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FiiO K1: A Qobuzism for this little fantastic sounding portable DAC with a headphone amplifier!

Qobuz In English On June 2, 2017
Let’s talk about another cheap little DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter) which uses stripped-down high-quality electronics, but offers great sound reproduction—almost identical to the recorded signal according to us—thanks to digital-friendly native playback. Let’s talk about the FiiO K1.

Like many Chinese brands in the...

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