It’s a fantastic option if all you require is a replacement for an ailing headphone jack on your PC or Mac.
Video Review of K1 and K5
The FiiO K1 is the best portable headphone Amp&Dac under 50$ on the market. It has the Savitech SA9023A USB receiver, a Texas Instruments PCM5102 DAC chip and a TPA613321 Amplifier module. Supports up to 24Bit/96Khz.
Il FiiO K1 è il miglior Amp & Dac portatile economico. Impiega il ricevitore USB Savitech SA9023A per decodificare il segnale usb, inviandolo poi al chip DAC a basso rumore Texas Instruments PCM5102 e poi al chip di amplificazione per cuffie TPA61332A. Supporta fino a 24bit/96Khz.
The K1 is designed to be used with computers, but some folks claim it works with smartphones. That's a hit or miss proposition; I used the K1 with my Mac Mini and it worked like a charm.
The Fiio K1 does have a typical sound and I have to say that it took quite some time getting used to coming from the very clear and slightly forward sounding Audioquest DragonFly. The Fiio K1 itself is on the smoother and warmer side of neutral but shouldn’t be called a warm sounding unit. Compared to the Fiio gear from a few years ago, this K1 even sounds rather neutral.
The K1 is FiiO’s new $40 budget DAC and headphone amplifier. It’s their first micro-sized unit bridging the gap between their higher priced units and their entry-level ones while still offering massive performance at bargain-bin prices. It fields FiiO’s new design and K series line.
video review of K1
Taking everything into consideration, the FiiO K1 offers great performance to price ratio, but its might not be suitable for everyone. Its runs fine with a desktop but you I believe you would be better off getting a PCI-e based sound card rather than the FiiO K1 except if you’re using a mini-ITX form factor desktop.
Spesso capita di dover ascoltare musica con PC che siano notebook o desktop che non vantano una scheda audio all’altezza delle nostre aspettative, specialmente se utilizziamo cuffie ad alta impedenza (> 50 Ohm) sappiamo che per pilotarle a dovere serve anche una amplificazione doverosa seppur di piccolo calibro.
Набор микросхем типичен для Fiio, в роли ЦАП выступает PCM5102, знакомый по множеству продуктов компании, от плеера X1 до ЦАПа E17K. Дополняют его усилитель TPA61332A и SA9023A в роли USB-интерфейса. Конечно, 9023 не поддерживает особо высокие разрешения, K1 ограничен 96 кГц и 24 битами, зато для работы этому малышу не требуются драйвера.
FiiO have been doing a commendable job in updating their DAC & amp line-up to suit a wide variety of user tastes and preferences across all price ranges. Their recent offering, the FiiO K1, is an example of just that which stays true to their original mantra of affordable entry-level offerings.
FiiO took a different approach with K1 where using a clear plastic packaging allows you to gaze right through the box to see the exact size, shape, and ridged surface of K1. You no longer have to guess what's inside or try to figure out if the image printed on the cover is up to scale.