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Review – FiiO E5 Headphone Amp

FiiO E5 Headphone AmpIf you are not happy with your headphones performance, and want a cheap upgrade, welcome to the FiiO E5 portable headphone amplifier.  It sits between your music source (Samsung P2) and turns up the volume.  But it doesn’t just make your music louder, it has a base boost option for bass heads like me.  It has an internal battery charged by mini USB and is rated for about 8 hours.  As you can see, it resembles the iPod shuffle in design.

To say that the E5 makes your music louder would be accurate, but not the full story.  Along with the bass boost it rounds out music and makes it sound warmer and more full.  Listening to Beast – Microcyte sounds much more enjoyable on my Sony MDR-150 with more bass.  All types of music seems to benefit from the E5.  At $20 this is a steal. 

Bottom Line: Better sound at rock bottom prices

4 out of 5

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April 23, 2009 at 1:01 pm Leave a comment

The Sony MDR-V150 Review

sonymdr-v150I have had these headphones for a couple months now, and if I had to summarize these headphones in two words: below average. Everything is below average. For around $30 CDN, you get a pair of supra-aural headphones made completely of plastic. The ear pads are comfortable, but not for prolonged periods of use. Sound wise they handle most genres of music well, loosing some bass while clipping the highs (rare, but usually happens listening to metal) but the mids are well reproduced. In order to get a decent sound, the volume needed to be set to around 25-27 (out of 30). Even at this volume, there isn’t much bass to be had. The instruments were not separated very well and sounded muddy at times, regardless of genre. An update will be added if the FiiO E5 affects the quality of sound. These are not headphones for anybody. If you only have thirty dollars to spend on headphones, there are much better headphones out there like the Sennheiser HD 202’s which can be had for under $40. Tested on a Samsung P2 (mp3 at 224 kbit/s) with no modifications to the EQ and DNSe set to normal.

Bottom Line: You get less than what you paid for.

2 out of 5

March 30, 2009 at 3:47 am 1 comment


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