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FiiO Jade Audio Q11: Brand New Portable USB DAC/AMP With CS43198 DAC Chips

FiiO Jade Audio Q11

FiiO Jade Audio Q11



A: Have you heard of the FiiO Jade Audio Q11?

B: No, what is it?

A: It's a new portable USB DAC/AMP from FiiO's sub-brand Jade Audio.

B: What makes it special?

A: It has a tremendously powerful amp section and uses an advanced decoding chipset from Cirrus Logic, making it great for high-resolution music enjoyment.

B: What kind of devices is it compatible with?

A: It works with smartphones, laptops, tablets, and PCs. And it's only $99.99, which is a great deal for the quality it provides.

B: That sounds pretty good. Where can I find more information about it?

A: You can check out more details on HiFiGO, the link is provided in the article.


FiiO is one of the most active brands in the HiFi audio industry. This time around, they have released a new product from their sub-brand Jade Audio, introducing the all-new FiiO Jade Audio Q11. Q11 is a successor to the highly-acclaimed Q1 series of Portable USB DAC/AMPs, this is the third generation after the OG Q1, then the Q1 Mk2, and now the Q11. FiiO Jade Audio Q11 is a noticeable improvement with a tremendously powerful amp section over the previous models. It houses an advanced CS43198 Decoding chipset from Cirrus Logic and supports high-resolution 32-Bit/384kHz PCM and native DSD signal decoding. FiiO Q11 is an ideal device for high-resolution music enjoyment, connect it to your smartphone, laptop, or tablet and you are good to go.


FiiO Jade Audio Q11


FiiO Q11 is launched officially for 99.99$, it’s available with us with worldwide shipping. You can check out more details here.


Q11 brings us the goodness of Cirrus Logics DAC chips. The device comes equipped with a high-performance CS43198 DAC chip. This 32-Bit DAC enables high-resolution audio signal decoding and achieves it with great success. Q11 achieves outstandingly clean output with ultra-low distortion and high SNR ratings. In order to get the best out of the DAC chipset, FiiO has equipped the device with premium components on the audio circuitry. This includes dual independent OP AMPs, high-precision crystal oscillators, low-noise power supply system, etc.


FiiO Jade Audio Q11


FiiO has featured an ultimately powerful amp section on the Q11. It features dual independent OP AMP chips that provide a powerful output of up to 650mW on the 4.4mm balanced output. The Q11 houses dual headphone output options, 3.5mm, and 4.4mm. It also has high and low gain modes to pair sensitive as well as power-hungry IEMs with ease.


FiiO Jade Audio Q11


FiiO Jade Audio Q11 has got an exquisite finish. The chassis is made using a high-quality metallic alloy that not only gives it a robust build but also has a premium finish. The Q11 has a transparent glass window in the center with built-in Ambient lights. It glows in different colors based on the active bitrate of the audio signal. This ambient light can also be turned off using FiiO Control Application on the smartphone.


FiiO Jade Audio Q11


FiiO has featured a two-in-one volume knob on the Q11, it has smooth movement and gives a perfectly weighted feel that allows you to precisely adjust the volume to your desired levels. It also acts as an on/off switch for the Q11. Q11 is widely compatible with a wide range of devices. This includes Smartphones, Tablets, Laptops, and PCs. For just 99.99$, FiiO Q11 elevates your music quality greatly. Feel free to check out more details about the Q11 here.


FiiO KA5 and Q11 specs comparison chart

Specification KA5 Q11
Headphone outputs 3.5mm single-ended, 4.4mm balanced 3.5mm single-ended, 4.4mm balanced
DAC Dual Cirrus Logic CS43198 Cirrus Logic CS43198
Max Sampling Rate 32bit/768kHz PCM, DSD256 32-Bit/384kHz PCM, DSD256
Power Output L+R≥122mW+122mW (32Ω single-ended), Output power 2: L+R≥265mW+265mW (32Ω balanced/THD+N<1%) Up to 165mW(32Ω/3.5mm), Up to 650mW(32Ω/4.4mm)
SNR ≥124dB (32Ω/A-weighted/single-ended), ≥128dB (32Ω/A-weighted/balanced) 122dB(3.5mm), 125dB(4.4mm)
Noise Floor PO<1.6μV (A-weighted); BAL<1.8μV (A-weighted) <1.8uV(3.5mm), <2.4uV(4.4mm)
Output Impedance <0.3Ω (32Ω load/single-ended), <0.35Ω (32Ω load/balanced) <1.2Ω(3.5mm), <2.0Ω(4.4mm)
THD+N <0.00037% (1kHz/32Ω) <0.0006%
App Control Yes Yes
Battery Life N/A >13 hours


FiiO Jade Audio Q11

FiiO Jade Audio Q11

FiiO Jade Audio Q11