FiiO to unveil M9 Portable Digital Audio Player At Sitex 2018

Fiio M9

Singapore – FiiO, renowned for high-resolution digital audio players (DAP), will be unveiling the M9 portable digital audio player, its latest addition at SITEX 2018.

FiiO M9 is a feature-packed device designed with versatility and functionality in mind, topped with a highly optimised audio circuit for excellent sound quality, and accessible through one slick full-colour interface. For music lovers on-the-go, a fully charged M9 lasts for approximately 10 hours under normal usage and 45 days under the standby sleep mode.

Key features

Eight-layer HDI PCB ensures excellent sound quality
For the first time, FiiO uses an eight-layer HDI (High-Density Interconnect) PCB with a thickness of only 0.08mm. More complex than those in earlier models (e.g. M7), it allows more components to be integrated into a smaller space for a smaller device overall. Combined with the fact that the M9 PCB is L-shaped, similar to modern smartphones, the result is superior sound quality.

Dual AK4490EN DACs for superb decoding performance
The two AK4490EN Digital-to-analog converters (DAC) employed in the M9 feature a high signal-to-noise ratio, exceptional dynamic range, and low distortion – making for a precise yet exciting sound signature.

Bluetooth audio unleashed with full format support
The M9 uses Bluetooth 4.2 and supports Bluetooth formats including the high-resolution ones including 24-bit aptX HD (also backwards compatible with aptX), LDAC, and HWA.
– As a Bluetooth transmitter: LDAC/aptX/aptX HD/SBC (both natively from the player and through USB DAC)
– As a Bluetooth receiver: SBC (LDAC to be added with software updates)

Built-in dedicated integrated circuit with DSD128 hardware decoding
Inside the M9 is a high-performance A3P030 field-programmable gate array
(FPGA), responsible for ensuring your music (whatever sample rate) is played back accurately by stabilizing digital clock signals. The FPGA also decodes DSD64/128 in hardware, which the M9 supports in ISO/DFF/DSF formats.

Get your music from wherever and whenever
With the M9, you can get your music from wherever, whenever, whether transferred with wires or via wi-fi. Listen to music on your computer with DLNA without having to worry about space on the M9. Discover new music on streaming services with built-in streaming apps.

Bring out the best in your computer with USB DAC functionality
The M9 can be used as an asynchronous USB DAC with both Macs and Windows PCs. With Mac computers, just plug-and-play the M9 with no drivers needed. With Windows PCs, a simple installation of drivers by FiiO is needed. The M9 can also act as your computer’s Bluetooth transmitter – simply hook the M9 up to your computer as a USB DAC, and then have the player transmit Bluetooth audio to your headset.

Incredibly fast with a deeply customised OS
In the heart of the M9 lies the Android operating system, deeply customized by FiiO. This allows you to navigate through menus at an astonishing speed and with amazing ease due to the carefully thought out customized user interface. Also, apps for popular streaming services including NetEase Cloud Music, MOOV, Tidal and KKBOX are pre-installed to allow even more ways to listen to music.
*Can install whitelisted third-party music streaming apps
*Whitelisted apps: NetEase Cloud Music, MOOV, Tidal, KKBOX, Spotify, Qobuz, Roon and Deezer.

Specifications

  • Material: Aluminium Alloy
  • Dimensions: 60mm x 106mm x 13.3mm
  • Weight: about 133 g
  • CPU model: Exynos 7270 14nm
  • No.of cores: 2
  • DAC: AK4490EN x 2
  • Battery Capacity: 2350 mAh
  • Battery Life: >10 hours
  • Standby Time: 45 days
  • Charging Time: <2 hours
  • DSD: Supports up to DSD256 (11.2MHz)
  • Formats Supported: APE/AIFF/FLAC/WAV/MP3/WMA/OGG/M4A/ALAC/ISO/DFF/DSF
  • Sampling rate: Up to 32Bit/768kHz PCM
  • SNR: ≥117db (A-weighted)
  • THD+N: <0.002% (1kHz/10kΩ)
  • Noise Floor: <5μv

Pricing and Availability

From 22 November 2018, M9 is available at a recommended retail price (RRP) of S$459 (including GST) at authorised retailers including AV One, Connect IT, Stereo Electronics, E1 Personal Audio and Treoo.com.

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Mark Ko

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