FiiO's new Q1 portable DAC-amp: Let's drink to "Happy Listening"!
Sep 21, 2015 at 5:09 PM Post #47 of 895

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I'm an idiot. By mistake I used a charge-only cable.  With a proper cable windows recognized it immediately.
 
I'm really impressed with the sound quality.  So far its dead-black quiet with the headphones I've tried, plenty of detail and very natural sounding, both through line in and as a USB amp.  I have not tried high impedance cans yet, but will try my senn hd580s, which are 300ohm, soon.
 
I don't like bass boost which blurs the bass a bit - at least on acoustic instruments.
 
I suspect the 9v Cmoy will be more powerful with high impedance headphones.  I don't have one to compare sound quality of amp but I would think they are both quite good and differences will depend on personal preferences.
 
Beautifully made small package.  Feels like it's all metal. It has a lot of functionality for the price.
 
Sep 22, 2015 at 12:18 AM Post #48 of 895

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I'm interested in paring this with the X1, how does it sound together?


I think they sound lovely together--even if I do say so myself :p
 
Sep 22, 2015 at 2:14 AM Post #49 of 895

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Saw some questions earlier but no answers about iPhone and CCK. Can confirm they work. Just listened to 5S via Q1 and T20. Phone volume on max, Q1 on low gain at 4 on the volume pot. Switched to K7XX, shifted Q1 into high gain and volume to 6, and it sounds great. Throw on the bass boost and the K7XX sounds good and beefy. Impressive for such a little piece of kit.
 
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Saw some questions earlier but no answers about iPhone and CCK. Can confirm they work. Just listened to 5S via Q1 and T20. Phone volume on max, Q1 on low gain at 4 on the volume pot. Switched to K7XX, shifted Q1 into high gain and volume to 6, and it sounds great. Throw on the bass boost and the K7XX sounds good and beefy. Impressive for such a little piece of kit.


BAM!!! I just knew it'd work. Awesome Easter Egg :L3000:
 
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With X3ii and the new, short interconnect. Perfect fit.



And with new EX1.

 
Sep 22, 2015 at 3:20 AM Post #52 of 895

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  Saw some questions earlier but no answers about iPhone and CCK. Can confirm they work. Just listened to 5S via Q1 and T20. Phone volume on max, Q1 on low gain at 4 on the volume pot. Switched to K7XX, shifted Q1 into high gain and volume to 6, and it sounds great. Throw on the bass boost and the K7XX sounds good and beefy. Impressive for such a little piece of kit.

Hi, thanks for your test. Yes, the Q1 can work as a DAC for the iPhone5S or iPhone 6(ios8.1) through the lightning to USB camera adapter. Pls be noted that, it is suggested to set the CHG switch on the Q1 to OFF when the Q1 work with the iPhone. That is to say, it will be better to not let the iPhone charge the Q1.  
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Hi, thanks for your test. Yes, the Q1 can work as a DAC for the iPhone5S or iPhone 6(ios8.1) through the lightning to USB camera adapter. Pls be noted that, it is suggested to set the CHG switch on the Q1 to OFF when the Q1 work with the iPhone. That is to say, it will be better to not let the iPhone charge the Q1.  :smile:


Great tip. Thanks!
 
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Saw some questions earlier but no answers about iPhone and CCK. Can confirm they work. Just listened to 5S via Q1 and T20. Phone volume on max, Q1 on low gain at 4 on the volume pot. Switched to K7XX, shifted Q1 into high gain and volume to 6, and it sounds great. Throw on the bass boost and the K7XX sounds good and beefy. Impressive for such a little piece of kit.


Eric, did you have to use a specific app to play audio or does it works by default? I'm not familiar with iOS, but with android you need specific apps with usb drivers.

Also, great to see 3.5mm IC can stretch that far, I had mine on the same side to get some strain relief. You can damage the wire by stretching it diagonally like that :wink:
 
Sep 22, 2015 at 8:23 AM Post #56 of 895

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With X3ii and the new, short interconnect. Perfect fit.



And with new EX1.


 
we have a bundle kits for X1/X3/X5, why don't you used the bundle kit to make it looks even better ?
 
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I think they sound lovely together--even if I do say so myself
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LOL Joe, and the X3, X3ii, X5, X5ii, M3.........................................................................no doubt the X7???
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Eric, did you have to use a specific app to play audio or does it works by default? I'm not familiar with iOS, but with android you need specific apps with usb drivers.

Also, great to see 3.5mm IC can stretch that far, I had mine on the same side to get some strain relief. You can damage the wire by stretching it diagonally like that
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No apps required. Worked straight outta iTunes.
 
Cable wasn't stretched in this set-up, but X3ii and Q1 aren't quite aligned perfectly. If the cable was 1mm longer the fit would be prefect. will probably revert to bendy set-up like you in future.
 
  we will release a lightning digital audio out cable in the coming soon so it can be used to connect iphone to any USB DAC in the future. 

 
That will make me happier than you can imagine, James. I despise the clunky CCK workaround (and I'm sure I'm not the only one), so a direct connect will I'm sure be immensely popular.
 
   
we have a bundle kits for X1/X3/X5, why don't you used the bundle kit to make it looks even better ?

 
I actually have the X3 stacking kit. Will drag it out for my next round of pics.
 
Sep 22, 2015 at 2:02 PM Post #60 of 895

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I tried my 300ohm Sennheiser hd580s, and the amp was plenty powerful to drive them.  Played some deep double bass and it was presented nice and clear with plenty of weight but taught.  I'm quite impressed with the little guy.
 

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