Chinese audio company Fiio is launching a new music player today that includes an unusual feature: USB-C. The new USB standard is still a rarity on music players, but Fiio’s M7 will have the port available to use for charging, syncing music, and playing music on USB-C headphones.
In reality, you’ll only want to use USB-C for these first two things. Headphones that work with the port must contain their own DAC (digital-to-analog converter) to convert sound, and given the current state of USB-C headphones, there’s a good chance they won’t be very good. . Or at the very least, they won’t be as good as what you’d get from the M7’s built-in DAC when used with traditional headphones. (Fiio makes a good inexpensive pair, by the way.)
The M7 is otherwise a fairly standard but still stylish music player for 2018. It has a small 3.2-inch touchscreen on the front, a stark aluminum body, physical buttons for skipping tracks and playing music. paused, and even a physical dial to control the volume.
Fiio states that the player supports various lossless audio formats. And while you may want to use wired headphones to get the most out of it, the M7 also supports aptX-HD and Sony’s LDAC for high-resolution Bluetooth streaming to supported headphones.
The M7 also supports FM radio. But other than that, looks like you’re going to be stuck listening to your own local music. There doesn’t appear to be any support for Spotify or other streaming services here as there is no Wi-Fi. (Plus, it runs a “deeply customized Android” skin that looks likely to slow down all the time. experience.) Not having streaming isn’t a problem if you plan to listen to mostly high-res files, but it’s a major drawback otherwise. You’ll also need a microSD card to use the M7 as it only has 2GB of built-in storage.
Fiio says the M7 is now available worldwide and will sell in the United States for $ 200. The company offers a wider range of portable audio players which are getting much more expensive and are intended to deliver even higher sound quality. The M7 is one of the mid-range offerings with the appearance of a high-end drive but specs that make it more affordable.