The FiiO BTR1 Bluetooth Headphone Amplifier Review

Taking a look at the FiiO BTR1 Bluetooth Headphone Amp

The sleek looking FiiO BTR1 Bluetooth Headphone Amplifier. It is only available in black.
The sleek looking FiiO BTR1 Bluetooth Headphone Amplifier. It is only available in black.

The FiiO BTR1 Bluetooth Headphone Amplifier is almost entirely made of metal except for the matte black plastic bottom portion. This is to allow Bluetooth wireless signals to pass through. Otherwise, the little FiiO BTR1 will act as a Faraday cage.

The large sturdy metal clip at the back of the FiiO BTR1.

On the back of the FiiO BTR1 is a metal clip for clipping it to your clothing or bag. It is pretty wide so it should stay in place when clipped. If you prefer to hang it off your neck, the lanyard can be attached to the clip. To the top left hand corner of the FiiO BTR1 is the microphone. Yes, the FiiO BTR1 supports Bluetooth voice call.

The 3.5mm headphone jack on the BTR1.

On the top face of the FiiO BTR1 is the 3.5mm headphone jack. It has a super-low 0.2Ω output impedence that ensures no signature deviation. It is capable of driving 16~100Ω headphones.

The micro-USB charging port at the base of the BTR1. Sadly, the FiiO BTR1 does not operate as a USB DAC.

On the other end is the micro-USB port for charging. Unfortunately, the FiiO BTR1 does not work as an USB DAC. I hope it does in the future.

The LED status indicator near the bottom of the FiiO BTR1.

At the front of the FiiO BTR1, you will find the universal button for powering on or off the BTR1 plus handling functionalities like pairing, playing music, pausing music, answering calls, etc. Pressing the button twice rapidly toggles the sound effect or DSP mode. The green led indicator on the button turns on when the sound effect is active.

With regard to calls, there are a couple of tips and tricks in using the universal button.

Action Button sequence
Answering call Press the button once
Ending call Press the button once during a call
Rejecting call Press and hold the button for 2 seconds

 

There is also a status indicator near the lower part of the BTR1 that flashes red and/or blue to give you an idea of what is it’s current status. There are audio prompters as well. On power on, there is a boot up chime that goes from the left to right.

Status Light sequence
Power on/off Blue light flashes for 3 times
Power on without connection Blue light flashes twice every 2 seconds
Pairing mode Blue and red lights flash alternatively
Device connected Blue light flashes every 2.5 seconds
Low battery warning Red light is constantly on but flashes blue intermittently to reflect its working status
Charging Red light is constantly on but flashes blue intermittently to reflect its working status
Charging complete Red light is off but blue light flashes intermittently to reflect its working status

The volume and track control buttons are at the side of the FiiO BTR1.

On this side are the controls for volume and sound tracks. The buttons, although a little small for my liking, are still easy to press. A short press on the buttons changes the volume while a long press changes the sound tracks.