideas? Is it possible the output impedance of the Axon is causing these issues?

    One additional random question, is it normal to receive the A5 with the battery completely dead? Just want to check, maybe I'm used to phones that come with some charge.

    Thanks in advance!
  14. roshan_gh
    Hi everybody
    this is my first post in this great forum. :)
    from about 15 years ago I was listening to music with amateur gadjets like ipod touch, iphone, creative zen n200 and ... . now I just wanted to upgrade my equipment and a couple days ago I bought an ath-m50x headphone and a fiio a5 amp. also my player is iphone 5.
    surely A5 is great for headphone power and volume, but I think it would better to buy a dac/amp not just an amp. now my questions are that how are the quality of my equipment for litening to lossles formats? and if I bought a for example and AK-Jr player, wil I get better sound? and after buying it, do I need the A5 anymore?
  15. haoyuan
    If you update the player you definitely will see an upgrade, if only from just using LO instead of PO. YOu might or might not hear the difference depending on your headphones however I definitely use the A5 for anything about 100 ohms on my X7ii.
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