FiiO Q5, Flagship DAC/Amp, an Dual DAC, USB/Optical/Coaxial/Line in, share the same amp module with X7.
Dec 22, 2020 at 3:35 AM Post #3,152 of 3,162

Dobrescu George

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hi guys, i just get the Q5s type C, once quick question. LDAC is better or Aptx ??

sorry for the nub question ^^

LDAC typically has higher rate and better SQ. Also is more sensitive and can disconnect easier,
 
Dec 24, 2020 at 3:13 AM Post #3,156 of 3,162

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Would you prefer to get a AM3D-Type C module for your Q5?

We are checking out our users' demands and taking into consideration whether to sell the AM3D-Type C module separately. So it will be highly appreciated if you could share your option with us. And please update us the country you are locating if you are interested in this. Thanks in advance!

*This investigation does not promise that the AM3D-Type C will be sold individually.

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Jan 8, 2021 at 8:25 PM Post #3,159 of 3,162

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I've been a bit of a Fiio fan since my 1st purchase of an e17 and e9 desktop amp. Over the years I've upgraded my audio solutions. My primary headphones for listening are my Shure SE846 IEMs, Hifiman HE560 v1, and modded Sennheiser HD800 (Dupont resonator mod). Both the HE560 and HD800 have Dekoni replacement earpads.

I was unfortunately duped by the LH Labs/Indiegogo fiasco for over $6300US in product that's never been delivered. At the time I was working full time and had the disposable income. Then life threw a curve - I was forced into early retirement by health issues. Alas this meant a significant drop in disposable income for my audiophile hobby.

As I never received a full desktop amp, I’d been using a Ray Samuels Audio 'The Intruder' balanced portable amp. It had a failure in the left channel so it was sent back to RSA for repair. Being on limited income I couldn't actually afford to repair it at the time. This left my HE560 and HD800 largely unused until I could afford the repairs.

This also meant using the Shure SE846 IEMs as my primaries. While they were OK to use with my phones (both Apple and Android) and a Fiio X3, they didn’t deliver the performance I knew they could. Around Christmas 2019 an anonymous donor gifted me a Fiio BTR5 and I was very pleased with its performance, especially when using the balanced output.

Alas like all battery powered devices can, my BTR5 failed in Dec. 2020 when the battery overheated and bulged, popping the front glass off the body. On a side note, Fiio support has offered to repair my BTR5 for a minimal surcharge, even though the failure happened 1 week out of warranty. It will be sent back to China for repair soon. Regardless, I had saved up some money with plans to buy a newer portable amp/DAC that also offered Bluetooth support. Enter the Fiio Q5s TC…

I read a number of reviews and when I saw Canadian dealer Headphone Bar had them for a slightly reduced price, I decided to take a chance and give one a try. I’ve only had it for a few days but suffice it to say I’m VERY pleased with the performance. I’ve only been able to test my HE560 and HD800 cans in single-ended mode. I’m waiting for some connectors to arrive so I can make 4.4mm adapters for my custom cables (which use mini-XLR 4 pole connectors to allow a variety of connection types). That said, the Q5s TC handles them both quite effortlessly.

The real winner though is using it with my Shure SE846 IEMs. I have 2 balanced MMCX cables for them, one an average quality Mee Audio 2.5mm universal (with adapters), and a new Fiio LC-C 2.5mm purchased at the same time as the Q5s TC from Headphone Bar. The new Fiio cable is also very nice - very supple and flexible, no noticeable microphonics and using quality MMCX connectors that appear to have eliminated the occasional connection issues found with lower-end MMCX connectors.

The Bluetooth capability of the Q5s TC is excellent for both range and quality. It stays connected while roaming about my 1100 sq. foot condo, whereas the BTR5 would struggle when more than 10’ away from the BT source. I’ve just started using the Q5s as a USB DAC with Audirvana running on my MacBook Pro. I’ve been using some of my hi-res library - 88/32, 96/24, 192/24 and DSD256 for the source files. Needless to say, I’m very happy with sound quality and the purchase.

If you’re in the market for a decently powered portable amp/DAC with USB, Bluetooth and other connectivity, I think you’ll be hard-pressed to find much better than the Q5s TC in its price range. The THX AAA amplification is better than I expected. Thank you Headphone Bar and Fiio!
 
Jun 13, 2021 at 9:12 PM Post #3,160 of 3,162

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So I read Fiio's recent posting regarding Apple Music and high-res lossless support with Fiio products. I'm still a little confused. I have a Q5 and if I connect an iPhone via a lightning to micro-USB cable (ddHiFi MFi05), will I be able to listen to native 24/192 material? Will any cable work or do I need a special Apple certified cable?
 
Jun 14, 2021 at 3:26 AM Post #3,161 of 3,162

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So I read Fiio's recent posting regarding Apple Music and high-res lossless support with Fiio products. I'm still a little confused. I have a Q5 and if I connect an iPhone via a lightning to micro-USB cable (ddHiFi MFi05), will I be able to listen to native 24/192 material? Will any cable work or do I need a special Apple certified cable?
Any cable lightning to micro usb that works normally would do on this setup, that's the way im using them and yes, it works correctly (using the stock cable that comes with the Q5)
 
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So I read Fiio's recent posting regarding Apple Music and high-res lossless support with Fiio products. I'm still a little confused. I have a Q5 and if I connect an iPhone via a lightning to micro-USB cable (ddHiFi MFi05), will I be able to listen to native 24/192 material? Will any cable work or do I need a special Apple certified cable?
Dear friend,

Yes, you could also use the lightning adapter comes with the Q5 for help.

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