NO stranger to Malaysian headfi-ers, FiiO is ready to release more products into the local market later this year. The recent KL International Audio Visual Show 2018 was the perfect place to showcase FiiO’s new products and I had the pleasure to speak with the Chinese manufacturer’s sales representative, Yellow Huang.
“The first one is the FiiO BTR3 bluetooth receiver. As we all know, nowadays many smartphones don’t come with a headphone jack. So consumers have no choice but to get bluetooth earphones. The problem with bluetooth earphones is that good ones are expensive , and they are also sometimes unstable.
“To use wired earphones, you will need a bluetooth receiver, so the BTR3 would be a good choice. The BTR3 supports multiple wireless codecs such as SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, and LDAC.
“On the inside, the BTR3 has NFC so you will only need one touch for pairing. The body is finished with a 2.5D curved glass. On a full charge, the battery life is 11 hours and the price will be RM329,” Huang revealed.
There’s also a digital audio player (DAP) that doubles up as a voice recorder.
“The M3K, aside from playing music, has a microphone so you can record voice. This is useful for students and media people,” Huang added.
The specifications for the M3K are impressive. It runs on an Ingenic X1000E processor and an AK4376A DAC chip. The DAP also supports an array of formats from MP3 all the way up to DSD 64. THD at 1kHz is at an all-time low <0.004% and the <2µV noise floor is virtually inaudible.
“The battery life is 26 hours and the standby time is 36 days,” said Huang. And users won’t have to worry about storage space because the M3K supports up to 512GB micro SD cards. The price for it is yet to be finalised so we’ll keep an eye on that.
A step up from the M3K is the M7 DAP. It runs on the Exynos 7270 processor and an ESS Sabre ES9018Q2C DAC chip. It also supports a wide range of formats, up to 24-bit/192kHz for PCM and DSD64.
For a DAP, the outputs are aplenty. For headphone use, the output power is up to 70mW into 16Ω and 40mW into 32Ω with an output impedance of less than 2Ω. Used as a line out device, it has an astonishing THD+N rating of 0.004% at 1 kHz into 10kΩ.
For users who like to go wireless the M7 also provides Bluetooth 4.2, LDAC, aptX, and aptX-HD. Power users can also use its USB C connection to connect to their preferred external DAC.
Although the built-in memory is only 2GB, it supports up to 512GB micro SD card expansion.
Perhaps what sets the M7 apart is the long battery life. It can jam for 20 hours non-stop and has a whooping 40 days standby time. For all these great features, the FiiO M7 will set you back RM999.
To expand its IEM product line, FiiO is also releasing a four-driver hybrid IEM.
“The FH5 has a one dynamic driver and three balanced armature (BA) configuration,” explained Huang. The dynamic driver handles the lows, one BA handles the mids while a dual driver BA handles the highs and upper highs.
The FH5 is highly capable with a frequency response of between 15Hz to 40kHz. The sensitivity is rated at 112dB/mW and coupled with only 19Ω impedance, they can basically be driven with any portable player.
On the build quality Huang said, “You can see the shell is made up of aluminium-magnesium CNC alloy while the cable is mono-crystalline silver-plated copper.” Internally the shell is milled with a tubular channel and what is perhaps most impressive is the channel is connected to the dynamic driver to enhance the tremendous bass response. The FH5 will cost you RM1,229.
E1 Personal Audio Malaysia is the local distributor for FiiO.