Pros: Accessories, warm SQ, bass boost setting, small, well built
Cons: EMI, Pop sound when connecting, Design of the volume wheel
Packaging & Accessories: 8/10
Build Quality: 9/10
Design & Look: 8/10
Audio Quality: 8.5/10
EMI (Interference with mobiles etc): 5/10 (higher rating means lower EMI)
Transparency (Plays same sound as source): 7/10 (higher rating means it’s close to the source)
Battery life: 7/10
Hissing: 9/10 (higher rating means lower hissing)
My final Rating: 8.5/10
Purchase Date: February 2012
Purchase Price: £65 -> Can be bought for £40
The A10 is a great piece of equipment. I paid $100 for it, but can be had for $65 – so I rated its value on that.
It has slight design flaws by the placement of the volume wheel, the EMI is quite strong and the “pop” on connect is noticeable. That said, the SQ is very nice – it won’t be for everybody, as it does bring a warm sound signature to your audio equipment, although I found this very nice, and truly “special”.
It measures approximately: 7x5x1cm
-Brings a warm sound signature, which I feel in love with (really depends on how you see it)
-Small and portable
-Looks aesthetically pleasing
-Doesn’t need to be switch ON or OFF, plug in and out – like the FiiO E3, useful if you are forgetful
-Bass boost setting
-Pouch is included in the package, and is a quite nice one too – big enough for your phone + A10!
-LOD for iPod users
-2 way splitter provided
-EMI is quite strong
-Brings a warm sound signature (really depends on how you see it)
-Quite a loud sound/pop when connecting the amp to the source, it really should be switched off before plugging it in, or else it will hurt your ears!
-Placement of the volume wheel – it really doesn’t have any resistance to it, thus could be accidentally cranked up in your pockets if you’re not careful
Here is my unboxing video of them: