Ear headphones FiiO FB1 and Bluetooth receiver µBTR

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Ear headphones FiiO FB1 and Bluetooth receiver µBTR

The Last time FiiO is actively coming to market wireless solutions, observing this company's traditional methodology. After the trial balloon in the face it's time of other models and today we'll talk about the budget proposal — headphones FB1 and receiver µBTR.

While the heavy artillery is represented by a new BTR3, slowly shifted in position (hope I get it soon), keep «the front line» are intended for two available devices. I decided not really to be sprayed in two separate review and merge them together, the more that audiophile delights that require long-winded descriptions about them.

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FiiO FB1

Let's Start with headphones to get the index of FB1 and the price tag of $ 40.

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specifications

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  • Beam: 13 mm, dynamic
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  • Bluetooth Chip: CSR8645
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  • Supported codecs: aptX, SBC and AAC
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  • range: up to 10 meters
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  • Battery: 110 mA/h
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  • hours on a single charge: ~ 8 hours
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  • charging Time: ≤2 hours
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  • Weight: ~ 20 gr.
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Design and control

Headphones are Supplied in a compact box made of thick white paper. No frills is not provided here, but special savings: good printing, neat package and a good package, which in addition to the headphones themselves include:

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  • fabric case with zipper
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  • 3 pairs of silicone ear tips
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  • 3 pairs of nozzles with «ears» to improve the fit (or rather two pairs of «ears», and one without them)
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  • charge cable

Headphones somehow made of glossy white plastic with chrome inserts, a bit like the first designs of players from Apple (or famous Devialet Phantom). FB1 have quite an unusual shape with large protrusions that look a little strange, but aesthetic of suffering, the other problems with this design no headphones conveniently sit in ears well and hanging in there, the main thing — to choose the right nozzle.

Managing is fully consistent with the typical scenario for wireless models. The Central button on the remote is used to turn on/off, play/pause, call the voice assistant answers the call and other functions. The inclusion of long-pressing this button puts the headphones into pairing mode. The remaining two keys on the remote control are responsible for the volume and navigating tracks. The microphone is also there (above average in quality, but to models with two microphones, of course, does not hold) and the led indicator.

Headphones Charge via MicroUSB and really work about 7 and a half hours listening to music. A full charge takes 1 hour 50 minutes. Special mention deserves the fact that FB1 is able to display its charge status and battery widget on the iPhone. The quality of communication is normal, the radius is somewhere up to 8 meters in open areas up to 6 meters with one thin wall in the way. I think the results will be strongly dependent on the presence of electromagnetic interference around.

The sound of the model is oriented to the mass market. Created for audiophiles receivers BTR1 and BTR3, hardly FB1 will cause them to have interest. The total supply of headphone tends to NCH, the benefit of 13 mm allows the speaker to pump the outstanding volumes of air, it is made primarily for fans to listen to music on the go, «on top» the city noise and bustle. In General, the heroes of today's review have additional emphasis in the midbass region, but leave a space for midrange, not drowning «the middle». The resolution is average, but for a wireless model without the support of the codecs high resolution it is to be expected. At middle frequencies heard some resonances of the body, which are visible on the complex musical styles. VCH is simplified and laid by the wayside, but not quite clamped, so the headphones have at least some air flow.

In principle, FB1 is well suited for the unsophisticated listener who wants to join the wireless solutions without the desire to monitor the neutral flow.

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FiiO µBTR

For those who already have favorite headphones, but the desire of besprovodnoy still looming on the horizon, FiiO has created a very good Bluetooth receiver BTR1. Having decided to expand this trend in both parties, the company prepared a very affordable model, named µBTR. The price tag of this baby is about $ 30, but his task it copes.

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specifications

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  • Bluetooth Chip: CSR8645
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  • OU: TPA6132A2
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  • Supported codecs: SBC, aptX, AAC
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  • NFC:
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  • frequency Range: 20Hz ~ 20kHz
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  • the Ratio signal/noise: ≥95 dB
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  • output power: ≥10 mW @ 32Ω
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  • Division: ≥78 dB
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  • Output impedance: <0.3 Ω
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  • Battery: 120 mA/h
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  • hours on a single charge: ~ 9 hours
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  • charging Time: ≤1 hour
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  • charging ports: USB-C
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  • Dimensions: 55 mm × 19 mm × 9.1 mm
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  • Weight: ~ 13 grams

With packing too much bother and there is a simple crisp white paper inside, in addition to the receiver located a short cord for charging and miscellaneous papers.

Design µBTR made as simple as possible: elongated white plastic case with a pin for attaching to clothing, the top socket is made with imitation glass with a 2.5 D effect. The upper and lower ends busy USB input and headphone output, on the faces is a traditional three-button control and microphone hole. The latter, incidentally,normal quality, although the ideal and falls short. On the front panel next to the NFC logo is hiding the led indicator.

Traditional Control, on/off, pairing and track switching are done in the same way as any other device. While working close to the stated, listening to music, I have worked 8 hours and 20 minutes, charging took 1 hour 5 minutes. The quality of the connection is quite stable, up to 7 meters with one thin wall in the way problem did not. The remark about the electromagnetic interference is likely to apply here.

Details to paint the sound µBTR much sense, it sounds a little better «middle mobile phone», which in this case is exactly what was achieved by the engineers. Flow neutral, with good dynamics and control over all frequencies, the main contribution to «simplification» sound, of course, makes wireless transmission: RF smoothed, resolution, midrange average. However, the receiver tries to do everything to neutralize these shortcomings, there is a good micro-dynamics, and a decent transfer of emotions. So all that remains is the listener we add to this the normal headphones.

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Insights

Of Course, FB1 and µBTR device budget, so expect revelations by the sound from them is not worth it, but they clearly show that FiiO are trying to cover all segments of the wireless market, allowing the user to choose the solution for your wallet.

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