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FiiO M3K Portable Hi-Res Lossless Music Player Review

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Goh Beng Yeow
Goh Beng Yeow
Goh Beng Yeow, the Founder / Editor at Porta-Fi™, is a recipient of the IT Youth Award in Singapore. Twice nominated for EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Beng Yeow has previously founded startups such as PDALive.com, Coded Pixels Consultants and was a Tech writer for TODAY, a national daily newspaper under MediaCorp. Since 2017, he has been writing, editing and producing commentaries, interviews, news and reviews on Porta-Fi™. In 2019, Beng Yeow was appointed Advisor to LHDC™, the industry's latest low latency and high-definition Bluetooth audio codec.
Sound Quality

Sporting AKM’s AK4376A DAC chip, the low-power consumption chip is one of the key components which allowed the DAP to achieve more than 24 hours of playback time on a single charge.

FiiO M3K Portable Hi-Res Lossless Player

Introduced in CES 2016, the AK4376A is a relatively new 32-bit DAC chip with an integrated headphone amplifier. According to the datasheet from AKM, the AK4376A achieves a THD+N of -106dB and an SNR of 125dB.

The M3K has a signal to noise ratio of 88dB @ 1kHz on its 3.5mm single-ended output, with an output power of 42mW @ 16Ω and 25mW @ 32Ω. The output is adequate to power most earphones or IEMs which you would typically pair with an entry-level player.

Sporting a neutral sounding signature with a slight hint of warmth. Its soundstage is excellent, while not expansive, there is enough width and reasonable height which provides for proper imaging of vocals and instruments, translating into a stage presence which one can appreciate.

The M3K lacks depth on the low-end and decay. Having said that, the bass is still present and punchy, it is just missing the dimension, decay and extensions. Taking into account the product positioning, I will just keep my wishlist in check.

Mid-range is where the M3K establishes itself firmly as an entry-level player, it offers an extremely balanced presentation. Mid-range fidelity on the M3K is amongst the best if not the best I have heard on an entry-level offering.

The treble on the M3K is extremely musical and is a joy to listen to, there is a right amount of control in the tuning which allows it to shine alongside the mids and the lows. Similar to the lows, it lacks decay and extensions.

Part 1: Introduction, Design and Build
Part 2: Usability
Part 3: Sound Quality
Part 4: Product Specifications
Part 5: Review Ratings, Summary

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