FiiO new R9 Flagship Desktop Music Streamer & Headphone Amplifier with Dual 8-Channel ES9038PRO DACs & HDMI ARC
The R9, FiiO‘s flagship desktop audio player/streamer with a balanced DAC and amplifier is said to builds upon the popular R7.
Equipped with dual 8-Channel ESS Sabre ES9038PRO DACs and high-power 8-Channel THX AAA 788+ desktop-grade amplification it can deliver up to 7300mW of power output. The R9 featuring a wealth of input and output options including HDMI ARC has been designed to work with a host of devices, including: wired headphones, wireless headphones, active speakers, smartphones, PCs, and more.
The FiiO R9 supports high-resolution PCM up to 768kHz/32-Bit, native DSD512 audio, and features MQA decoding. Sporting 4GB of RAM, 64GB of onboard storage (expandable to 2TB via SD card). Audio files can be played back using the pre-installed FiiO Music application. In addition to streaming applications — including TIDAL, Apple Music, Qobuz, Amazon Music, Deezer, Spotify, Soundcloud and many more — can be installed directly on to the R9 via either the pre-installed Google Play Store or FiiO Store apps.
The R9 runs on a customised version of Android and bypasses Android’s SRC restriction globally, meaning the FiiO Music app and other 3rd party streaming applications will deliver their audio in its native quality. Nothing is downsampled as can sometimes happen on other Android devices.
Navigating around the FiiO R9 is made easy, thanks to its full-colour Full-HD 6-inch touchscreen display. In addition, the R9 comes supplied with a Bluetooth remote control.
The FiiO R9’s 64GB of internal storage is complimented by SD, USB, Optical, Coaxial, and Ethernet inputs, with the FiiO R9 also supporting wireless connectivity thanks to having both 2.4GHz/5GHz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 on board. Access your music files stored on the onboard memory or SD card; physically connect your audio source, such as an external HDD; wirelessly send audio to the R9 via DLNA or Airplay, or utilise the R9 as a Roon Ready endpoint. You can even transmit music via Bluetooth from your smartphone or PC.
Thanks to its 8-Channel THX AAA-788+ amplifier and dual 8-Channel ESS Sabre ES9038PRO DACs, the FiiO R9 is a highly accomplished and powerful headphone amplifier, offering a choice of wired and wireless connections to your favourite headphones. Single-ended 6.35mm and balanced 4.4mm connections feature, as well as a balanced 4-pin XLR output. With a power output of up to 7300mW, the R9 is more than capable of driving both low-and high-impedance headphones.
In addition, the R9 is able to output audio via Bluetooth using a wide range of different standards — including AAC, SBC, aptX, aptX HD, and LDAC — meaning you’re sure to get the best quality connection, whatever wireless headphones you’re using.
Price and availability
The FiiO R9 is available from mid-January, priced £1,399 / $1,499