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.
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.
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]|
|Bluetooth||4.2 (supporting AAC, SBC, aptX)|
|Audio||3.5mm (drive ability: 16~100Ω)|
|Chips used||Bluetooth chip: CSRA64215|
DAC chip: AK4376
|Output power||≥30mW (16 Ω/THD<1%)|
|Battery capacity||205 mAh|
|Charging time||Less than 2 hrs (at DC5V 500mA)|
|Playback||About 8 hrs|
|Weight||About 20.5 grams|
|Dimensions||24 x 50 x 11.6 mm|