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FiiO M9 , Android based Hi-Res smart DAP with 3.5/2.5 powerful output|AKM4490 X2 |WiFi|aptX/aptX HD/LDAC/HWA(LHDC)|USB DAC|USB AUDIO OUT

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by JamesFiiO, Aug 10, 2018.
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  1. Detectit
    That's a shame.. I use deezer and doesn't come with an equilizer...

    So I guess no M9 for me than.

    Can't Fiio set a third party equilizer on the whitelist?
  2. dharmasteve
    Just downloaded the track 'Human' by Rag and Bone Man. Switched off my WiFi and played the track as a download through earphones and the Spotify EQ and the other sound adjustments all worked. Swiched the WiFi back on and streamed the download to my Jam Symphony speaker but the EQ was disabled. So you can equalise streaming into the DAP and you can EQ downloads but you can't equalise when you stream to a speaker from Spotify. I think I have probably done all of this correctly. The Spotify equaliser is not too bad in practice. The Fiio implementation looks a lot better.
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2018
  3. dharmasteve
    It seems that there is a strange anomaly. When using the Fiio M9 over Bluetooth the EQ using Spotify works very well, but using the Fiio embedded app it seems the EQ does not work when using Bluetooth. Could somebody else check this out? I have noticed on my Samsung S9 plus the Fiio app runs quieter than the Samsung app. On the M9 the Spotify app sounds slightly louder and better presented than the Fiio app. It would be good if Fiio would allow the use of some better implemented music apps. It seems to me the hardware is good, the sound is good, but I think the Fiio music app itself may be weakest link. It is good but for some reason the same track on the Spotify app seems to sound a little better than on the Fiio app. Could be my imagination, could others check this?
  4. Detectit
    @dharmasteve would it be too much to ask to try deezer if you see an equalizer?

    An equalizer is visible in deezer when you have V4A or another third party app.

    Curious if you see one.
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2018
  5. dharmasteve
    I haven't loaded Deezer onto the M9 yet. I will do that later on and see if I can answer your question.
  6. Detectit
    That would be great mate....
  7. MJLavelle
    Any signal is going to be amplified to some extent, otherwise it would be in the milivolt range.
  8. dharmasteve
    OK dokay. Just installed Deezer. After playing around I found the equaliser. It shows up looking exactly the same as the Spotify equaliser and it works fine. I can't find any method to stream Deezer from the M9 to my Jam Symphony WiFi speakers yet. Sound is excellent using Deezer on high quality. For some reason only Spotify makes it easy to stream to my WiFi speaker. In general the sound is really good. I've only tested with the BQEYZ KB100, the Sony MDR EX 650 earphones and Yamaha HPH 200 on ear headphones. The bass output of the M9 on flat settings is very good and suits my taste. I'm getting to like the M9 a lot and prefer it to my Fiio X3 2nd gen. I don't feel the need to amp it. On high gain the volume goes to 120 and 68 is well loud enough to my older ears. I think Fiio have done a very good job and this is a keeper to me. I'm sure that any steaming to WiFi speaker issues and other minor issues will be firmware resolved.
  9. MPNow
    Do you have a large music catalogue? If so, I'd be interested in knowing how music scanning handles. I've seen videos with just a small amount of music (hundreds), and it scanned fairly quick but not in the thousands. Also, is the startup speed as long as I've seen in the videos online? It seemed to take a full minute to load.
  10. dharmasteve
    Not sure exactly what you mean. Anyway my music library is about 3600 on the micro SD at the moment. It took about 2-3 mins to scan the lot first time and once done that's it. Android starts a bit slower than my Samsung S9 plus but not in anyway too slow. I suppose a little longer than a modern mobile phone. Once it's on then its just a matter of using like a mobile phone music app. I don't find it too slow. Spotify works fairly spontaneously. Deezer maybe a tiny bit slower but quick enough. The Fiio app works quite quickly. Once you get used to some of the gestures getting around the apps is fairly quick. I do like the size of the screen and the unit, solid and a good size, good clarity display, but when typing in the keyboard it's quite tiny and it's easy to make lots of typing errors.
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  11. Detectit
    Okay!! That's just great Thank you very much on checking this.
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  13. BigTony
    Just a quick question about the M9 and SACD .iso files. In the past I have always ripped my SACD .iso files to DSF files and played them, can the M9 play directly from the .iso without the need to rip to DSF first?
  14. gjc10212
    I have a lot of 1 to 3 hr mix shows, downloaded (mp3) from Soundcloud. When skipping through the mix it seemingly takes 10-20 seconds to start playing that track again. That's the only negative for me, thus far.
  15. KevP
    Can you store Tidal tracks offline?
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