What I’m trying to determine is if it’s worth me purchasing the FiiO BTR5 when considering a few things.
This would be my first Bluetooth device of this nature, in the past, I never had a need for one but now, I have a feeling the audio quality of this paired with my phone might be better than just running wired to my phone.
I’m also considering the use case of this being an ultraportable DAC for my laptop.
Those are the two major points and the reason I’m so on the fence, because it’s actual built purpose as a Bluetooth device is second to what I would actually be using this for, which is better audio quality in a portable scenario.
Ok now for the technical comparisons;
My phone is the Xiaomi Mi 9t and it has a Qualcomm WCD9375
Here is the manufacturer’s product page:
The FiiO BTR5 sports Dual ES9218P
And here is it’s manufacturer’s product page:
The laptop I own is a Razer Blade 15 Advanced (Early 2019 model) and for the life of me I can’t find out what DAC chip it is running, although I have asked on some Razer forums and will continue to search while keeping this post updated along the way.
Now considering that the FiiO has a Dual DAC makes things a bit complicated for me since I’m still quite new to this and it isn’t completely clear of what the technical significance of it is, but my most educated guesses are;
Either that its a requirement for the balanced 2.5mm jack?
or that each jack gets it own DAC?
or that the two DAC’s combined, while having the same technical specs, can push headphones harder with both DAC’s as opposed to one?
I could be completely wrong as these are all just guesses so to continue in light of that, im just going to speak in terms of each DAC chip as a single unit.
and from what I could tell, the two DAC’s are very similar and comparable in many ways.
The thing that stood out to me most, are that they both can support up to 32-bit 384kHz PCM.
If anyone can shed some light on the significance of the Dual DAC or even what kind of DAC my laptop is running that would be super helpful.
What do you guys think?
Would it be worth it in my scenario? Specifically why or why not?