Interesting question re the storage location…maybe it might work but shutting the core down every time you want to go mobile would be a pain, and while it is a storage device I don’t think it can be used as an endpoint.
Will get mine next week I hope. As for audio quality I can’t see it being too bad.
You can install the Roon Android app but don’t get bit perfect playback on the FiiO as Android messes about with the audio and resamples audio to the systems preferred rate. Roon currently cannot by pass this shortcoming as its not been written for it. Some music applications such as FiiO’s own music app and USB Audio Pro bypass the Android system audio and allow bit perfect playback at native sample rates. Roon are planning on changing this and working on a new app to allow bit perfect and hires playback. When this will arrive is anybodies guess.
Yes when you are taking on a normal android OS on a phone. The FiiO based android music player is unique that it is modified to be bit perfect (no sample rate conversion) so any third party apps that can output bit perfect to its internal DAC without using UAPP. I’ve tried using Roon remote installed in my previous FiiO X5III android based music player and output via SPDIF to an external DAC. The output sample rates remain the same as the source. e.g. 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96k. The only draw back of Roon remote is that the maximum sample is limited to 96k.
As far as sampling rates are concerned, they remain the exact to the source files sampling rates. As bit size is concerned, Roon remote may down size from 24 to 16bit but I’ve no way to verify this, as my external DAC only display sampling rates.
I’ve had the Fiio M11 almost a month and I like it better than my NW-WM1Z. My library is loaded on SD and I use it all day at work. Dual SD’s are great and the 4.4, 3.5 and 2.5 outputs allow me to switch various IEM’s without adapters. The UI of the Fiio music player is very slick and you can’t beat the price. Gets my rec.
I just got told yesterday (again) the shipment its delayed arriving so from mid June to early July and now mid July. So I have ordered from Aliexpress FiiO shop - they had 15 available… now 14 or maybe even less. it’s coming DHL 6-13 days so I will ultimately cancel the local shop unit order assuming its shipped to me in the coming days and then I will have it. Cost was a fraction cheaper…hope no warranty issues.
In the meantime I got the FH7 IEM’s and am very happy with them too.