The FiiO M11 Pro spent considerable time in the house as the primary music source, both portable and connected to the home audio system. I assessed it with Sony, B&O, 1MORE, Audio Technica and Sennheiser headphones. I also ran it with Tin HiFi T4 IEMs and P1 IEMS. The FiiO M11 Pro established itself as a go to unit after my time with a HiBy R3 as my primary player. Needless to say, there was no comparison. While both proved competent, the consistency of the FiiO and its ability to just work in a fluid and easy to comprehend manner was apparent.
Yes. the FiiO M11 Pro came in on the heels of the M11 and on the toes of the M15. Not a great place to be in the fickle world of upgrade-o-holic audiophiles. Let's be clear quickly. The FiiO M11 is no Pro and no M15. The M11 is a very accessible and recommended entry point to audio nirvana. It does so many things so very well that, anyone still listening to music solely from a smartphone of any caliber, should seriously be considering a foray into the DAP market with the FiiO M11 being top-of-mind.
Nevertheless, in the mind of this editor and numerous others across the globe, the M11 Pro is no one's bastard child or joke. This thing is a serious contender that should be taken seriously by anyone looking to run music from something other than a smartphone, other than a Sonos system (convenient but sonically inferior) or from some budget wannabe serious digital audio player (DAP) solution.
With THX amplification, better DACS and a few other small refinements, FiiO made it quite clear that their days as the budget, alternative DAP adn AMP source are over. And if that was not enough to make the point, they knowingly and willingly risked muting the triumphs of the M11 Pro with the launch of the flagship TOTL M15, despite their obvious sonic differences. So why buy a FiiO M11 Pro you might ask? Here is why:
It has a massive (crystal clear) screen, manageable weight, appealing looks, volume wheel, 4.4 balanced input, Android OS, can run third party music apps to include HiBy! Amazon Music, Tidal, Spotify, Pandora and even Bandcamp--for those of you who really know something. The noise floor is dead quiet. It is resolving, musical and analytical. The M11 Pro is a reference contender product. It is priced in a very interesting realm (sub-$700). It's nearest sibling, up the food chain, is nearly double the cost. This makes it a very appealing alternative to a variety of looks and considerations. But when it all come down to it, what does this all mean?
As always, below you will find opinions and reviews from around the globe that can help you off the fence. We save the specs and minutiae for others who have already traversed that territory. So, if you are one of those people who do not have the margin on the end of your month to spend a ton of money on separate DAPs to conduct your own assessments in order to determine where to lay your final dollars, let us help you. This thing is amazing. Sure you might land on a different conclusion if you could conduct side-by-sides. If you can, then have at it. If you cannot, and your have a sub-seven hundred dollar budget, you cannot go wrong with the FiiO M11 Pro. It is a solid, respectable, hard to fault player that can serve you for years to come without regret.
The M11 Pro is no one's bastard child or joke. This thing is a contender that should be taken seriously by anyone looking to run music from something other than a smartphone, other than a Sonos system (convenient but sonically inferior) or from some budget wannabe serious digital audio player (DAP) solution.
Detailed, musical, and able to run most moderately powered cans. Absolutely. Jacked into your home audio system and your ears will re-verify how smart you are. Resolving, dark, analytical. This monster, with its DACS and THX stage, through the Line Out is an absolute marvel. I honestly have no complaints when it comes to the sonic footprints of this player. It is exactly what FiiO wanted. A device that greased the skids to their products rivaling iBasso and Astell & Kern--without the eye rolling and scads of doubt and disbelief.
FiiO is no longer a wannabe. They are not in the rear-view mirror. They are the object in mirror that is closer than it appears. They are well past the blind-spot. Overtaking players who have been in the field far longer than FiiO. I applaud them! So here is some quick insight. File transfers, etc., there are some things that I think are a wee bit hokey. But that is really me being picky at best. FiiO has a compelling device on its hands. Give it a serious look. It is worth it.
Currently selling for around $650.00 at various online retailers.
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