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Outstanding product! Exceeded expectations! The main reason I had bought this was for its USB-out-to-DAC ability. But its ESS chip beats the Burr Brown of my iFi Zen DAC hands down. To all the jingoistic fools out there, learn to create products like these first before thumping your hollow nationalist chests.
I had never heard of the manufacturer but after reading a few reviews it was very clear that this product was highly rated. When I first opened the box it was immediately apparent that this is a high quality product. It is very well built and feels very good in the hand. The screen is excellent with a menu system that works extremely well and fast so swapping between songs/albums is a breeze. Having said all this none of it really matters because the main reason for buying this product is the sound quality. And WOW does it excel at this. I use Sennheiser Momentum 2 headphones and across the entire frequency range the sound quality is out of this world. The combination delivers superb bass that I have never heard through headphones but what I love the most is its stereo imaging capabilities, Listening to music through this player is an experience where you just want to crank it up, close your eyes and drift off to where the music takes you. I find that after listening to Dark Side in this way relaxes me even more than an indian head massage. I have always been an audiophile and my main system consists of a quad cd player and Croft pre & power amps. It has set me back over £3,000 but for £82 (player) and £150 on good quality headphones I can get pretty close to my hi fi. This has to be one of the best value items I have ever bought. I use FLAC files but this player does, mp3, wma, wav , etc. Purchase this and it will bring a great deal of pleasure into your life.
The product is fantastic..... Smooth touch... The sound quality of m3pro has beaten the sony walkman sound quality which was best till now it's so fine so smooth so relaxing hits straight of ya mind for producing euphoric effect with balanced bass... The body is of glass on the both sides.. Well no issues of powering on and off.... But fiio makers should update their firware software with custom equilizers as they did for m3k but remember it's a software thing they can update any time nothing wrong in the device.. I shud probably wait for latest firmware with custom equilizers..... Well if u wanna try the finest sound quality ever produced try m3pro... U won't regret
My first Fiio was the E10K, which I found to be below par in every respect at the time. To be fair, the East Asian hi-fi industry was then in its infancy and most products from that part of the world were average at best. I stayed away for a while, till my recent purchases of both expensive and budget DACs brought me round to thinking that it wasn't all bad any more. There were some decent offers and I paid far below retail for it, which was the best part of the whole transaction.
The M3 Pro is a thoroughly modern product with glass faces and an aluminum casing. Very smart to look at and has a nice bright display. It could stand to be a little higher resolution, but it's still fit for purpose. Slips into the pocket easily and can double as a USB DAC, which is really why I bought it. The plan was to use it with the ATH-M50X during downtime, and in DAC mode when at work to test amplifiers. The switch between LO and PO would be perfect for this kind of work, and it would also relieve me of running my LG G7 battery down. Both share the same chip, so the performance should be similar. Right?
The bad news is that the M3Pro doesn't really work well as a USB DAC. It lags a lot regardless of samplerate, and has occasional dropouts when at high samplerates. Completely unacceptable, as you mostly lose lipsync in video applications and gaming. It is also exceedingly bright in this mode, though ASIO does work properly. In addition, the socket is extremely, and I mean extremely snug. It;s got a vice-like grip on the 3.5mm plug, which doesn't bode well for durability over repeated insertions. I will need to get a small extender to somewhat fix this. In light of the poor latency in DAC mode, I decided to use it as a music player only.
The moment I inserted the SD card, I knew I was in trouble. The factory had shipped it with the card retainer in the locked position, which meant the insertion force was much higher than normal and the card was locked in place. Basically the mechanism was stuck in the insert mode and I wouldn't be able to wiggle the card out. I managed to get a thin metal spudger in there (as no plastic one would fit in the gap) and pull out the card. It works now, but the use of a metal tool on anodised aluminum means It now has some scratches in the slot and knowing how these things go, I'll never be able to return or claim warranty.
For the time I was able to play it, I noticed that the sound was quite bright. There is a lot of lower treble energy which will get old very quickly, and needs some treatment further down the line. I have something like 6 other ESS-based converters and though all of them are this detailed (or more), none are this bright. The other thing that bothers me is that many of the text characters haven't been converted from Chinese. So all the periods, apostrophes and occasional accented characters are simply displayed in Mandarin. I think a firmware update might help with some of these issues but looking back at the horrendous Topping DX3experience, I'm not holding out any hope.
Overall more misses than hits for me. This isn't something I'm going to enjoy owning, I'll say that much. I suppose the discounting made the experience a little less bitter, but I wouldn't have bought at full price anyway.
The actual product is great. One of the best new MP3 players out there. However, the shipping was terrible and could have damaged the product. Still waiting to see if it has any affect on the MP3 player. The product was shipped in a damaged box. The damaged area is NOT cardboard, it's a very firm plastic, so this was hit HARD! Blame who you want, nobody want's to take responsibility. I've posted the photos.
Very light and powerful. The sound signature is so balanced. Using it with my FiiO Fh1 IEM. The only downside I find that it has no custom equilizer. Hope the software updates add that.Superb product,if bluetooth is 'nt your concern.
Ho messo due stelle perché il suono è buono, ma il sistema operativo è pessimo. Abbastanza lento al punto che quando si passa al brano successivo, resta la schermata del brano precedente per qualche secondo. Lagga anche quando si manda avanti o indietro il brano. E per finire, come si vede dalla foto, dopo due ore di utilizzo si è bloccato mentre sincronizzavo la libreria ed ho dovuto forzare lo spegnimento. Ho fatto il reso per il rimborso.