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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. Solero
    I've just purchased a used A5 and i have some questions. The volume knob is at 9 o clock when the unit is off. When i turn it on it goes to 10 o clock. The movement of the volume knob is not smooth when i raise or lower the volume. It is like small steps. Are all these normal ??
     
  2. Brooko Contributor
    The indicator on the knob should point roughly toward the gain switch when off. If that's your 9.00 (and it looks to me thats what you are saying), then yes its normal. And yes turing it on starts at "10 o'clock".

    The actual movement of the knob is very smooth for me. But are you talking about the physical movement or the tracking of the volume? If its the actual volume tracking (up/down) - what is your source, and what are your headphones?
     
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  3. Solero
    I am talking about the physical movement
     
  4. Brooko Contributor
    OK - mine is very smooth. If yours is not, then maybe drop a line to FiiO. The pot may be slightly out of alignment.
     
  5. Dobrescu George
  6. Slater
    Agreed. Mine is smooth as silk.
     
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  7. Solero
    So i probably have to return it to the seller... In his selling thread he said "In fine condition"
     
  8. Dobrescu George
    Had to say what is the best course of action, but the volume wheel does feel very smooth on A5, but if it sounds good and doesn't have other issues, depending on what pricew you got, maybe you didn't get such a bad deal either :)
     
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  9. Solero
    100 €.
    It seems to sound ok but i am not sure.
    I've pair it with ME2 as DAC and HD660. In low gain the sound was a little bloated but i am not sure, i will test it again tonight.
     
  10. Solero
    It sounds ok i guess. I don't have any other unit to compare...
     
  11. Slater
    Hmmm, it shouldn’t really sounded bloated, even with bass boost on. And especially so with low gain.

    The A5 has incredibly clean sound.

    Maybe an impedance mismatch (the A5 is very low impedance)? I’m not familiar with the ME2.
     
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2018
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  12. Solero
    Seller returned 40 € today after hearing my complaints. So i finally bought it for 60 €. I think it is a good price for this amp
     
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  13. Zeo-Gold92
    Im considering either this or the A3, has anyone used it with a cowon plenue d, what headphones would do best with these? I own a pair of Fidue A73 that I started using again but I will be making a purchase of possibly grado sr80e or 225e.How would the A3/A5 fair with any of these headphones and cowon? Is there hiss on either one?
     
  14. Slater
    If you’re worried about hiss on sensitive gear, the E12A Mont Blanc IEM would be better than the A5. Still has plenty of power.
     
  15. Zeo-Gold92
    Thanks for the recc. Looks exactly what i want .
     
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