FiiO M3 Black Color

FiiO M3 Review Specs and Price

We all know that FiiO produces one of the best quality portable media players. But, what we might not know, that FiiO is starting to enlarge its fans base, by making a new flagship “the M3” a new series of MP3 players at a lower cost.

Design/ Build Quality

The FiiO M3 feels quite solid in hand, because it has a uni-body construction features a quality plastic material shell with a front facing 2.0″ display at 240×320 pixels (TFT color LCD), it’s not the highest resolution but, it’s descent enough to have a clear screen to see embedded song artwork.

It weighs 40g, and has squared off edges to make the player easier to hold due to its small size.

At the bottom there is a Micro USB connector for charging and transferring data. In the middle there is 3.5mm headphone port and next to it, there is a Micro SD card slot, which can be expanded up to 64GB, additional to the 8GB internal storage.

To avoid compatibility issues with SD card, it’s recommended to format it using fat32 format.

The Power on/off button is located at the left side of the device, and just under, there is a rope hole, which can be used to mount the strap provided in the box, for more portability when you walk.

At the right side there is nothing but a lock switch to disable front buttons control from accidental pressing, at first you’re probably going mix it with the on/off button, maybe it’s not the perfect placement for the lock switch after all.

FiiO M3 has 6 facing buttons with a clickable sound, with an orange backlit; they are super intuitive, with all dedicated control buttons, volume up/down, next/ fast forward and rewind, along with select and menu button.

But, on a few occasions if you use your thumb to navigate the buttons, you might mistakenly press the lower button when aiming for the upper one, because the plate itself it’s not that wide.

The control buttons might be a little different for some people to get used to at first, but once your fingers memorize the buttons, it will be easy as pie.
FiiO M3 Colors

How to change FiiO M3 language to English

When you first switch on FiiO M3, the default language is set to Chinese. To switch the default language to English, follow below instructions:

  1. Connect FiiO M3 to a PC
  2. Load a song to the music player (you don’t want to skip this)
  3. Disconnect it from your PC
  4. Switch it back ON
  5. Press and hold the menu button for 3 seconds
  6. Select the last option that looks like sprocket
  7. Then keep going up with the options, till you see language in “English” select it
  8. Finally, select English

It might seem like a lot of work, but I will link a video below, where you can see the unboxing along with how to set the language to English.

User Interface Experience

FiiO M3 has a simple plain UI, with the orange, grey and black color. It’s clean and somehow intuitive and easy to navigate. But, there are couple of bugs occur sometimes, especially when browsing through music by artist or album, sometimes a song will just skip.

Regardless of this being their budget audio player, FiiO promises to keep the firmware updated, to optimize the performance and fix the bugs. Therefore this unit should stay relevant for quite some time.

In general, FiiO M3 has a stable and functional UI, especially with playback, which is the most important.

FiiO M3 Sound Quality

Sound Quality

To clear the water I have to say that even FiiO M3 can play lossless audio formats, it still cannot compete with $200 – $400 DAPs.

The earphones that came packed with the player, they sound good, slightly muddy at lows, slightly recessed at mids, and the highs are rolled off a tad early, but there is still enough detail to keep things interesting and have that presence to stay musical.

So, I don’t think people will be in a hurry to replace them, because they are efficient and go along extremely loud with the M3.

You can control the playback with multi-function button from your headphone’s, just like FiiO x1: single click to Play/Pause and double click to skip to the next track.

The sound produced by FiiO M3 is clear and smooth, not as much depth and extension at either extreme sides of the spectrum like some other expensive DAPs, just enough to feel the warmth of the tunes.

It has a loud volume, and 5-band equalizer to tweak the sound even more. It comes with an SNR OF ≥95 Db.

Obviously, sound can be improved with a brighter portable amp. One thing I like in particular is that the bass is not artificially boosted.

This little audio player cost a little over $50! And its sound quality can go head to head with some of the other budget DAPs twice its price, especially when paired with some brighter headphones.

FiiO M3 Battery

Battery

The specs we’ve seen with FiiO M3 wouldn’t be so great without a good battery life. So, FiiO paired the M3 with 550 mAh battery capacity, so the consumer could enjoy up to 24 hours of continuous playtime.

It takes about 2.5 hours to fully charge, when using a DC5V adapter. But if you use a computer USB port it might take between 3-4 hours.

To sum up, it’s not fair to compare this $55 entry level DAP to some other full featured rich $200 – $400 DAPs, because its functionality is limited to a basic audio playback, but it’s one of the best budget quality music player we’ve seen in a while.

Features and Specifications

  • 2.0″, TFT screen with 240×320 pixels
  • 8 GB of internal storage/ Expandable up to 64GB through SD card
  • 6 physical buttons with backlight
  • APE, FLAC, WAV, MP3, WMA, OGG, M4A, AAC without raw
  • Drag and Drop
  • 5 Band Equalizer
  • Headphone output impedance<4Ω(32Ω
  • SNR ≥95 dB
  • Up to 24 Hours of battery life
  • Colors: Ivory white, Blue, Black, Cyan
  • Standard 3.5mm Headphone Port

Cons

It needs more stable firmware

The included earbuds do not do the M3 Justice

IN THE BOX

– FiiO M3 Digital Portable Music Player
– Earphones
– 2x Additional Screen Protector
– A Neck lanyard
– Micro USB Cable
– Warranty Card
– Quick Start Guide
– Instruction Manual

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