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FiiO Q5, Flagship DAC/Amp, an Dual DAC, USB/Optical/Coaxial/Line in, share the same amp module with X7.

Discussion in 'Portable Headphone Amps' started by jamesfiio, Jun 21, 2015.
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  1. HotIce
     
    The two ways I can see myself using this, are. Connected to a PC/laptop and using it as DAC plus amp, or connected to a smartphone. In the first case, PC/laptops can access DLNA content on the network, and smartphones can do that as well.
    I would put more money where it matters (#1 amp, #2 DAC).
     
  2. mandrake50
    I think DLNA would be great. I have a large music collection on a sever. To be able to set the Q5 to stream from that collection and have the freedom to move around the house without being wired to something else would be great.

    Of course, no one would chose to compromise sound quality for the sake of wireless connectivity... if we could have both, it would be very nice.

    As to "most people" .. I don't know. DLNA and WiFi is ubiquitous now. I think that the sort of person that would buy the Q5 would likely be quite capable of setting it up. If it is available on the Q5, I tend to thing it would be appreciated and used by a significant number of the people who would buy the Q5.

    I might give an example. The Geek Wave was originally proposed with no wireless of any kind. The crowd mad a large push for it. The production units (if anyone ever sees one) will have both Bluetooth and WiFi. If one looks at the hard core LH Labs supporters, I don't think you will find a more ardent and in general well informed group of audiophiles.

    My vote is to keep the concept of WiFi/DLNA in play and optimize the system so that it does not affect sound quality.
     
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  3. JamesFiiO Contributor
     
    In fact, you can connect the Q5 with your smartphone in outside , something like wifi direct. them you don't need to bundle the amp with your smartphone. 
     
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  4. mandrake50

    Good point. I could see many situations in which this would be very nice to be able to do.
     
  5. Vartan
    I think Q5 will kill companion one!!!
     
  6. HotIce
     
    I can see that useful, if you do not want the phone strapped onto the DAC, because, say you are travelling and you need to have the phone free to handle calls.
    Though wifi permanent link is going to be draining both phone and device battery.
    So the question is, does having the phone free from cables, better than having longer battery life (and more $$ invested where sound quality matters)?
     
  7. JamesFiiO Contributor
     
     
    We can control the power consume at quite low level so it is not a big problem to our Q5, but not sure what happenned to the smartphone.
     
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  8. Hawaiibadboy Contributor

     I think he's implying it would be wireless capable with legacy/standard connects.
     
    So much win right there[​IMG]
     
  9. Dobrescu George
    I do not know about a display-less wireless device. 
     
    I mean, you need something to control the play anyways, might as well connect the device directly to the device used to control the playlist and the playback. 
     
  10. hakushondaimao
     
    I think the idea is you can have your Amp in a backpack or jacket pocket or something while out and about, and your phone connected wirelessly to the amp. All control can be done from the phone (stop, start, volume, pause to answer call, route call through amp to headphone/mic, etc). For something like this, you don't want (or need) a display on the amp end of the chain.
     
  11. leobigfield
     
     
     
    That's everything i was looking for!!! 
     
  12. reihead
    Interested!
     
  13. Dobrescu George
    I do not really see the use of it. Portably speaking, you are going to have something in your pocket that gives a wire to your headphones/ IEMs. That thing should be connected with a wire to it's data transport. 
     
    Again, portable usage, I only have a wireless router inside the house, where else would I ever need something like this. Just think of the inferno of the lag.
     
    To think that using the phone to control a home server to feed Q5 a song is feasible is wrong. I can guarantee that my wireless router is unable to do such a thing. Similarly to how I cannot control my laptop with my smartphone using teamviewer or so, there is not enough bandwidth.
     
    EDIT::: maybe it would work for some, but raising the costs to add this, or sacrificing anything else for this would not be great, if you get my point. It would be better to have this feature, but raising costs is not exactly ideal. 
     
     
    EDIT2::: I am mostly interested in this becauseI it might offer the same SQ as X7 at a lower price, which is exactly what I wanted. 
     
    EDIT3::: I wonder what happened to Fiio K5, the new dock. I am yet to understand what it is going to do exactly. 
     
  14. shotgunshane Contributor
    I for one would welcome AirPlay wifi compatibility.
     
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