Been using the FiiO Q1 Mark II for 4 months now listening to occasional Bollywood songs (both older and Newer), some Jazz and a lot of Metal songs and here is the review.
I have to say that FiiO Q1 Mark II is built like a tank. Nothing is lose and no part is taken as lightly by FiiO as always. Kudos on the build quality. Every button is tactile and felt solid. Even the slider switches are perfectly tuned for day to day use. Best part is the Volume knob, I just love changing the volume using it. Feeling I cannot describe in words.
For stuffs you get in the box and accessories everything can be found on any unboxing video on YouTube.
FiiO Q1 Mark II Sound Quality:
Firstly easy words for newbies in Audiophile world the sound is flat and clean. The OPamp used in FiiO Q1 Mark II gives the sound a shimmery feel and everything is detailed and precise as it should be. Soundstage is also great. For the price of 7,000 Rs. I would totally recommend this product. The Bass switch improves the Sub-Bass frequencies.
For my Open back earphones I was amazed by the amount of open-ness in the Jazz songs, the cymbals were sooo clear and with the planar magnetic I can hear them decay in the background which is not common in DACs to reproduce. For closed back it was amazingly open. Felt like I was transported in the middle of the Adele’s live at Royal Albert Hall concert. Even cried with her in “someone like you”.
I love the soundstage in my Shures they are the best in soundstage. Now when I get to Metallica’s “Of Wolf and Man” and it was in your face “thrash” with RHA T20. Lars’ drumming amazed me, the accuracy of it with the guitar riff of James never heard of by me.
I usually love a flat response in my music but as soon as I turned the Bass switch on the DAC and I can hear the Sub-Bass in the A R Rehman’s “Chupke Se” so prominently. My 1More TripleDriver never felt so alive and so lively but the best part was the small nuances which the HiFiman caught my eyes or should I say ears…. Every small detail felt so real.
As I said about the Metallica’s “Of Wolf and Man” one of my favorites “One” was so gripping in M50x. Though the album misses the bass guitar altogether the bass drum was enough to pound my heart throughout the song and continued the same on Dream Theatre’s “Panic Attack” (insert mind blown emoji here).
For male vocals I put on my Shures first and listened to 3 back to back songs of Slipknot (standard MP3) and then “Gauranteed” by Eddie Vedder 5 times and in different live albums and it was amazing but it was the Adele’s “Rumor has it” that stole my heart away. There’s nothing more satisfying than her dynamic range. Even tough I was pretty satisfied with In-Ear vocals I decided to put on Sennheiser HD 598SE and to Terez Montcalm’s “L.O.V.E.” and I instantly fell in love with her singing style.
Now here comes my HiFiMan and a song from Coke Studio, Jal’s “Panchi Hoon” started rather normally then the drums came in and the highs were so great I listened to it 4 times in a row just to be sure of the clarity I was listening from a YouTube video at 1080p(still not anywhere near to my Hi-Res Collection)
But FiiO Q1 Mark II amazed me, maybe it was the after processing but I was amazed by the shimmery-ness and clarity of it. Next I put on “Marooned” by Pink Floyd. The sound of beach in the background the guitar solo just took my hear away it, the range of this amp is great, being Hi-Res certified does helps the accurate reproduction of guitar part by David Gilmour while using the Pitch Shift in the solo.
My last song was “Kehna Hai Kya” By A R Rehman, vocals by K S Chitra directly played from Amazon Music on highest bit rate it offers. I was greatly impressed by the control it showed where my older FiiO E07k DAC fails. It did lost the charm with my Balanced Armature In-Ears 1More Triple Driver (Hi-Res) on the very high frequencies but it was the only song on which IT failed or maybe it was just me.
Specifications For FiiO Q1 Mark II:
|Model||Q1 Mark II/ FQ1222||Color||Black|
|Weight||About 101g||Dimensions||About 99mm x 59mm x 12.5mm|
|Audio Input||Micro USB/3.5 mm Jack||Headphone Output||3.5 mm stereo jack|
|Balance Headphone Output||Supported (2.5mm balanced headphone jack)||Recommended Headphone Impedance||16~100Ω(PO)|
|Bass Boost||0/5.4dB||Channel Imbalance||0.2 dB|
|Power Input||DC5V 2A recommended||Battery Capacity||1800mAh|
|Charge Time||≤4h||Battery Life||＞20h（AUX IN）|
|USB DAC||Up to 384kHz/32bit supported||DSD Support||DSD64/128/256|
|Line output specifications|
|THD+N||＜0.003% (1 kHz/10kΩ)||SNR||≥110 dB (A-weighted)|
|Frequency Response||6 Hz~80 kHz（-3dB）||Channel Separation||＞90 dB (1 kHz)|
|Headphone out specifications (3.5mm headphone out jack)|
|Output Power 1||≥112 mW（16Ω / THD+N＜1%)||Output Impedance||＜1.2Ω (32Ω loaded)|
|Output Power 2||≥75mW（32Ω /THD+N＜1%)||Channel Separation||≥79 dB (1 kHz，AUX IN)|
|Output Power 3||≥11 mW（300Ω / THD+N＜1%)||THD+N||＜0.002% (1 kHz, AUX IN)|
|＜0.003% (1 kHz, USB IN)|
|Frequency Response||5 Hz~55 kHz（-3dB）||Peak Output Voltage||＞4.4 Vp-p|
|SNR||≥116 dB (A-weighted, AUX IN)||Max. Output Current||150mA (For reference)|
|≥109 dB (A-weighted, USB IN)|
|Gain||-2.5dB (G=L)||Max Input Level||3.4V|
|Balanced headphone out specifications (2.5mm TRRS headphone out jack)|
|Output Power 1||≥240 mW（16Ω / THD+N＜1%)||Output Impedance||＜2Ω (32Ω loaded)|
|Output Power 2||≥220 mW（32Ω /THD+N＜1%)||Channel Separation||≥93 dB (1 kHz，AUX IN)|
|Output Power 3||≥45 mW（300Ω / THD+N＜1%)||THD+N||＜0.002% (1 kHz, AUX IN)|
|≤ 0.003% (1 kHz, USB IN)|
|Frequency Response||6 Hz~80kHz（-3dB）||Peak Output Voltage||＞7.4 Vp-p|
|SNR||≥115 dB (A-weighted, AUX IN)||Max. Output Current||150 mA (For reference)|
|≥109 dB (A-weighted, USB IN)|
|Gain||3.2dB (G=L)||Max Input Level||3.4V|
|≥115 dB (A-weighted, AUX IN)|
|≥109 dB (A-weighted, USB IN)|
Our Verdict For FiiO Q1 Mark II:
If you have a good set ears but on a Budget buy the FiiO Q1 Mark II, If are a casual listener but want to improve your experience buy FiiO Q1 Mark II. It serves all type of users which is a feat that not all AMP/DACs can achieve. My previous DAC from FiiO is still working fine after 4 years of rough usage to this AMP/DAC will surely last you more than that.
It also comes with a Balanced Out but I do not own any earphone which works on Balanced output so we will reserve the space for that. Be sure to check this review in some time.
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