Disclaimer: FiiO sent us the M11 for the purpose of this review, free of charge. In exchange, we’re going to give our honest opinion, as always.
From its creation in 2007, FiiO has been pushing further and away to become one of the top players in the market. And you know what ? After more than 10 years of hard work, I think they achieved their goal as the once unknown brand is now on top of mine with almost all “audiophiles” in to personal audio..
Fiio DAP-wise, we reviewed the FiiO M7, FiiO M9, and even the FiiO M6, their smallest sibling and we gave high praise to all of them. So, it comes to no surprise that we expect even more from the new flagship : the FiiO M11
So, in today’s review, we’ll see if the M11 is THE flagship killer or just another good player from FiiO.
The FiiO Series
The FiiO M6 is, in my opinion, the best option available in this price range. It’s small, powerful enough to drive most portable headphones, has a WiFi + Bluetooth connection and it costs less than a cheap smartphone.
To auto quote : ” Let’s cut to the chase : for 150€, the FiiO M6 is a no-brainer. It blends good performances – neat design – great battery life – extensive capability and it can even be connected to another DAC through USB.”
The FiiO M7 introduced the new M series. It is one of the classiest players available in my opinion. It’s basically an Astell&Kern AK120ii but cheaper and lighter. Lieven made a comprehensive review of this player and said :
“Even though the Fiio M7 isn’t the typical audiophile DAP, I have really enjoyed using it to get to work and back home. Yes, it’s a “back to basics” device but it comes with an FM Radio, looks great and most important of all, it sounds more than just good. I’m pretty sure a normal consumers will be blown away with its performance, both in usability as well as with its sound.”
If it’s cheaper than the M9, it’s more expensive than the M6 without the benefits. There is no wifi connection, no streaming support and the only plus is the FM Radio embedded (and design). So yeah, it’s an odd player.
I reviewed the FiiO M9 a while ago. Spoiler alert : I really liked it. It’s a great piece of hardware, combining all the good ideas from the previous generation with a better UI experience. Up to this date, it’s FiiO’s best model in the new M range.
What I said in the review? “Access to third party-apps and Bluetooth duplex alone, make it a top choice for me. For 299€, it’s simply the most versatile audiophile player you could get at the moment. The perfect blend of audiophile prowess, compact design, and Swiss-knife capabilities. Get this and a Q5, you’ll be fully equipped for years.”
And now, here comes the new big brother, the FiiO M11. Available for only $450USD.
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