Known for its highly affordable, high-quality Digital Audio Converters (DAC) and Digital Audio Players (DAP), FiiO has released several new products at a launch event in Singapore. There were two new updates to FiiO’s DAP line-upâ€”The flagship X7 Mark II and the mid-tier X3 Mark 3, a Mark 2 version of the Q1 portable DAC, as well as a new pair of triple-driver F9 In-Ear Monitors (IEM). Following one of the FiiO’s tagline of “making balanced output a standard”, both the new DAPs provide a balanced output in the form of a 2.5mm TRRS connector, in addition to the standard unblanced 3.5mm headphone jack.
The X7 Mark II is an marked update of the previous flagship player, the X7. It runs on a heavily-customised version of Android 5.1 and uses a ESS9028 Pro DAC. There is Bluetooth 4.1 support with aptX for high-quality, near-lossless wireless streaming to supported speakers as well. Being essentially an Android device, the X7 Mark II is able to stream from services such as TIDAL and Spotify.
Like the Onkyo DP-X1A player we reviewed recently, it features dual microSD slots, supporting a total of 576GB for all your lossless high-resolution tracks. First seen on the X5 Mark III, the X7 Mark II supports two fast-charging standardsâ€”Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 2.0 and MediaTek’s PumpExpress to let you juice it up as quickly as possible.
Other than being a player, it can function as an asynchronous USB DAC for your Mac or Windows computers as well.Â In terms of file formats, it supports DSD64, DSD128 and PCM files up to 32-bit 384kHz.
Another notable feature is that the X7 Mark II features interchangeable amp modules, just like its predecessor.
The X7 Mark II will retail for S$999, and you can pre-order it from authorised dealers for S$899.
The X3 Mark 3 is an update to the mid-range X3 player, replacing the mechanical scroll wheel of the previous X3 with a touch-based one, much like the iPod Classic. It uses dual PCM5242 DACs from Texas Instruments, supporting up to 32-bit 192kHz PCM files, in addition to DSD64. Like the X7 Mark II, it has Bluetooth 4.1 (sans aptX support) and can also be used as an asynchronous USB DAC supporting up to 24-bit 192kHz.
It will retail at a SRP of $329 and you can pre-order it at $299.
The Q1 Mark II is a DSD-capable, Apple MFI-certified portable DAC & Amp. It’s designed to be used with iPhones, but can also be used with other devices via the analog 3.5mm input. Fiio also indicated that Android USB audio may work but without offical support at this time. DSD256 is supported natively, and the DAC supports PCM up to 32-bit/192kHz. A LED on the front of the unit shows you when it’s decoding DSD.
Like the other products launched today, the Q1 has 2 headphone jacks, one of which is a 2.5mm TRRS balanced jack while the other is the good old 3.5mm one.Â A gain switch lets you use the Q1 Mark II with a variety of different headphones, while a bass boost lets you add a little more bass into your music.
It will retail at an SRP of $179.
Finally, the F9 is a newly released In-Ear Monitor featuring 3 drivers (1 dynamic and 2 balanced armatures) with detachable cables using the MCCX connectors. Bass duties are handled by a single 9.2mm dynamic driver while mids and highs are driven by two Balanced Armature (BA) drivers inside its ribbed casing.Â A pair of 2.5mm balanced cable is also included in addition to the 3.5mm, which features an inline remote as well.
Six pairs of Silicon tips are provided to suit different ear canal sizes, as well as to tune its frequency response. A high-quality, impact-resistent protective case is also included.
It will retail for $179.
|FiiOÂ X7 Mark II||S$999||S$899|
|FiiOÂ X3 Mark 3||S$329||S$299|
|FiiOÂ Q1 Mark II||S$179||–|
|FiiO F9 IEM||S$179||–|
All the new FiiO products can be pre-ordered atÂ its authorised dealers in Singapore with delivery in end August.