2.5mm & 4.4mm
Upto 325mW @ 32Ω
Battery Capacity of
Any DAC and Amp will make a good-sounding headphone sound even better, but the Q3 makes them sound great. It is incredible that for around 10K, they could pack in soo much power into a device that’s slim as a smartphone. I love that it has every conceivable output - 2.5mm, 3.5mm and 4.4mm, allowing you to use it with any headphone or IEM.
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, and use clean power to offer a pure and uncoloured sound. The use of dual crystal oscillators, independent LPF circuits and low noise volume adjustment adds more efficiency to music listening. This will highlight subtle nuances of your favourite songs which you would have otherwise failed to recognise. The Q3 is also Hi-Res Audio certified for a guaranteed natural and realistic listening experience.
POWERED BY AK4462 DAC AND XMOS USB CHIP FOR A INTERFERENCE-FREE, 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 can 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.
CLASSIC ROUND-SHAPED DESIGN ALONG WITH AN RGB INDICATOR THAT DISPLAYS SAMPLING RATE
Keeping 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 elevates the design and makes it durable for practical use. There is an RGB indicator embedded 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.
RANGE OF BALANCED/ UNBALANCED CONNECTORS ALONG WITH USB-C FOR BETTER CONNECTIVITY
There is a range of connectivity options that the Q3 offers - 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 prioritised over the SE 3.5mm. The Q3 also has a symmetrical Type-C connector that can be used to be connected to other devices. It also supports USB PD and lightning charging. The Q3 also comes with USB-IF USB-C compatibility certification and Thesycon USB audio drivers for optimum signal transmission and excellent sound quality.
DEDICATED BASS BOOST FUNCTION & 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.
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 to support this the FiiO Q3 comes with a 1800mAH long-lasting battery. It gives an overall battery life of up to 10 + hours under USB decoding. This battery life is enough to get you through the day of listening to your favourite music.
|DIMENSIONS||105mm x 59mm x 12.5mm|
|WEIGHT||About 110g (incl. battery)|
|TEST HEADPHONES||PO+M3 earbuds (27Ω)
|TEST VOLUME||40mV output|
|BATTERY LIFE||USB In - PO: 10H
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/32 Bit|
|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)
|CHANNEL BALANCE||≤0.2 dB|
|BALANCE OUTPUT PORT||±2.5mm balanced + 4.4mm balanced|
|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)|
|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)|
|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%)
2. AUX In : 3.2V (32Ω /THD+N＜1%)
|BOX CONTENTS||1. FiiO Q3 Amplifier & DAC|
|2. Dual USB Type C Head Cable|
|3. Lightning 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|
|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
1. UAC mode (USB DAC): USB input, 2.5/3.5/4.4 output: It supports PO and BAL output, among which BAL is prior. (When PO and BAL port are inserted at the same time, PO has no output and BAL has output). When 2 BAL or all the 3 ports (PO and 2 BAL) are inserted, there will be no sound.
2. AUX mode (pure headphone amplifier): 3.5 LO input, 2.5/4.4 BAL output: Only supports BAL2.5 or BAL4.4 output. If both BAL ports are inserted, there will be no sound.
Priority of USB DAC and AUX mode: USB DAC prior
1. Once the Q3 is connected to a USB device that is playing normally, the USB DAC mode will be prior.
2. When the Q3 is not connected to a USB device or it is connected but not playing music, it will work in Aux mode if both AUX and BAL are inserted. When in AUX mode, the Q3 is connected to a USB device and the music begins, it will auto-switch to USB DAC mode. When the music stops for more than 5 seconds, it will auto-switch to AUX mode.
3. USB DAC stops playback includes: Stop playback, pause playback, play silent tracks, minimize the volume on the app.
Note: Quick-charging is not available for the Q3.
DSD supports up to native DSD512.
1 Year Warranty
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PORTABLE AMP Category
10-30T yen DAC/AMP Award
"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”."Read More
"FiiO has cleverly added inside the Q3 an extra nickel-copper shield & highly efficient radio frequency absorbers to completely shield the unit from electromagnetic interference."Read More
"I like that FiiO dimmed those LEDs & knurled its volume knob to have a better feeling of it.It looks modern,easy to use & really straightforward once you learn its buttons,i/p & o/p."Read More
"The Q3 is their latest portable DAC/AMP featuring this innovation. Design-wise, it clearly takes a page out of the Q1 MKII’s book with a similar albeit elongated housing. "Read More
"The FiiO Q3 is the third iteration of the mighty Q1,the entry-level portable DAC/AMP from the brand.Think of it as a battery-powered K3, as both devices share lots of quirks & features."Read More
"The FiiO's volumetric cube-sound stage is quite large & holographic, Positioning & layering are also quite good as is image solidity & there is very good transparency & thus detail retrieval."Read More
Excellent product as I am not an audiophile but it was easy to use solved my purpose and very compact in size
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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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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.
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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.
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.
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FiiO - Q3
Upgraded from Shanling UA1 pro, I've been using this for past 2 months now, paired with Blon BL-03 (upgraded to foam ear-tips). This is mind blowing. Almost every song in my music library has a new dimension now, especially the lossless tracks.
Just go for it if you are looking for an entry level wired DAC. Planning to upgrade to a balanced port earphone. Will share how it goes.
Awesome purchase experience with Headphone zone, as always :) Thank you guys!!
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