Ever since amplifiers were launched people with their unconditional love for music started following the trend. This technology has stepped up the game of having a normal deck at one’s place. Since then evolutions were made in this capacity. And here we are today with amplifiers made so easy and handy anyone can carry them and most likely afford them, especially students. There are now so many handheld devices that a layman can easily get confused about what to buy and what offers the best quality to price ratio. People from around the world have different taste when it comes to having amplifiers. Today we are specifically talking about handheld digital-analog converters that have entered our lives in a way and have simplified many things in a very short period of time.
As mentioned earlier, there are a dozen amplifiers available in the market to choose from. We are reviewing none other than Fiio Q5 that has just entered the market with a bang. People have gone crazy over its stylish body and feature not to mention the gold sticker that also makes it people’s attraction. Let’s get into it and see what’s so special about this product? What are its features? And what makes it a complete package.
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Like many others, Q5 is a basic amp/digital analogue converter with a retail price of £329(We will definitely have a price comparison later on in this article). By seeing it just looks like a basic amplifier but in actual it has many interesting things as compare to Oppo and Mojo. There are some slight changes that the company made to differentiate the product and so it could stand out in the market. It’s like a complete package of having a deck and an amplifier in a pocket, in a reasonable price. Surprisingly it weighs only 195 g which isn’t too heavy to carry after all as compared to the others which weight slightly more than Q5. Let’s get down to the basic features of Q5.
Shape and Body
First things first the body of it is smart and pocket-friendly as mentioned earlier. It is entirely made up of CNC’d and sandblasted aluminum moreover it has a back covering of leather to provide grip and support to the device when lying down. All the moving parts are so smooth they actually fit the definition of being elegant in every way. Plus the most integrin part of the device is the sticker which complements its overall subtle look. While unboxing it we were surprised to see so many accessories along with it. Adapters for digital optical, T5 Torx screwdrivers and screws for changing the Am modules (which we will discuss in detail later on) digital coaxial and lightning connection. A carry pouch which obviously is for taking this device all around with you. And lastly, silicon straps and pads to keep your device secure.
There is this most significant light indicator at the front of the device that changes according to the inputs. This makes it a bit fancier than the others available in the market. When tested it turned red when the battery was about to die and when paired with Bluetooth it turned blue. These are just two there are a total of six lights that change accordingly. At the bottom section of this device is the AMA 3 amplifier section which has both balanced 2.5 mm and single ended 3.5 mm output which can be replaced with AMA 5 or all other alternatives that the company provides to trade between power and battery. At the top, we have 3.5mm optical/coaxial/ analog input with an output of 3.5 mm. alongside there are two controls one for gain and the other for bass. On one side it has this power button on/off, the volume control button and a little indicator for DSD files that lit up when listening to them. Next, come the USB ports one is on the left side of the device and one below it to charge and attach the device inputs. On the left, we have playback buttons and the one for Bluetooth pairing and anaSB socket.
When we talk about the battery time, with a 3800 mAh it can survive up to 20 hours of continuous use. The best part of it is that it doesn’t heats up in the process like the Mojo did. Moreover, it has a personalize app of Fiio Q5 to attach it with your android or IOS devices. It has the ability to handle up to 32 bit/384 kHz and DSD 256 because of the availability of AKM AK4490EN DACs. When entering the app we found out that it has seven drop out filters each of them have their own power supply they are as follows: Amplifier, line out, DAC, volume control, low pass filter and microprocessors. As far as the sound quality is concerned we tried it with almost every kind of music and it went quite smooth but in some cases it wasn’t up to mark as we expected it would turn out to be, but overall considering all other features as compared to the others available in the market this one stands out and a little can be neglected from our side as well.
Moving on to the price comparison Fiio Q5 lies between both Oppo and mojo. Oppo has a retail price of £289 and Mojo stands still on £399. Q5 is a steal for such price comparing it to all of its features and all other aspects that the company provides us along with it. Q5 stands alone when it comes to have something that is pocket friendly can operate wirelessly and is elegant to show off in front of others .so why not pay a bit more for something that is too handy and easy to use plus has a personalized app to control its features. To get into further details you can always log into www.phoneretailers.co.uk for UK price comparisons site and for also to compare and save all your looking’s.
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