The HisoundAudioo Rocoo-A player comes bundled with a set of the company’s PAA-1 earbuds. To be brutally honest, to describe these as underwhelming and uncomfortable is to be unfair to many uncomfortable and underwhelming products. They really are awful.
Normally we’d not make such a point of that; it’s par for the course, after all. But with the Rocoo-A it’s worth making a big deal of because bundling low-quality earphones does the player a tremendous injustice.
That’s because coupled with a decent set of earphones the Rocoo-A sounds, well, rather excellent. Any doubts that the blub about Class A amps was just marketing nonsense are dissuaded conclusively the longer you use the player. While the player’s ability to play FLAC files isn’t exactly needed, it certainly handles the 320kbps MP3s we tend to stick on our media players like no other player in its price range.
The Rocoo-A’s output is delightfully full and warm. The low end, particularly, is much fuller than you get with many other players with bass details coming through that would be lost in the mix on lesser devices. There’s good mid-range and high-end clarity, too, lending a crispness to vocals and instruments. It’s a far cry from the anaemic output we’ve all become used to from our iPhones.
Taking the cynical view, the results aren’t necessarily any better than you could get by pairing another player with a separate headphone amplifier, such as the FiiO E5. That rather misses the point, though; with the Rocoo-A you don’t need an amp and surely that’s the ideal scenario?
If you’re more interested in a digital audio player that offers high quality audio reproduction above gimmicky features such as video cameras or touchscreens the Rocoo-A will be right up your street.
Score in detail
Sound Quality 9
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