- Mar 5, 2007
The sound quality of that cheep in your ears after getting punched in the face by yourself will never be equaled by any headphone or DAC or any part of your highest fidelity chain.4. Punch myself in the face and get with the program.
But seriously... The Q5 quite clearly isn't positioned as a "source device" of any kind, meaning it's never meant to be the first part of a chain. It's not playing your vinyls, your CDs, MP3s. It's meant to convert a digital signal coming from such a source into an analog signal, so it accepts various PCM and DSD formats via USB/coax/optical and as a wireless bonus also BT.
While it would technically be possible to also include BT transmitter functionality (and don't get me wrong, Sonic Defender, I totally understand your question and I doubt it would technically be a high effort to use that CSR chip as a receiver and transmitter in the same device), it wouldn't really make sense from a product placement point of view: For USB you can buy 10 USD transmitters for your PC, if it doesn't already have BT built in, which supports aptX. And for an analog source -> BT transmitter at high quality, you'd need all the necessary and expensive hardware for a proper ADC - which is the opposite of what the Q5's main focus is.
So while I agree that it would be a nice feature, and might not even be hard (= not expensive) to add, I also think that it's not a feature many people would look for in such a device, which might also be the manufacturer's perspective.
All that said, and even with FiiO's confirming statement regarding the Q5, FiiO have surprised us from time to time with new products in the past, which haven't been available in that form before (at least not at their usual price ranges). Thinking about the BTR3 as first to support practically any current high quality BT audio codec, their "portable DAC/amp with desktop dock" products, or their current lineup with the changeable amp modules. So it might not be totally out of the question or just wishful thinking that we could see a device that combines BT transmitter and receiver in one unit with a multitude of high quality analog and digital inputs and outputs. "Wireless bridges" are a thing already, and while they're already available in variants not using lossy BT codecs but lossless formats instead, these products are built for this one bridge-mode purpose only, while FiiO's products often combine multiple options in one device. So if anyone was going to build such a thing, I wouldn't be surprised, if it was them. Maybe I'm wrong, I'm not an oracle, but we'll see...