REVIEW – MAJORHIFI.COM (+view)
“… personally, I think this player will appeal most to two types of users. Both the diehard FiiO fan and the incorrigible wifi streamer will be helpless against its wiles. Indeed, the M11 Pro constitutes FiiO’s best, most streamlined player yet. And for folks who listen to most of their music over Wifi – or locally stored on a memory card – the Pro can’t be beat …”
The FiiO M11 Pro Portable High-Resolution Lossless Wireless Music Player represents the combination of sophisticated audiophile-level audio architecture and smartphone-like convenience. The M11 Pro’s internal audio processing starts with the Samsung Exynos 7872 2.0 GHz hexa-core chipset, and is joined by dual AK4497EQ high-performance DACs based on AKM VELVET AUDIO, dual custom-made OPA926 op-amp chips, and much more. The result is designed to provide you pure, clean sound with little distortion and drastically increased SNR.
Multiple smartphone-like features include a 5.15″ bezel-less touchscreen display, with 720p HD resolution and a cinematic 18:9 aspect ratio. The M11 Pro also supports wireless two-way Bluetooth 4.2 audio transmission. Even over Bluetooth, FiiO designed the M11 Pro to transmit audiophile-level quality, with support for SBC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC, and LHDC formats (some formats may require a firmware upgrade). Built into the M11 Pro is a deeply customized version of Android 7.0, with access to a plethora of music apps over 2.4/5 GHz dual-band Wi-Fi. These are just some of the features the M11 Pro hi-end portable music player has to offer.
Note:The Android 7.0 OS has been deeply customized by FiiO for the M11 Pro. Google Play Services, including Google Play store, are not available. Third-party app stores are available.
Dual THX AAA-78 Amplifiers
With powerful output that can drive most headphones, the dual THX AAA-78 amplifiers in the M11 Pro are engineered to be powerful and efficient, which results in less noise and distortion. The precise and natural sound that THX amplifiers are designed to produce is based on the amplifiers’ 8-stage amplification, 0.5% high-precision thin film resistors, 4-way independent power supply, and a 6-layer gold-plated PCB.
The M11 Pro supports MQA decoding, which is meant to deliver truly lossless playback of the original master recording’s sound. The MQA is fully authenticated and small enough to stream or download via the FiiO Music app.
Dual Low-Phase Crystal Oscillators
Created by Japan’s River Electec, the two independent low-phase noise crystal oscillators inside the M11 Pro are crafted to work with FiiO’s own FPGA technology. Together they are meant to allow for any audio processing to experience pure audio signals with greatly reduced distortion.
Doubles as Bluetooth Amplifier
The M11 Pro can be set to Bluetooth Receiver Mode, which allows you to transmit wireless signals through the M11 Pro’s advanced audio circuitry to provide improved frequency response and to decrease distortion, noise floor, and crosstalk. The incoming signal can even be sent out to external devices via the built-in coaxial output.
Three Headphone Outputs
FiiO’s engineers have incorporated balanced 2.5mm and 4.4mm headphone jacks, as well as your standard 3.5mm single-ended output. With this kind of versatility, you can use your favorite headphones without the need of cumbersome adapters.
Up to 2TB of Storage
It’s easy to fill up a portable device’s storage with large, lossless audio files. This is why FiiO has given you the ability to augment the 64GB of built-in storage with microSD cards. The M11 Pro has a microSD card slot that can support an (optional) card up to 2TB in size.
Long Battery Life + Fast Charging
The M11 Pro has been outfitted with a large 4370mAh battery that can provide up to 9.5 hours of continuous playback, and up to 55 days of deep-sleep standby time when not in use. To help alleviate the wait to get back to the music, FiiO incorporated Quick Charge 2.0 and MediaTek Pump Express quick-charging technologies, which allow the M11 Pro to fully recharge in as little as 2 hours.
Precision Volume Control
Dial into the perfect amount of volume for your listening tastes or specific location with the M11 Pro’s gold-colored volume wheel. The wheel has been intricately milled to provide a texture that helps give you precise control. The volume wheel is also designed to be dust resistant to help ensure increased durability.
FiiO Link allows you to connect your smartphone with your M11 Pro, letting you remotely control the M11 Pro with your phone and display what the M11 Pro is currently playing. Android smartphones can connect to the M11 Pro over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, and iPhones can connect over Wi-Fi.
DLNA, AirPlay, and Wi-Fi
Wirelessly transmit audio through your M11 Pro from your PC or NAS library via DLNA, or from your iOS devices via AirPlay. You can also stream audio right from your computer’s browser via Wi-Fi.
Dynamic EQ with 8 Presets
The M11 Pro features a 10-band dynamic EQ with the ability to adjust up to plus or minus 12 dB. Built-in presets include pop, blues, classical, jazz, rock, dance, metal, and vocal. You can also dial in your own customized EQ settings to get your audio sounding the way you want it to.
- Asynchronous USB DAC supporting up to 384 kHz/32-bit audio
- Through a decoder, the M11 Pro can output DSD128, DoP/D2P, and native DSD via USB
- Global All to DSD mode converts all PCM audio signals to DSD
- Coaxial output for connecting to external speakers, amplifiers, and decoders
- Audio software bypasses SRC for global lossless audio playback
- Hi-Res Audio and Hi-Res Audio Wireless certifications
- A3P030 FPGA chip
- Three OPA1642 LPF chip
- Samsung S5N5C10B01-6330 Bluetooth chip
- Distinctive angular shape and polygonal body design
- Glass backing with protective PET coating
- Sophisticated carbon-fiber texture
- Recommended headphone impedance: 16-150 ohms (unbalanced)/16-300 ohms (balanced)
FiiO M11 Pro SPECIFICATIONS
|DAC||2 x AK4497EQ 32-Bit|
|Amplifier||2 x LMH6644|
|External DAC Functionality||Yes, DSD up to 384 kHz / 32-Bit|
|Frequency Response||10 Hz to 86 kHz -3 dB (Unbalanced Line Out)
10 Hz to 86 kHz -3 dB (Balanced Headphone Out)
10 Hz to 86 kHz -3 dB (Unbalanced Headphone Out)
|Impedance||1.1 Ohms (Unbalanced Headphone Out)
2.4 Ohms (Balanced Headphone Out)
|Gain Settings||High1, Low1|
|Volume Control||Analog (120 Steps)|
|THD + N||0.0006% at 1 kHz (Unbalanced Line Out)
0.00084% at 1 kHz (Unbalanced Headphone Out)
0.00108% at 1 kHz (Balanced Headphone Out)
|Audio Power Output||294 mW at 16 Ohms (Unbalanced Headphone Out)
200 mW at 32 Ohms (Unbalanced Headphone Out)
22 mW at 300 Ohms (Unbalanced Headphone Out)
460 mW at 16 Ohms (Balanced Headphone Out)
550 mW at 32 Ohms (Balanced Headphone Out)
88.5 mW at 300 Ohms (Balanced Headphone Out)
|Signal to Noise Ratio||>119 dB (Line Out)
>113 dB (Unbalanced Headphone Out)
>115 dB (Balanced Headphone Out)
|CPU||2.0 GHz ARM Cortex A73 Dual-Core
1.6 GHz ARM Cortex A53 Quad-Core
|Operating System||Android 7.0|
|Internal Storage Capacity||64 GB|
|Maximum Storage Capacity||2 TB|
|Flash Media Slot||1 x microSDXC|
|Display||5.15″ LCD (1440 x 720 Resolution)|
|Operation Method||Physical Buttons, Touchscreen, Volume Wheel|
|Formats Supported||Audio: DSD64, DSD128, DSD256 (ISO, DSF, DFF, DST), DXD 352.8K, APE FAST/High/Normal, APE Extra High, APE Insane, Apple Lossless, AIFF, FLAC, WAV, WMA Lossless, MP3, OGG, WMA, and AAC|
Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n)
|Bluetooth Codecs||aptX, aptX HD, LDAC, SBC|
|Connections||1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm Stereo Headphone, 1/8″ / 3.5 mm Stereo Line-Out, 1/8″ / 3.5 mm S/PDIF
1 x 2.5 mm Balanced Headphone
1 x 4.4 mm Balanced Headphone
1 x USB Type-C
|Battery||1x Built-In Rechargeable Lithium-Polymer Battery 4370 mAh
Providing up to 9.5 Hours per Charge for Audio Playback
|Charging Time||Full Charge: 2 Hours|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||2.8 x 5.1 x 0.6″ / 70.5 x 130.0 x 16.5 mm|
|Weight||8.18 oz / 232 g|
|Package Weight||1.29 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||7.2 x 4.8 x 2.9″|