The FiiO Q3 is a Hi-Res Audio certified USB DAC and headphone amplifier based on the very popular FiiO Q1 Mark II DAC headphone amplifier. Optically the Q3 hardly differs from its Q1 predecessor. The casing has a similar look and feel. The familiar switchable gain, bass-boost EQ and the popular analogue volume control also have remained. Technically, however, this Q3 has been completely redesigned in several critical areas and the micro-USB connection has made way for a modern USB-C connector. Despite the popularity of the Q1 Mark II, FiiO has not introduced this new model as Q1 Mark III, but has positioned it on a much higher level.
For this Q3 FiiO has applied a new THX AAA amplifier with more powerful output power, lower energy consumption and lower distortion. The DAC chip has also been replaced by AKM's better performing and more energy efficient AK4462. Thanks to the powerful XUF208 XMOS processor, this Q3 is suitable for native DSD streams up to DSD512 and PCM up to 32bit/768kHz. To take full advantage of these improvements, FiiO has equipped this Q3 with a single-ended 3.5mm and balanced 2.5mm/4.4mm headphone jacks. With more than 10 hours of battery life, this is enough for a whole day's listening fun. Despite these improvements, this FiiO Q3 still has an unbeatable price/performance ratio.