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  • September 07, 2023 2 min read

    Fiio's new for 2023 K9 dac is a high performing dac, headphone amp, preamp and makes a great upgrade for desktop audio as well as for updating many home systems. Its built in linear power supply helps provide outstanding specs and is unusual in dacs under $1000 cad.

    Use the K9's coax, optical and usb inputs and go out via rca or XLR outputs from the rear. Choose on the front panel Line out (full volume signal) or Pre-out (use the K9's volume control, as a preamp).

    For headphone use K9 has an awesome 2000mW THX amp built in with ultra low distortion, making the most of open back headphones.

    How does it compare to the popular Cambridge Audio DacMagic 200M dac? Lets look at some specs:

    Dac used: K9: Dual ESS9068AS / 200M: Dual ESS9028q2m

    SNR: K9: SE 119dB - BAL124dB / 200M: 115dB

    THD: K9: 0.00026% / 200M: 0.0005%

    Crosstalk: K9: SE 111dB - BAL 120dB / 200M: 110dB

    Bluetooth: K9: BT5.1, AAC, Apt-x, Apt-xHD, LDAC / 200M: BT4.2, apt-X

    Headphone Output 32 ohms: K9: SE 1500mW - BAL 2000mW / 200M: 300mW

    Headphone THD+N: K9: 0.00028% / 200M: 0.001%

    Fiio K9 dac

    The Fiio K9 compares well!

    One other feature in the Fiio K9 that is important is the analog line in  - this makes it more flexible and easy to use with a wider variety of gear and systems - quite unusual to find in a dac in this category.

    If you are shopping for a dac to upgrade your audio system, or to use for headphone use, take a longer look at the Fiio K9 - it has much to offer!

    Fiio K9 can also be used vertically and includes a simple stand!

    Fiio K9 vertical