Well, you asked! I’m going to stand by my opinion here - with the right tips and a balanced cable, I prefer the U12t by a wide margin (vs. the Clear MG with a balanced cable on the same source). If you haven’t already - I bet you have - go try 'em! Are you close enough to Audio 46 to pop in? We son’t have anything comparable to Audio 46 here, which is probably a good thing for me.
I know what you mean about in ears after a while. I can go quite a while with these because of how they sit in my ears (including how the cable routes). For plane travel, I still use bluetooth noise cancelling over ears. These days, that’s AirPods Max but I’ve owned numerous Bose, Sony, B&W over the years. The Bathys look great. I would have gone for them over the AirPods Max had they been available.
My comment wasn’t really about sound quality but about comfort, at least comfort for me. I know full well that there are many IEMs available which rival the sound of state of the art, full sized over ear headphones. So actually this “fight” is over before it began. Peace brother!
Fight? I thought we were just chatting. Seriously sorry if I came across any way other than that. I have no horse in this race at all. Just enjoying chatting about music, equipment, headphones, whatever. Dang does online suck sometimes. If were were in person, I have a feeling we’d be chatting about bikes, jazz, and who knows what else
Two of my all-time favorite subjects. Just brought two of my bicycles in for their annual service and overhaul. And now I’m listening to:
And my Fiio M11 Plus has been delivered. Stay tuned for updates!
By the way I didn’t think for even a second that we were doing anything but some very friendly banter.
Okay so my new Fiio M11 Plus was unboxed and I did a quick set up. A lot to learn however I’m just treating the M11 Plus like any other Android device so at least I have some understanding of what I need to do.
I managed to update the firmware, install a bunch of apps (Roon Remote, Qobuz, Tidal, Apple Music, Tidal and a few others), install a microSD card and download some music to the microSD card.
Question (the first of many ):
Is there any way to tell what format and resolution is being played?
Over the next few days I will do some serious listening tests comparing the Fiio M11 Plus to my various desktop headphone amps (Oppo HA-1, Benchmark DAC3 HGC and Focal Arche) as well as some of my portable headphone amps and, of course, the Focal Bathys (in USB DAC mode).
Any of the now playing lock screens should give you that info. You can turn on sample rate in the display settings and that indicates at the top but not bit depth. Turn off the Roon Remote apps audio as that is not needed and you will likely choose that over the Roon Ready output and not get bit perfect.
Just one small Q: I only want to use it as Roon Ready device controlled by my iPhone. So when I get it - after firmware update etc. - I just need to enable ROON Ready function on the M11 Plus and than enable M11 Plus in “Audio” (see below):
It’s no different to any other Roon endpoint Torben it has to be activated in audio devices. As I have said a number of times. If you plan to install Roon Remote app on the M11 Plus then ensue you disable its audio output as it’s not needed and on by default or you will get two zones for the M11 Plus one from the app which is not bitperfect and one Roon Ready one which is the one you want.
When the FiiO Roon app is running on the device, it will show up in the Roon Ready section of any Roon controller. Just enable it as a zone and you’re ready to go.
If you install the Roon Remote app on the M11, and you probably will, you’ll want to go into Settings → Audio from within that app and disable “Default Output” in the “This Phone” section (or the German or Danish equivalent ).
All of this will be very obvious once you actually have the device.
the commissioning on my new FiiO M11 Plus Roon Remote and Roon Ready for lossless output was successful. Thank you for the instructions. I really need to disable the default device. Is there any possibility to get lossless output from Roon ARC as well? I can only get “high quality” here all the time. Thank you