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FiiO Q5 Portable USB DAC Headphone Amplifier

 

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Q5 is a flagship Bluetooth and DSD-Capable USB DAC and Amplifier with Bluetooth 4.2 aptX, AK4490EN DAC, native DSD support and 10 hours battery life.

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Features

Warranty length 1 Year
Brand FiiO

Tech Specs

- Audio Input: Standard 3.5mm Port
- USB Port: 11-pin Micro USB
- Analog Input: 3.5mm stereo jack
- Headphone Output: 3.5mm stereo jack
- Balanced Output: 2.5mm port
- Headphone Impedance: 16~150/300Ω (PO/BAL)
- Channel Balance: 0.1dB, Gain: High/Low
- Bass Boost: Up to 384kHz/32bit support
- Volume: Potentiometer (ADC Sampling)
- Power Supply: DC5V 2A (Recommended)
- Battery Capacity: 3800 mAh
- Charge Time: ≤3.5 h (DV5V 2A,USB port)
- Battery Life: >10 - 25hrs
- Bluetooth: 4.2 (aptX, AAC, SBC, MFi)
- Sampling Rate: 384/32 (USB), 96-192/24
- DSD Support: DSD64/128/256, IN),
- DAC: AK4490EN X2; USB: XMOS XU208
- LPF:OPA1642 ×2,Volume IC:NJW1195
- THD+N: <0.001% (1kHz/10kΩ)
- SNR: ≥115 dB (A-weighted)
- Frequency Response: 5 Hz~90 kHz(-3dB)
- Channel Separation: >97dB (1 kHz)
- Line level: 1.8 Vrms
- Dimensions: (HWD) 124 x 64 x 16mm
- Weight: 195g

Product Description

FiiO Q5 is equipped with two of AKM's AK4490EN DAC chips - known for its smooth, pleasant yet detailed sound due to its high signal-to-noise ratio and low distortion. Audio up to 384kHz/32 bit sampling rates and bit-depths are supported as well as native DSD up to DSD256. When DSD audio is transmitted to the Q5 in USB DAC usage, a green indicator will light up.

Specially-designed power supply

The Q5's internal design contains seven low-dropout (LDO) regulators, one each for the DAC, line-out, volume control, low-pass filter, amplifier, XMOS, and Bluetooth sections. Each of these sections have their own power supply circuits for cleaner power and less interference to each component, ensuring your music will come through as purely as it ever can.

ADC volume control

The Q5's volume control is based on an ingenious ADC mechanism, which aims to rid of problems such as volume imbalance between the left and right channels and extra noise while increasing overall adjustment accuracy when changing the volume by accurately reconstructing the ADC curve. This makes it easier to get to the volume you want, it also ensures that changing the volume actually feels good. Compared to the Q1 Mark II, the Q5 has 256 more levels of adjustment to the volume.

Interchangeable amp modules

The Q5 continues to use the innovative interchangeable amp module design used by other models in FiiO's lineup and is fully compatible with any FiiO amp modules released thus far. The interchangeable amp module design significantly increases the Q5's flexibility, as you can purchase different amp modules for different power needs of different headphones or even for different sound signatures!

The Q5 is bundled with the AM3A amp module with both single-ended and balanced outputs. Employed in the AM3A are the AD8620 wide bandwidth JFET operational amplifier (widely used as a preamplifier in highly-regarded designs) as well as the OPA926, originally exclusively designed for the X7 Mark II.

Sandblasted CNC aluminum body

The Q5's outer shell begins life as aluminum alloy – which is then put through a CNC machine and carefully surfaced. The rear of the shell is meticulously lasered, such that the upper and lower ends with the Hi-Res Audio and FiiO labels, respectively give off a minimalistic yet sophisticated look. The sides of the shell are laboriously sandblasted so that the side buttons and bottom-mounted amp module all fit together in a harmonious whole. The aluminum alloy nature of the body also means that it effectively resists electromagnetic interference.

Backside leather for protection and elegance

The rear of the Q5 is covered in polyurethane leather which not only gives it a touch of unique style, but also protects it against scratches ensuring your unit remains as pristine as in its first day. FiiO's designers sincerely wanted to make your experience of handling the Q5 a pleasant one, one example of which is the volume knob. Notice how on the right side, around the volume wheel are two gently sloping "ramps " which naturally guide your finger to the volume knob as well as subtly protrude said knob for easier access. The 45°notches and red ring on the volume wheel also discreetly indicate where the volume knob is and add a dash of style to what is usually such a mundane tool.

USB DAC functionality

When connected to your computer via a micro-USB cable, the Q5 becomes a highly competent standalone DAC/amplifier combo. In USB DAC mode the Q5 supports PCM audio up to 384kHz/32 bit and DSD up to DSD 256.

WM-PORT support

By using the FiiO L27 cable, you can connect the Q5 for use as an audio decoder to any devices using the WM-PORT interface such as Sony Walkman players giving the Q5 yet more flexibility. In addition to the connection methods described elsewhere, the Q5 all includes a 3.5mm coaxial/optical /line-in combo connector. The optical connector allows you to hook up the Q5 with any device that supports optical output without any need for drivers. The line-in connector allows you to use the Q5 as a standalone headphone amplifier.

Let your iPhone rock on

Connecting the Q5 to your Apple iOS device with the included Lightning-to-micro USB cable allows you to continue to use your traditional 3.5mm headphones - but this time with your iPhone having never sounded so good before!

World-class Bluetooth audio

The Q5 is a high-performance Bluetooth enabled DAC/amplifier combo that bypasses its Bluetooth chip's internal DAC for much better sound quality. That is, digital Bluetooth audio signals are directly passed to the AK4490 DAC through the XMOS chip for reduced total harmonic distortion and crosstalk, a lower noise floor, etc for a much purer and ultimately more accurate audio experience compared to a typical Bluetooth audio receiver. The same care has also been taken with respect to digital audio signals from the USB DAC, coaxial, and optical interfaces so that no matter how you connect to the Q5, you can be sure that you consistently get an excellent audio experience.

Simplicity and intuitiveness

For your further convenience, on the upper-left side of the Q5 are buttons to play, pause, and change tracks when in Bluetooth mode. These buttons also serve other purposes when not connected through Bluetooth. For instance, the play/pause button also turns on or off Bluetooth mode as well as enables pairing mode. The skip- to-next-track button also changes between coaxial, optical, and line-in input.

Dual independent micro-USB

Traditionally, highly advanced DAC/amplifier combos have consumed lots of power in order to provide great quality sound. This means that due to the lack of current provided by a computer's USB port, your device's battery could actually drain even when not using it on the go. At the same time, whatever power provided by the USB port in this fashion is usually not clean, which has a great negative impact on the sound quality.

Therefore, it is important that an audio device is powered by a clean, high quality power source. The Q5 is designed with two USB ports (one on the side and one on the bottom) for this very purpose. The side USB port is for charging only while the bottom USB port is only for transmitting digital audio signals, so that the Q5's firmware can be updated when hooked up to a computer. This ensures that the Q5 has access to enough cleaner power as well as ensuring the battery doesn't drain in such scenarios. This same design is actually used among other well-renown portable audio products.

Unique RGB status lights

With the Q5, you can quickly identify what input is being used by simply taking a glance at the RGB lights near the bottom of the device. White means USB input, blue is Bluetooth, green is line-in, purple is optical and yellow is coaxial, and red is to remind the user the battery is low when flashing (twice every 5 seconds) or the battery is running out (when solid). Moreover, it's to remind that the device is charging when the light pulsing in any colour. Included in the Q5 is a handy card that reminds the user of all of these indicators.

3800 mAh battery

The Q5's high capacity battery is designed so that it will last as long as you need it to. When connected to mobile phones for use as a DAC or as a Bluetooth receiver, the Q5 will last about 10 hours. When connected through its coaxial input, the Q5 will keep playing for about 10.5 hours. When used purely as an amp, the Q5 will keep on going for a whopping 20 hours.

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