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FiiO - Q3

Portable THX Balanced DAC & Amp

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Chi-Fi
Excellence

1 Year of
Warranty

Ideal for
Audiophiles

Best Suited for
Portable Use

10 Hours of
Battery Life

2.5mm & 4.4mm
Balanced Output

Pair with Laptop
USB C

Connect With
USB C

Upto 325mW @ 32Ω
Power Output

AKM4462
DAC Chip

Volume
Controls

Battery Capacity of
1800 mAh

DESCRIPTION

LISTEN TO MUSIC IN PURE, NATURAL SOUND WITH THE THX AAA AMPLIFIER TECHNOLOGY

THX is known for its patented feed-forward error correction AAA amps. One such AAA amp is used in the FiiO Q3 to reduce distortion, use clean power to offer a pure and uncoloured sound. The use of dual crystal oscillators, independent LPF circuit and low noise volume adjustment adds more efficiency to music listening. This will highlight even subtle nuances of your favourite songs which you would have otherwise failed to recognise.
Q3

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POWERED BY AK4462 DAC AND XMOS XUF208 USB CHIP FOR A INTERFERENCE-FREE, CLEAN HI-FI MUSIC LISTENING

Adopting a brand-new and super-efficient AK4462 VELVET SOUND DAC from AKM along with a flagship XMOS XUF208 USB chip, the FiiO Q3 has the ability to decode up to 768kHz/32-bit PCM and DSD512. This allows the Q3 to deliver a high-quality music listening experience. The combination of an all-aluminium body, copper-nickel shield and highly efficient absorbers creates a full-fledged 360° radio frequency interference shield around the Q3 for an interference-free sound.
Q3

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CLASSIC ROUND-SHAPED DESIGN ALONG WITH AN RGB INDICATOR THAT DISPLAYS SAMPLING RATE

Adhering to the designing language of other FiiO amplifiers, the Q3 sports stylish curves, simple lines and a smooth CNC and sandblasted aluminium body. This elaborate design not only adds appeal to the design but also makes it durable for practical use. There is an RGB indicator on the analogue potentiometer volume knob that keeps you aware of the sampling rate while the knob itself lets you adjust the volume with precision.

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RANGE OF BALANCED/ UNBALANCED CONNECTORS FOR BETTER CONNECTIVITY

There is a range of connectivity options that you get with the FiiO Q3 including the 4.4mm/2.5mm balanced outputs and a standard 3.5mm single-ended output. This lets you connect almost all kinds of headphones to your FiiO Q3. Kindly note that the 4.4mm/2.5mm are prioritized over the SE 3.5mm. The Q3 also has the symmetrical Type-C connector which can be used to be connected to other devices. It also supports USB PD and lightning charging.

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DEDICATED BASS BOOST FUNCTION FOR BASSHEADS & A MULTI-FUNCTION BUTTON FOR GAIN ADJUSTMENT

There is a dedicated bass switch for the bass boost function that instantly gives you control over the intensity of the bass output. This works because of a purely hardware-based bass amplifier circuit that can increase bass up to 6dB without interfering with the mids or treble. You also get a versatile multi-function button that you can use to switch between gain levels. Press the button for a short time to switch between low and high gain while a double tap on the button will let you cycle between sharp and slow roll-off filters.

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A POWERFUL BATTERY LIFE OF UP TO 10 HOURS TO GET YOU THROUGH THE DAY

Powerful components need a powerful battery to be driven and therefore the FiiO Q3 comes with a 1800mAH long-lasting battery. It gives an overall battery life of up to 10 hours or more under USB decoding. This is enough battery to get you through the day on a normal day of listening.

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SPECS

MAIN UNIT
MODEL Q3
COLOR Black
DIMENSIONS 105mmx59mmx12.5mm
WEIGHT About 110g (incl. battery)
TEST HEADPHONES PO+M3 earbuds (27Ω)
BAL+32Ω earbuds
TEST VOLUME 40mV output
CHARGING TIME ≤2h
BATTERY CAPACITY 1800mAh
BATTERY LIFE USB In - PO: 10H
BAL: 8.5H
AUX In - BAL: 19H
AUDIO INPUT Type C USB/3.5mm port
POWER SUPPLY DC 5V 2A recommended
NATIVE DSD SUPPORTED DSD64/128/256/512
MAX. SAMPLING RATE SUPPORTED 768kHz/32bit
CHIPS USED DAC: AKM4462; Amp module: THX_AAA28; LPF: OPA1662; XMOS: XUF208
HEADPHONE OUTPUT PORT Standard 3.5mm Port
RECOMMENDED HEADPHONE IMPEDANCE 16~100Ω (PO)
16~300Ω (BAL)
CHANNEL BALANCE ≤0.2 dB
BALANCE OUTPUT PORT ±2.5mm balanced+4.4mm balanced
3.5MM HEADPHONE OUTPUT PORT
OUTPUT POWER 1 150mW (16Ω, THD+N<1%, USB IN)
160mW (32Ω, THD+N<1%, USB IN)
19mW (300Ω, THD+N<1%, USB IN)
OUTPUT IMPEDANCE 1.2Ω (32Ω loaded)
THD+N <0.0012%
SNR ≥114dB (32Ω A-weighted)
FREQUENCY RESPONSE 20Hz~20kHz, curve amplitude variation: 0.4dB
20Hz~65kHz, curve amplitude variation: -3dB
CHANNEL SEPARATION ≥75dB (1kHz, 32Ω loaded)
≥105dB (1kHz, Unloaded)
NOISE FLOOR <5.5uV (A-weighted)
AMPLITUDE 2.26V (32Ω/THD+N<1%)
2.38V (Unloaded)
2.5MM/4.4MM HEADPHONE OUTPUT PORT
OUTPUT POWER 1 180mW (16Ω, THD+N<1%, USB IN)
300mW (32Ω, THD+N<1%, USB IN)
35mW (300Ω, THD+N<1%, USB IN)
OUTPUT POWER 2 190mW (16Ω, THD+N<1%, AUX IN)
325mW (32Ω, THD+N<1%, AUX IN)
100mW (300Ω, THD+N<1%, AUX IN)
OUTPUT IMPEDANCE 3Ω (32Ω loaded)
THD+N <0.0015% (USB IN)
<0.0012% (AUX IN)
SNR ≥113dB (32Ω A-weighted, USB IN)
≥115dB (32Ω A-weighted, AUX IN)
FREQUENCY RESPONSE 1. USB In : 20Hz~20kHz, curve amplitude variation: 0.4dB
20Hz~65kHz, curve amplitude variation: -3dB
2. AUX In : 20Hz~90kHz,curve amplitude variation: 0.4dB
CHANNEL SEPARATION ≥99dB (1kHz, 32Ω loaded)
 ≥103 (1kHz, Unloaded)
NOISE FLOOR <8uV (A-weighted, USB IN)
<5.5uV (A-weighted, AUX IN)
AMPLITUDE 1. USB In : 3.1V (32Ω/THD+N<1%)
3.38V (Unloaded)
2. AUX In : 3.2V (32Ω /THD+N<1%)
5.6V (Unloaded)
IN THE BOX
BOX CONTENTS 1. FiiO Q3 Amplifier & DAC
2. Dual USB Type C Head Cable
3. Lightening to Type C cable
4. USB Type C data cable
5. storage bag
6. non-slip mat
7. 3.5mm line cable
8. binding strap
(2 X short, 2 X long)
9. quick start guide
10. warranty card

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Warranty
Ideal For Smartphone Smartphone Smartphone & Desktop Smartphone
Weight 110g 125g 148g
DAC Chip AKM4462 Burr Brown ESS Sabre ES9281PRO ESS Sabre ES9038Q2M
Sample Rate 768kHz/32bit 32bit/384kHz 32-bit/768kHz
Inbuilt Battery
Battery Life USB In - PO: 10H
BAL: 8.5H
AUX In - BAL: 19H
8 Hours 28 Hours
Balanced Outputs
Outputs 2.5mm, 4.4mm & 3.5mm 4.4mm & 3.5mm 2.5mm & 3.5mm 3.5mm
Digital Inputs Type C USB/Aux USB 3.0 USB Type-C Mirco USB
Output level 160mW (32Ω, THD+N<1%, USB IN)
(3.5mm Headphone Output port)
300mW (32Ω, THD+N<1%, USB IN)
325mW (32Ω, THD+N<1%, AUX IN)
(2.5mm/4.4mm Headphone Output port)
Unbalanced: 280mW@32 Ohm Balanced: 400mW@32 Ohm
Signal to Noise Ratio ≥114dB (32Ω) (3.5mm)
≥113dB (32Ω USB IN) ≥115dB (32Ω AUX IN)
(2.5mm, 4.4mm)
130dB 120dB
MQA Support
Volume Control
Expert Verdict "The Q3 encases a fully-balanced THX structure amplification module under the AAA Frontier series.It claims to be the “World’s Most Linear Amplifier Technology for Headphones”."
Headfonics
"I love its ability to drive full-size headphones with enthusiasm. If you’re looking for a lightweight DAC/Amp to improve the audio from your laptop or mobile this is a no-brainer."
Hifi Trends
"The Sparrow is an affordable and tiny device which you can carry around with you at all times. Just hook it up to your phone or laptop and be amazed how good it sounds."
Headfonia
"The NX4DSD uses good parts: an Alps switched potentiometer, a high grade USB decoder chip (XMOS XU208), the very detailed ESS9038Q2M dac chip, and quality opamps (OPA1652, OPA2140, OPA1688)."
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FAQS

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  • Q3 User Manual
  • Warranty & Media Reviews

    1 Year Warranty

    Don't sweat it, this FiiO Q3 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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    PORTABLE AMP Category

    VGP Award
    Nov, 2020

    Headfonics

    10-30T yen DAC/AMP Award

    VGP Award
    June, 2021

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    Customer Reviews

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    Varun Khandelwal (New Delhi)
    disappointing. the Mac internal DAC is better.

    I paired these with Meze 99 Neo's and played Tidal Masters on my MacBook. The output quality from the onboard DAC on the MacBook is superior to the filo q3. overall its disappointing.

    Hey Varun, we’re sad to know that the product was not up to your expectation. We welcome you to talk to our Headphone Gurus so that you may discover the best way to use the product at its full glory!

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    Sandeep Singh
    Excellent product

    Excellent product as I am not an audiophile but it was easy to use solved my purpose and very compact in size

    Thank you for sharing this positive review.

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    Sai Lokesh (Kurnool)
    Not worth the price

    I use this for hi res lossless and I’m really not satisfied with the purchase

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    Kiran (Bengaluru)

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    Danie B (Chennai)
    Amazing Experience

    It’s been amazing so far. I use my iPhone 11 and Astell & Kern Billie Jean with Q3 and the experience has been nothing short of awesome. Apple Music Hi-Res Lossless plays like a charm with this setup and Q3 is able to get the best from Apple Music at 24bit 192kHz.

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