It was when I had first started reviewing that Fiio reached out to me regarding their RM1; a quirky Bluetooth remote that demonstrated Fiioâs interest in innovation and variety in addition to traditional audio. The BTR1 is of the same kind, not a traditional DAC/AMP, but a hyper-portable one intended for portable and active use. The BTR1 is, in essence, a Bluetooth receiver. But, what separates it from generic implementations is its implementation of the AK4376 DAC chip and CSRA64215 Bluetooth chip supporting BT4.2 and high-quality Apt-X.
Ever since I moved to a jack-less smartphone, the HTC U11, Iâve been on the hunt for a practical solution to bring the port back. At first, I thought hyper-compact DAC/AMPs like the Cozoy Takt Pro may have been the solution, but the BTR1 offers liberation even these devices donât afford. I can safely say that from my uses, the BTR1 is a real solution that even brings some advantages over an explicitly wired connection. We still donât get anything revolutionary like BT 5.0. Rather, the BTR1 executes a simple premise with impressive refinement, and at a palatable $50 USD. You can read all about the BTR1 on Fiioâs website