FiiO launches the M11S hi-res portable music player. Featuring dual ES9038Q2M DACs, the M11S is able to decode up to 384kHz/DSD256 audio. The versatile M11S builds upon the success of previous award-winning portable audio players from FiiO. Alongside its 3.5mm single-ended and 2.5mm/4.4mm balanced headphone outputs, and dedicated line-out, the M11S also offers LDAC, aptX HD, and LHDC Hi-Res Bluetooth connectivity. Further wireless options are available thanks to the support for AirPlay and DLNA streaming.
The M11S uses high-performance model ES9038Q2M DAC chips in a dual configuration - one for both the left and right channel. This, combined with FiiO's new-generation amplifier circuit, means it delivers excellent musicality; supporting playback of audio files up to and including 384kHz/DSD256. In addition, the M11S also supports MQA. Equipped with the powerful Qualcom Snapdragon 660 processor - the same as featured in the flagship M17 Portable Music Player - the M11S runs on the Android 10 operating system and features a global SRC bypass, meaning music streaming apps such as TIDAL, Qobuz and Apple Music can be installed to allow listening in full lossless quality.
The M11S offers a 14 hour battery life, 5" multi-touch HD display, and onboard storage of 32GB. The M11S also features a micro SD card slot with support for up to 2TB cards. The M11S is equipped with an innovative headphone amplifier circuit newly developed by FiiO, making full use of the experience gained through cooperation between FiiO and THX. Delivering power of 670mW (at 32Ω, balanced output), the M11S achieves one of the lowest noise floors of all Portable Music Player products of just 1.9uV.
The M11S can also act as a USB DAC and Bluetooth transmitter/receiver, and is equipped with different listening modes according to the usage scenario, including Pure Music mode (stops all other applications, and focuses solely on music playback in order to maximize sound quality), Bluetooth Receiving mode (the M11S can be connected to smartphones and other Bluetooth devices and used as a Bluetooth receiver/amplifier), USB DAC mode (the M11S can be connected to a PC/Mac and be used as a DAC), and AirPlay mode. The M11S is available now at £489/$499. Info and photos by FiiO via Starscream Communications.