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New desktop USB DAC&AMP - FiiO K3 (E30),384K/32b,DSD DOP,typeC

Discussion in 'Computer Audio' started by demond, Jul 3, 2018.
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  1. MariusAB
    Well i tested during play havent heard any clics. Small clic could be heard when starting some file to play but only then and not always. So if you hear it clicking during play something wrong. Have you tried to use mobile phone as a source and using otg cable to play directly.
  2. crabdog
    That's normal. It's most likely a power saving function of the K3 or the USB port and it needs to wake up after being idle for a while.
  3. Dobrescu George
    Yes, only when starting files, and if it was idling, there should be no clicks or pops while music is already playing.

    That's what I thought as well, thank you for confirming :)
  4. superfrognyc
    Has anyone had the chance to compare the sound quality of this FiiO K3 to the more expensive iFi nano iDSD BL?
  5. Dobrescu George
    I had the chance, and the short version is that iDSD BL Nano is smoother on an overall level. Resolution is similar, although iNano can reveal a bit more textures and details, where K3 feels more powerful than the gentler iNano BL.
  6. superfrognyc
    Thanks for your take.
    Thanks, I was thinking of buying a K3 but I guess I will keep my iFi for now...
  7. Galeonero
    Hello people, I am thinking of buying a dac / amp for the notebook since I currently have the dac Hidizs Sonata that sounds good but it is more for smartphone since I do not feel an improvement in every way with respect to the dongles that are sold today for the smartphone.
    My headphones are Fiio F9 Pro and Audio Technica ATH-M40x. I'm a rookie on the whole subject of sound in high resolution, so I'm starting well off and on cheap things.
    What if I have a question, is it really worth comparing it against the Fiio E10k, I ask this because according to the review of the youtube channel of suprapixel, he compares the Fiio Q1, the Q1 Mark 2 and the E10k. And he says that the Q1 Mark 2 is closer to the sound of the E10k. Then since the K3 is practically the same but without battery that the q1 mark 2, it could be said that it is the same.
    Is it so that the K3 is worse than the E10k?
    I always speak of output 3.5 mm, since I do not use the 2.5 mm, even if I have headphones that can use it, I do not want to be changing cables every time.

    If you ask me what kind of sound I look for, I would say that one is very detailed. I'm not from listening to electronic music.
    I listen to music from the time of Michael Jackson, Madonna, Aerosmith, Robbie Willams, etc etc ...
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2019
  8. Alkaudio
    I contacted FiiO support about the clicks and they had no clue. It always happens at the start of playback and also after:
    1. 4-5 seconds of silence if you playback something for only few seconds;
    2. 22-23 seconds of silence if you playback something for few minutes.
    It doesn't depend on the USB port because it's there if plugged on my smartphone as well. Though, GREAT NEWS, I found a workaround: use this software, basically creates a background and silent tone in order to prevent the dac/amp to go idle: https://blog.rhysgoodwin.com/htpc/spdif-keepalive/

    You are welcome.

    PS: how can in 2019 an audiophile dac/amp have this "feature"? It's utterly absurd. Even smartphones don't have this "feature" and they need to save battery
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2019
  9. ninetylol
    Got a question regarding the Lineout. Website says its 1.9V output from the 3.5mm lineout. Now i noticed the gain switch actually changes the line out power. So if you would use the K3 as a Dac would you put the volume to max +high gain or at low gain?

    Thanks in advance!
  10. FiiO
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  11. Alkaudio
    I'm sorry, I don't know how to record the clicks since my computer mic sucks, so the video would be useless. I described the issue quite accurately in my previous post, nothing to add... Hope you fix through driver release
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2019
  12. twister6 Contributor
    For anybody who is interested, you can read Erik's (@Wyville) Review of K3 I just shared on Tw6, soon to be posted on Head-fi as well. Very impressive how much tech is packed inside of this small device.

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  13. KaiFi
    I have the Nano and I compared it to the K3. To me that K3 is flatter. The Nano is a bit "warmer". The Nano also does seem a bit more revealing. In my opinion the Nano is an improvement in most ways over the K3. I would expect it to be since it is twice the price.
  14. Alkaudio
    Dacs should be flat..... they are just meant to convert 0s and 1s into sound waves, period. If I want to colour I use an EQ (Equalizer APO + Peace)
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2019
  15. KaiFi
    Well it's also a headphone amp, so that adds coloring as well.

    Headphones add the most coloring, I think, then the amp portion, but DACs can too. It depends on how the DAC chip is implemented.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2019
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