FiiO K5 || FiiO's docking desktop amp
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So finally getting a balanced amp. Question is does the K5 get bypassed completely when connecting from the K5 rear 3.5mm balance output to external amp XLR input? Or is signals decided from dac getting amplified by K5 and also external amp?
I would say it bypasses the K5 amp section, because the balanced line outs are not working if you don´t have a compatibile Fiio player..
 
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No expert at all, but as per your last sentence, I would have thought that the K5 outputs a balanced fixed lline out (analogue) to whatever amp which then amplifiies the line out.
 
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No expert at all, but as per your last sentence, I would have thought that the K5 outputs a balanced fixed lline out (analogue) to whatever amp which then amplifiies the line out.
I’m trying to decide if the dac in the X7 (gen 1) through K5 balances outputs is good enough for the Massdrop balanced amp (THX AAA 789) I have on preorder or if I should just get a separate balance dac altogether.
 
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Don’t I need a 3.5mm male to XLR male?
This is a 3.5mm male to XLR female.
The posted diagram wasn't exactly 3D.

In any case there's another version of that cable that has male XLR.
 
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I´m having problems also with Fiio X5 III and my new Fiio K5 -combo. The right channel is distorted / obsolete and I can hear music only from left channel. Of course this happens in Pure music mode...When I select line (from my Topping D10) there is no problem. Nice!

Edit: when I use the dock with X5 III and switch to line in (that has nothing in) I can still hear the sound from my left channel (very weak sound) and distortion on the right. There must be something wrong on this unit.
 
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Has anyone actually tried the balanced out from the K5 and can give your impressions on it or the setup ? I cannot find a single one from google , @kdub , Did you get your setup running ?
 
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Has anyone actually tried the balanced out from the K5 and can give your impressions on it or the setup ? I cannot find a single one from google , @kdub , Did you get your setup running ?
I have not tried the balance out yet. I did confirm with Fiio that when using the balance out the audio signal is not being amplified by the K5. I’m not sure how the signal gets split into balance however from the DAP. I ended up buying a separate balance dac (SMSL SU-8) and balance amp (Massdrop THX AAA 789) which have not arrived yet. If I have the balance cables I can do an A/B test of this setup vs X7/K5 balance setup. Anyone want to mail me some loaner cables to test? : D
 
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I love the DAC on my X7 II but not sure if I wanted to go balanced with the K5 . Was looking at some cheap balanced tube amps like the Loxjie P20 for starters , hope your setup goes well ! Do let me know :)
 
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My experience with the K5 + X5 Gen 3 was not so great. The docking didn´t work and I couldn´t use my X5 as a DAC with the amp. Other channel was distorted and almost obsolete. The amp is nice and "OK" with other DAC and worked just fine and the X5 Gen III works nicely as a DAC without the K5 dock. But as I purchased the K5 to work with X5 GEN III as a dock and as a DAC for my secondary (or third :rolling_eyes:) computer this product is useless.
 
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I'm interested in Fiio K5 + E17K combo. I have Sony's dual 3.5mm balanced cable and XBA N3!

Do you guys think Fiio K5's dual 3.5mm balanced output is as good as Pono's 3.5mm dual balanced output?
I really like the sound of Pono's dual 3.5mm balanced output but I hate Pono's terrible OS and UI. It takes 5 minutes to just be able to select and play music.

I'm looking for a desktop dual 3.5mm balanced solution but Sony PHA-3 is too expensive for me.
If K5 + E17K dual 3.5mm balanced output can sound as good as Sony PHA-3 dual balanced or Pono balanced output, I'd love to buy K5 and E17k.
 
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