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Ideal for
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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


The Q3 is my favorite portable DAC & Amp. They feature both a 2.5mm and 4.4mm balanced output, which means no matter what headphone, its a simple plug and play. They have both iOS and Android cables included, and they are powerful enough to drive even full-sized headphones. Absolutely Flawless.
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About Raghav Somani

Raghav Somani is the Founder & CEO of Headphone Zone. An avid audiophile and musician since 2008, his choice of headphones include STAX Electrostats, Audeze LCD 3, and for music on the go, the JH Audio Roxanne + Astell&Kern SP1000 is never too far away. On his playlist, you'll find A.R. Rahman, Michael Jackson, and the Eagles.


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.
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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.
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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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    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.

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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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    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.

    Hey Danie,
    Always a delight to hear that our customers are happy & the purchase is upto their expectations. Thank you for the review & ratings. Cheers!

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    Kiran (Bengaluru)

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    Sam W. (Coimbatore)
    Design and Comfort:
    Sound Quality:
    Value for Money:
    Great DAC/Amp but somewhat unwieldy for mobile devices

    With regard to power, this device can drive most headphones to a decent volume without a problem (provided the headphones don't exceed an impedance of 300 Ω). The sound quality is great; I'd say the sound is very neutral and would pair well with a wide range of headphones, be they warm-sounding or bright-sounding. The Q3 is ideal for laptop users who travel often or even just move around in their homes a lot. The battery life is pretty great for what it is, but won't last an entire day of usage (which is fine really, given that most other portable DAC/Amps in this range have worse battery life). Here are some of my gripes. It's a little too unwieldy to use with phones. The binding straps they provide in the box make no sense cause phones don't have thick bezels to wrap those straps around anymore and you'd be covering a sizable portion of your screen; also, they look hideous. You need to think of a workaround if you really need to strap the Q3 to your phone. The volume knob isn't as smooth as I'd like it to be. It isn't terrible by any means, but I expected a better rotation mechanism for the price. Speaking of price, I got it for 12,990 INR; it immediately dropped to 11,900 during the Christmas sale, and it's still at that price point right now. I feel kinda shafted, but hey, that's just my bad timing lol.

    All in all, this is a great DAC/Amp for laptop use, but you're gonna need to find a better way to carry it around with your phone. Another important thing to note is the Q3's lack of bluetooth. I don't really care much for bluetooth and if you're in the same boat, get these instead of the BTR5 (if you're willing to cough up the extra dough, that is); it's more powerful and has better battery life. But if you find yourself using bluetooth at all for the sake of convenience, you should definitely get the BTR5 instead.

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    Kamal Kumar Chakravorty (New Delhi)
    Design and Comfort:
    Sound Quality:
    Value for Money:
    Simply Awesome

    This Fiio Q3 is mind blowing. If you have not experienced quality DAC, one must try Fiio Q3 and hear the Looseless Files audio. You will simply be blown away, Excellent DAC. Go for it.

    Hey Kamal,
    Great that you are happy with your purchase, always a delight to hear that our customers are happy & the purchase is upto their expectations. Thank you for the review & ratings. Cheers!

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    RAGHAVENDRA JHADE (Hyderabad)
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    Sound Quality:
    Value for Money:
    price to performance

    excellent product overall

    HI,
    We are glad you had a comfortable shopping experience with us & it is delightful to read such positive reviews on your product! Cheers & Welcome to the club!

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    Prem Tomar (Bengaluru)
    Sound Quality:
    Value for Money:
    Amazing Product

    It has everything I needed. On top of it, experience with headphonezone was ultimate.

    Hey Prem,
    We thank you for this lovely review & we are glad you are enjoying it! Keep the music playing.

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    Akshay Gaikwad (Bengaluru)
    Design and Comfort:
    Sound Quality:
    Value for Money:
    A normal human's perspective.

    Not an audiophile but realized what a soundstage is after using this. The build is metal and feels rock solid. Comes pre-charged to about 70 or 80% I think. Always a good sign. An extremely easy setup for anyone. Just plug in and be blown away. Do use a good service like Spotify or others which provide high quality music. You could use it for the usual YouTube songs, but I wouldn't recommend it. Not sure if YouTube music is similar to Spotify or Apple Music. Do try it out. Got it for a good deal during the Christmas Sale. Thanks Varun for the suggestion and HeadphoneZone for the brilliant service and catering to a niche.

    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!

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    Robert Singh (Delhi)
    Design and Comfort:
    Sound Quality:
    Value for Money:
    Fiio Q3 a better sounding but with less features portable DAC Amp than Fiio's on BTR5.

    First of all, the design of the Q3 is excellent. I really love the small thin and slim form factor and good built quality. Problem or should I say inconvenience is to carry along in the pocket because of the whole USB connections and rubber bans strapping with the phone and so on. It is not as easy or simple as using Fiio's own BTR5 which is a Bluetooth portable DAC Amp at a similarly or slightly lesser price then Fiio Q3. The big question is does the Q3 sound better than BTR5? My answer is Yes, but not by a huge margin as I had imagined from other website reviews.

    Fiio Q3 has an AKM DAC chip which produce a much balanced, cleaner softer and nice smoother sound signature of AKM DAC chips. The THX certified amp enable Q3 to even better enhance the clarity and neutral sound with excellent low noise floor for IEMs. I absolutely love and enjoy the combination of both the techs and I have been a huge fan of AKM DAC sound signature (which was the main reason I bought the Fiio Q3). On the other hand, BTR5 have a ESS sabre DAC chip which produce a brighter and slightly mid forward sound signature. BTR5 also lacks in terms of sound clarity as the THX amp on Q3 is far better than the amp in BTR5. But at the same time BTR5 has more features and easier to just carry along. It has Bluetooth or NFC feature which can connect to mobile phone or portable music player much more conveniently whereas the Q3 is just a normal DAC amp and you need USB cables to connect to music devices. One can still enjoy HiFi music over Bluetooth on BTR5 as it has LDAC support up to 96khz HiFi music on the go. The battery performance from both devices is almost similar (around 8-9hrs) with IEMs at average listening volumes. Both devices can now support apple lossless music on apple iOS device via USB C or lightning cable. And finally, BTR5 cost lesser by 1k-1.5k (depending on offers) than the Q3 which basically has fewer features of portability.

    I enjoy both the devices from Fiio and I am happy to choose either Q3 or BTR5 depending on the occasion; for home and office use I go for Q3 or if I am travelling, I go for BTR5. So, yes, I recommend either one of them to anyone who are interested or looking for a portable DAC amp.

    HI Robert Singh ,
    We are so happy you took out time & elaborately reviewed the product. We are sure this will help our customers to make an even better & informed decision.

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