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

Fiio M11
Fiio M11 dap

(Note: This article is not Fiio M1s review, but it include the full information of Fiio M11 , and the comparison between Fiio M11 and Fiio M9 .

Meanwhile, we will collect all the Fiio M11 reviews right here, so you can read them conveniently) 

Article Review 

Head-fi Review

BUILD QUALITY AND DESIGN

Did you see the pictures? Most likely but they may not be giving justice to how beautiful this device really looks in person. It is solid and hefty. There are no curves to it, just straight lines, which I love. It has an authoritative, powerful look, only tamed by the beautiful golden volume wheel. Buttons are tightly tactile and very responsive, no loose feeling at all. Headphone ports are gold lined and reinforced. Headphone jacks plug in real tight and secure. Notice the thread here? There are no “loose ends” to the build. It is as solid and tight as they come.

SOUND

Burn-in: It is a DAP, not a headphone where the driver needs to loosen up so I do not expect a lot of changes after burn-in. Approximately 10 hours in and the sound remained consistent, if a little richer out of the box. No other changes noted thereafter.

Set-up:

Fiio Music App EQ is off.

3.5mm headphone out (I have no balanced headphones to test)

Gain is set to HIGH

Filter is set at Short delay Sharp Roll-Off (default)

I would like to preface this section by saying that headphones produce what you hear. The quality of bass, mids, highs, soundstage, and imaging are mostly dependent on the headphones. What a DAP could lend is its inherent leanness or warmth (dependent on the DAC), lower noise, and clean, abundant power, among other features. The role of a DAP is to output as linear a sound as possible to the headphones and let the headphones do the trick. Improvements to the headphone’s inherent qualities may be noticeable due to a better DAC and the added power (vs a phone or other DAPs).

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.

I don’t find the need to EQ the default sound of the DAP. It is just right. And if you ever want to EQ it, the equalizer in the Fiio Music App isn’t too invasive, but some may find it as ineffective since some EQs apply an immediate change to sound with a few DBs of adjustment. I think this is intentional to avoid distortion but Fiio could make it a touch more effective.

What it lends to the headphone is better detail in bass notes, mid-range, and treble. Differentiating notes in a bass guitar for example is easier, as well as differentiating vocal types from singers. It’s easier to recognize that a particular singer sings in a particular range or pitch, etc. Vocal uniqueness among singers come in more distinctively. The decay in cymbals and other high frequency instruments are much improved and you wouldn’t normally associate notes with cymbals but a simple mild crash can be very detailed and tingling.

As I prefaced, a better DAC (two DACs in this case), and the added clean power brings about these significant improvements to sound.

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Sound Impressions

The below subjective impressions are made with IEMs including FiiO FA7/ FA1, Final E4000/5000, Er4b and more, 2 days of burnt in are done with earphones attached to the 4.4mm connector.

I am mainly testing under balanced connection for optimized performance and using the default Short delay Sharp Roll-Off digital filter on high gain. Higher resolution /well-mastered tracks with All to DSD mode sounds the best for me on the M11 but it may consume a lot more power than without the function turned on.

Tuning

The tuning approach on the M11 focuses on the mid-range. The bass is meaty and soft, the vocal is swift/not grainy and the treble is fairly extended. I would call it a safe tuning and I prefer pairing with multi-driver IEMs that has stronger bass textures and lighter impacts.

The bass bleeds into the sub-bass and I am eq-ing down some frequencies in the lows to reveal the sub-bass. The in-app EQ on FiiO’s music app could be handy but with strong hardware, you can enjoy advanced EQ tweaks that require more system power say Viper, to give the low end more power and the dynamics more texture that will boost the overall resolution.

Balanced and Unbalanced

All outputs have no noticeable background noise tested with a silent track. Switching from 3.5 (with 2.5 to 3.5 convertor used) to the balanced connection you will notice the treble being tamed, there is better headroom and resolution as well.

Obviously there is more power and quality with the balanced connection and comparatively, the 3.5mm port sounds more aggressive in the bass region and comes with brighter mid-treble frequencies.

I recommend using the balanced connection for the best quality and the 3.5 will still be useful as a backup. You could also link up to other speakers/ DACs with SPDIF out from the 3.5 socket.

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Comparisons

M11 vs X5 MKIII

M11 is the spiritual successor to X5 MKIII so its natural and mandatory comparing the two. X5 MKIII was really cool when it was released, it looked and felt impressive sound was great but not top-notch, at least on IEMs, its performance was plagued by the slight hiss and dirty noise-floor on sensitive IEMs.

M11 is taller, heavier, has an extra headphone out, it is much faster by comparison, offers few additional Bluetooth features and an extra codec, has a stable Wi-Fi connection and a heftier battery life. M11 looks like a grown-up product from every point of view, there isn’t a thing that I really disliked on it.

Sound wise X5 MKIII has a grainy presentation in the mid treble and sounds leaner and polite by comparison, it works better with mid and high impedance headphones where noise-floor would not be an issue.

M11 sounds noticeable wider and deeper, the grain in the mid treble is also gone, replaced by a very revealing treble performance. M11 has also a pitch-black background and doesn’t have a noise-floor even with high sensitivity IEMs. M11 will also reveal just a little bit more out of your tunes, will have more nuance and shimmer. M11 sounds like a trouble-free X5 MKIII where every nay became an aye.

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Youtube Review 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxi0O1xv6fU ( Porta.fi, 17K followers)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19JQgD9FGkE (Bad Guy Good Audio Reviews, 13K followers, this review is about FiiO M11 v.s. iBasso DX220 )

Introduction 

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

Since there is no review yet, let’s take a look at the unboxing from Fiio Official ( It is the first time Fiio doing the unboxing video themselves)


Fiio m11 music player
Fiio m11 music player

Comparison between Fiio M11 and Fiio M9 

Many people asked us that the comparison between Fiio M11 and Fiio X7 mark II, but actually, we should compare it with M9. 

Well, let’t take a look at their difference. 

 M11M9
CPUExynos 7872 14nmExynos 7270 14nm
CPU operating frequency2GHz(A73×2),1.6GHz(A53×4)1GHz
CPU No. of cores62
DACAK4493EN×2AK4493EN×2
Operating systemCustomized Android7.0Customized
Input methodMulti-touch screenMulti-touch screen
KeyboardVirtual QWERTY keyboardVirtual QWERTY keyboard
Special featuresAndroid 7.0,No SRC restriction,All to DSD,2.5+3.5+4.4 output,Gesture controlLDAC,HWA,Gesture operation,WiFi Streaming,RGB indicator for different formats,Bi-directional Bluetooth,8-layer HDI PCB
User interfaceCustomized/FiiO MusicCustomized/FiiO Music
Chips usedSoC: Samsung Exynos 7872,DAC:AK4493EQ*2,FPGA:A3P030,LPF:OPA1642×2,AMP:OPA926*2SoC: Samsung Exynos 7270,DAC:AK4490EN*2,FPGA:A3P030,LPF:OPA1612,BUF:OPA1622*2
Bluetooth chip:SAMSUNG S5N5C10B01-6330
WiFiBluetooth chip:SAMSUNG S5N5C10B01-63302.4G,WiFi transmission supported
Bluetooth4.24.2
Bluetooth transmitLDAC/aptX/aptX HD/SBC(Available when playing on M11 or using M11 as USB DAC)LDAC/aptX/aptX HD/SBC(Available when playing on M9 or using M9 as USB DAC)
Bluetooth receiveSBC/LDAC (support in future firmware)SBC/LDAC to be supported
DLNASupports Windows for now, will support more in the futureSupports Windows for now, will support more in the future
USBTYPE C Two-way USB2.0TYPE C Two-way USB2.0
FiiO LinkSupportedTo be supported
Resolution1440×720480×800
Storage expansion typeMicro SD card x 2Micro SD card
Maximum storage expansionTheoretically 4TB (with each micro SD card supporting 2TB)Theoretically 2TB (only one micro SD card slot)
ROM32GB4GB
ROM available to userAbout 25GB2GB
Headphone out (PO)3.5 mm headphone jack+2.5mm balanced headphone jack+4.4mm balanced headphone jack3.5 mm headphone jack+2.5mm balanced headphone jack
Line out (LO)3.5 mm port(shared PO)3.5 mm port(shared PO)
SPDIF output3.5mm port(shared PO),DSD64/128,384kHz/32bit,DoP/D2P3.5mm port(shared PO)
Equalizer10-band EQ (±6dB), 9 presets+custom preset10-band EQ (±6dB), 9 presets+custom preset
Battery capacity3800mAh 3.8V Li-polymer battery supporting quick charge2350mAh Li-polymer battery
Charging time<2.5h(DC 12V/1.5A)
<3h(DC 5V/2A)
<2h(DC5V/2A)
Third-party apps supportSupports any appPreinstalled:FiiO Music, Netease Music, MOOV, Tidal, KKBOX
APP whitelist:Spotify、Qobuz、Roon、Deezer,QQ Music、Xiami Music、JOOX、ES file manager、Himalaya (copy theapk file to Micro SD card or internal storage to install)

Detail of Fiio M11

Explosive pereformance from the Samsung Exynos 7872

To ensure the user would have a great, powerful experience, we chose the hexa-core Samsung Exynos 7872 SoC to power the M11. With excellent performance comparable to the Snapdragon 625 and Kirin 659, you can be sure that the M11 will output your music without fail while providing an exceptionally fluid experience.

Dual Ak4493 high-performance audiophile DAC

Inside the M11 are two AKM AK4493 DACs decoding your music. Compared to its AK4490 predecessor, not only has the signal-to-noise ration (SNR) been doubled, but distortion has also been reduced by 1 dB for greatly improved sound quality.

Truly balanced audio design
Inside the M11 is a special custom-made OPA926 op-amp chip, which has lower noise floor, lower distortion, and overall cleaner power compared to the AD8397 op-amp.

And the OPA926 is only one high-quality part of of the M11’s highly optimized audio architecture designed to maximize sound quality, only achieved after constant iteration and improvement on the audio circuit.

Unbelievable sound that will seriously move you 

Much work has been done to ensure the M11 has exceptionally good sound, especially with vocals and treble

The low-pass filter has been carefully adjusted, major improvements were made to the power supply, and key components such as resistors and capacitors were upgraded – all resulting in the M11 reaching new heights in audio quality.

FiiO’s engineers have worked tirelessly to make sure the M11 will sound great no matter which headphones you plug in.

Pushing the boundaries of wireless hi-fi

With its support of Bluetooth 4.2, the M11 can transmit the SBC/aptX/aptX HD/LDAC/LHDC Bluetooth format as well as receive certain formats.

The M11’s high-performance Bluetooth radio ensures you can transmit signals further with stronger overall signal strength, so nothing can get in your way of enjoying wuality wireless music.

*At launch, the M11 as a receiver only supports SBC. Receiving LDAC will be enabled in a future firmware update.

A music player but also a capable bluetooth amplifier 

When set to be in the Bluetooth receiver mode, the M11 transforms into a high quality Bluetooth amplifier, with significantly better frequency response, as well as lower distortion, noised floor, and crosstalk compared to typical Bluetooth solutions.

On top of that, the M11 can also output any received Bluetooth signals through the coaxial out to an external decoder. With the M11, you can enjoy truly divine sound over the wireless convenience of Bluetooth.

More choices -2.5/3.5/4.4 mm headphone outputs 

Today, all high-end portable music players now include balanced headphone outputs

However the M11 goes one step further by including both the 2.5 mm and 4.4 mm balanced outputs. However the M11 goes one step further by including both the 2.5 mm and 4.4 mm balanced outputs, as well as retaining the 3.5 mm single-ended output.

No need for cumbersome adapters with the M11 – simply plug in your headphones to the right output jack.

Embrace the era of wireles with 2.4/5G Hz dual band wifi

With the M11’s dual-band Wi-Fi radio, you can expect better signal strength as well as faster and more stable connections – especially when using Wi-Fi on the 5GHz band to avoid interference 2.4GHz Bluetooth.

Straight lines that directly speak to you

You won’t find any curves on the M11 – rather, its body composed only of straight edges is the ultimate extenison of the polygonal style, giving a radically distinctive yet visually arresting aggressive look

18:9 HD touchscreen that your fingers will simply glide across

Adorning the front of the M11 is a large and colorful 5.15 inch 10-point multitouch screen with 1440×720 resolution, giving you a more immersive experience and more space to easilyt exevute fusterus.

With a glass-backed design, the m11 has got your back

The thoroughly modern and sexy glass-backed design allows you to instantly make a tactile connection with the M11 with just the palm of your hand. The glass back features PET coating, and the sophisticated carbon-fiber texture lets others know that the M11 means business.

Precisely adjust volume with the gold tactile volume wheel

Adding a bold splash of contrasting color to the all-black body is a gold-colored volume wheel, whose texture has been further improved and refined compared to previous players fo an even better feel. In addition, the volume wheel is no dust resistant for even greater durability.

Get a quick surge of power with QC2.0 and mediatek PE qucik-charging technology

Nobody wants to wait for charging.<

That’s why FiiO implemented the Quick Charge 2.0 and MediaTek Pump Express quick charging support for the M11, allowing it to only take 2.5 hours to fully charge its large battery.

And with the considerable 3800 mAh high-voltage battery, the M11 can continuously play music up to 13 hours and be placed in deep sleep standby for up to a whopping 50 days.

Open-source Android OS with a specically designed Fiio Music App

The M11 features a depeply customized version of Android 7.0, with a highly optimized audio software architecture that circumvents SRC for global truly lossless audio.

The FiiO Music App was designed for audiophiles by audiophiles, with both a user interface that provides easy access to your music and an exclusive decoding algorithm for the highest sound quality possible.

Note: Currently the Apple Music, Google Play, and Google Play related services are unavailable.

Spend less cleaning with more storage-3GB RAM+ 32GB ROM

The copious 3GB of RAM ensures smooth multi-tasking, while the 32GB of storage plus two micro-SD card slots (each supporting up to 2TB) means you can store thousands of lossless music files without having to delete songs to free up space.

Instantly take control from your phone with Fiio link

After connecting your phone and the M11 via Bluetooth with the FiiO Link functionality, you can remotely control the M11 from your phone as well as diplay what it’s currently playing.

*FiiO Link Is currently only supported on Android devices.

Flexibily listen to your music with the convenince of DLNA and Airplay 

Do you have so much music that you can’t even fit your library into the largest micro-SD cards? Then simply play them through DLNA for your PC or NAS, or via AirPlay for iOS devices for the ultimate in convenience

Simply transfer music directly through Wifi

Send songs to the M11 directly from your computer’s browser or smartphone, saving you the hassle of hooking up the player to your computer with a USB cable.


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