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FiiO UTWS3 True Wireless Bluetooth Amplifier

True wireless is the prevailing trend in in-ear headphones, but do you really have to part with your previous wired models for wireless comfort? No, you don’t, because in many cases they can be upgraded with the new FiiO UTWS3 True Wireless Bluetooth Amplifier.


For audiophile music lovers in particular, it usually has to be high-quality headphones, even when they are on the move. After all, they really want to be able to enjoy the best possible sound at all times, with all the details in the performance. And the market offers countless high-quality models in the in-ear headphone segment, so there is no lack of choice for the most diverse tastes and preferences.

However, in the area of in-ear headphones, more and more models with Bluetooth are coming onto the market, which, as so-called true wireless in-ear headphones, offer one thing above all: optimal freedom of movement. So one might well be tempted to treat oneself to such a model, because here too the market offers very high-quality solutions.

Do you really have to invest in new headphones for comfort without a cable and put aside your previous faithful companions with a cable? No, of course you don’t, because high-quality headphone models are characterised by the fact that you can change the cable, even with in-ear headphones. Because this is precisely where an upgrade is possible, with the new FiiO UTWS3 True Wireless Bluetooth Amplifier. Simply remove the conventional cable and use these Bluetooth modules instead, and you’ve transformed your current in-ear headphones into True Wireless in-ear headphones.

The FiiO UTWS3 True Wireless Bluetooth Amplifier is designed to be connected directly to the earbuds. This is done either via so-called MMCX connectors or via so-called 0.78 mm 2-pin connectors. A very short cable, if one can speak of a cable at all, leads behind the ear, where a tiny housing accommodates the entire electronics including the battery. It is interesting that the specialist for personal audio devices uses high-quality cable material even for this short connection, namely high-purity mono-crystaline silver-plated copper.

The manufacturer FiiO Electronics Technology Co. Ltd. promises comfortable use for the new FiiO UTWS3 True Wireless Bluetooth Amplifier, which is supposed to be particularly slim and light, so that it is hardly noticeable and even allows hours of music enjoyment. Even during sports, a secure hold is guaranteed. It is even IPX4 certified and therefore resistant to water and sweat. Even outdoor use in the rain is possible without any problems.

The FiiO UTWS3 True Wireless Bluetooth Amplifier uses Bluetooth to connect to source devices, whereby a module from the specialist Qualcomm is used, namely a Qualcomm QC3020 Bluetooth 5.0 chip, which supports AAC and aptX in addition to SBC. By the way, Qualcomm TWS+ Dual Transmission is offered, so that each of the two earphones is controlled separately, i.e. they have equal rights in communication. This is supposed to achieve a particularly stable connection with the lowest latency.

You can use only one earphone, for example, if you use it as a hands-free device for making phone calls while the second one is being charged. For this function, both earpieces of the FiiO UTWS3 True Wireless Bluetooth Amplifier are equipped with two integrated microphones each. Qualcomm CVC Noise Cancelling Technology is used for optimal speech intelligibility. Both are also equipped with a touch control, with which not only the playback but also the volume can be changed. The company promises a particularly sensitive control with 26 levels, independent of the source device.

Of course, a suitable app is also available for the FiiO UTWS3 True Wireless Bluetooth Amplifier, whereby you have the choice between the FiiO Music App and the FiiO Control App, both of which are of course offered in Apple iOS as well as Google Android. With this, an individual EQ setting can be made as well as an adjustment of the balance between the right and left channel. The control can also be individually configured here, and any future firmware updates are also carried out via these apps.

The new FiiO UTWS3 True Wireless Bluetooth Amplifier is not the first such device from FiiO Electronics Technology Co. Ltd, which already has the FiiO UTWS1 True Wireless Bluetooth Module. The new FiiO UTWS3 True Wireless Bluetooth Amplifier, however, is supposed to stand out due to some quite relevant features, namely a significantly higher output power of 38 mW instead of 14 mW at 16 Ohm impedance or 25 mW instead of 5 mW at 32 Ohm impedance. The FiiO UTWS3 True Wireless Bluetooth Amplifier is thus suitable even for very demanding in-ear headphone models. Responsible for this is its own amplifier module in the form of a TPA6140A2.

The integrated one is supposed to offer a playing time of up to seven hours, whereby a transport case is included in the scope of delivery that functions as a power bank. It contains an 800 mAh lithium-ion battery that can be charged while on the move, giving a total playing time of up to 30 hours. The case is charged via a USB cable.

By the way, it should be emphasised that not only does the FiiO UTWS3 True Wireless Bluetooth Amplifier itself fit into the case, but there is also enough space for the earphones connected to it. After all, it would be extremely inconvenient if you always had to take the earphones off the FiiO UTWS3 True Wireless Bluetooth Amplifier to charge them.

The new FiiO UTWS3 True Wireless Bluetooth Amplifier is now available in Germany. The manufacturer’s recommended retail price is € 79.99.

Getting to the point

Do you really have to invest in new headphones for comfort without a cable and put aside your previous faithful companions with a cable? No, of course you don’t, because high-quality headphone models are characterised by the fact that you can change the cable, even with in-ear headphones. Because this is precisely where an upgrade is possible, with the new FiiO UTWS3 True Wireless Bluetooth Amplifier. Simply remove the conventional cable and use these Bluetooth modules instead, and you have transformed your current in-ear headphones into True Wireless in-ear headphones.

Manufacturer:FiiO Electronics Technology Co Ltd.
Distribution:NT-Global Distribution GmbH
Price:€ 79,90

About Michael Holzinger

Michael Holzinger, founder and editor-in-chief of HiFi BLOG and sempre-audio.com, has been working for years as a journalist in the fields of IT, photography, telecommunications and consumer electronics.

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