FiiO X7mkii – Infinity Sound!
FiiO refined their original X7 to bring the new and improved X7mkii to the market. A DAP that promises to do more than one can imagine, from featuring interchangeable AMP modules, to a fully customized Android version, all the way to DSD and exotic media playback.
FiiO is a huge company from China, which has been in the game for years, being known for keeping their customers close to their hearts, for organizing tours for their amazing products, and for bringing some of the best innovations in the DAP world, like when they first created their FiiO X5 and X5ii models. FiiO’s service has been flawless so far, and they even offered to repair DAPs that have been out of their portfolio for a very long while, as long as the buyer paid the shipping. FiiO has also been known to provide quick and effective support for all their products, all in all being one of the most fun companies to work with.
It should be noted that I have absolutely no affiliation with FiiO, I am not receiving any incentive for this review or to sweeten things out. This review is not sponsored nor has been paid for by FiiO or anyone else. This review will be as objective as it is humanly possible, and it reflects my personal experience with FiiO X7mkii. Every opinion expressed is mine and I stand by it, the purpose of this review is to help those interested in FiiO X7mkii find their next music companion.
It was a cold day when I received FiiO X7mkii. I was just returning to Bucharest, after my prolonged leave due to my health, but as things were getting better, I was slowly returning to work and to my daily life. The X7mkii unit has been sitting for a while with the romanian postage customs as we weren’t able to redirect the package to my hometown where I spent almost a month resting and recovering my health.
After a short but fun trip, I reached the Postage, not knowing exactly how to handle the situation, especially as the package was due for two weeks already. To my amazement, the people there were very nice and handled the package without any issues, so I quickly went on my way back home.
Back in my room, I didn’t know exactly what to expect. The package was looking very elegant, and X7mkii was looking very promising, the device was packaged with all the cool extras one could ask for, and it all felt and looked quite premium. Of course, the highlight of X7mkii is its sound, and how well it’ll perform with my headphones.
I took a deep breath, plugged in my music library card, plugged in my ie800, and started listening. The song of choice at that moment was Incubus – Deep Inside.
For a moment, I was staggered by the amount of detail and by the sweet glimmer with each musical note that X7mkii was feeding to ie800. I knew I had to listen to much more music before I could start to write about it…
…and so I did. I kept listening to music from the X7mkii + ie800 pair until I drained the battery entirely. It is rare that a device amazes me so much that I just forget about myself and the device, and everything else, the only thing that’s important being the music I am listening to in that moment.
First things first, let’s get the packaging out of the way:
FiiO X7mkii comes in quite a nice package, with all the extras it requires. FiiO’s typical packaging has always been awesome, from the packaging they include with their most inexpensive IEMs, to the packaging they include with their flagship Players, it is always fun to unravel the mysteries within those elegant-looking boxes.
Starting with the outer looks, the box paints a beautiful rendering of their X7mkii, with the specifications finely written on the back of the box, along with a few details about X7mkii. The DAP is seated in a foam cutout, inside a plastic sheet which keeps it protected. After gently removing the fine sheet protecting X7mkii, we can discover it, standing comfortably in its rubber clear-case. Under X7mkii and its foam cutout you can find a lot of rather useful extras, each hidden in a smaller box.
Among those, there is a pin for removing the microSD card tray, a high-quality USB cable, a Digital cable, and a beautiful high-quality leather case. FiiO also made sure to include a screwdriver for removing the AMP modules, along with extra screws and tiny wings for keeping X7mkii’s shape and design coherent even when using another AMP module than AM03A.
The unpacking experience is quite intricate and X7mkii deserves its high-end flagship DAP title.
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