FiiO announces the launch and availability of the follow-on masterpiece Q5s, its Bluetooth 5.0 DSD (Direct Stream Digital) capable portable amplifier, packing next-generation dual AKM AK4493 DAC chips, comprehensive Bluetooth format support, and a punchy audiophile-grade power supply to drive the biggest inputs audiophiles demand.
FiiO listened to its customers and delivered. After a laborious beating in the labs, FiiO brings the next generation cousin to the wildly popular Q5, the Q5s to market.
Dual DAC, XMOS Decoder with Bluetooth 5.0
Outgoing its brethren before, the new Q5s packs a dual DAC design, with the left and right channels each quipped with a next-generation AKM AK4493 DAC chip, which immediately translates to even lower distortion, higher signal-to-noise ratio, and superbly refined mids and highs. The dual AK4493 DACs work together with six carefully-implemented op-amps to form a truly balanced audio design.
The Q5s is also equipped with the XMOS XUF208 USB decoding chip paired with a precise clock matching management system, allowing for support up to 768kHz/32 bit PCM and hardware-decoded native DSD12. The Q5s has unparalleled decoding capabilities over USB, SPDIF, and Bluetooth – USB supports up to 768kHz/32bit and native hardware-decoded DSD512; SPDIF supports up to 192kHz/32 bit, and Bluetooth supports up to 96kHz/32 bit (under LDAC).
The Q5s supports even more Bluetooth formats than its predecessors, including the AAC, SBC, aptX, aptX Low Latency, aptX HD, LDAC, and HWA Bluetooth codecs.
Upgrades you will see even outside with the AM3E
The Q5s continues to use the interchangeable amp module design of its predecessor and is fully compatible with all FiiO amp modules released thus far. The new standard amp balanced amp module AM3E is versatile, with 3.5mm single-ended as well as both 2.5mm and 4.4mm balanced outputs.
Audiophile-grade power supply
A well-designed power supply goes a long way towards achieving a great sound. Alongside the numerous low-noise LDO regulators, the analogue, digital, low-pass, and amplification sections of the Q5s are independently powered and isolated from each other – all for a piece of clean and pure music.
Balanced Left and Right Channels with ADC volume adjustment
You no longer have to be annoyed by tiny volume imbalances between the left and right channels with ADC volume adjustment on the Q5s. The ADC curve reconstruction process effectively eliminates any channel volume imbalances that occur when adjusting the volume through a traditional analogue potentiometer, allowing for much greater precision in adjusting the volume in tiny steps.
FiiO Music App controls
With the FiiO Music app, you can adjust the Q5s’ channel balance, select the low-pass filter, control the RGB lights, and customise the power-saving shutdown timer, once it is connected via Bluetooth.
What you get with the Q5s with all these audio technologies in this tiny, sandblasted all-aluminium alloy CNC chassis with rounded corners, with high-quality polyurethane leather back, is simply audio performance that rivals being there in the theatre or concert hall.
- Audiophile-grade high-performance DAC – AK4493*2
- XMOS XUF208 with 768K/32Bit and DSD512 decoding
- Flagship Bluetooth 5.0 platform with full format encoding
- Compatible with a range of amp modules – AM3E module standard
- No driver installs needed – compatible with USB Audio 1.0 & 2.0
- Inputs – USB, Bluetooth, Coaxial, Optical, Line-in analogue
- Outputs – 2.5mm, 3.5mm, 4.4mm balanced outputs, line-out
- Detailed light indicator – Bluetooth format, sampling rate, battery, the input format
- Certifications – Hi-Res Audio Hi-Res Wireless, Apple MFi, Qualcomm aptX, Sony LDAC
- 3,800 mAh rechargeable polymer lithium-ion battery
- Intelligent auto-shutdown for battery longevity and energy conservation
Pricing and Availability
The FiiO Q5s Bluetooth DSD-capable Amplifier is available immediately at a recommended retail price (RRP) of S$579 (including GST) at authorised retailers including AV One, Connect IT, E1 Personal Audio, Jaben, Lazada (https://www.lazada.sg/shop/av1group), Stereo Electronics and Treoo.com.