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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. FiiO
    Dear friend,

    According to our test, we did not meet that issue. May need to confirm more operation from the reviewer instead. If there are local store in your city, you could have a try.

    Best regards
     
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  2. Hotzigetty
    I had a couple of issues.

    With different USB C to Micro B (even those supposed to have the host end on the type C end) and with the S8 OTG adaptor, the Q1mkii still charged from the S8.
    The other issue was that it took some time for the phone to recognize that the Q1mii was attached and I wasnt paying attention so I ended up blasting music for a bit. I haven't had this issues with the Dacmagic XS (usb 2.0 mode) or the DFR.

    Apart from this, especially for the price, this little thing is a marvel. Unfortunately, I'd bought this for travel use only (flights and hotels) so I don't think I'll end up keeping it.

    Edit: after a bit of fiddling around, I managed to get it working with an amazon basics cable and the shanling l2 cable without discharging (or too quickly discharging) my phone. In any case, no mroe red or purple! I had to bring hte music app is focus, connect, turn on the Q1mii and voila!
     
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2018
  3. Gringo91
    Lifted Andreas and Hotzigetty like this.
  4. surfgeorge
    I bought the FIIO Q1 MKII 2 weeks ago and have been testing the heck out of it with my iPad Pro and my iPhone SE.
    Headpones are Sennheiser Momentum 2 over ear.

    With the iPad Pro I get a very clear sound improvement. I am no reviewer, but I'd describe it as opening up, clearer, better separation of instruments, more details. Just what I expected.
    However, using the iPhone SE as source, the sound is significantly worse compared to using the iPad. Basically the differences between the iPad Pro analog out and the iPhone SE analog are still there, with the FIIO in between.
    The files in both devices are the same.

    I was very much aware of the differences between the sound of the iPhone and iPad, and my expectations were that by using the FIIO Q1 MK2 I would eliminate the differences between iPad and iPhone and get a sound with either source that's better than the iPad analog out. I am getting it from the iPad, but not from the iPhone.

    My goal was to stack the FIIO with the iPhone SE to get a great sounding portable solution.

    If I can't get that I'll have to return the FIIO.

    Any idea what could be going on here, and what I could do to make the iPhone SE work in the same way as the iPad?
     
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2018
  5. FiiO
    Dear friend,

    Via usb connection, right? Maybe the iPhone SE doesn't have nice output like the iPad work. :triportsad:

    Best regards
     
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  6. Lifted Andreas
  7. Brooko Contributor
    I’m assuming you are using the digital out from both the iPad and iPhone. If you are doing this, the output must be the same in both cases. You are using the DAC of the Q1ii with a digital input - so it can’t be any different. If I use my iPad Mini and compare with my iPhone SE (both using the Q1ii via digital) they sound identical. Suggest retesting.
     
  8. surfgeorge
    Thanks Brooko!
    Well, I assume that I am getting digital out from the iPad and the iPhone, but I have not found any way to know for sure.
    I am connecting the FIIO Q1 with the included lightning cable to the iPad / iPhone.
    Once the IOS has recognised the FIIO, the playback window of iTunes changes - the volume slider becomes inactive (no selector button)

    Did I miss anything? I could not find any information about changing settings or anything like that.

    Cheers, George
     
  9. Brooko Contributor
    Yep - that means it is using the Q1iis DAC. So theoretically output is the same. Sounds the same on my gear anyway.
     
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  10. surfgeorge
    Thanks again, Brooko!
    The dealer has offered taking back the FIIO, and I will take this option.
    Besides the SQ issue the FIIO is also loosing connection with the iOS device when moving it or touching the cable.
    I'm looking at a Shanling M3s or Cayin N5ii DAP instead, yes, more money, but more possibilties as well...

    Cheers, Georg
     
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2018
  11. Hawaiibadboy Contributor
    I have several amp/dac in my possession now and after a long frustrating day of everything doing some things but not others...this is the only balanced DSD amp dac that works all the time in the ways I want and has a tiny footprint.

    I had a ranking of what I liked and this came along and reminded me of the not broke don't fix.
    I wanted balanced...I wanted DSD native, I had it all already. 2018 and the cable hunting non cross use of cables and everything is ridiculous...RIDICULOUS
     
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  12. Lifted Andreas
    I agree, recently the iDSD nano BL has been tempting me, but I keep looking at the pictures of iDSD and then back at the Q1ii. To me the Q1ii just looks tiny compared to the iDSD and pretty much everything else I've looked at.

    So I just keep asking myself everytime I go near that Buy button - "what's the point?". I already have what I needed, and for half the price...
     
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2018
  13. slackerpo
    so does the Q5 falls behind Q1mk2 just in the footprint deparment or there is more to it?
     
  14. Brooko Contributor
    Q5 is brilliant. Yes bigger footprint - but for that you get a step-up in power + the Bluetooth is handy if you use it.
     
  15. TheEldestBoy
    Features aside, would you say there's an actual difference in SQ (Q1 MKII versus Q5)?

    I'll be pairing one of them with my iPhone 6s + HD600.
     
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