FiiO KA3

Review Date: 18 January 2022

SPECIFICATIONS

  • DAC: ESS Sabre ES9038Q2M
    FiiO Control App (Android)
    Weight: 17.5g
    Size: 56.3mm x 20.2mm x 12mm
    USB port: Type-C USB
    Earphone port: 3.5mm
    Balanced output port 4.4mm
    DSD64/128/256/512
    System firmware and Bluetooth version can be upgraded via USB
    Sampling rate indication: Blue ≤48kHz, Yellow >48kHz, Green =DSD
    Channel balance
    PO: <0.004dB(32Ω/THD+N<1%)
    BAL: <0.046dB(32Ω/THD+N<1%)
  • Recommended Headphone Impedance
    16~300Ω(PO)
    16~300Ω(BAL)
    Maximum supported sampling rate 768KHz/32bit
  • SE 3.5mm Output Power (2 Vrms)
    120mW (16Ω,THD+N<1%)
    130mW (32Ω,THD+N<1%)
    14mW (300Ω,THD+N<1%)
    7mW (600Ω,THD+N<1%)
  • BAL 4.4mm Output Power (2.7 Vrms)
    120mW (16Ω,THD+N<1%)
    240mW (32Ω,THD+N<1%)
    56mW (300Ω,THD+N<1%)
    28mW (600Ω,THD+N<1%)

Headphones:

  • FOSTEX T40RP MK3 (Magnetic Planar, 50 Ohm, 91db Sensitivity)
  • Beyerdynamic DT880 (Dynamic Drivers, 600 Ohm, 96db Sensitivity)

IEMs:

  • Etymotic ER4SR (Single BA, 45 Ohm, 96db Sensitivity)
  • TRN VX Pro (8 BA + 1DD Hybrid, 22 Ohm, 106db Sensitivity)
  • TIN HiFi T3+ (Single DD, 32 Ohm, 105db Sensitivity)
  • Shure KSE1500 (Single Electrostatic 200V, KSA1200 Energizer)

Earbuds:

  • VE Asura 3.0 FE (Single DD, 155 Ohm)
  • VE ZEN 2.0 SLQ (Single DD, 320 Ohm)

Sources:

  • Windows 10, Foobar 2000 (Native USB Drivers)
  • LG V50 ThinQ (UAPP USB Exclusive Mode, Bitperfect)
  • Sony Xperia X Compact (UAPP USB Exclusive Mode, Bitperfect)
  • Tidal Masters (via UAPP)

Comparative Reference DAC/Amp:

  • iFi ZEN DAC V2 + ZEN CAN Stack (15.1 Vrms)

LISTENING EQUIPMENT USED IMPARTED HUGE INFLUENCE TO SOUND IMPRESSIONS & RATING

FiiO KA3. FiiO entered the ever growing Dongles scene with this neat and solid looking device. A partnership effort between FiiO and Jade Audio. Look at it from one side and it is FiiO KA3, flip it over and it became Jade Audio.

As with what is quite common nowadays, FiiO/Jade opted to use the proven and tested ESS Sabre ES9038Q2M DAC. A very versatile DAC chip that can be found among some of the best performing #donglemadness counterparts.

Build, Functions, Usability

Minimalism is the theme for KA3. CNC machined aluminum body with flat black powdercoat. The construction suggests that KA3 is built to last. Solid, firm and spartan exterior with just a hint of elegance with two end caps both end anodized in flat gold. Admirably beautiful in its own way. Not forgetting the USB cable that came in twist braid setup which I find equally beautiful, finished in gunmetal hue.

The other prominent physical feature of KA3 is the single indicator for source resolution. Blue for ≤48kHz PCM, Yellow for>48kHz PCM and Green for DSD

KA3 does not have any hardware volume adjuster. But it does offer options for fine tuning of volume on Android via FiiO Control App. Which also provide the means to adjust the desired Hi/Lo Gain, Channel Balance, Device Volume and Lowpass Filters.

Endurance wise, KA3 scored 5 hours 30 minutes from 100% to 1% on my Sony Xperia X Compact (Android 8, 2700 mAH Battery, Airplane Mode), running UAPP bitperfect mode in High Gain with TRN VX Pro. KA3 fell short 30 minutes from matching the mileage clocked by Cayin RU6 and iBasso DC05 of which both scored 6 hours. But this is still better than CEntrance DACport HD which only managed 3.5 hours.

With prolonged usage, the aluminum body of KA3 will emit mild heat which I find quite common among many Dongles. But definitely less heat than Hidizs S9 Pro or A&K PEE51.

Sound Impressions

Before I proceed any further, it’s worth to mention that the entirety of my impressions are done on Apodizing Fast Roll-off or Slow Roll-off filters. I use Apodizing Fast for matching with natively warmer sounding partners and Slow Roll-off with natively bright sounding IEMs/HPs. These filters, they don’t actually alter the sound. They influence the temperament of timbre handling. This is similar to what can be found on Shanling UA2 and E1DA 9038D – a built in feature of ES9038Q2M which allows user to adjust the effective filters. Not all ES9038Q2M provide access to this. Hidizs S9 Pro, Audioquest Cobalt and REIYIN DA-Plus runs on fixed filters with no user configurable options provided. Being able to adjust the filters is something I find very useful and with FiiO providing proper app for it, makes the whole experience even better.

KA3 is a very well tuned ESS based Dongle. Tonal balance hovers closer to being analogue with slight hint of organic warmth – warm for a normally bright sounding ESS DAC. For example, KA3 has better sense of organic warmth when compared to Hidizs S9 Pro or E1DA 9038D, both of which are ES9038Q2M as well. I would place KA3 alongside Shanling UA2 and Audioquest Cobalt on the same segment for tonal approach (another two with ES9038Q2M). This interpretation of timbral and tonality presentation can mean differently for different listener. To me it means KA3 is geared to please those appreciating their music smooth, resolving and crisp, without any element of fatigue especially for those dreading the notorious ESS Sabre Pinna glare. Not an easy thing to achieve, so I will give credit to FiiO and Jade Audio for keeping it naturally balanced sounding on KA3 tuning. I have been enjoying my time with KA3 polished and highly resolving dynamics. While being warm, it is still admirably resolving and transparent. I would even say that the level of maturity exhibited by KA3 equals Questyle M12 and REIYIN DA-Plus (both being 5 Stars performers).

Dynamic range frequencies presentation of KA3 is nothing short of amazing. Mids exhibited great texture, imaging and well rounded density, vocals remained transparent to the nature tonality as per intended, Treble very polished with natural sounding sparkle and air, it is detailed, crisp as it is smooth. Bass with great extensions and rumble, it is fast, tidy, natural and believable, Bass decays truthful to the capabilities of the paired partners.

I get the very best of results from the pairing of Shure KSE1500 and TRN VX Pro. The fidelity level produced were simply mind blowing with succinct articulation of details and tonal balance that makes it hard for me to pin down as being warm or bright – a sound spectrum that is so very well balanced and addictive. Shure KSE1500 is without a doubt among the most resolving IEM in existence and will exhibit every single aeons of the source characteristics. With less than competent partners, KSE1500 will reveal all the weaknesses that exists in the the feed. KA3 thankfully is almost free of any worrying artifacts that the KSE1500 would have already picked up. So does the TRN VX Pro to a certain degree, being slightly finicky with source pairing, the VX Pro can sound odd with some dongles, but with KA3 it sounded amazingly articulate to my ears. What pleases me the most, of how forgiving still KA3 with Lo-Fi recordings. It is already great with Hi-Fi stuffs from Diana Krall, Alison Krauss and Sinne Eeg, but to my surprise it also sounding equally amazing playing Toilet-Fi quality Black Metal recordings from the likes of Burzum! Anybody familiar with Burzum will know how appallingly piercing and peaky Burzum is. With Varg Vickernes wailing and shrieks full of misanthropic vocals, recordings as if they were done inside a basement toilet. Yet I am enjoying the sound immensely and not getting my eardrums singed bloody. So yes credit to KA3 for being able to handle both Hi-Fi and Lo-Fi.

Technically KA3 exhibited great prowess too. Especially on the projection of soundstage. Unlike most other ES9038Q2 implementations, or most ESS DACs for that matter, KA3 is admirably wide and spacious with soundstage. It is free from the tall but narrow feel as can be observed from the likes of Shanling UA2 and E1DA 9038D. Imaging and resolution being sharp and crisp. Separation lines all laid out neatly in their own space. KA3 has the speed to avoid getting congested or compressed. Macro and Micro details equally great, the more resolving the partners the better the resolution. Spatial positioning however seems to be average at best, it is definitely not sloppy or fuzzy, but just lacking a tiny bit of precision and clinical sharpness. But this also mean it has smoother approach to imaging. KA3 is also a very tidy and clean sounding source, I have not heard any hint of floor noises even with the most sensitive IEMs in my possession.

Synergy wise, I already mentioned that KA3 pairs amazingly well with Shure KSE1500 and TRN VX Pro, KA3 also pairs great with TIN HiFi T3+, Etymotic ER4SR and VE Asura 3.0FE. The caveat being, best to re-tune the filters to suit the partners. T3+ will shine the best with Apodizing Fast Roll-off, ER4SR and Asura 3.0FE with Slow Roll-off filter. Once the filters are set, the results are equally satisfying. This flexibility offered by KA3 is something I find very valuable and useful in actual practice. It must be noted, that to reset the filters, the KA3 must be released from the hold of UAPP USB handling so that FiiO Control can implement the change. Best to disconnect, connect, allow FiiO Control exclusive access (deny UAPP), change the settings, exit, disconnect and then re-connect to allow UAPP to resume. Yes I know it is tedious but it is something that does not need to be done frequently……unless you are as insane as I am with so many variant of listening devices ahahaha.

Driving Power

As part of #donglemadness 2022 standard procedures, driving tests with two of my most difficult to drive Headphones. My desktop stack of iFi ZEN DAC V2 + ZEN Can (15.1 Vrms) used as a reference to ascertain how close KA3 able to drive those two juggernauts. With the ZEN stacks providing 100% experience, this is how KA3 compares:

FIIO KA3 4.4MM BAL (HIGH GAIN)

  • Fostex T40RP MK3: 50% (Vol 98/100)
  • Beyerdynamic DT880 600 Ohm: 40% (Vol 100/100)

The percentage being indication of how close KA3 to that iFi ZEN Stack. Of which the criteria for comparison as follows:

  • Listening loudness (proper level)
  • Dynamic transients and density
  • Headroom spacing and staging
  • Imaging strength
  • Details articulation

I must admit that the biggest letdown for KA3 is the absolute driving power for demanding partners. KA3 is simply unusable for DT880 600 Ohm and borderline useful for T40RP MK3. It just doesn’t make sense to expect KA3 to drive anything above 300 Ohm. I get disappointing results too from VE ZEN 2.0 (320 Ohm).

However! KA3 will not be heavily penalized for this shortcomings, FiiO legitimately mentioned that KA3 is optimized for anything up to 300 Ohm and I wholeheartedly agree with that. In fact the results I get from the 155 Ohm VE Asura FE 3.0 solidified my findings of where the sweet spot is for KA3, keep it below 300 Ohm and all will be great!

VERDICT

FiiO KA3 is an amazing unit. Use it sensibly within the limit of up to 300 Ohm and I can attest that the flexibility of KA3 will not fail to impress. The general theme for KA3, being organic sounding yet very technically competent. The overall presentation well balanced end to end with dynamic range. KA3 is free from any element of being edgy or granular. It is as polished as can be expected from a well tuned ES9038Q2M.

The biggest appeal to me, KA3 surprisingly competent at being an AUX source for my No.1 IEM, KSE1500. That one element alone could have earned KA3 a 5 Stars rating but alas #donglemadness is all about pushing it to the max in all areas. And what’s holding back was the limit of KA3 driving power. Otherwise it would have been a total success for KA3.

💚Highlights

  • Well balanced neutral and natural timbre, clean and crisp
  • Mature & polished dynamics
  • Clean background with zero floor noises
  • Works great up to 300 Ohm load
  • Great technicalities

💔Lowlights

  • Weak for a 2 Vrms rated dongle
  • No MQA support
  • No hardware volume adjuster
  • Slightly higher battery drain than the next competitor

⭐⭐⭐⭐ ($89.99)

Best Pairing: Anything below 300 Ohm, highly flexible

Back to #donglemadness

57 Comments

  1. Vishnu says:

    Thanks for such a detailed review of Fiio KA3. Are you planning to review Fiio BTR5 and Qudelix 5K? Primarily, they are bluetooth DACs, but they do serve as USB DACs. I want to read your take on those two as they are quite popular in the community. Thanks in advance!

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    1. Andy.EF says:

      Thanks. Unfortunately due to them being BT and battery powered, they are out of scope for #donglemadness

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      1. Vishnu says:

        Thank you for clarifying the scope of your tests. Since the only con of Fiio KA3 is the driving power, can this be considered a 5 star performer for any iem/headphone less than 300 ohms?

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      2. Andy.EF says:

        Close enough. Keeping the limit to 64 Ohms it rank alongside Hidizs S9 Pro

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  2. Lex Garcia says:

    Excellent, detailed review, Andy!

    By the way, I’m planning on buying a Shanling UA2 to pair with my bright IEMs/earbuds. I already have a KA3 & its bright tonality can be sometimes too much for my bright gear.

    Would it be logical to get the UA2 for my intended purpose (UA2-bright gear;KA3-warm gear)?

    Coz based on several reviews, heads tag the Shanling UA2 as a bit warm with skewed low end extension.

    How big is the difference between the UA2 & KA3?

    Thanks!

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    1. Andy.EF says:

      Yes it makes sense because UA2 is even warmer than KA3. You can also consider Questyle M12 (with new FW) if your budget permits. UA2 is already a very refined unit with options to tune the filters too, hard to say if KA3 is better, but yes to my own listening KA3 does sound more refined

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    2. KC says:

      Better think about UA5 if you consider to purchase now and have higher budget

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  3. junko06 says:

    Thanks, I was awaiting this review. Does this support an in-line microphone? I’m currently interested in the Questyle M12 since it has one, and I’m wondering if there are slightly cheaper options that also has that feature. Any help would be appreciated!

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    1. Andy.EF says:

      Thanks. Unfortunately I will not be able to test Mic feature as I don’t have any IEMs with Mic

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  4. Pavan Kumar says:

    Hello Sir!! Except for the narrow soundstage on UA2, are there any differences between UA2 and KA3? Is it noticeable on all the IEMs or only high-end ones? Any areas where UA2 excels over the KA3? Already bought the UA2 and is yet to reach. Should I sell the UA2 and go for KA3? or go for a 5-star dongle, keeping the UA2? Terrific review as always…Thanks!!

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    1. Andy.EF says:

      Honestly between KA3 and UA2 they are pretty much within the same territory. UA2 being slightly warmer. So unless I am comparing them A/B side by side I will say they are equally great, with UA2 being less favorable due to narrower soundstage. Going up the chain would be any of the 5 Stars Dongles

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      1. Pavan Kumar says:

        Thanks for the response!! So IEMs with generally wider soundstage like Aria be affected badly with UA2 as compared to KA3?

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      2. Andy.EF says:

        Not really, Aria is natively wide and will not be impacted that much. This issue is prevalent to an already average sized soundstage on IEMs like Heart Mirror or Etymotic ER4SR

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  5. Pavana Kumar says:

    So the source does not dampen the already existing qualities of an IEM. The narrower soundstage you mean is that the source like UA2 does not enhance the soundstage the way it is expected to, compared to the similar DACs? Is my understanding right on this, Sir?

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    1. Andy.EF says:

      Yes you got it right

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  6. Pavan Kumar says:

    Great Sir…Thanks for the info!!!

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  7. dongle enthusiast says:

    Comparison vs S9 pro?

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    1. Andy.EF says:

      S9 Pro still a better overall Dongle with power delivery. If KA3 had no issues with power they would have stand neck to neck

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  8. ddmareo says:

    What do you think suits me best, Fiio KA3 or Shanling UA2? I like my IEMs to be sub-bass focussed so the bass will punch deep. Which between those two has a more deep and punchier bass?

    Also, I have the Jcally JM20, and I don’t like it a bit. It is certainly lacking in bass depth and punches, and I don’t like the dry texture as well. Separation was not good either. Will the Fiio KA3 or Shanling UA2 eliminate those problems? How much of an upgrade is it? Thanks!

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    1. Andy.EF says:

      Between KA3 and UA2 it is pretty much similar on Bass handling. They are both neutral and that’s how a good source should be. Bass extensions should be the task of the listening devices. What I can tell you, UA2 is slightly warmer sounding compared to KA3, also UA2 has narrower soundstage. Otherwise they are equally similar. If you need a bit of authority in Bass handling then you should read my review on iBasso DC05 instead. DC05 responds even better with Bass inclined listening partners

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  9. Ron says:

    Very insightful and thank you for giving tips on how to pair the right IEMs with filter settings.

    Have you noticed pops (faint) just after and before audio plays? I play in bit perfect on TIDAL and it’s noticeable with my Tin T2 (low gain). Headphones don’t have this issue. Did you notice any difference in SQ while connected to PC or phone? Also I noticed it gets warmer on phone than on PC (on PC it’s barely warm). Don’t know why

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    1. Andy.EF says:

      Thanks. On my most sensitive IEMs of TRN VX Pro and KSE1500, I did not notice this pops that you mentioned. Perhaps it could be related to your phone USB power. You can always try on another device and see if this is consistent. Cheers.

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  10. ddmareo says:

    in terms of sound quality alone, can it compete with something like Cayin RU6 or Luxury Precision W2?

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    1. Andy.EF says:

      Close enough. Very close to W2. But RU6 is better to my ears due to being more analogue sounding which I regard as closer to realistic sound

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  11. Alex says:

    Great review and loved your subjective analysis. It’s a great sounding DAC and what I like about FiiO is the customization they offer whilst others don’t in this price bracket. Shame that there’s no hardware buttons.

    FiiO has updated the firmware to 2.0 (Firmware in KA3 thread over at Head-fi). It mentions about adding hardware mute switch function. It was on by default but now FiiO lets the user toggle it. This causes pop sound they are saying, hope you try it and test their claim.

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    1. Andy.EF says:

      Thanks for the heads up. I will find out about the FW update

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  12. Sam says:

    Greetings fellow reviewer.

    A number of people are saying the companion app is buggy. The app has impedance matching setting in reverse. Putting it in High Impedance and my dongle does not overheat anymore! FiiO making silly mistakes and user getting bamboozled into thinking it’s under powered.

    Link to forum (if it’s allowed you’ll see, otherwise head to fiio official forums and check KA3 upgrade thread):
    https://forum.fiio.com/note/showNoteContent.do?id=202110201505087366118&tid=77

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    1. Andy.EF says:

      Thanks for this. I will need to try and test the updates

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  13. ddmareo says:

    hello andy, what should i set the impedance and gain on? i mostly use iems which doesnt need that much power. should i set both of them on low?

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    1. Andy.EF says:

      It’s harmless to try. Some IEMs despite being super sensitive and efficient exhibit great responses to more power. Like TRN VX Pro, TForce Yuan Li and Kinera Idun Golden. Running High/High on them is better. For some like SeeAudio Bravery, KZ ZEX Pro, CCA16 Pro, too much power and they can get edgy sounding. So, you need to experiment

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  14. Albert Maarpi says:

    Hai Andy, i have been using shanling ua2 for months on my tanchjim oxygen. In my experience, the balance 2.5mm output on ua2 give more power both on low and high and also better separation if compared to the unbalanced one. But somehow i feel it change the tonal from my oxygen with being less natural. this is put me on consideration whether swap my ua2 to ka3 or rather keep it Is it because the balance output on ua2 or maybe the cable that im using? Thank you.

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    1. Andy.EF says:

      Try playing with the filters first. Try something with fast roll off or Apodizing. UA2 is among the warmest sounding ESS based dongles, it seems that your taste indicate you may like something more on neutral bright side, something like TempoTec Sonata HD Pro

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  15. Albert says:

    Hai Andy, i have been using shanling UA2 for my tanchjim oxygen. With the balance 2.5mm output it give more power on the sound and better separation imo. But i feel like it change the timbre on my oxygen being less natural than using the 3.5mm. it put me on consideration whether change to KA3 or keep my UA2. Is it because the balance from ua2 that change the sound or is it actually because the cable that im using? Thank you

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  16. Silco says:

    Hi, can you give me a comparision between this and the hidizs s9 pro(and sonata e44 and maybe some other 5 star dongles), I’m planning to get it to use with the sony ier z1r and thieaudio monarch mkii

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    1. Andy.EF says:

      Between KA3 and S9 Pro, the primary difference will be outright more power on S9 Pro. S9 Pro also appear flatter neutral sounding to my ears. KA3 when within its comfort zone, has a bit of density and being a bit more organic. E44 on the other hand has even more power at 4 Vrms and among the most vibrant sounding unit that is still neutral

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      1. Silco says:

        I thought on specs at least those 2 have lets power than the ka3(240mw/ka3 vs 200/s9p vs 170/e44) or maybe it’s because of the voltage on the ka3 is kinda low even power is high(2/2. 7 in balanced vrms)🤔
        It’s a same that e44 doesn’t support dsd512(don’t ask me why I listen to dsd512 track on my phone :v) and not available in my region, s9 pro is great but it’s kinda hot and don’t have 4.4mm jack

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  17. Jedai says:

    Can you pair with mest mk2, 12 ohm impedance?

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  18. Bt says:

    Hi. Which one to pair with er2xr…
    1. Ibasso dc 05
    2. Shanling ua2
    3. Fiii ka3
    Thx.

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    1. Andy.EF says:

      FiiO KA3 would be better pairing with ER2XR, but you will need to run it im BAL and High Gain because ER2XR has low sensitivity at 96db

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      1. Bt says:

        That was quick. Thanks. Hope there’s no compromise in quality though.

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      2. Bt says:

        Hi again. Can you conpare hidizs s9 pro. Thx.

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      3. Andy.EF says:

        If you look at the overall rank, it is quite clear where I place KA3 and S9 Pro. Read both of them and you will get a clear idea which one may suit your taste. Thanks

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  19. Cowly says:

    Can applications be used for iOS?

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    1. Andy.EF says:

      I have no idea as at the time of testing I don’t have iPhones anymore

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  20. Freddie says:

    Received mine yesterday, the Type-C to Type-C cable is broken straight out the box. Both my laptop and phone were unable to detect the device until I switched to my own cable. Made me question the quality control from Fiio there.

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    1. Andy.EF says:

      Thanks for the feedbacks, that’s one of the perils of having twist braided cables. I personally prefer the conventional USB-C to C cable

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      1. Freddie says:

        Hi Andy
        Thanks for the quick reply.
        I’ve already send the Ka3 back and working on the refund, which means I’m in the market for a new dongle. Which one would you recommend between Hiby FC5, Link 2 Bal and Hidizs S9 Pro. I have a Kinera Freya and mainly use it on computer, thx.
        Sorry for my grammar, English is not my first language 😉

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      2. Andy.EF says:

        Link2 BAL is what I would recommend very highly 🙂

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  21. Abel. says:

    hello! Not long ago I got the shuoer s12, which, despite having a fairly low impedance (16 ohms), are very insensitive and, for example, my sonata bhd does not have enough power for them to achieve a good sound, do you think that Does the ka3 give you enough power?

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    1. Andy.EF says:

      No. As noted in my review KA3 is probably weaker than BHD. You need power then look for Colorfly CDA M1 or Creative SX-FI. Both even great driving very demanding full sized headphones. And ensure that you run on USB Exclusive mode via HiBy Music Player or UAPP if on Android

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  22. Dewan says:

    How does it compare to the new k3? (asking for an hd560s)

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    1. Andy.EF says:

      I never tried K3 so I can’t say for sure

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      1. dvt555 says:

        This is a great review! Thanks.

        I don’t find the lack of MQA to be a deal-breaker but, as you pointed out, it is a con especially since this seems to be higher end to me than the BTR5 (2021). I have the BTR5 (2021) and it has MQA. The only reason it’s more expensive despite being “lower end”, I think, is cause of th Bluetooth functionality.

        That being said, I hope you do get to review the FiiO KA1 cause I’m actually eyeing that one as a sort of alternative to my BTR5. It seems to be on the lower end of the spectrum when you consider that it’s a regular non-Bluetooth dongle like the KA3, and it’s priced quite significantly less. Again, that just makes it weird that it has MQA and the KA3 doesn’t.

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      2. Andy.EF says:

        If you really need MQA capable device then look for Questyle M12, iBasso DC05 or Lotoo PAW S2. SXFi and E44 are not capable of MQA but yes they can still runs great with Tidal App

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  23. samarth says:

    headphone aiaiai tma 2 sudio(32 ohm 97db sens)
    i basso dco5 or ka3
    which is a better pairing
    (i just got the dc05 and i have to max the volume to get good sound but i woudnt say its too loud)

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    1. Andy.EF says:

      KA3 will even be worse if you have to crank the volume that high. DC05 has more power than KA3. If you want more power then consider doing getting Creative SXFi, Ovidius B1 or Questyle M12 if you want to keep it at 3.5mm. Or if you can swap cables to 4.4mm then REIYIN DA-PLUS or Colorfly CDA M1

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