Is wearable device the ultimate portable device? In fact, everyone is trying. No matter what form it appears in front of consumers, creative products can always win their favor. Take Fiio M5 For example (which we had a first impression before), its mini size means it can be strapped to the wrist and arm of proper accessories. Its practical functionality makes it a charming gadget in many ways. ...
The Fiio M5 is a “mini” portable player that weighs close to a smartwatch, featuring a 1.54-inch HD touchscreen, double-sided 2.5D glass, weighs just 38 grams.
The M5 has a transparent back clip and a rubber strap that feels lightweight on hand. Solid keys include volume adjustment and power switch. Fiio M5 features a lot, in addition to the general music player function. There are two-way HD Bluetooth, Bluetooth calling, USB DAC, recording and even pedometer function! If you add a heart rate function, you got a smartwatch.
The DAC of M5 is an AK4377 that supports DSD hardware decoding. The Bluetooth chip is Qualcomm’s high-end model: CSR8675, which supports HD Bluetooth format APTX/LDAC. The battery life is about 13.5 hours.
The control of Fiio M5 is also similar to a smartwatch. Because the screen is small. Functions are achieved through a variety of sliding, click. The initial user needs a familiar process. The latest version of the firmware operation is relatively smooth.
What sound level can you have for a portable player for less than $100? Some people may suspect that it’s similar to a phone. So we deliberately compared M5 to Apple 5.
The sound quality of iPhones is often praised by some people who lack the experience. We think the sound of iPhones can be summed up as: dry, hard digital taste. While the sound quality level is still better than some non-music phones. There is still a gap with entry-level portable music players.
If there is no other contrast to the sound of iPhone 5, average person will hear it and say, “It’s pretty clear” and there’s no obvious flaw.
In contrast to Fiio M5, iPhone 5’s dry hard feeling is more obvious. After long-term listening, whether it is popular vocals or symphonic music, there will be some impatience problems. Especially male voices have some rough feeling.
Fiio M5, as an entry-level portable player, compared with 200-dollar price player (Shanling M2X, etc.), still have a certain gap in terms of high-frequency resolution. But it’s good in sound is relatively soft. There are some music taste. It will not be cold and hard. In long-term, listening will not feel irritable.
So M5 is obviously better than today’s phones in terms of sound quality.
An important function of the Fiio M5 is to pair with phones without the headphone port. It solves the problem of headphone talk, listening to music.
Why not just use Bluetooth headphones? Because there are still some people who are not satisfied with the sound quality and battery life of Bluetooth headset.
Phones can be connected to Fiio M5 via HD Bluetooth, directly using wired headphones. M5 is small and lightweight, can be wear on hand and will not increase any burden.
First set M5 to Bluetooth mode, open the phone’s Bluetooth connection. The phone will will automatically connect to M5 in LDAC format by default.
After actual comparison, there is no significant difference between the music played through M5 from the phone in LDAC and the music played from M5. You can call it “lossless transmission”.
*A few notes for the use of Fiio M5 Bluetooth:
Upgrade firmware and Bluetooth firmware to the latest version. The earlier version not only has stability issues, but also has blurry sound (LDAC mode).
Try to adjust the volume through the phone, do not adjust the volume on the player. Otherwise, when you go back to the player built-in music playback, the volume may be too high.
Fiio M5 is not only a lightweight music player, but also a good mobile music solution. Mobile phone can connect through high-definition Bluetooth format to M5. And then wired headphones can be connected to M5 to listen to better sound than general phones. It has excellent portability and better battery life and sound quality than Bluetooth headset.