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FiiO X7 Mk II 2GB RAM + 64GB ROM + ESS9028 PRO + Balanced + DSD + BT 4.1 aptX + Dual mSD + Dual Band WiFi + Opt Out

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by superuser1, Jul 6, 2017.
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  1. twister6 Contributor
    If X7 and X5iii had a baby, it would look like...






    X7 feels a little naked now since it doesn't have a cool TPU clear case like X7ii and X5iii :wink:
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  2. Brooko Contributor
    Nice Alex - I don't get my sample until Tuesday. Just arrived, or have you had a chance to play around with it yet? Snappier UI?
  3. twister6 Contributor
    Literally, just opened the box (DHL dropped it off outside the door without even ringing a door bell, good thing I checked cause we are expecting a storm over night). Just spent a few minutes with it, copying songs, then a very short listening/comparison to X7.

    UI does feel faster, and what I like - they changed the GUI of the main Playback window, a lot cleaner now with a slim scrub bar to fast-forward through a song, and track/artist name underneath, and clean layout of play/pause/skip buttons; all the extra stuff (eq, bluetooth, favorite, etc) is hidden and accessible from a pop-up animated menu behind (...) icon.


    Comes with a default AM3a balanced module, but I only tested SE output between X7 and X7ii (just a very quick test). Seems that AM3 has a little more power in comparison to AM3a. Right away, I can hear a wider soundstage. Tonality is similar, but I do hear a little improvement in dynamics, maybe even a little better layering of the sounds, nothing really night'n'day yet (except for a noticeable soundstage width improvement), though too early to talk about it, I want to let it play over the weekend, to condition capacitors and the rest of the circuit.

    We are talking about dual uSD card (vs single in X7), volume wheel and playback hw buttons (like in X5iii, I was never a big fan of X7 symmetric button layout, never got used to it), backward compatibility with original amp modules, some GUI improvements - all that already a bonus. Plus, Sunny mentioned they have a new FW update which I have to check out. So far so good!
    Brooko likes this.
  4. superuser1
    I really like the new clean UI. A new FW already? Please keep us posted. Thanks
  5. Vartan
    Volume control: 120 steps +/- button control (via analog-domain controller)
    Volume control is analog or digital?
    Can someone explain me?

    Last edited: Jul 22, 2017
  6. Hawaiibadboy Contributor
  7. superuser1
    Awesomeness HBB .. Can't you like move the review to 1 instead of 2 weeks? :) kidding.
    I am glad you spoke about balanced performance between the two.
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  8. captblaze
    I would like it if this round of reviews would include all features of the device. Wi-Fi / Bluetooth range and functionality especially. they may seem insignificant in regard to how the device sounds or what the UI looks like, but since this and other DAPs are now streaming devices, testing the wireless capabilities should be part of the review.
  9. Hawaiibadboy Contributor
    I will talk about most features including streaming wifi range and the like. Just got it today so it's just first impresions. Balanced output quality was the first notable thing that struck me today
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  10. captblaze
    That would be helpful. I had to return an Opus#2 because of poor Wi-Fi range. Had it been discussed in some of the reviews I read, I wouldn't have purchased it.
  11. Fiio audio fan
    :triportsad: HI awesome initial review wow 700 bills this may be out of range for me. just got the orig. x7 about a month ago wondering if waitng a year the price may drop like the orig x7 did may have to wait happy listening
    Hawaiibadboy likes this.
  12. Joseph Lin
    Please do test DLNA! Original X7 still not supporting DLNA playback.
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  13. Whitigir
    700 bills is cheap for the hardware spec the X7 MKII has been built with :). Interesting to see how all the impressions will go, keep it coming guys
  14. twister6 Contributor
    I thought the MSRP price going to be $649?
  15. Whitigir
    That is even cheaper :D
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