FiiO Q3 Review

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Today, we are reviewing the Fiio Q3, their newest DAC, available for €139.


Disclaimer: FiiO sent us the Q3 free of charge, in exchange for our honest opinion.

About FiiO

Since 2007, FiiO has been pushing further and away to become one of the top players. 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 every mouth and ear.

Lately, we’ve been reviewing IEMs (FH3, FA9) and DAPs (M15, M3 Pro) from Fiio but no more DAC/AMPs which is what the brand became famous for. Fortunately, the brand just released the third version of its bestseller: the FiiO Q1, now the FiiO Q3.

More outputs, new DAC, better amps, slightly more expensive. Those are the rough sketches.

The FiiO Series

FiiO K5 Pro

As the name suggests, the FiiO K5 Pro is an updated version of the first K5, which replaced the FiiO E09K. An affordable desktop DAC/Amp, designed to drive power-hungry headphones or act as a bridge for your hi-fi system.

If the K5 worked as a docking station for the FiiO X7/X5, the new K5 Pro completely ditched that connector. In exchange, you get a new range or digital inputs and an embedded DAC, provided by AKM. 

We didn’t have the chance to get this one for review, but I can give you an excerpt of the previous K5 review, by Lieven:

Anyway, it’s great to see Fiio release a docking station with an integrated amp for this price. I’m sure a lot of people will love that they’ll get to use their DAP now as a desktop setup. Well done Fiio, even though there still is some margin for improvement in the amp section.

Full review available here.

FiiO Q5S

The FiiO Q5S is the brand’s portable DAC/AMP flagship. It enjoys a dual AKM DAC, a full balanced circuit, the same swappable amp system, and a better Bluetooth connection. Like Apple, the S at the end of the name suggests that FiiO only added a few upgrades, instead of making a completely new device.

Fiio Q5s

I did a review a few months ago and long story short, really liked the device which felt like a swiss army knife, for audio purposes. Here is an excerpt:

The FiiO Q5S is excellent in every regard. It packs all the connectivity you will ever need and it sounds superb thanks to the double DAC and powerful amp module. And it costs less than four hundred bucks.

Full review available here.

FiiO Q3

The FiiO Q3 is the third iteration of the mighty Q1, the entry-level portable DAC/AMP from the brand. Think of it as a battery-powered K3, as both devices share lots of quirks and features.

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And now, it’s time to really dig into the review and see what FiiO has to offer.

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4.3/5 - (214 votes)

A nerdy guy with a passion for audio and gadgets, he likes to combine his DAC and his swiss knife. Even after more than 10 years of experience, Nanotechnos still collects all gear he gets, even his first MPMAN MP3 player. He likes spreadsheets, technical specs and all this amazing(ly boring) numbers. But most of all, he loves music: electro, classical, dubstep, Debussy : the daily playlist.


  • Reply November 12, 2020

    Rizqi angga

    This article sold to me
    I ditch my q1 mk2
    Q3 on shipping

  • Reply November 23, 2020


    I got mine already. What cable are you using with Walkman and Q3? Looks like the L27 cable?

  • Reply December 10, 2020


    Thanks for this beautiful review of the new Fiio.
    How does the Q3 handle harsch highs?
    I have among others a Superlux HD 681 for the spacious soundstage, but the highs are too sharp. Will the Q3 soften them?
    Thanks, Jort

  • Reply October 27, 2022


    Che differenza c’è, tra il Fiio Q3 e il Fiio Q3 Q, a parte la lettura di file MQA che a me personalmente non servono?

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