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FLAGSHIP-GRADE ES9038Q2M DAC CHIP OFFERING PCM AND DSD SUPPORT
FiiO has designed the KA3 USB DAC/AMP in collaboration with their sub-brand Jade
Audio. In terms of the processing audio signals, the tiny body of the KA3 features an independent
high-performance flagship ES9038Q2M DAC chip, which supports a sampling rate of up to 32bit/768kHz and
DSD512 decoding natively. The ESS Sabre DAC chip delivers unmatched sound decoding with ultra-low distortion
and high SNR ratings bringing high-resolution support to your pocket.
AMPLE POWER WITH DUAL HIFI OP-AMPS AND DUAL HEADPHONE OUTPUT PORTS
FiiO KA3 features two independent HiFi op-amps for the final analogue amplification circuit that helps it produce powerful output thrust. FiiO has featured both single-ended as well as balanced headphone output ports on the KA3. This compact device houses a 3.5mm single-ended as well as a 4.4mm balanced connection port. The 4.4mm output port provides up to 240mW of power at 32Ω load while the single-ended port delivers up to 130mW of power. This is more than enough to power earphones and over-ear headphones with ease.
TUNED TO DELIVER A NATURAL SOUND WITH RGB INDICATOR LIGHTS FOR PLAYBACK
FiiO has tuned the KA3 for a smooth and natural sound. It provides an immersive experience for the users with a detailed and immersive sound field. FiiO KA3 delivers ample power to the connected earphones to bring the best out of them. The FiiO KA3 has also been equipped with RGB indicator lights and these cool and visible RGB indicator lights are not only attractive but also can indicate the sampling rate of the currently playing song, helping to tell audio formats conveniently.
FULLY VERSATILE DEVICE WITH MULTI-PLATFORM SUPPORT FOR CONNECTIVITY
The FiiO KA3 offers unmatched versatility in a small form factor and can be paired with smartphones and desktop systems. The FiiO KA3 is compatible with multiple operating systems with straight out-of-the-box support for Windows, Android, iOS, and Mac OS systems providing you with high-resolution audio capabilities anywhere you want. All you need to do is connect the FiiO KA3 to your smartphone, tablet, or even desktop PC/laptop and open the doors to the hi-res audio realm.
ELEGANT AND DURABLE ALL-METAL BUILT WITH SUPPORT FOR FIIO CONTROL APP
FiiO KA3 is a well-built ultra-portable USB DAC/Amp. It has an elegant look with an all-metal chassis. The materials utilised to build the KA3 are of high quality and offer a premium feel to the device. In addition, the KA3 can be controlled by the FiiO Control app where you can enable more functions, such as 7 filters, low and high gains and channel balance. You don't need to install any software or application to use the KA3, though using it with the FiiO Music application or FiiO Control application you can access multiple settings on the KA3.
|FIIO CONTROL||DAC: ES9038Q2M|
|SIZE||56.3mm x 20.2mm x 12mm|
|USB PORT||Type-C USB|
|BALANCED OUTPUT PORT||4.4mm|
|FIRMWARE UPGRADE||System firmware and Bluetooth version can be upgraded via USB|
|SAMPLING RATE INDICATION||Blue ≤48kHz
|CHANNEL BALANCE||PO: <0.004dB(32Ω/THD+N<1%)
|RECOMMENDED HEADPHONE IMPEDANCE||16~300Ω(PO)
|MAX SUPPORTED SAMPLING RATE||768KHz/32bit|
|OUTPUT POWER||120mW (16Ω,THD+N<1%)
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE||20Hz to 20KHz, amplitude of variation 0.2dB
20Hz to 50KHz, amplitude of variation -1dB.
|CROSSTALK||≥ 76dB(1Khz, 32Ω load)
≥ 118dB(1Khz, no-load)
|OUTPUT IMPEDANCE||<0.5Ω (load 32Ω)|
|SNR||≥ 122dB(32Ω A)|
|OUTPUT POWER||120mW (16Ω,THD+N<1%)
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE||20Hz to 20KHz, amplitude of variation 0.2dB
20Hz to 50KHz, amplitude of variation -1dB.
|CROSSTALK||≥ 106dB(1Khz, 32Ω)
≥ 115dB(1Khz, no-load)
|OUTPUT IMPEDANCE||<0.7 Ω (32Ω)|
|SNR||≥ 119dB(32Ω dbA)|
|BOX CONTENTS||1. FiiO KA3|
|2. USB Type-C to Type-C Cable|
|3. USB-A Adapter|
|4. Quick Start Guide|
|GENERIC NAME||Headphone Amplifier|
|COUNTRY OF ORIGIN||China|
|IMPORTER DETAILS||Importers Name: Ferrari Video
Address: 63/18, 1st Main Road, Gandhi Nagar, Chennai - 600020
Contact No: 044-24420733
Use the TypeC-TypeC data cable to connect the KA3 to a mobile phone. So you can directly enjoy high-quality music by playing songs.
Please buy an extra Lightning-TypeC OTG adapter to connect the KA3 to an iPhone/iPad/iPod. So you can directly enjoy high-quality music by playing songs.
1. Before first connecting, please go to our website to download the DAC driver, and install it as the instruction to enable the USB DAC function. Click here.
2. Use the TypeC-TypeC data cable to connect the KA3 to the computer.(If the USB port of your computer is USB A, you could use the Type C to USB A cable for help instead)
3. Select the KA3 as the audio output on the computer.
Macbook does not need to install the driver. Directly choose the NEW K3 as the output device.
2. When an incoming call comes in, the sound is still transmitted through the phone's speaker and microphone. You can pick up the phone and make a normal call.Whether unplugging the KA3 will not affect it.
Sampling rate (digital input): ≤48kHz - Blue light constantly on
Sampling rate (digital input): ＞48kHz - Yellow light constantly on
Sampling rate (digital input): DSD - Green light constantly on
When the color of the indicator does not correspond to the sampling rate of the track , please check whether the playback device or software setting is correct and check whether there is SRC.
2. To play DSD files on the iOS devices,please use an APP which supports DSD files (e,g, "FiiO Music APP) and set DSD output option to DOP.
Note: iOS devices cannot support DSD512 currently.
3. To play DSD tracks on the computer, please use the software which supports DSD files (e.g. "Foobar 2000") and install the relevant application plug-ins correctly.
4. Swithcing tracks with different sampling rates will cause relatively obvious impulsing sound which is a normal phenomenon. It is recommended classify music files well.
1 Year Warranty
Don't sweat it, this FiiO - KA3 comes with a warranty
from FiiO that covers manufacturing defects.
All products featured on Headphone Zone are backed by an original manufacturer's warranty.
Read more about FiiO's warranty in India.
"For the price, the KA3 seems like a no-brainer for those looking for a simple DAC dongle for their smartphones or laptops. The crisp and meaty midrange is definitely its biggest standout."Read More
"A dongle with fantastic technicalities, an analytical sound but with a lot of power , cleanliness, softness, soundstage, separation, detail and much more."Read More
"It handles sensitive IEMs with finesse, so you don’t need to worry about having enough power or dealing with background noise. Wrap that up in a handsome, rugged body and FiiO has got a winner."Read More
I have reviewed this product above ... Where i was realy disappointed by the sound quality of it ...but after 3 4 days of usage i suspect sumtime it sounds really different and good .................. After lot of experiment i found out that inbuilt Dolby Atmos was messing with the sound quality all the time i was using costume rom so it might be broking something so i change rom and what a change in audio quality.....
This is purly awesome DAC ... The details are absolutely finominal and really fast even when using 320kbps songs i got surprised ...
I would like to apologise for the initial review i gave without completely understanding and using the product
I am looking forwod to buy a beter IEM to get best of it .
Thankyou headphone zone .
And yes an Awesome product needs Awesome photoshut
HI there, we are so happy you took out time & elaborately reviewed the product with a comparison. We are sure this will help our customers to make an even better & informed decision.
On Thursday i recived Fiio KA3...
Before buying i have read almost every review i found on internet about it ... (Their isn't much about KA3) , watched every video on internet including Japanese and chainese langvage (by taking screenshot of every subtitles and translet with google lens )
I interact with lot people on YouTube....
Also talked with headphone guru lan pereira ...
Lot of them from YouTube and online review were clamming that it sounds really good better than my 18k DAC and 15k DAC ... Its setting new benchmarks
The sound is crisp clear and so much detailed....
Soundstage is awesome and every IEM sound great with it .....
I didn't find much of this ....
(What i am gona say now is on the basis of what i experienced i have only one IEM that's KZ ZSN pro X brought from headphonezone and my source is rooted Android i have good amount of FLAC , WAV , AAC LC files some DSD too ...and i use them daily so i will easily notice if thier is a change )
As soon as i started using it ... I feel like, its the same sound not any difference ... Then i update the firmware of KA3 to 2.0 and didnt notice much ....
Their is slightly (very slight ) improvement in details but it dosent makes difference... My phones bloody internal ordinary DAC give almost 95% of same details i was using POWERAMP ... I i switch to UAPP ...and it still didnt make much difference
I tried DSD files ... In native DSD mode ...
And playing them from PowerAmp without DAC was almost same they played as DoP (digital to pcm)in PowerAmp ...
Another drawback is the same soundstage ....
My phone gives the same soundstage not any improvement at all
Slight improvement in instruments sepration but not what i heard
And worst porblem is after 5 to 7 min it automatically disconnected in my phone .... Their is good chance its my phones problem
The only thing what is good is amplification ... It gives a lot amplification which i dont need i was allready using my IEM bilow 45_50 i rarely go 60
Now with dac i go 12-16 ....
I am willing to return but according to headphonezone policy i won't get refund i have to buy something yels ... Which i cant now .... So i am gona keep it ...
What other options do i have ...
I hope my initial experience will prove wrong in future
And with my other IEM , or with another firmware upgrade the KA3 will satisfy my expectations ...
I havent tried it with balanced output , i hope it might sounds good their
Built quality is great ... Its very small i have taken photos with sharpner to compare
We are extremely sorry that the product didn't match your expectations. We appreciate your honest review & ratings, Mukul Kalsait! Soundstage majorly depends on the IEMs/ headphones you use & so we recommend you to try other IEMs & we are sure you will notice a change. We again appreciate your elaborative review which will help others to make an informative decision.
Considering the price of the it, it's the cheapest 4.4 mm dongle and it performs pretty good. Decent width, tightens bass, amazing detail retrieval. After a while of usage it has quite grown on me. Build quality is decent and overall size is pretty compact too !!
Hey there, nothing makes us happier than knowing you loved your purchase, hope you had a comfortable shopping experience & thank you for the great review & ratings!
It's good adaptor but it only works great Android.
When connected to windows the audio drops for 1 sec every half a minute.
I have upgraded the firmware and also Installed drivers from official sources.
I tried usb 2 , usb 3 and even type c port but the problem is same.
Hope Fiio resolve this issue in firmware upgrade or else this is waste of money.
I am an audiophile! I discovered it when I first listened to music on my friend's Sony W700i, and I wanted only this phone and nothing else. My first smartphone was Sony Walkman as well. Once Sony stopped producing Music centric phones, LG stepped in with its quad DAC phones. My LG G7 ThinQ was a music beast. Unfortunately, I dropped it, and I don't know if the service center guys can fix it. In my search for a music-centric phone, I was only disappointed, as I found none that can match my LG phone. And LG stopped making phones, Sony stopped selling phones. After a lot of research, I discovered dongle DACs can be good alternatives. Also, after a lot of research, I zeroed in on KA3. I am not disappointed. When I first listened to music using KA3, it not only matched but exceeded what my LG phone could pull off. I am satisfied.
Hey, always a delight to hear that our customers are happy with the purchase & it is up to their expectations. Thank you for the review & ratings. Cheers!
I bought KA3 and tested on different IEMs like my Moondrop Starfields a nd Tin Hifi T3 Plus.
It sounds great and it powers them without any difficulty.
Though I haven't used the device a lot (got outdone by time), the device managed to impress me further over the last month.
First, I upgraded the firmware to 2.0 - the process is a bit quirky, but worked fine. I allowed some burn in time as well.
I also installed the FIIO Control app on my Samsung A73. The high impedance setting in the app does enable you to drive some power hungry headphones. The device really shines on a Windows PC though. It has insane power for such a small device. Even power hungry IEMs get uncomfortably loud at 6 - 8 points (on a scale of 100). Once again, don't expect it to drive full size 250 ohms and above headphones to their *full* potential. But it should be enough for a casual listen.
To give a comparison, Samsung's own type C to 3.5 mm adapter needs to be set at 50 points to sufficient power low power IEMs. To be fair, Samsung consumes less than half as much power as KA3.
The bottom line - KA3 is indeed one gem of a device with upgraded software and shines in nearly every scenario. Highly recommended.
Glad to hear you are loving the FiiO KA3. Yes, its great for IEMs but cannot drive the 990 Pro 250 Ohms as they have a higher impedance. Cheers!
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