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Great sounding music player streets ahead of my phone through a good sterio and lossless audio but there's one big caviat. The Bluetooth is great while connected but almost every time i try and switch to a different receiver I spend teen minutes fiddling around trying to get it to connect. I turn Bluetooth on and off on both devices and eventually it works. I've never had this problem with any other Bluetooth device.
By the way, it's true that there's no Google Play store but you can easily install the Amazon store and others and I have my favourite music players like Neutron so you aren't stuck with the limitations of fiio's.
This is a lovely device with a solid heft to it, a very decent screen, fantastic responsiveness to the interface, twin micro SD slots which will hold a ton of music, and extensive functionality that allows you to connect to wireless or wired headphones via pretty much any Bluetooth codec as well as wired headphones via a multitude of balanced / non-balanced outputs. Moreover, you can use it as a USB DAC, or just as a transport into another USB DAC.
The device comes with screen protectors applied well enough to be undetectable, which I thought was a nice touch. It also has a protective case in the box. Battery life is fantastic. I've had the device for several days and it's still at 20% power after having only been charged the once, when I received it.
Sound quality - for most perhaps the most important thing - is very good indeed, producing a nicely balanced and powerful sound, whether listening to the Audeze Mobius via LDAC, the Sony WH-1000XM3 via LDAC, the B&W PX via aptX HD, or Audio Technica ATH-M40X via cable. I couldn't find any type of music ranging from rock to EDM to Baroque that I didn't think was adequately served. It obviously won't match a higher-end DAC and headphone amp with wired cans, but if you're on the move this is going to put your phone far into the shade. Since I haven't owned or listened to any other DAPs I cannot compare it to any others, but there are reviews out there which respond positively to this device in that regard.
However, I found what appears to be a significant flaw which frankly ruins my opinion of this device. I tried plugging my B&W PXs into it via cable to hear what difference (if any) I could detect from the aptX HD treatment. Difference was pretty minimal, but what bothered me was the frequent pops and clicks when stopping / starting music, and a particularly noticeable click in the left channel several seconds after stopping the music. This sounded pretty suspicious, so I tested the headphone outputs with a multimeter. What I found was that when playing music all looked good, and when stopping the music all still looked good, with voltage showing 0mV as it should. But precisely 15 seconds after the music stops, the left channel jumped dramatically up to around 87mV and stayed there. This is not an insubstantial level of voltage which could have an adverse effect on a pair of headphones if left for a period of time, and I wouldn't be happy exposing any of my sets to this.
For a device of this quality, and this price, the DC offset and pops / clicks are shoddy, and pretty much unacceptable in my view. It loses two stars as a result. If you get one of these devices, make sure you unplug your headphones when you're not playing music.
Brilliant supplier - received 1 day after order made. Fiio M11 is proving to be an excellent android based DAP. Works very well withe the Qobuz app. Chrome browser functions perfectly. Fiio's music player, whilst basic, managed to catalogue my largish FLAC music file collection across two Samasung Evo Plus 512gb micro sd cards. Did not take long (a few minutes) and all seems well - from 16bit to DSD, all seem to play perfectly. DAC and amp seem excellent - drives standard headphones with ease. Working well with Audio Technica MSR7, Momentum 2.0 and AKG K702s. Have not tried the balanced out as I do not have headphones with this feature (but will update review as and when). I would say that the quality is significantly better than my previous iPhone/Oppo HA-2SE combo (and battery life better!). If this was all you had, you could live with it as your all day player plugged into an amp (or transmitted using the wireless feature, which I have yet to test but assume this will work fine). Screen is excellent - can be very bright if needs be, responsive to touch control and good colours. Interface is standard android but modified to focus on music playback. Qobuz app feeds through the FiiO system and avoids the android limitations. Wireless file transfer works well enough - I can transfer files from my music server when I add new files, but this is slower than transferring through a PC (obviously). Useful function, though. Wireless strength is similar to my iPhone 6s - perfectly acceptable. Qobuz imports files rapidly enough (and no import errors similar to those annoyingly present on my Fire HD tablet!). Build quality - excellent. Ergonomic design - buttons are placed well and the volume wheel is easy to access/use. Shape is a tad too sharp, but the provided case takes care of that - this is a little underwhelming in design, but functions well enough. Whilst seemingly expensive, the M11 is a bargain - £ per feature/quality, I think you would struggle to find anything better. Hits the 'sweet spot' in that it's an all-in-one capable of high quality audio. By this I mean unadulterated playback - seems like a flat output which will be coloured by the headphones you use. Perfect. Highly recommended.
1/7/19 Update The M11 has not exhibited any issues. Works well and charges rapidly with a quick charge 3.0 charger. Have also been using the balanced output through a pair of Sennheiser HD660s headphones. Excellent! Best result has come from using the low gain setting as high gain offered up too much bass. Volumes between 70 and 80 are more than enough. So the 150 ohm rating is a pinch of salt! Easier to drive the HD660s than the AKG K702. The Sennheiser make for a good pairing with the M11 for in house use - obviously no good for travelling! Suspect the Audio Technica update MSR7b (with the balanced cable) might be the best option here. Negatives: 1) Roon app insists on playing through the core OS and so is limited to 16 bit - that sucks, but it is NOT Fiio's fault as it's up to Roon Labs to sort out this issue with Android software; 2) Fiio music player remains as limited as I remember from my X5 and X3ii models - no ability to build a queue on the fly as far as I can see (I do not use playlists).
The much hyped Fiio M11, what a total disappointment! Fiio's pre-installed version of Qobuz app is next to useless despite updates and resets. Qobuz lags horrendously during and between songs. Horrendously meaning between 20 - 30 seconds of lag on each track regardless of whether next or previous play options are selected. Even with an updated version (today) of Qobuz the same issue persists, excruciating lag. Obviously this is an issue with my particular faulty unit, well for your sake I hope so... Two days of checking absolutely everything, firmware updates, connections, factory resets, the lot, nothing but frustration... The M11 states that there is an excellent 5G connection with link speed of 150mbs using firmware version 1.0.5. Third party apps are hit and miss even when using Fiio's pre-installed APKpure app to install them and I'd challenge Fiio that all APK apps offered on this app are 'safe'. Fiio humorously state 'The M11 is running with an open Android system, which allows you to install any kind of Android apps (if compatible).... The touble is with this version of Android, 7.0 compatibility is a serious issue without Google Play Services being available. Yes this has been briefly touched upon on various early reviews online but I feel many brush over the inconvenience when you want to install third party apps after the initial honeymoon period. This is massive fail not to be underestimated. Without Google Play Servives many app are useless even if you side load them. Sadly USB Audio Player Pro is impossible to get working. I've managed to load a trial APK version with limited 20 minute trial time but registration or log on if you've previously purchased a licence or even attempt to purchase it again is impossible. This Android version is basically handicapped to such a degree that it's not fit for purpose without access to Google Play or Google Play Services. I wasn't going to use this as a general multimedia device but as intended, as a music player, but I hoped to load a couple of my favorite audio apps. No such joy. In short, a disappointing mess unless you're quite happy to employ Fiio's own music player. I use USB Audio Player Pro to access Qobuz and Tidal services on a multitude of Android devices and it isn't allowed here. I was hoping to bypass the Fiio pre-installed Qobuz lag issues and make use of the other excellent properties of UAPP. Nope. Accessing Roon was problematic at first but after several restarts the Fiio M11 has finally remembered to consider itself as an end point/default playback device. With Roon I've never heard my NAS based music collection sound so good, both Hi-Res and lesser quality files. Of course Roon is always frustratingly limited by Android's audio shackles and this is applicable to any Android device but still... My LG V30 works flawlessly with both apps in comparison coupled with either an IFI IDSD Nano BL or Bluetooth ES100 (LDAC) but cannot compare in terms of sheer sound quality to the M11. It truly does sing! As for sound, the M11 to these ears was very bright at first but that's been since tamed. At first my IMR R1 Zeniths were ear and headache inducing regardless of the filters used. A quick exchange of eartips changed that. The IMR stock silicon tips balanced the harsh highs I experienced out. The headphone I really enjoyed this DAP with were my Sony Z1Rs. A superb combo. Anyway, with much regret this unit is going back tomorrow.
Pongo este título porque no hay más que leer las valoraciones de otros usuarios para evidenciarlo. Te puede gustar más o menos, pero de ahí a decir que es una basura, que se producen cortes continuos o que no se puede instalar Google Play... En fin. Nada más cargarle la batería a tope para probar e iniciarlo, iniciando y conectando la wifi, detecta una nueva versión de firmware, que después de unos 10 minutos y un reinicio, habilita la Google Play, pudiendo instalar cualquier app. Instalo una micro SD de 512Gb y le cargo unos buenos DSD y FLAC de mínimo 44Khz, pero más de 96Khz y 24bits. Esto lo digo porque la música que escuches, junto a los auriculares, marcará realmente la diferencia usando este aparato. No tiene mucho sentido escuchar solo MP3 y con auriculares bluetooth. Para eso un móvil sobra. La aplicación que viene de Fiio Music no está mal y la van mejorando. Aunque todavía tiene algunos pequeños fallos de ordenación de los álbumes, o la reprodución gapless en los DSD, que no funciona bien. Pero desde que probé un día la app USB Audio Pro, sigo fiel a ella. La instalé en el m11 sin problemas y detecta el DAC interno. En esta app, tanto la reproducción continua, como la ordenación, funcionan muy bien. Además, siento que la calidad de reproducción es incluso un pelín superior a la del Fiio music. Le conectas unos buenos auriculares, aunque sea al jack 3.5mm (o idealmente al 4.4 o 2.5) y la música cobra otra dimensión. Menuda gozada. Incluso con auriculares demandantes, como unos Beyerdynamic dt 1990 pro de 250 Oms, o unos AT-r70x de 450 Oms, con el volumen al 110 (de 120 max), se aprecian todos los matices y los oídos ya no piden más. Buena escena, gran musicalidad, genial silencia y separación entre canales e instrumentos. Lo he estado comparando un buen rato con su hermano mayor, el m11 Pro, y sinceramente, no se aprecian diferencias, o son tan sutiles que no son relevantes. Otra cosa es la mayor potencia del amplificador de auriculares, sobretodo con auriculares balanceados y quizás las mejores sensaciones si escuchas Tidal en calidad master, por el soporte de MQA. La batería rinde unas 10h escuchando Hi-res o DSD, o incluso 12h con FLAC de 44, lo que me parece más que correcto. La pantalla es buena. El tamaño apropiado, con el control de volumen algo mejorable (lo han hecho en el Pro, donde los clicks se sienten mejores). En resumen, si te gusta disfrutar de la música en todo su esplendor, igual o según como mejor que en tu equipo sobremesa, tienes muchos gb y no deseas cargar tu móvil, y tienes unos auriculares bluetooth buenos o mejor, unos buenos con cable, no te defraudará.
il mio FIIO M11 l'ho ricevuto stamattina a 10 ore dall'ordine (AMAZON INSUPERABILE!!) e dopo averci preso confidenza (peraltro l'uso è estremamente intuitivo) ho iniziato ad ascoltare la musica. la recensione è presto detta: con una premessa: io sono nel mondo dell'HiFi da 50 anni, sono un audiofilo, melomane appassionato di MUSICA di tutti i generi, classica, jazz, antica, rock, folk...tutto insomma. in più ho lavorato nel mondo dell'elettroacustica, e anche nel settore dei dischi e degli strumenti musicali. ho avuto apparecchiature hi fi di ogni tipo e costo nel corso di tutta la mia vita e vi garantisco che questi sono i soldi da me meglio spesi per una QUALSIASI apparecchiatura per la riproduzione musicale. ripeto: QUALSIASI. questo M11 è un CAPOLAVORO che suona come non potevo nemmeno immaginare, restituendo all'ascolto della musica una dimensione che definire MISTICA non è esagerato. QUALSIASI cuffia gli abbia collegato, suona mille volte meglio di quanto suonasse con qualsiasi altro apparato da me precedentemente usato. per non parlare del mio ampli domestico con diffusori acustici di alto livello (TDL Electronics Studio 1a). questo prodotto è un GIOIELLO e una vera goduria per le orecchie di un amante della musica e della sua riproduzione.
Ein, im Gewichtsvergleich zu mp3 Playern, schweres Brikett für die Jackentasche, Cargohosentasche. Ein Klangvergleich mit mp3 ist Blödsinn, da das hier eine andere Liga ist. Hat man ein schlechtes Hörvermögen, bleibt man besser bei mp3 Playern da spart man viel Geld. Für mich war das nicht einfach und intuitiv in Betrieb zu nehmen, aber > rtfm! und keine Panik aufkommen lassen, das schaffen auch Leute > 60. Ist diese Technizismen-Hürde mit Hilfe des Internetzes (Watt iss DSD, Gain, PO, LO , SPDIF DoP out? ) genommen, ein unglaublich tolles Gerät. Ich habe noch nicht einmal sehr gute Kopfhörer dran. Bo(e)se Bluetooth Sportstöpsel oder alter Sennheis(s)er Kabelhörer bieten eine einfache Grundlage. Diesbezügliche Verbesserung folgt später. Für Musikdateien im High-Res-Format bin ich noch bez. des Formatimportes zu ahnungslos, daher „nur“ ALAC Dateien in 44.1 kHz 16 Bit 789 kbps - CD Qualität halt. 2x maximal 1 TB SC-Karten, plus ein bisschen interner Speicher - Wahnsinn, ... heute jedenfalls. 1 x 400 GB reichten für meine komplette CD Sammlung in ALAC aus. Da kommen Geräte aus dem Obstladen, oder vom fernöstlichen Erfinders des Wandersmannes, die ich zunächst in die engere Wahl genommen hatte, von meiner Warte aus nicht mit. Die absoluten Highendgeräte waren mir zu teuer oder hatten zu wenig Speichermöglichkeit. Ich gebe allerdings zu, dass beim HIFi Fachhändler der Kopfhörertest mit verschiedenen Highend-Kopfhörern (Kopfhörerkauf erfolgt nur bei genau diesem Händler und den fiio DAP hatte er nicht im Angebot, schon mal sorry an Amazon, die das locker verkraften dürften) in Verbindung mit einem anderen DAP mich echt umgehauen hatte. Highres Gesangs-Musikstück aud dem DAP und überhaupt nicht mein Geschmack, hätte ich beides am liebsten sofort mitgenommen, um das genau so später zu Hause hören zu können. (Einen AK wünsche ich mir dann zum Renteneintritt, denn da habe ich noch Zeit zum Sparen.) Akku Kapazität ist mehr als ausreichend, BT-Kopfhörer Akkus halten da natürlich nicht mit. Ach ja, ...Schutzfolie nicht vergessen, und/oder z.B. eine Sportsocke zum Kratzerschutz wegen der Schlüssel in der Jackentasche. Nach ca. 3 Wochen Nutzung gibt es eine klare Empfehlung des Gerätes meinerseits!
I instanly fell in love with this player (I previously had the M7).
Its design and functionality, at this price point, is excellent.
However, I found that litterally all my music was played at a faster tempo than normal... I just couldn't enjoy the music experience in a way I always had with my M7.
Raising the volume only seemed to make the background music louder, but not the singing.
After 4 days I had significant inner ear problems. Something that had never happened to me before - or since, as begrudgingly I went back to my trusty M7.
If you listen to noise, where every song is generated with computers software while a fat, Red Bull drinking technician simply pushes the speed dial higher and higher and higher, then the above won't be a problem.
But, if you enjoy real music, played by humans, with tunes and vocals that aren't fed through robot simulators, think long and hard before buying.
It seems to me that either the processor is just too powerful, and it simply races through the data unnaturally fast; or the boy that helped make this machine only listens to random noises copied & pasted endlessly on top of each other - to the point that nothing matters, there is no underlying structure, and everything is outside the range of human interaction...
I gave this player my best shot - wanting to keep it just because it's so delightfully made...
But in the end, it's the music that counts...
I listen to High Res files only - Flac 16 & 24bit with Shure 846SE OEMs...
I like Metallica, Megadeth, GreenDay, G&R, Hoobastank, Fleetwood Mac, Beck, Iron Maiden, Adele, Oasis, Reef, Nickelback etc... Not one song was played at the correct tempo.. And the vocals were drowned out to the point where listenin left me cold and unconnected... It's a shame, because technologically speaking, this is a great step forward from the M7 etc...
The M11's sound quality is excellent, hard to beat, or even match, at the price, I should think . . . but if you're a classical music fan, as I am, that's the end of the good news, I'm afraid. I think that most classical music fans would tend, like me, to group their music under the composer heading, rather than artist or title . . . well you can't, with the M11, I'm afraid, as there is no Composer heading within the Fiio Play app. The M11 does have a limited Android function that allows one to download some, though not all, third-party apps that may have a Composer heading, but due to some technical issue this is limited to Android 7, and the Google Play Store app at this level does not allow free access to all apps, nor does it allow money transactions to upgrade basic apps - I have MediaMonkey Pro on another device, but I'm stuck with the basic version on my M11 . . . how ridiculous! Even more laughable is the fact that I am using the Onkyo Music app in preference to Fiio Play, as that does have a Composer heading . . . and Onkyo is a major competitor of Fiio . . . Caveat Emptor, indeed.
Having already owned 2 MP3 plays by Fiio I knew exactly that the quality of build and components used would be to a high standard. there was nothing wrong with my previous X3 2nd Gen or my X3III and I still have them as spares, the real reason for changing up was the amazing 2TB storage and as I had done loads of research prior to buying this player, my X3 III was a high res player which is a brilliant machine but lacked a large volume output when using the Bluetooth setting. I was a little bit wary about buying this player but after a lot of thought I decided to take the plunge, after charging the unit fully, I downloaded a firmware update via the machine WI-FI settings and all went well which was a pleasant experience for me as I had to download to a micro sd card for my previous Fiio players,the firmware download was fast and installed the first time of asking . The unit is a little bit weighty that my previous models but not that it was too much,it is more like a mobile phone in size if you catch my drift,the unit comes with a factory fitted screen protector and a clear plastically case which has already been fitted. The unit is very smooth in your hand and extremely easy to use withe the control buttons all on the left hand side of the player while the power button is located on the top right of the player. Once you turn the player on you are greeted with a nice not over powering screen and although at times the screen takes a short time to respond I did not regard this a a huge problem,well not for me. There is a smooth ability when you swipe the screen which is a big improvement that some of the other players in its class, the settings menu is clear and extremely helpful,some reviews state that you cannot get the Play store on this machine, I had no problems the getting Play Store app so I guess that FiiO resolved the earlier problems that they may have had in that regards. The unit has three headphone sockets that you can connect to as well as connection via Bluetooth, I was expecting no change to the volume adjustment but I got pleasant surprise when I paired my headphones to the machine, boy what an improvement, I used RHA headphones to connect via Bluetooth and SoundMagic IEM E10c and SoundMagic PV55 corded headphones, I have to say that all performed excellently all returning a good sound level and clarity which you would expect from more expensive headphones the bass was for me just right. My overall opinion was that I made the right decision in getting this FiiO player as it suited my needs perfectly, there is a PRO version of this player and for around £200.00 more I would not upgrade to that unit as there is little to no difference. I hope that this review helps you to make the correct choice for your own needs.