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FiiO Q1MKII-Apple MFi Certified DAC & Amp, Native DSD Support, XMOS USB DAC chip, DAC AK4452, 20 hours

Discussion in 'Portable Headphone Amps' started by FiiO, Jul 15, 2017.
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  1. Lifted Andreas
    Hey mate, thanks for your feedback on this. I actually use the Q1ii with my old XMG gaming laptop and its a great improvement over the built in Realtek sound chip. Better resolution, more spacious sound, improved definition and just overall a completely different presentation. Also, I received my Sennheiser PC37x today that I bought from someone on eBay for like £60 which is a bargain in my eyes considering they're basically Game Ones without the fancy styling. They also sound almost exactly like the old PC360 G4ME that I had with the rubber cable.

    Music out of the Q1ii and Sennheiser PC37x sounds good, although I can't stop thinking they might be better paired with something less smooth. Like a Dragonfly or something, ESS related. I use my laptop for literally everything, music listening, music production / DJ'ing + playing games and competitive games occasionally, watching films. So that's why the PC37x is perfect for me in that regard, there really isn't anything else in this price range that comes close to the versatility and comfort of this headset. In fact the only thing I can think of is the ATH ADG1x which cost like £300.

    Sorry this post was a bit OT.
  2. Charente
    I've been following the power draw debate (Q1 / Android). I don't have an Android phone, but I wonder if the Sony NW-A35 (or A45) as a transport route to Q1 (using the FIIO L27 WM-Port cable) would not draw power from the host ? If the Q1 doesn't draw power from the A35, this seems to me a relatively inexpensive transport solution ($150) and good battery. Any thoughts ?
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2018
  3. FLymon
    Not sure about the power draw, but with that setup I am now toting a phone, a DAP and a DAC/Amp, and I am $218 lighter from buying the Sony. The Q1M2 itself is under $100 and spending over $200 to get it to function by adding another peice of equipment seems counterproductive.

    Personally I returned my Q1M2 and bought a Cayin N3 ($149 including leather case) that I control with my phone (Galaxy S7) using the HiBy app. VERY convenient and sounds great to me for the money.
    I will miss the Q1M2 balanced balanced output but in this price range of $225 all in for the DAP and IEMs, I am pretty happy with the Cayin and FH1.
    If Fiio had solved the Android OTG issue I would have kept the Q1M2, no doubt.
  4. iLFuma
    Q1mkII with L27 doesn't draw power from the Sony NW-A35. I'm Super happy with this setup, excellent battery life :thumbsup:
  5. Charente
    @FLymon ... thank-you. Yes, I can see that my suggestion wouldn't have made sense for you. I'm starting from scratch so have a bit of leeway in my thinking.

    That's good news ... would you say that the Q1 is an reasonable improvement over the A35's sound (to your ears) ? The A-35 is almost the same size as the Q1 and I guess would stack neatly.
  6. Charente
    I've been trying out headphone pairings with the Q1 Mkii ... I already have the AEON in my main system and tried them with the Q1 ... it drives them very well in lo-gain with power left to spare and the sound is perfectly acceptable within the limitations of the Q1. Of course I wouldn't suggest people rush out to buy a $800 pair of headphones to use with the $99 Q1 but if you already have them it's a good pairing for use as a transportable setup.
  7. iLFuma
    They stack perfectly and the sound definitely improves. I love the bass boost switch, it makes my Balanced F5 very warm sounding. :fire:
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  8. Saoshyant
    This kind of makes me want to try the Q1mk2 with ZMF Ori, but as mine was bought used and terminated in RSA, I'd need to find an adapter to 2.5mm, which I've been wanting for awhile anyways. Maybe it's time to start searching.
  9. Lifted Andreas
  10. Charente
    Interesting ... slightly bigger than the Q1 MkII but more powerful and low output impedance.
  11. Saoshyant
    It looks similar to preious Topping amps to me.
  12. iLFuma
    Yeah, they are very similar. Usb power and Usb dac use different ports. Probably the charging circuit for the battery is separate and it's a good thing.
    The origin of these chips look strange, with a brief search i can't find the schematics. Anyway I've always found Topping's product specs a little bit shady.
  13. Lifted Andreas
    Yeah it's around the same price as well.

    Yeah it's based on the NX4 which already looked similar tbh.

    Same thing put me off getting one previously. They have an extremely good form factor but was never sure about the internals, even though all the numbers seem positive.
  14. WilcoRoger
  15. Charente
    @WilcoRoger ... that does look neat ! I notice the rubber strap rests on the power button on the A35 ... hopefully this doesn't affect (activate) it.
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