2021 and we continue to receive some (few) news in the field of music players. For some, it is a type of device that is already obsolete, while for others it is still an essential in their day to day. Is it worth having these types of products today? There is no doubt that they no longer represent any need, since the same that they can give us we already have on our smartphone. However, personal players are still a great option for music lovers And they bring many advantages: better sound quality, better autonomy and a way to listen to music without distractions and to end the hyperconnection that we have today. One of the latest novelties that have landed on the market is the FiiO M17.
Fiio M17 design
The FiiO M17 offers us a very robust design, with a weight of 610 grams and dimensions of 156.4 x 88.5 x 28 mm. The company has strived to offer a strong product, which moves away from that image of players who seek minimalism and in this case wants to offer a durable and premium look. The back has a diamond effect and a small edge protrudes at the corners to protect it.
But without a doubt the highlight is its great 6-inch touch screen with 1080p resolution. In it we can see the music tracks, navigate through their menus and, ultimately, get a very different experience than we had at that time, in the early 2000s, when we all had an MP3 player in our pocket.
And it is that we must bear in mind that we should not confuse these two devices. The MP3 of the time gave us the possibility of listening to music in a very small size; now manufacturers like FiiO that continue to launch new models to the market seek to offer a premium experience.
Regarding the connections, we found a 3.5 mm minijack, 2.5 mm and 4.4 mm balanced connectors, 6.35 mm jack, as well as a USB-C port Y a line out, which allows you to connect a HIFI amplifier or powered speakers. As a curiosity, on the side it has small grooves that serve to dissipate the heat from the interior of the device and keep it cool. In addition, these slots are illuminated with LEDs, so they aesthetically give it a more modern and attractive point.
Sound quality: the jewel in the crown
The success of these FiiO players lies precisely in the quality of their music. It has two ES9048Pro DAC chip Y a THX 788 Pro amplifier module. It allows you to play music with high sound quality, of course, keep in mind that the format of the music tracks must also be up to par, it is not the same to play an .MP3 file than a .FLAC file. In terms of power, it offers 1200 mW + 1200 mW at 32 ohms.
In terms of performance, it equips a processor Snapdragon 660, with 4GB Y 64 GB internal memory, which, in addition, you can expand via micro SD.
Battery and connectivity
In the connectivity section, this player has Bluetooth 5.0 and WiFi ac, so that you can use, for example, applications like Spotify or Tidal.
On the other hand, if we talk about the battery we find a capacity of 9,200 mAh, a brown beast to give us days and days of autonomy without having to continually depend on the charger.
Disconnect with music: a pleasure that does not go out of style
We know that there are many reluctance when it comes to purchasing a product like this, since many people think that it is not necessary to buy this type of gadget if they already have a smartphone that “does the same”. And we put quotation marks around it because precisely this is a very common mistake that some people make when evaluating technology and what they can do with it. We are going to give you an example that you will surely understand better. Imagine that you get an entry-level smartphone with a camera and a professional SLR camera. They both take pictures, but are they both going to give you the same results? The answer is obvious: no.
In this case the same thing happens. You can listen to music with many devices, such as mobile, tablet or even TV, but this FiiO M17 offers you quality without cuts and also the advantage that you will not be receiving other types of inputs (such as calls, messages from social networks, etc). It seems silly, but it will help you disconnect much more and enjoy the pleasure of simply listening to good music without being distracted by your mobile, something that, for many, is almost mission impossible today.
Technical characteristics of the FiiO M17
|Dimensions||156.4 x 88.5 x 28 mm|
|Screen size||6 inches|
|Screen resolution||Full HD|
|Connectors||3.5 mm minijack, balanced 2.5 mm and 4.4 mm connectors, 6.35 mm jack, a USB-C port and a line output|
|Power||1200 mW + 1200 mW at 32 ohms.|
|Internal memory||64 GB|
|Internal memory expansion||Yes, via microSD.|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 5.0 and WiFi ac|
We will update this article as soon as it goes on sale in the usual trusted stores. You can also look at another similar model such as the FiiO M11 Plus.
If you are looking for a music player with good quality, an excellent screen size and a great battery, this new model is the opportunity to get an original gadget that can add a lot to your life.
- Nice and quality design
- Excellent high resolution sound
- Good quality and screen size
- Excellent battery life
- Smooth performance
- Good internal memory
- With Bluetooth 5.0 and WiFi
- Somewhat limited functionalities