Fiio M11S review: This $499 portable hi-res music player is amazing

Fiio is one of the most recognizable names in the hi-res audio scene, and the manufacturer is known for its value-focused DACs and IEMs. I’ve reviewed a lot of the brand’s latest launches over the last 12 months, including the fantastic BTR7 Bluetooth DAC, high-end K9 Pro DAC, FA7S and FD3 IEMs and a couple of portable DACs.

Fiio also has a range of portable music players, with the M11S being the latest offering in the range. Think of these portable players as a derivative of the iPod, but for lossless music. You get all the features you need in a single package: the M11S has a 5-inch screen with a 720p resolution, is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 and has dual Saber ES9038Q2M DACs that deliver native 24-bit/384KHz playback and DSD256 along with MQA decoding.

The M11S connects over the single-ended 3.5mm port, and you also get balanced 2.5mm and 4.4mm ports. What’s particularly interesting here is that there’s also Bluetooth, and the M11S can transmit wirelessly via SBC, AAC, AptX, AptX HD, LDAC and LHDC. The best part is that it runs a clean version of Android out of the box and with full access to the Play Store, so you can install your favorite streaming service without any hassle.

Fiio M11S review

(Image credit: Harish Jonnalagadda / Android Central)

I’d like to talk a little about the design of the M11S before I get to its audio characteristics. Fiio overhauled its design language in 2022 and is aiming for a consistent aesthetic across its entire range, and it’s immediately apparent when using the M11S. It has the same angular lines and rectangular sides and is similar to the K9 Pro in this respect. Other Fiio products like the Q7 and R7 share a similar aesthetic, so it’s good to see Fiio unifying the design language throughout its portfolio.


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