Popular Chinese brand FiiO has recently launched the M3K, a portable high-resolution lossless music player that’s priced at Rs 6,990 and available at FiiO’s official website as well as other online retail channels.
The M3K stands out from the competition as it features an Ingenic X1000E processor that promises high performance along with low power consumption. Due to the processor, the M3K has a battery life up to 24 hours and standby time up to 38 days. FiiO states that if you listen 3.5 hours every day, the M3K can go for a week before needing to be charged again. The player uses an AKM AK4376A DAC that is capable of decoding up to 384kHz/32-bit audio with low noise floor.
Fiio also claims that it features a high-quality microphone that allows you to record audio. It also comes with a new AB functionality that allows you to compare and repeat between two different tracks as many times as you like. The M3K supports a wide variety of lossless audio formats and file types with the supported formats including — PCM up to 384kHz/32-bit audio, DSD, CUE files, and LRC files for displaying lyrics..
Fiio claims that no other player in the M3K's segment can be used as a USB DAC and with a Mac computer, the FiiO M3K is automatically recognized when connected with no need to install a separate driver. With a Windows computer, a special driver from FiiO is required. The M3K supports file transfers with USB OTG-compatible devices if connected by a USB OTG cable.
As far as the design goes, the M3K is the first portable music player at its price point to feature a seamless, all-aluminum unibody construction with tempered glass. The M3K adopts a set of capacitive buttons + touchpad for operation, a substantial upgrade over last generation's simpler physical buttons. There are five sets of touch buttons to make getting around the UI easy: next/previous track, confirmation, back, and menu keys. The touch buttons are also backlit to greatly enhance usability in dark areas and make the M3K much easier to use when the screen is off. The player has a 2-inch IPS display.
And lastly, the M3K supports micro-SD cards for storage expansion, up to a massive 2TB.