By Andrew Liszewski
I’ve always been tempted to pick up a headphone amp, or build my own from a Penguin Mint tin, but I’ve never been that thrilled by their relatively large form factor. But the FiiO E5, which bears a striking resemblance to a certain shuffling MP3 player, looks like the perfect solution. It weighs just 26 grams and the integrated clip allows you to attach it to a belt or collar so that it won’t weigh down your headphone cable. When compared to FiiO’s previous model, the E3, the E5 is about 30% more powerful and produces a far more neutral sound. And it’s powered by a built-in 200mAh lithium battery that’s recharged via USB and provides about 20 hours of use. While no release date or pricing info has been set, GenerationMP3 expects it to retail for just under $20.