Fiio M11-Better than X7 MKII ? ( Roundup Review)

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Article Review 

Headfonia 

I downloaded my usual set of apps : Qobuz, Tidal, Deezer and of course Spotify. All of that took less than 10 minutes, thanks to the 5Ghz wifi connection and a solid signal. A big upgrade from the X5 and X7 ! 

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(Xtenik Comments: Just like the title of this review, So far so good, Fiio M11 didn’t let us down by now, how do you feel about this DAP? )

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Head-fi Review

The M11 sound is neither too lean (others may refer to this as thin or neutral) nor too warm (thick or dark). It hits the sweet spot at being lean and detailed with just the right warmth and richness so bass notes come off clean and clear.

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(Xtenik Comment: As the biggest hifi forum in the world, you always can find your answer here if you have any questions about Fiio M11) 

In case you need,

Tips: Someone was saying that if you use the Extreme cards, that album art loads faster. Also, loading up the cards would be faster too as they tend to have fast write speeds.

Headfonics Review ( M11 VS X5III, VS M9, VS M6)

There are better dynamics on the M11 and you will hear more treble detail. Instrumental separation is obviously better on the M11 as well. 

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( Xtenik comment: Want to know the difference bwteween Fiio M Series products, here we go!) 

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Soundnews

On the go I have listened to M11 mostly via the 2.5 mm balanced out with the FiiO’s very sensitive FH7 and FA7 IEMs which are picky in terms of noise floor and at home mostly with my Quad ERA-1 planars via the 3.5 mm SE output.

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Do you want to know Fiio M11 VS Ibasso DX220 ? I guess you did.  So click here to check the the video from Bad guy Good Audio Reviews

Twister6 Review 

Another thing that is good to be aware of is that the M11 comes standard with ES File Explorer installed. This app might not be secure and has recently been removed from the Google Play store as a result of various problems. It might be good to look at an alternative instead.

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Do you why Fiio use Samsung Exynos 7872 ? Let’s check the Story Behind the Samsung Exynos 7872 (FiiO M11)

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Youtube Review ( 8 Video in total)

1.) Who doesn’t know Z reviews, click to check his review on Fiio M11

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mg_z34lJ0qY

2. )The comprehensive review and hits on ALL the important points. This is what we call objective, nice video, by Channel Currawong

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FD4lEaOuYuM 

3.) Why we said the review from Currawong is comprehensive, besides the above video, he made another follow up Q&A and stuff, really nice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uo2UcAchuN0 

4.)Porta.fi is very active in answering every questions, if you have any questions about Fiio M11, maybe you can try to commnet on his video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxi0O1xv6fU

5.)Fiio M11 VS X7 II 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1eFezVSKdo&t=90s 

6.) FiiO M11 v.s. iBasso DX220

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19JQgD9FGkE 

7.) In the comments, you can find the answer why you should choose M11, but not X7 II

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZiyu-gUPZU 

8.) Goerge is enthusiastic about the products that he review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJIhIh8dfxo 

FAQ (10+ commons questions, you may find your answer here)

Question: Is Fiio M11 support only aptx or also aptx-hd? 

It supports aptx-hd. 

Question: Can it drive hd600 at full potential?

Unless you want to drive them to hearing-destroying levels, yes.

Question: Does Andromeda has any hiss with M11? 

It’s in there. Only a very tiny amount which is inaudible when music is playing.

Question: Can you install the youtube app on the M11?

Yes, you can. 

Question: I’m looking at buying either the M11 or the Hiby R6.  Are you able to give a preference?

I vastly prefer the m11 from the UI to the SQ

Question: Which sounds better Fiio M11 or Hiby R6 Pro? And R6 Pro has Google Play Store make’s a difference?

I think the fiio sounds better and more analytical. The Hiby sounded too warm and colored to me.

Question: Can I juse Tidal in Japan ?

Japan don’t have Tidal yet, To use Tidal, 

You need to register and use a proxy/VPN. After that, you don’t need anything.

Question: Is it required to have the 4.4mm terminal cable in order to get DSD format audio?

Weird question, but no. The 4.4mm output has nothing to do with DSD at all.

Question: Fiio M11 or Fiio x7 II?

When it comes to usability M11 is just better, it handles harder loads much faster (Faster SoC, bigger RAM), Overall it is a hassle free experience. 

X7 Mk2 in the stock form will not sound better than M11, stock amp module of X7 Mk2 is weak and has just a bit of hiss with IEMs. 

M11 internal amp is noise-less, even with very sensitive IEMs. 

However, you can make X7 MK2 sound better than M11, that is true, only by using a better amp module like AM3B or AM3D, but it adds to the cost. 

M11 is a 450 USD device, X7 Mk2 is 650 USD + add another 150 USD for AM3D and you have almost doubled the price. 

If you have the cash and if you care only about SQ, X7 Mk2 might be for you. But, I would advice against X7 Mk2 at this point as its successor is around the corner – a little birdie told me it should be released later this year.

Question: Do you have any experience M11 paired with CA Andro?  What signature will they do?

The M11 has a sufficiently low output impedance that the Andromedas will sound as they usually do out of most DAPs. It is only models like the original Hiby R6 that had a high enough output impedance that would cause changes to the sound. 

Question: Do you mean Hiby R6 gives a better synergy with Andro? 

I meant that most DAPs have a very low output impedance. Some DAPs, like the Hiby R6, have a high output impedance which can cause unintended changes to the sound as the Andromedas don’t have a flat impedance.

How is the Tunein radio app on this?  Will it allow downloads of podcasts? Is there a simple way to add apps?   

I tried TuneIn, just for you, and it works with regular streaming radio. I can’t tell you if it will work with podcast downloads. You can add apps with APK Pure, which there is an option within the M11 to easily install.  I could get TIDAL to save offline on a micro SD card though, so it might work. 

Question: Now I use Andromeda and finding DAP, do you recommend M11?

Yes, definitely. 

Question: How does this compare to pioneer xdp 300r or onkyo dp x1? 

I have the DP-X1a and just got the M11. 

UI on both is responsive (neither is laggy, even with large music collections) and both have lots of functionality and big, vibrant screens.  

Sound quality for both is high; I honestly think that you will see a much bigger difference between what headphones you are using than between these two DAPs.  

Both were super easy to set up out of the box, but the M11 has a few advantages.  

It very quickly scans all contents from both SD cards into one cohesive sound library (DP-X1a doesn’t).  I’m using 2 x Samsung EVO 256gb micro SDs and it scanned 10,000+ flac files in a minute or two.  

You can really feel the extra speed of the 3GB RAM vs 2GB of the Onkyo.  Probably because of this, the M11 boot up time is MUCH quicker. It also seems to have a better battery life so far.  It does all of this while having appreciably more power for lower sensitivity/higher impedance headphones than the DP-X1a.  

On the high output setting/balanced 2.5mm input, the M11 will more adequately power the HiFiman HE-4xx, which is a low sensitivity planar magnetic headphone.  The M11 also seems to drive the Philips X2 and B&W P7 with more authority and weight.  

About to try the Sennheiser HD58x (150 ohm) with the M11, and I expect that it will have no problem with them. The DP-X1a is a good player too, but the M11 seems more technologically advanced to me, even if I don’t use it for streaming or online music services.  

It’s strictly a DAP for my own music collection. So far I am very happy with the M11.  It may be a small thing to some people, but an important thing to me that I really appreciate about it is the relatively quick boot-up time and non-laggy UI.

Question: Is there a big difference between using the 4.4/2.5 connections and the 3.5? 

Only with full-sized headphones, where the maximum power output is lower from the 3.5mm. With most IEMs nothing significant.

The 4.4/2.5 uses different op amps to drive the headphones than the 3.5mm port so I would have to assume there will be some sound changes.  I haven’t listened to them enough yet and only put my full sized headphones in the 4.4mm port and my IEMs in the 3.5mm port. Check on the Fiio website for the M11 and there is a block diagram explaining the internal layout.  It’s a nice level of detail to explain what you can expect.

Question: Are Fiio M11 a phone? ( This question is for those who don’t know what Fiio M11 is) 

Not a phone, but more like an iPod. They use the same OS (Android) as most phones, but instead have a much bigger battery and much better electronics for audio. With a good pair of (wired) in-ear monitors or headphones, they sound much better than using a phone.  If you want to store a LOT of music too, this one has two micro SD card slots.

Question: 2 x AK4493EQ 32-Bit DAC does this have a good reputation? 

Yes. The particular DAC chip isn’t important though, it’s how they design around it.

Main Features 

FiiO officially released its latest music player named Fiio M11 along with many smart features. It has a very similar design to a smart-phone, with an 18:9 full-view display, a high resolution of 1440×720 pixels, 312ppi for the ability to display extremely sharp pictures.

FiiO M11 comes with both 2.5mm and 4.4mm balanced jacks, best compatible with high-end headphones and cables on the market.  And like the other recent DAP, the M11 plugs into the computer to make USB DAC via USB-C port.

Well, let’s look into the full new features as follows first.

Samsung Exynos 7872Flagship main chipset
Two-way Bluetooth with LDACTransmission of all Bluetooth formats
+ reception of lossless Bluetooth
Numerous ways to output your musicBluetooth / single-ended /
balanced / line output / USB / coaxial
Dual-band WiFi2.4GHz and 5GHz
High-performance audiophile DACAK4493*2
High-res music formats supportedUp to PCM 384kHz, and native DSD256
5.15 inch bezeMess touchscreen18:9 ratio, 720P resolution
Long battery life13 hours battery life, 50 days deep sleep -standby time
Copious amounts of RAM and storage3G8 RAM+32G8 storage
Symmetrical USB Type-C connectorWith USB DAC and USB audio out functionality
Open-source Android 7.0 NougatSupports any 3rd party apps
All To DSDFiiO is the first to support this feature
All major portable headphone outputs2.5mm/3.5mm/4.4mm
Numerous ways to connect to your musicFiiO Link/AirPlay/DLNA/WiFi
Dual quick charging technologiesQuick Charge 2.0 + MediaTek Pump Express
Dual Hi-Res Audio certificationsHi-Res Audio and Hi-Res Audio Wireless certified