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Is the FiiO BTR1 an audiophile-grade, ultraportable DAC for headphones?

By Liu Hongzuo - on 2 Dec 2017, 9:26pm

The FiiO BTR1 headphone amp with Bluetooth support is in Singapore

The FiiO BTR1 headphone amp is one of the few notable products to grace ISSE 2017. It's now available in Singapore via AV One, at a retail price of S$89.

For folks who're just tuning in: the FiiO BTR1 is a new and popular device that helps audiophiles cope with the growing market for smartphones that lack a 3.5mm headphone port.

This thumb-sized gadget is an ultraportable headphone amplifier with a built-in DAC, and Bluetooth support for higher-quality wireless transmission. In essence, a user would attach the FiiO BTR1 to their favorite headphones, and the headphones would gain Bluetooth connectivity, without compromising audio quality (hopefully).

To achieve that, the FiiO BTR1 uses an AK4376 DAC (digital-to-analog converter) designed by Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation (AKM). It offers a sampling rate and bitrate up to 384kHz/32-bit. Complementing the DAC are some Bluetooth 4.2 profiles that can help to maintain CD-quality standard in transmitted audio - it has the Qualcomm AptX codec, as well as the default Bluetooth SBC codec. 

Finally, the BTR1 is compatible with both iOS and Android devices (it pairs via Bluetooth, anyway), and it can connect to two devices at the same time.

The FiiO BTR1 has an 8-hour battery life via its 205mAh capacity (AV One claims that it has 8 to 10 hours of use). It has a 3.5mm headphone port, a micro-USB port for charging the BTR1, and a set of volume rockers. Its main pairing button comes with a status indicator light, so users will know if it's paired, low on battery juice, and more. The device also comes with a built-in microphone for calls, along with a metal clip; both of these features are on the rear. 

More information about the FiiO BTR1 can be found here.

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