The FiiO BTR1 Bluetooth Headphone Amplifier Review

Intro

Recently, mobile phone manufacturers are removing the headphone jack to make way for thinner bezels. Some actually gave a name for this transitioning period – headphone jack apocalypse. As a result, people are looking at audio adapters or Bluetooth adapters like the FiiO BTR1 Bluetooth DAC Headphone Amplifier.

 

The Headphone Jack Apocalypse

The headphone jack apocalypse started with the Apple iPhone 7 and the rest (i.e. Google Pixel 2 XL, Razer Phone) follow suit.

The electronics and battery compartment of the ATH-ANC23.

Although I am unaffected, I prefer not to be tethered to the mobile phone as I often get tangled in the audio cable mess. Furthermore, I am using the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23 for my daily near noise-free commute. The ATH-ANC23 has a battery compartment in the middle (of the audio cable) and it dangles awkwardly. Hence, the need for a wireless solution. I was using the Xiaomi Bluetooth Audio Receiver and moved on to the FiiO BTR1 Bluetooth Headphone Amplifier for a better wireless audio experience.

 

The FiiO BTR1 Bluetooth Headphone Amplifier

The FiiO BTR1 is a Bluetooth DAC (AK4376 chip) and it supports Qualcomm aptX that supposedly gives CD-like audio quality over Bluetooth. I hope it performs like what it claims as it offers sampling rate bitrate up to 384kHz/32-bit whereas other bluetooth audio receivers might be using integrated solutions that do 96kHz/16-bit.

FiiO has got a aluminium alloy body.

The FiiO BTR1 Bluetooth Headphone Amplifier retails for S$89 but I managed to get it at S$63.04 after slapping on Lazada shop discount, Lazada coupon code and rebate from Shopback.

 

FiiO BTR1 Technical Specifications
Model BRT1/FB1121 [Product link
Bluetooth4.2 (supporting AAC, SBC, aptX)
Audio3.5mm (drive ability: 16~100Ω)
Chips usedBluetooth chip: CSRA64215
DAC chip: AK4376
Output power≥30mW (16 Ω/THD<1%)
≥ 15mW(32Ω/THD<1%)
SNR≥95dB (A-weighted)
Battery capacity205 mAh
Charging timeLess than 2 hrs (at DC5V 500mA)
PlaybackAbout 8 hrs
WeightAbout 20.5 grams
Dimensions24 x 50 x 11.6 mm
PriceS$89.00