FiiO's new Q1 portable DAC-amp: Let's drink to "Happy Listening"!

Discussion in 'Portable Headphone Amps' started by joe bloggs, Sep 12, 2015.
  1. carmatic
    but it certainly also depends on the genre of music... a bass boost wouldn't make sense with some genres such as folk or classical
  2. Sp12er3
    Well of course, I for example, still switch them on while listening to "Starboy" right now, but for my daily dose of acoustic music? no it's off.
  3. Husak Gabi

    Ich bin aus Österreich und habe ich eine Sony xperia XZ telefon ,eine Philips fidelio S2 kopfhörer ,und heute habe ich eine Fiio A3 und eine Q1 bekommen .
    Bei mir über Dac mit Sony Q1 viel lauter als der A3 ,aber nur über DAC .Über kopfhörer ausgang A3 lauter als Q1 .
    Wie könnte dass sein ?Meine Sony XZ über USB gibt eine stärkere Signal außer ?
    Für meine Ohr besser klingt irgendwie und lauter das Q1.
    Aber noch interessant in Verpackung 190 mW mit 16 Ohm .Normale weiße mit 32 Ohm hat 190 mW ,oder?[​IMG]

  4. Sp12er3
    Errr... Speak English please.. This is not a German headphone community..

    Though yeah the A3's and Q1's Line In is amplifying the already amplified signal of the headphone out from the XZ, unless it has the ability to use Line Out you're double amping an amp. So, if you set the volume of the source quite high that happen, discrepancies in driving power, of course If I remember correctly the A3 in spec do push slightly stronger than Q1 when its amp only.

    While the Q1 in USB DAC only got digital signal that then amplified internally once only (some may argue that this is a more direct path thus make it cleaner)

    When in Line in mode you have preference of one over the other, its more on the amp sound characteristics rather than one doing better than the others when driving a Fidelio S2, unless you have one playing a bit louder when A/B ing, human have tendencies to think that louder sounds better, such is the importance of volume matching.
  5. Sam Wayne
    Can anybody please tell me if Fiio Q1 supports OnePlus 3T for DAC functionality? Has anyone tried?
  6. NickosD
    A quick search would give you an answer but anyway.
    It does. You need to find a micro usb to usb type c cable
  7. Sam Wayne
  8. Sam Wayne
    Received my Q1 and its working without any issues with my OP3T and amazon basic USB-c to micro-USB cable. All of the system sounds are routed through the DAC when attached. So, I can play Soundcloud, youtube, podcasts app, any music app etc. I use poweramp alpha build 704 with USB DAC support for listening to music from the internal memory.There is no background noise with my Oneplus bullets V2 or M20X. The volume through DAC is enough for me. On high gain, I listen at 3-5 in the pot depending on my headphone or the music. But it is a bit on the lower side when using DAC that I can tell. Audio glitching is present but very rare. Sound quality is very good. Activating high gain increases clarity and the soundstage widens substantially.Overall a very good DAC.
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2017
  9. Dipper
    Q1 works perfect on Redmi note 3 using otg cable. The DAC does improve the sound. Music is more airy, more empty space, bigger soundstage. Less bleeding. More treble extension; Noticeable on the anime soundtrack "you say run", when the violins gradually increase in treble. I'm not 100% sure on any bass improvements, it's hard to tell.

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