Awards

  • Editors choice

Summary

Our Score

10/10

Pros

  • Good accessories
  • Stylish design
  • Astounding audio quality

Cons

  • None at this price point

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Key Features: 100g; 3.5mm stereo line-in jack; 2x 3.5mm headphone output jack; Build-in EQ for 3 levels of Bass Boost; Rechargeable 1050 mAH Li-ion battery

Manufacturer: FiiO

FiiO E7

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You'd never tell to read the site, but we're something of a bunch of evangelists for high-end audio kit at TrustedReviews. The thing is, though, as much as we're prone to drooling over a pair of Sennheiser HD 800 headphones, or a set of Bowers & Wilkins Nautilus speakers (for which we'd trade family members, without a second thought), we also get just as excited by comparatively unimposing products such as, to pick an example completely at random, the FiiO E7 USB headphone amplifier and DAC combo.
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There's good reason to be interested. The FiiO E7 might have a relatively accessible £60 asking price, but not only has the company making it built itself a good reputation in the portably amplifier space, but it's also done a cracking job of outfitting the E7 with a great selection of components and features in an exquisitely styled casing.

Despite weighing a mere 100g, the black brushed-aluminium construction of the FiiO E7 gives it a high-end feel in the hand, and at about the same size as an old iPod mini (for those of you who remember that short-lived device) it fits nicely in a palm. Even the buttons are a work of brilliance, with a delightfully solid feel to their action that, again, inspires confidence in the quality of the device as a whole. Adding to the visual appeal, the clear plastic front has a curious slightly smoky, slightly shiny finish to it which is hard to describe, but looks fantastic.
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Also commendable is the selection of accessories. FiiO bundles both a silicone case and a larger, soft case for slipping the E7 into, along with a surprisingly sturdy USB to mini-USB cable and a short (but not too short) 3.5mm interconnect cable for hooking up your player to the amplifier itself.

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