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A Fully Modern Technological Core
The M7 is FiiO's first player to use Samsung's Exynos 7270 SoC (system on chip), made on the 14nm FinFET process. Compared to being made on the older 28nm process, the Exynos 7270's two ARM Cortex A53 cores use 20% less power for greater power efficiency and better battery life. The Exynos 7270 is also made with Samsung's groundbreaking SiP-ePoP packaging technology - this allows the storage, power management and memory chips to be all crammed with the ARM cores into a single tiny package 40% smaller than if the chips were packaged separately such as in existing technologies. This extra space allows for better cooling, and most importantly, a bigger battery to greatly improve play time.
State of the art 6 layer multi stage blind and buried via PCB technology
Because of the Exynos 727-'s SiP-ePoP packaging technology, integrating it with the rest of the M7's printed circuit board (PCB) was a challenge but also allows us to explore and implement new technologies. Thus, the M7 is the first digital audio player to contain a 6-layer multi-stage HDI (high density interconnect) PCB, the same kind that is used in the latest smartphones. Being only 0.8mm thick, this allowed us to cram much more functionality into the body of the M7. Furthermore, we also employ blind and buried via PCB, which allows there different components to work more closely in harmony as well as make the power supply section much more robust, guaranteeing superior first-rate sound quality.
The next step in audio: High Fidelity Wireless
The M7 utilises a Samsung Bluetooth 4.2 chip that supports the aptX - HD audio codec, allowing you to enjoy your music in high fidelity without the hassle of wires. In addition, the M7 also supports Sony's LDAC wireless audio codec, which compared to ordinary Bluetooth audio transmits 3x the data for an unparalleled, truly high-resolution audio experience
* Both the receiver and transmitter must support LDAC, aptX or aptX-HD in order to use these audio codecs.
Want to rock out even more? How about some USB audio out?
To give you even more ways to jam out to your music, FiiO's software team toiled through countless days and nights to bring you USB audio digital output functionality on the M7 with support for various sampling rates and DSD output (including DSD128 support). With this, you can have the M7 act as a digital transport connected to an external device for digital-to-analog decoding. We recommend pairing the FiiO Q5 with the M7 either through USB or through Bluetooth for an excellent sound experience.
*FiiO currently only guarantee the FiiO Q1 Mk II and the Q5 as being totally stable when paired with the M7through USB. This function require the use of FiiO CL06 USB type-C to micro USB adapter.
ESS Sabre 9018 chip for unsurpassed sound quality
Within the core of the M7 lies the Sabre 9018Q2C chip by ESS, an SoC that nearly combines a high-performance DAC and headphone amplifier into one tiny package. What separate this ESS chip from other commonly used combo audio chips are: (1) the 9018Q2C has two independent power supplies, one each for the digital and analog sections (2) the internal headphone amplifier has its own independent dual power supply and (3) adjustable LPF (low-pass filter), which provides developers with more flexibility to make the product sound exactly the way they want. All in all, the 9018Q2C saves space on the PCB, reduces power consumption compared to competing solutions, and all while delivering up to 49mW of outpour at a THD+N of -100 dB.
Incredibly low noise floor
Even in the most cacophonous chambers, bask in soothing silence. Go on, bring your noise detectors - the M7 will be waiting.
Discover a whole new world of FM Radio
Within the M7 lies another world of FM radio! Unlike many other comparable players, the M7 contains a dedicated FM chip, the Si4705. This is a specialised DSP with excellent FM reception and is not very prone to interference that outputs a digital signal directly to the ESS 9018Q2C. In order to further boost radio signal reception strength, the FM chip uses your headphones as an antenna. FM frequencies offered is the broad range of 76MHz - 108MHz, which is essentially all of the possible spectrums used around the world.
Why worry about charging with 40 days of standby time?
Lying within the M7 is an 1180mAh battery that, thanks to the Exynos 7270's advance 14nm fabrication process, allows the device to have a play time of 20 hours or more, or a standby time up to a whopping 40 days! In standby mode, you can instantly wake up the device so you can enjoy your music immediately whenever you want while still saving tons of power.
Full touch screen operation in such an adorable device?
The M7 employs a 3.2 inch 480 x800 display with image zooming support. When combines with dedicated play/pause and skip buttons as well as a real volume wheel, every action you want to do is just either a simple press or swipe away. The M7 also uses an innovative gesture system to get around different menus.
More storage in a time of more listening
Some may say that only having 2GB of built-in storage doesn't make sense, and that a company shouldn't even bother giving users such a paltry amount of storage. We at FiiO though otherwise - even only 2GB of storage may be useful to people who only sore a small amount of music and don't bother with micro SD cards or who just want as much space as they can get for their music. So we worked tirelessly to ensure that uses had access to this 2Gb without affecting system fluidity or stability. Of course, if you want access to your huge library you can do that too - the M7 supports up to a single 512 micro SD card for storage expansion.
Small form for easy fitting
The M7 is tiny to be sure, but is a well-thought out and satisfyingly complete package. The new M7 is the successor to the much-loved M3, designed to cater to the needs of younger customers. We at FiiO spent a lot of time investigating what users actually wanted from their digital audio player, and finally came up with an exterior design that we think you will fall in love with. Try resisting that sexy full aluminium body and glass front!
No seat with decoding
The M7 supports put to 192kHz/24 bit PCM audio. As for audio formats, among the supported are APE/WAV/FLAC/WMA/OGG/ACC/ALAC/MP3 as well as numerous others. Just put your music files into the M7 and play it!
Smooth, slick operator
With the M7, we have developed a new operating system that capitalises on the Exynos 7270's strengths for a smooth, slick experience that's sure to satisfy even the most demanding users.
Can't faze this FPGA
The M7 contains a specially designed FPGA that adeptly handles the digital audio signals coming out of the Exynos 7270 SoC to the ESS 9018Q2C. Thanks to this FPGA, the M7 can support native DSD, up to DSD64 in DFF or DSF. And finally the FGPA is also linked to the 2 crystal oscillators, so that music of any sampling rate is faithfully and accurately played back.
Getting modern with USB Type-C
The M7 employs a USB Type-C connector for connectivity enabling for both more convenience (this symmetrical connector allows for insertion in either direction) and for more functionality (charging, file transfers and USB audio are all supported).
Handling signals coming in or out like a pro
The M7's standard 3.5mm headphone output supports CTIA standard in-line controls, which many headphones out on the market use - such as the FiiO F1, F3, F5, FH1, F9, F9 Pro, which are fully supported by the M7. And for even further convenience the M7 also has a line-out function with allows you to hook your device up to external amplifiers whenever you need.
*Volume control on Apple headphones is not supported.
Masterfully crafting your experience
With the M7, FiiO's designers went back to the drawing tabard to create a UI that not only ooze with style but also doesn't sacrifice usability in the process. The six icons of the main interface allow easy access to all you might need. The playing back interface is skinned with a contemporary flat design and supports covers, lyrics and tags.
Hi-Res Audio Certification
The M7 has been certified by the well-respected Japan Audio Association to be truly capable of "Hi-Res Audio", so you know you are getting great music on the go.
|CPU||Exynos 7270 14nm|
|Operation modes||Touch screen + Physical buttons + Wheel|
|Bluetooth||Supports Bluetooth 4.2, aptX and aptX-HD|
|FM Radio||5 broadcasting region from 76~108 MHz
|Display||3.2 inch 480 x 800 HD in-cell touchscreen|
52 x 109 x 13 mm
|Charging Time||< 2.5 h (DC 5V/2A)|
|Battery Life||> 20 h (Headphone output) / > 30 h (Bluetooth output)|
|Battery||1880 mAh Li-polymer battery|
|Storage||Internal Storage (about 2GB) + micro SD card (Supporting up to 512 GB)|