Exploring the Fiio R9: Your Compact Music Companion

The Fiio R9 is a compact music system equipped with a full-color, Full-HD 6-inch touchscreen display, resembling that of a smartphone. This feature makes navigation user-friendly. Additionally, it supports high-resolution PCM audio up to 768kHz/32-Bit, native DSD512 audio, and features MQA decoding for an enhanced audio experience.

Fiio R9 Specification

FiiO R9 specifications (image: FiiO)

The Fiio R9 doesn’t just look good; it also delivers exceptional audio quality. Supporting high-resolution PCM audio up to 768kHz/32-Bit and there are more interesting features below.

Below is a detailed specification table for the Fiio R9:

FeatureSpecification
DAC (Digital-Analog Converter)Dual high-performance eight-channel ESS Sabre ES9038PRO
AmplificationHigh-power eight-channel THX AAA 788+ desktop-grade
Power OutputUp to 7300mW
Audio Resolution SupportHigh-resolution PCM up to 768kHz/32-Bit, native DSD512, MQA
Operating SystemCustomized Android
Touchscreen Display6-inch Full-HD (1080 x 2160)
RAM4GB
Onboard Storage64GB (expandable to 2TB via SD card)
Android TweaksBypass downsampling for third-party streaming apps
ConnectivityBluetooth 5.0 (AAC, SBC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC), Airplay, Roon,
DLNA, external HDD support, optical in/out, coax in/out,
phono connections, USB-C, HDMI in/out (ARC), and more
Headphone CompatibilityHigh and low-impedance headphones
Launch DateCES 2024
AvailabilityMid-January 2024
Price$1499/£1399
Additional Notable FeaturesAndroid tweaks for native audio quality, streamlined navigation
Dedicated modes for various headphones and audio devices

This comprehensive specification table outlines the key features and technical details of the Fiio R9, providing a clear overview of its capabilities.

Performance that Astounds

At the heart of the FiiO R9 lies a dual high-performance eight-channel ESS Sabre ES9038PRO DACs, coupled with a high-power eight-channel THX AAA 788+ desktop-grade amplification. The result? A staggering power output of up to 7300mW, promising an audio experience that transcends expectations. Whether you’re a casual listener or an audiophile, the R9 delivers more than enough performance to immerse you in the richness of sound.

High-Resolution Audio

The FiiO R9 supports high-resolution PCM up to 768kHz/32-Bit, native DSD512 audio, and incorporates MQA decoding. This ensures that every note, every nuance of your music is reproduced with utmost clarity and precision, providing an audio feast for the most discerning ears.

A Glimpse into the Android Realm

FiiO R9 screen and display
Image: FiiO

Boasting 4GB of RAM, 64GB of onboard storage (expandable to 2TB via SD card), and a customised version of Android, the FiiO R9 transcends traditional audio systems. Its generous 6-inch 1080 x 2160 touchscreen makes navigation a breeze, creating an immersive and user-friendly experience.

The customized Android tweaks play a crucial role, eliminating a common annoyance in other devices that force audio downsampling. This unique feature ensures that third-party streaming apps like Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music and Qobuz deliver audio in their native qualities, preserving the integrity of the music.

Connectivity Unleashed

connectivity sockets for FiiO R9
Image: Fiio

The FiiO R9 embraces a plethora of connectivity options. From Bluetooth 5.0 with various codecs (AAC, SBC, aptX, aptX HD, and LDAC), Airplay, Roon, DLNA, to external HDD support, optical in/out, coax in/out, phono connections, USB-C, and HDMI in/out (ARC) – it’s a connectivity powerhouse.

Supporting both high and low-impedance headphones, the R9 ensures compatibility with a wide range of audio devices. Launched at CES 2024, this audio marvel is available from mid-January at a price tag of $1499/£1399, making it a desirable addition to home audio setups.

Companions in the FiiO Universe

Accompanying the FiiO R9 are other notable launches from FiiO at CES 2024. The KA17 Portable USB Headphone DAC/Amplifier, priced at $149/£139, offers full support for 32-bit/768kHz, MQA, and native DSD512 Hi-Res audio files.

With single-ended and balanced headphone outputs, it’s a compact powerhouse compatible with various devices, including Android, iOS, and PCs.

The K9 PRO ESS Skylight Edition Desktop Headphone DAC/Amplifier, featuring a transparent acrylic top panel, showcases dual ES9038 Pro DACs, dual THX AAA 788+ amp technology, and Bluetooth 5.0 with support for multiple codecs.

Although the price and availability are undisclosed as of now, it promises to be a visual and auditory delight.

In conclusion, FiiO has made a bold statement in the audio realm with the R9 and its companion devices. These offerings not only cater to audiophiles but also bridge the gap for those seeking a seamless and high-quality audio experience in their daily lives. As the FiiO R9 takes its place at the top of the home audio wishlist for 2024, it marks a promising era for audio enthusiasts globally.

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