Fiio i1 Lightning DAC/AMP Review

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Verdict –

DSC02859-9So while the benefits the i1 brings over the stock output/dongle may seem questionable from perusal of its specifications, in real world testing, the i1 serves to be the ever more listenable and engaging source. Musicality is a difficult term to define, I suppose many would characterise is as an almost analogue quality as opposed to the sterility of “digital” sounding sources; a sound that finds greater synergy with the majority of higher end earphones. This is the same reason why you see people paying so much for old 80GB iPods and 1st Generation Nano’s with their famed Wolfson DACs; these devices, while technically inferior in all measurements to their modern counterparts, possess such musicality. And that’s where the i1 comes in, it possesses the cleanliness and digital prowess of a modern Apple device combined with the organic timbre of those before.

Verdict – 8/10, The i1 isn’t a huge upgrade over the modern IOS device, but it’s more natural tonality, enhanced build and added functionality well deserve the increased asking price. Their more effortless sense of detail combined with a more musical tone all go far to enhance the user’s listening experience.

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Avid writer, passionate photographer and full-time student, Ryan's audio origins and enduring interests lie within all aspects of portable audio. An ongoing desire to bring quality audio to the regular reader underpins his reviewer ethos as he seeks to bring a new perspective on the cutting edge and budget dredge alike.

6 Comments

  1. Deeptanshu Panthi on

    I really like the design of Fiio i1. Can you compare it with Fiio K1?

  2. The Unbiased Blog on

    I do trust all the ideas you’ve offered for your post.

    They are really convincing and will definitely work.
    Nonetheless, the posts are very quick for newbies. Could you please extend them a little from subsequent time?
    Thank you for the post.

  3. akggg on

    can u compare Fiio i1 and Shure RMCE-LTG?
    Thanks

    • Ryan Soo on

      I haven’t had a chance to give Shure’s new lightning cable a go, but it may be a better choice if you are using an MMCX earphone and don’t mind the higher price. The Fiio can be used on all wired earphones and is considerably cheaper, it’s a clean source that works really well for iems. Really depends on what earphone you’re using the adaptor with and your budget.

  4. Maani on

    I think you should add something about its sound low and highs…. I want to buy it. Can you tell me where can i buy in discounts…. thanks

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