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FiiO E5 (McKinley) Portable Clip-On Headphone Amplifier

Single Input and Output 1/8" (3.5mm) Interface and USB Rechargeable Battery

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Product Features:

  • Portable Headphone Amplifier Perfect for iPod & MP3 Players
  • Mini USB powered rechargeable battery
  • 1/8" (3.5mm) mini jack output and input interface
  • Volume button allows increase and decrease
  • Metal clip increases portability and convenience
  • Individual power switch
  • Selectable flat and bass boost modes
  • Indicator light indicates operating status
  • Similar amp is available in alternate design as FiiO E6
Technical Specifications
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz - 100000Hz
  • Output Power:
    • 150 mW with 16 Ohms headphones
    • 16 mW with 300 Ohms headphones
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 95dB
  • THD: <0.009%
  • Rechargeable lithium ion battery
  • Suitable Headphone Impedance: 16 Ohms - 300 Ohms
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty
Also found as: Fiio E05, fiio-e5, Fiio McKinley

Headphone Amplifier Specifications

Amplifier Style
Some headphone amplifiers are designed to be portable and others are meant to be placed on a desk. This will tell you what style of amplifier this item is.
Portable
Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC)
A Digital-to-Analog converter (also known as a DAC) converts a digital audio signal into an analog signal. This is especially helpful for listen to music from digital sources, such as iPods and smart phones.
No
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the amplifier will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
10 - 100000 Hz
THD (Total Harmonic Distortion)
The amount of change in harmonic content of the signal as it is amplified. A lower figure indicates less change and a more accurate amp. THD below 0.10% is inaudible.
<0.009%
Input Connection
This is the manner in which the headphone amplifiers receive an input audio signal.
3.5mm Mini-Jack
Input Impedance
This is the input impedance of the headphone amplifier.
16-300 ohms
Output Connection
This is the manner in which the headphone amplifier will output the audio signal.
3.5mm Mini-Jack
Number of Outputs
Some headphone amplifiers have a built-in splitter so multiple pairs of headphones can be connected to it. The number specified here is the number of headphones that can be connected to the amplifier.
1
Output Power
This is the output wattage of the headphone amplifier. It is measured in mW.
16-150 mW
Output Impedance
This is the output impedance of the headphone amplifier.
16-300 ohms
Power Requirement
This is the required way to give the unit power. Common power sources are 120V AC (Common house plugs), batteries, or a combination of the two. If the headphone amplifier uses batteries, this will list the type of batteries that are required. Please refer to the description to find out how many are required for the unit to be properly powered.
USB

DAC Specifications

THD (Total Harmonic Distortion)
The amount of change in harmonic content of the signal as it is amplified. A lower figure indicates less change and a more accurate amp. THD below 0.10% is inaudible.
<0.009%
Power Requirement
This is the required way to give the unit power. Common power sources are 120V AC (Common house plugs), batteries, or a combination of the two. If the headphone amplifier uses batteries, this will list the type of batteries that are required. Please refer to the description to find out how many are required for the unit to be properly powered.
USB

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Manufacturer

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
69%
4 Star
21%
3 Star
10%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.5
Value
4.6
Features
4.4
Design
4.5
Usability
4.8
Victorm

Wonder Lake, IL

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Good Value

January 6, 2014

I had used the FiiO for years and bought this one as a replacement. Works well with the added volume I need for headphone use. So far, so good with this unit, and very small and portable to use (and lose) so keep an eye on it when traveling.

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Dave

Wilmington, DE

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Great item, Great price, Fast shipping!

August 7, 2013

This small item works GREAT! I use it mostly when out and about with my netbook to boost the volume of videos and webcasts. Great low price and fast shipping. Thanks!

18 of 30 found this helpful

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Luke

Hamlin, WV

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mp3 to shark mc

September 17, 2013

This item worked unbelievably well for a while, I was the envy of
riders with systems costing six times as much as mine!
Then it quit working.I dont know if I just got a bad one or what.

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Evan

Greendale, WI

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pretty good

March 30, 2013

When ordering I originally had little expectations for this amp. Cheap price, small unit, how powerful could it be? The unit is built fairly solid. Also I have tested this on several over the ear, in ear, and just all around different situations like multiple outputs. Overall for the price this is a very good value. Under certain situations like spliting to 2 or more unit did it really have an impact on loudless. With thatbeing said the amp cleans up output greatly. For audiophiles like me this is great! The rechargeable battery lasts quite some time on a single charge. Overall yes I would definitely recommend this amp over more expensive units because of the price vs quality. This tiny unit will greatly clean up output while upping output a tad.

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Steve

fort Atkinson wi

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solid sound

February 14, 2014

Bought this a couple months ago great amp has plenty of battery life makes my head phones sound way more bassy and clean.

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Nickifier

SE, MI

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Well worth it!

January 22, 2014

It ups the volume level without adding anything nasty. The battery life is amazing!

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Luis

Belleview, FL

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Great little Amp.

January 1, 2014

I use this amp on my helmet to ride my Motorcycle... It is a great little amp. the sound is so much crispier and clear is unbelievable. I would recommend this amp to any one who enjoys good quality sound.

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Moto

Fargo, ND

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Good When it Works

July 22, 2013

I had purchased the amp to boost sound from a Bluetooth device to my car stereo. It defiantly did the job just fine being compact and everything. The amp only lasted a couple months before it had stopped putting out sound. The buttons still lit up but that was all it did.

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Aaron

Newport, Ca

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Works Great!

May 29, 2012

I got this 2 weeks ago and so far i love it. This thing really bumps! I read TONS of reviews, and they all seemed to point to this model. The price is excellent! Highly recommend to ANYONE who wants to improve any headphones they have!

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Gary

Garden Grove, CA

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These little guys are awesome!

March 12, 2012

I wish Sonic was carrying these when I bought mine. I have two of these which I use to amplify the the headphone-jack output of an mp3 player going thru an 3.5mm-to-RCA Y-connector into the RCA input of a car amplifier (mp3 mounted on handlebar of a MoTo going to a car amp). Especially if you have to branch the two outputs further into 4 outputs for a 4-channel amp, because doing so further halves the voltage. The battery-life on these things is friggin' great. I'll forget about charging it for a long darn time until one day it shuts-off, and I go "Oops!". They seem to stay charged for quite a long time during periods of no use as well.

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freddy

Houston Tx

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great value

December 8, 2013

I recommend this product it has improved the sound of my mp3 player greatly

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dratomic

phila, pa

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wonderful product

September 23, 2013

compact, powerful, long battery life, used with an iPod on a motorcycle battery good for a week of commuting before needing a recharge

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Zach

Portland, OR

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Good little amp

June 4, 2013

This amp is a pretty good value for the money. It really gives my M50's the extra volume and bass they need. The battery lasts a good while too and it feels pretty solid and well built. Good product would buy again.

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Alex

Los angeles, CA

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e5

November 22, 2012

My first amp, love it, it's a good portable amp and has great price-value

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jonesy

corbin ky

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amplifier

November 14, 2012

very compact and easy to use but could not really tell that much difference in the sound level. did not boost sound in the manner i had hoped it would.

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rene

Canada

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Good amp for the $

September 9, 2012

I ordered this because the signal from my sat radio was not strong enough from the sat radio to my headset on my motorcycle helmet. I used it all summer and it has been great. Sound quality is good the volume is good even at 80 mph (not that I drive that fast, lol) battery life is good too

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RUSTY

Chesnee,SC

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Flat RESPONCE..GREAT

January 26, 2014

Great unit...Needs usb power supply for long use. Contrary. Are small




,but easy to set.

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Edgar

Chalmette , La

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impressive

January 5, 2014

The value cannot be beat, sound quality blows you out of the water.

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Wynn

Sanford, nc

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Great product

February 18, 2013

Amplifier works great. I use it to monitor what I am recording.

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Joker3813

EaglePass, Texas

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beast

January 29, 2013

so i bought the amp about 6 onths ago and man its beast... makes your ****ty head phones sound like you have some subs in your ears... i kno its not god for some ppl... but for bass heads like me they are perfect.... will buy the bigger one in the future..

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Nick

New Zealand

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A great product

January 22, 2013

It is well made, works well and holds its charge well. Now I can monitor the audio on my Sony Z1p and be confident that OI am getting good sound.

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Desmo

Netherlands

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Very handy and good quality

November 9, 2012

I would recommend this product to anyone who needs an easy pre-amp solution for their audio. I use it for connecting my ipod to my car audio, and it works well.

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rasta

elizabeth,new jersey

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great product

October 29, 2012

its simply really good....great buy...i've been jamin with it....DONT SLEEP ON THIS PRODUCT...PERIOD.

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JP

IL

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Solid

October 21, 2012

Works well and is easy to use. No problems at all.

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Jack K

San Luis Obispo

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Excellent Mini Amp!

April 6, 2012

At first, I was a skeptic. I didn't believe this small amp could help drive my high impedance headphones. The E5 has completely exceeded my expectations. Amplifies with power and clarity. No hissing, only loud and confident sound. The selectable EQ is also surprisingly good. I most certainly recommend the E5 as a portable amp. It is portable, quality, and affordable.

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Jason

Portland, OR

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Great Product and Customer Service

February 11, 2014

The first unit I received was damaged (battery wouldn't take a charge). No big deal, these things happen. Customer service made returning the item easy and the replacement works flawlessly. Thanks!

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Harry

Reno, NV

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It's a good thing

September 17, 2013

This little amp worked great for me. I used it as an after market sound booster for a tablet that was low on volume. Even on the airplane could hear the tablet. I recommend this product. Usb powered too!

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Fasteddy64

Abilene, TX

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Ok

June 19, 2013

Small, light, easy to use. Gives the audio form my device just enough boost to be useable.
Battery life and recharge time are not all that great however.

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John

Tennessee

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Unusual function

May 5, 2013

FiiO E5 is used as a "pre-amp" for a pair of Logitech external powered speakers hooked up to my large Sony flat screen TV. My previous TV had a "headphone out" jack, but the new one does not. Having only an Audio Out jack, the signal level was too low to really drive the speakers. So I used Velcro for the E5 to the back of the TV, Audio Out to E5 input, E5 output to external speakers. E5 volume up, and the external speakers really kick. Sounds great!

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Soundlistener

Lithuania

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Like it

April 2, 2013

I like this product. It is very neat and well designed. It has minor drawbacks, but overall my experience is very positive. It works as intended, is simple to use.

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Tim

Roy, Wa.

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headphone amp

February 7, 2013

I have never written a review on any product. This one has me impressed! I was not expecting too much, but it really works! All i wanted was a little boost so i gave it a try. I works great and it works even better if u can have it charging at the same time you are using it. works great on headphones and well as a axillary input.I would recommend it to anyone wanting a boost in their sound.I use it all day in my work truck, and at home on my headphones. I don't know about the battery life, but others use aa battery's. I just didn't want to mess with them. Great product for the price!!

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HappyGuy

Canada

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FiiO E5 (McKinley) Portable Clip-On Headphone Amplifier

November 18, 2012

This product was exactly what I was looking for and works great. It's pretty clean sounding and very useful and had a very reasonable price.

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Wireknot

Charlotte, NC

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Works better than I hoped

September 18, 2013

We got 2 of these to help boost a stuio to field talk back (IFB) system that was very low on output. After I put them in the system, instead ofthe reporters saying it was too low they started yelling '' it's too LOUD! ''

Well worth the price.

Doc R., video engineer

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Jay

Snellville, GA

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Great Service!

September 17, 2013

Very Reliable! Would Recommend products & services to anyone. Product came very quickly.

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dhayward207

Rockport, Maine

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Big Bang in a Little Box

September 17, 2013

Love it. I have two now. I use them to increase the volume in my motorcycle helmet (w/o faceshield on) and it does the trick. At 70 mph I can now listen to my music. The battery runs out after about 3 hours and I i just switch out the dead one for the fully charged one. That provides me with about 6 hours of listening. I run my iPod through them. My only issue is that in daylight it is incredible hard to tell whether the little blue light that signifies whether the amp is on is lit. Ive often thought it was off then found out that I'd left it on and the battery was drained.

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milhous451

denver, co

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fiio e05 amplifier: too little amplification for the money

August 11, 2013

nice design, robust, works as advertised
but it only gives about 30% amplification.

30% is not enough to hear above street noise

not worth it. the fiio e11 is $60, but it doubles sound volume. that *is* worth it. you can hear the sound above all but the worst street noise. it only fails to be audible next to a freeway during rush hour.

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giorgos

Greece

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Great Product

July 22, 2013

Great product. It is small in size great battery life and very good quality.

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Scott

Signal Mountain, TN

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Headphones with TV

December 5, 2012

Great product, small and light weight. Bought mine for use with my headphones while watching tv, because the signal coming from my TV jack was at a set volume. This product worked great, now I have more than enough volume and the sound is much better. I even use with my ipod...great sound improvement.

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Josh

Mexico

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Fiio E5

November 22, 2012

I love this amp, it's small, has rechargable battery and has bass boost, would recommend.

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Terry Smythe

Canada

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FiiO E5 Review

September 17, 2013

My objective was to add headphones to a new Panasonic P42UT50 HD Plasma TV that has no provision for this, as the internal speakers are a fixed part of an internal circuit board, no speaker wires.. I coupled with this FiiO E5 an HDMI Splitter box into which the FiiO E5 is connected to tap off the audio line. It's a Rube Goldberg arrangement, but it works at relatively low cost. The option was a high cost home theater audio system with provision for external headphones. The FiiO E5 is powered off a USB-out port on my Motorola HD-PVR cable box.

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Kendal

Kinston, NC

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An excellent upgrade to your sound

August 20, 2013

I would recommend this headphone amp for several reasons. These reasons include: it's a great value, it greatly improves SQ from budget headphones, and it keeps a charge for a long time.
it was probably the best money I have ever spent in the pursuit of better sound quality.

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Abby

Orient Ohio

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Great buy.....

November 5, 2013

Easy to use, great buy. Super product to own. Has a great sound.....

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

E5

UPC

6953175710516

Weight

0.11lbs

Internal SKU

fiio-e5

Internal Product ID

42828

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

Product Name: FiiO E5 (McKinley) Portable Clip-On Headphone Amplifier