Fiio’s X7ii is a Jack-of-all-trades. Want something that can handle high-resolution audio and also streaming services? Check. What about streaming applications and digital inputs? Check. It seems the X7ii can do it all.
A product that spreads itself too thin risks making compromises to its overall quality, though, and while the X7ii has an impressive array of features and is sturdily built, it’s not quite as convincing as an expensive portable player should be.
The main quality of build that makes the X7ii stand out is it looks and feels like a smartphone on steroids.
It’s got nice weight to it, a line-out connection so you can hook it to your hi-fi, twin jacks for 3.5mm and 2.5mm balanced headphones, and a particularly satisfying clickwheel volume control.
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