Wouldn't go back to the archaic iPods after that, but still perfectible
Reviewed in Canada on 6 August 2019
I had no knowledge of this player before my iPod Classic unexpectedly stopped working earlier this year, and one colleague recommended me this FiiO player as a replacement.
So far, so good. The Android interface takes a little while to get used to, and there's sometimes a lag when accessing folders with a lot of sub-folders in them, but after some time, I started to appreciate its relative simplicy and efficiency.
The fact that it plays a lot more audio formats (DSD64, DSD128, APE, FLAC, WAV, AIFF, AIF, WMA, AAC, OGG) besides standard MP3 easily earns my vote compared to the format-restricted iPods (AAC, MP3, WAV, AA, AIFF). The sound quality is also just incredible. I am starting to hear details in some songs, even from standard 320 kbps MP3's, that I couldn't notice before. The included Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity works seamlessly. Regarding the latter, no more cable required to connect the M6 to my Sony receiver, which recognizes the player instantly.
There are a lot of other features I did not have the time to explore yet, like the DAC feature.
Recommended ? Definitely.
Update: Aug. 7th, 2019, May 18th, 2020.
- Extensive audio formats accepted (see above)
- Easy copying of sound files from PC to the M6, by drag and drop in Windows, goodbye awkward iTunes.
- Sound quality
- Android interface (once understood)
- Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity
- Very handy volume, start/pause, and screen shut-off buttons, allowing to control the player without always going on the touchscreen.
- Interface! (not always intuitive at first)
- Very limited documentation, even on the maker's Web site. Yyou have to figure out most of the commands by yourself (e.g. when screen is off, you can actually keep down the - volume button pressed to go to next song, learned that by mistake).
- Touchscreen is often unresponsive (is it the screen or the Android apps?) and the text is really tiny onscreen, making precise selection difficult, which at times really gets frustrating.
- When you add songs to playlists or when you scan for songs, it sometimes takes ages to complete. Meanwhile, the system often goes asleep, and when you "wake it", everything's lost.
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