FiiO - New K3

Desktop DAC & Amplifier

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7 Day Replacement Guarantee

In case you receive the FiiO - New K3 with a manufacturing defect, please raise a return request within 7 days of delivery.

However, if you receive an incorrect / damaged / different product or one with missing accessories, please raise a return request within 24 hours of delivery. In case you receive a product with a missing, incorrect, or faulty accessory, you will be given a replacement accessory instead of the entire product.

Please make sure that the product is in the original packaging with all the accessories it came with. We'll also need an unboxing video and images of the parcel to investigate about the discrepancy. You may be asked to share images of the product and the packaging received for us to determine the damage or defect prior to approving the return request. The free replacement will be shipped only once the original order is returned.

A replacement will be issued only if:

- It is found to be defective
- It is determined that the product was not damaged while in your possession
- The product is not different from what was shipped to you
- The product is returned in original condition (with brand’s/manufacturer's box, MRP tag intact, user manual, warranty card and all the accessories therein)

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The FiiO - New K3 is eligible for Easy Exchange within 7 days of delivery. Your exchange request will be accepted only once. We want to make sure that you end up with a product that you 100% love.

An exchange will be allowed only if the product is returned in original condition (with brand’s/manufacturer's box, MRP tag intact, user manual, warranty card and all the accessories therein)

You will receive full Store Credit in your Headphone Zone account so that you may choose another product from our website which would be more suited to your needs. Refunds will NOT be possible under our 7 Day Easy Exchange Policy.

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Warranty & Services

Don't sweat it, this FiiO - New K3 comes with a 1 Year 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.

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Ideal for Audiophiles

These DAC & Amps are designed for discerning music lovers. If audio quality is important to you, a set of DAC & Amps like these would be ideal.


You can expect these DAC & Amps to present you with a refined listening experience. The audio quality exhibited by these DAC & Amps is a beautiful mix of musicality, technical brilliance and high precision.


These DAC & Amps deliver a spacious & open soundstage that makes you feel you are sitting at a live concert. Experience the magic and delve into pure sonic tranquility!


Ideal for
Indoor Use

2.5mm
Balanced Output

DAC Chip
You may not even realise it, but most of us use a digital-to-analogue converter (commonly known as a DAC) daily. Built into your computers, tablets and smartphones, a DAC is fundamental to unlocking the convenience of digital music. Any device that acts as a digital sound source will need a DAC to convert digital audio to analog. A DAC converts the digital information stored in “0s and 1s” into an analog signal that's passed to speakers or headphones and ultimately our ear. In short, DACs play a large part in making digital music hearable. 

While this technical process is undoubtedly impressive, the DAC embedded into your smartphones or laptops is nowhere good enough to listen to your favourite music recordings in high quality. So, if you want to listen to music in high quality, an external DAC is essential to allow headphones or speakers to perform at their potential. An external DAC, first and foremost, will improve audio quality dramatically.

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Pair with Laptop via USB

A majority of people use a laptop as the primary source device to listen to music or watch movies. Since the laptop is an essential part of the audio chain there are headphones and devices designed to work a laptop or computer system flawlessly. With the availability of USB connectivity, it becomes easier to pair various devices like an Amp, DAC or even headphones without worrying about drivers or any additional piece of software.


Connect With
USB-C

Upto 220mW @32Ω
Power Output

Volume Controls

If your DAC & Amps include volume controls or volume rockers, you can easily change the volume with a button press or volume knob turn.


DAC & Amps that have volume controls make its operation incredibly simple; turn up the volume on your smartphone or your source devices and then change the volume on DAC & Amps to the desired level.


This design feature allows you to have complete control over the desired volume according to your listening preferences.


UPGRADED WITH XMOS USB RECEIVER CHIP AND DUAL CRYSTAL OSCILLATORS

The new FiiO New K3 has been upgraded with an XMOS USB receiver chip that enables high-resolution PCM and DSD decoding support. FiiO New K3 supports PCM decoding up to 32-Bit/384kHz and DSD up to DSD256 over the USB connection. Elevate your computer audio performance with the advanced USB decoding from the new K3. It also has dual crystal oscillators ensuring quality performance. The New K3's dual crystal oscillators ensure that any digital audio signals being fed into the DAC are precise and clean for further enhanced sound quality.

NOTE:     Due to limitations in engineering, only two-bit depths could be supported, and their engineers chose the 16-bit and 32-bit.

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FLAGSHIP GRADE ACOUSTIC ARCHITECTURE FOR TOP-NOTCH PERFORMANCE

The new FiiO New K3 employs the flagship-grade portable ESS DAC chip, the ES9038Q2M. Compared to the previous versions AK4452, the signal-to-noise ratio has increased by 14dB and distortion has reduced by 13dB. The circuit design implemented in this DAC has been optimised for a low noise floor and clean sound. The ES9038Q2M DAC is matched with the mature OPA926 OP-Amp in a re-optimised LPF circuit for lower distortion and higher resolution. The New K3 has noticeably improved various performance indicators and the overall sound quality so you can get immersed in your music.

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EASY AND RELIABLE CONNECTIVITY WITH THE UPGRADED USB TYPE-C PORT

The New K3 adopts the modern USB Type-C input interface for a more reliable and stable connection, including the power supply. However, measures to ensure an uncompromised power supply doesn't stop there - the New K3 implements over-voltage protection (OVP) and a double-filter circuit to ensure power supply stability. The digital and analogue audio circuits each get their power supply to reduce crosstalk. The New K3 supports both USB 1.0 and USB 2.0 modes selectable via a switch.

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ADC VOLUME CONTROL WITH TWO-LEVEL GAIN SWITCH AND BASS BOOST SWITCH

The new FiiO New K3 is equipped with an ADC volume control wheel on the front. It allows for fine, easy, and precise volume adjustment. It enables you to use headphones/IEMs with different sensitivities with the New K3 2021 without any trouble. FiiO New K3 has a two-level gain switch and bass boost switch to enhance the sound experience for its users. With the hardware bass boost option, you can elevate the lower frequencies, adding more punch to your music. The high gain mode is perfect for high impedance headphones that benefit from higher output power.

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PRECISION-MADE ALL ALUMINIUM BODY OFFERING DURABILITY AND ELEGANCE

The black, all-aluminium body of the new FiiO New K3 is precision made with a CNC machine and is further anodised and sandblasted for a durable and textured feel. The small and compact size of the New K3 makes it highly portable so that you can carry it around easily. If you don't have access to a device that connects to the New K3 via USB Audio Class 2, you can seamlessly shift to USB Audio Class 1 mode using a switch. You need to download and install the FiiO USB driver to use the 2.0 mode. Once you switch the USB modes you will have to either turn the New K3 off and on or unplug and plug in the USB cable.

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UNIQUE TACTILE AUDIOVISUAL EXPERIENCE WITH RGB LIGHTS AND VOLUME KNOB

The volume knob integrated into the FiiO New K3 comes with 45° notches and is designed perfectly to aid one-hand use. The design of the volume knob complements the design of the New K3 perfectly. Right next to the volume knob you get an RGB light that shows digital audio currently being used. You get multiple connection options allowing you to connect the New K3 with your desktop computer. While during the business trip you can use the New K3 in driverless 1.0 mode.

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OFFERING MULTIPLE CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS FOR CONVENIENCE AND EASE OF USE

The new FiiO New K3 is optimised for indoor desktop use and equipped with 3.5mm single-ended and 2.5mm balanced headphone jacks. Both these outputs have audio jack detection capabilities, which means that when headphones are inserted into the balanced out, the balanced boost feature automatically activates, resulting in about a 50% output power increase compared to the single-ended out. The 3.5mm line out is driven directly by the OPA1612 OP Amp to ensure high-quality sound. The line out output is also adjustable with a maximum power output of up to 2Vrms, to ensure compatibility with a wide variety of active speakers and external amplifiers. It is advised that when using the line out, please disconnect any connected headphones. The XMOS USB receiver chip in the New K3 directly converts any USB audio input to digital signals output via the coaxial and optical connectors, allowing you to connect to speaker systems, amplifiers, or other external decoders.

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1 Year Warranty

Don't sweat it, this FiiO - New K3 comes with a 1 Year 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.

Headfonia

"The new FiiO K3 is a very clean-sounding and very impressive device in terms of sound. The performance is simply excellent for the price."

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Majorhifi

"Being a refresh of an older product, the new K3 does a great job by updating most of the internal components to compete with the market in 2021."

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Customer Reviews

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Nimish (Chennai)
Design and Comfort:
Great
Poor
Sound Quality:
Awesome
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Value for Money:
Bang On!
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Initial Impressions

Solid built and compact form factor. Works well as a Laptop/PC seamlessly, I had some issues connecting with my android phone. But HPZ team was very helpful in making it work, turned out the USB-C to USB-C cable was the fault. Only thing required was to turn on the OTG. The best part was HPZ were ready to even make a return and check the connection with Phone and if the unit is faulty they also committed to replace it with a new one. Very happy with the business ethics of HPZ, there aren't much online retailers out there who are this much committed to customer's requirements. Great job in setting up the team and the business eithcs, Keep it up!!!

Coming back to Fiio K3, overall quite satisfied with the performance. The main reason for buying this was to decode the Hi-Res lossless/Lossless format from Apple since the phone DAC specially in android phones does not do any justice to Hi res audio formats. So this is a must accessory for audiophiles.
My main use case is to connect my phone with my Marantz AVR and listen to Hi-Res music over my stereo setup comprising of Sonodyne 3165 tower and a Sonodyne 1010 Sub.
The initial impressions with my Audio Technica M50x I felt the bass to be on the lower side (This could be a personal preference) with bass gain set to off, with bass gain enabled the output is rather artificial, it makes almost all the frequencies little lower thus increasing the bass response. But with my AVR setup it was rather more impressive. Main reason for that is FiiO has 2 digital S/PDIF output (Coaxial and Optical) port which sends out a digital signal as it is from the USB input source. So the actual digital to analogue conversion was happening in my AVR. All the frequencies were more pronounced with Apple HiRes lossless format compared to Amazon music when streamed via DSD with 256 kpbs AAC format.
Best for people who want a Laptop/PC DAC who want to enjoy music/movies. But with mobile phone although it works perfectly well but it drains too much of the phone battery which is not very practical for heavy use case. For phone usage better to use battery powered DACs or external power DAC. What makes FiiO K3 unique are its output ports, it not only has 2 digital out ports but also a headphone AMP with one balanced and an unbalanced headphone output.

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Nimish (Chennai)
Initial Impressions

Solid built and compact form factor. Works well as a Laptop/PC seamlessly, I had some issues connecting with my android phone. But HPZ team was very helpful in making it work, turned out the USB-C to USB-C cable was the fault. Only thing required was to turn on the OTG. The best part was HPZ were ready to even make a return and check the connection with Phone and if the unit is faulty they also committed to replace it with a new one. Very happy with the business ethics of HPZ, there aren't much online retailers out there who are this much committed to customer's requirements. Great job in setting up the team and the business eithcs, Keep it up!!!



Coming back to Fiio K3, overall quite satisfied with the performance. The main reason for buying this was to decode the Hi-Res lossless/Lossless format from Apple since the phone DAC specially in android phones does not do any justice to Hi res audio formats. So this is a must accessory for audiophiles.

My main use case is to connect my phone with my Marantz AVR and listen to Hi-Res music over my stereo setup comprising of Sonodyne 3165 tower and a Sonodyne 1010 Sub.

The initial impressions with my Audio Technica M50x I felt the bass to be on the lower side (This could be a personal preference) with bass gain set to off, with bass gain enabled the output is rather artificial, it makes almost all the frequencies little lower thus increasing the bass response. But with my AVR setup it was rather more impressive. Main reason for that is FiiO has 2 digital S/PDIF output (Coaxial and Optical) port which sends out a digital signal as it is from the USB input source. So the actual digital to analogue conversion was happening in my AVR. All the frequencies were more pronounced with Apple HiRes lossless format compared to Amazon music when streamed via DSD with 256 kpbs AAC format.

Best for people who want a Laptop/PC DAC who want to enjoy music/movies. But with mobile phone although it works perfectly well but it drains too much of the phone battery which is not very practical for heavy use case. For phone usage better to use battery powered DACs or external power DAC. What makes FiiO K3 unique are its output ports, it not only has 2 digital out ports but also a headphone AMP with one balanced and an unbalanced headphone output.

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.

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Vinay Saini (Delhi)
Just amazing with all the different outputs it has and nothing else.

Missing -
1. Unable to output more than 32/48 via optical out. So there is no support for 24/96 on optical. I don't even see 24 bit while selecting. Up sampling a audio for reason to 32 bit. On windows 11 its a different story.
2. My LG G8x is beating its power to drive headphones. As mentioned by others as well.

I bought it to play Hi-Res lossless from apple music and it does that job perfectly fine. Waiting for Mediabridge ultra series coaxial cable to check if its supports 32/192 and DSD64 as advertised.

My setup I tried on -
1. Denon X3700H with Elac B6.2 x 5 and SVS PB-2000 PRO with optical and RCA - works perfectly.
2. Sennheiser HD599 with LG G8X thinq - not even noticeable.
3. Mac mini m2 pro 2023 with edifier bookshelf's R1855DB with optical and RCA - works perfectly as mac sucks on analog output through 3.5mm to y-split RCA.

Hey Vinay,
We really appreciate the genuine feedback, we'll share your thoughts with the brand as well!

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Reji T. Nair (Kochi)
Pathetic Power Output at the 3.5mm Port

I have been using FiiO E10K for the last of couple of years and I felt very satisfied with the experience. I’m a diehard fan of FiiO, indeed. I read somewhere that FiiO K3 is an upgraded version of older E10Ks and I decided to have a try. I was too eager and excited to receive it. Barely 24 hours have passed and I’m totally disappointed. The power output of the 3.5mm port is pathetic.

I tested the 3.5mm SE output on four devices, on Sennheiser HD598, Logitech Z625 Computer Speakers and an a sub-1k INR Edifier IEM, and the 2.5 mm Balanced output on my FiiO F5 IEM.

As you are aware, the HD598 is a fairly easy to drive Head Phone with an impedance of 50 Ohms. I had to adjust the volume wheel of the K3 to 3 o’clock position to get a fairly decent volume. That’s way above 50%! That too with the Gain switched on.

Secondly, I connected the K3 to the Logitech speakers. Z625 is a very good computer speaker with clear output and could be driven easily without an Amp. The problem with Z625 is that you cannot adjust its volume beyond 30-40% level without distortions creeping in. I had to adjust the K3’s volume to 100% to get a decent volume on the Logitech with its volume on 30-40% level!

Thirdly, I connected an Edifier IEM (ED-P180 Plus) with an impedance of 32 Ohms. Still the same result. Volume dial adjusted to 3 o’clock position.

Finally, I connected the FiiO F5s to 2.5 balanced output. The result was very good this time.

This is not an upgrade of the mighty FiiO E10K. My advice is to look elsewhere and avoid this model altogether. There are other excellent FiiO models.

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Value for Money:
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Great USB to Optical converter

I use the K3 as a USB to toslink adapter to feed a car DSP from an iphone. Works flawlessly and the sound quality is great. I have not tested the headphone output yet, so cant comment about the quality of the amp inside, but I wouldn't doubt it.

Thank you for your review! We're glad to hear that you're happy with the product and that it works well.

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