We are reader supported. External links may earn us a commission.


Fiio K1 USB Headphone DAC, and answering your Real Audio Review questions!

By Juan Carlos Bagnell October 10, 2016, 7:51 pm

We recently produced our first Real Audio Review, and we got MANY questions and comments regarding our testing procedure. Many Apple fans felt we were unfair to the iPhone 7 by using the Lightning to 3.5mm adapter cable which Apple includes with in the box. The idea being, that you can only hear what the iPhone is really capable of by connecting expensive third party headphones directly to the iPhone’s data port.

Of course, using a data port on a phone is little different than using a USB port on a computer. We wouldn’t say a laptop has “really good headphone playback” if you can only achieve that playback by buying an additional expensive headphone amp. That would be a separate accessory review from the laptop review.


With that in mind, we’re using this video to answer some questions on how we’ll produce the Real Audio Review moving forward, and introducing a little USB DAC which will be a part of our future comparisons.

Fiio K1 USB Headphone DAC, and answering your Real Audio Review questions!

iPhone 7 Real Audio Review


Latest Articles


Here's how the Apple iPod changed the world in 21 years

iPod was an industry-changing device at its time, and it had a massive impact on modern smartphones, and the way we listen to music. We take a last look at the now-discontinued Apple iPod and the history it leaves behind.

By Roland Udvarlaki May 11, 2022, 10:00 am

How to use Mic Modes in VOIP and FaceTime Calls

This guide will go over the steps you need to follow to activate one of the available Mic Mode settings on Apple Devices to begin using the feature and improve your calling experience.

By Aryan Suren May 10, 2022, 10:00 am

This iPhone 14 feature might urge users to upgrade

Until now, it appeared that iPhone 14 would only be a minor upgrade over the iPhone 13 series. However, a new leak suggests that the iPhone 14 will come with one feature that might urge users to upgrade.

By Sanuj Bhatia May 9, 2022, 5:00 am