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It might be better to just post another thread as a poll and gather votes/opinions that way.
Re: Battery Life, I use high gain, listen at around 65-70. This morning's commute used about 20% within an hour, minimal screen on time, but I was skipping tracks.
I have read that M9 is a replacement of X3 series, does it mean that X5-III still is better than this model and Fiio is gonna create some new player to replace X5 line?
I am just in dilemma which one to buy now? Thanks
Better than APTx is not really necessary I think. For something like the M50xBT it would be completely pointless.
Very likely the hardware simply doesn't support any further significant upgrades. If was to criticise their support of the X7, it was that the newer versions of the firmware ran slower than the original versions. I wouldn't be surprised if the lock-down on installable apps on the M9 was the result of customers complaining about the X7 not being usable like a smartphone.
Speaking of which, it's not a popular app, but I'd put my hand up to vote for Radio Paradise being whitelisted. It can, at least on a regular phone, cache many hours of their playlist in FLAC format. I find it a good way to discover new music.
Radio Paradise...first I’ve heard of this. Seems like a must have for my R6. Thank you!
I have the Fiio X3 2nd gen besides the M9. I can say that audio wise the M9 is, imho, considerably better than the X3 soundwise especially through my earphones. With either the Tin Audio T2 or BQEYZ KB100 they are both a match made in heaven. I would like to see the Hi-Fi Cast app whitelisted as the Fiio App cannot cast. It does have DLNA but is limited in streaming functions. Both Tidal and Deezer cannot cast as far as I can see, I have tried. Spotify can. Fiio have not replied to my questions sent to support about these things. I don't know if that is because they are slow or are not really interested in talking firmware support. There is no doubt that there are a variety of apps which need to be white listed to make the M9 live up to it's full capabilities. Android takes this little guy to another level. Fiio though need to focus on both immediate and long term support.
Any USA release update?
Fiio has one site listed here for USA
Thanks! Hopefully Amazon is not far behind!
Finally another review http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/reviews/entry/fiio-m9-portable-high-resolution-audio-player
Amos my friend. This is Head-Fi! It may seem pointless but people go to great lengths here for signal integrity and bit-rate.
LDAC >= HWA > AptX HD >= AAC == AptX/LL > SBC >= Biting on a metal rod for 'wireless' bone conduction.
I think the metal rod in this scenario would technically be a wire wouldn't it? Not to quibble or anything
FWIW I notice a decent jump from iPhone>AAC>BTR3>B&O H6 to Sony Android>LDAC>BTR3>... yet to test APTx and APTxHD, will be interested to see if there's noticeable differences. I'd expect if there are, you'd need a set up that could switch instantly between them to tell. Still, in this hobby the thrill of the chase is half the fun at least.
Has a slight hint of warmth, but does sound rather nice for the price.
Does anyone know what the wallpaper dimensions are? Cheers in advance!
Since I see you have a BTR3, you can try out HWA. It's literally the ONLY receiving device in the world right now certified for receiving HWA LHDC. https://www.hwa-lhdc.org/headphones
Obviously you'll need a device (cough M9) that supports sending it as well. From what I can tell, LHDC is a mid product between LDAC and AptX HD in where LHDC(900kbps) has 90 less effective maximum kbps but with a higher focus on low latency than say LDAC(990kbps) which pushes the BT5 standard.
So if you want to bang on OSU or some rhythmn games. LHDC is probably your best bet.
LHDC is going to lose and be lost in the sands of time UNLESS huawei give/cooperate and also have Google include it in Android. Sony saw the writting on the wall and pulled a cooperative move and 'gave' LDAC onto all Android post 8.0 Oreo releases so all devices will have it and support it. Wicked smart.
As İ can see M9 is only Fiio model that supports LDAC and Aptx HD,
So if İ prefer listening music wireless (lets say with Sony MDR 1000 mk3) does it mean that in headphones the sound of M9 will be much better quality than sound from X5-III via Bluetooth?