Checkout FiiO i1 Lightning Amplifier's Features, Specifications, Build Quality & Price India
So far as the build quality goes, the i1 looks nice enough and is functional. It is 9.5mm thick and looks quite clean without any funky looking edges.
It does what it needs to do and gets out of the way with nice tactile buttons and all the basic functionality that any modern remote control on headphones and units like this has to offer plus more like Siri control. There isn’t anything to complain about here, especially for such an inexpensive unit like this
The i1 uses a new DAC chip called the NAU88L25. Upon chatting with Marcus (owner of Headfonics) and searching the web, I found that this chip is manufactured by Nuvoton Technology. Here is a snippet of what it says on their website.
So far as the amplifier is concerned, it looks based on FiiO’s site that it is integrated with the DAC chip and gives 30mW into a 16-ohm load.
The i1 supports playback of lossless files up to 48khz and may go to up to 192khz pending changes to the Lightning Audio Module (LAM). Nine file formats are currently supported, these include AAC (8 to 320 kbps), protected AAC files from the iTunes store, Apple Lossless (ALAC), AIFF, and more. The i1 also supports streaming services like Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal among others.
The i1 also comes with a high-sensitivity microphone ensuring good sound for phone calls and recordings.
The remote-control buttons are big enough and are tactile. There are 3 buttons that allow for functions like pause, play, volume up and down, switching tracks as well as for answering phone calls.
Plug & Play
The i1 is plug and play and is firmware upgradeable when using FiiO’s app downloadable from the app store. The i1 goes into power saving mode when iDevice is on standby which is good since draining the batteries down even without being used wouldn’t be good.