FiiO M7 Music Player

Last updated date: March 20, 2019

Review Melt Score
7.8

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Overall Take

Touchscreen capability sets the FiiO M7 Music Player apart from other MP3 players, especially for consumers who like the convenience of being able to tap on a screen. It's a bit on the expensive side, retailing for more than $150, but you'll get a choice of four different colors. It also can play FM radio, which is a bonus for those who want to listen to their favorite local stations. In our analysis of 41 expert reviews, the FiiO FiiO M7 Music Player placed 7th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
7.7
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.0
23 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
It works with both wired and wireless headphone.
- BestReviews
It’s a great player as long as its modest storage capacity and dearth of features doesn’t phase you.
- TechHive
January 15, 2019 | Full review
The M7’s Bluetooth performance is also very good, and somewhat unique in that it allows the user to select the codec — the “LDAC-Sound Quality First” sounds the best, but we experienced a few glitches even at close range.
- iLounge
July 5, 2018 | Full review
It plays high-resolution music files and uses a pared-down version of Android as its operating system.
- The Gadgeteer
January 21, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Upgrading the firmware is more of a pain than it needs to be.
- BestReviews
No onboard Wi-Fi or built-in support for streaming services
- TechHive
January 15, 2019 | Full review
I had an issue with the side buttons on the M7. Unless you turn the buttons off in Settings, it’s far too easy to accidentally press them which will either fast forward, pause or repeat a song.
- The Gadgeteer
January 21, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The M7 can work as a DAC for computers after upgrading to FW1.0.4(click here). To enable it, please enter the pull-down menu of the M7 and click the 'Storage' icon to change the mode to DAC, or go to Settings -> Audio and check the 'USB DAC' option. After that, connect the M7 to the computer via USB and use it as USB DAC.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Apple iPod Touch 6th Gen
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 5
2. Sony Walkman Music Player
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 3
3. SYRYN Waterproof MP3 Player
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 4
4. Dansrue Portable MP3 Player
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 6
5. Tomameri MP3 Player
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 2
6. AGPTEK MP3 Player
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 3
7. FiiO M7 Music Player
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 4
8. Pyle Waterproof MP3 Player
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 4
9. Hotechs MP3 Player
Overall Score: 6.7
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On MP3 Players

At one time, MP3 players were all the rage. Everyone rushed out to buy the iPod when it was a small device that didn’t have a screen. But as smartphones grew in popularity, consumers discovered they could listen to music on the same device they use for everything else. But there are still many benefits to an MP3 player, especially for those who regularly hit the gym.

MP3 players are more varied than ever. Whatever your unique needs, there’s a device that can meet them. There are small players that easily clip on your waistband or tuck into your pocket. There are larger players that give you access to apps and other smartphone-typical features. There are also MP3 players designed for water-intensive activities like swimming.

Once you decide on a design, you’ll need to make sure you find a player with the capacity you need. If you’re hoping for extreme music storage capabilities, there are players that can help with that, but some players let you keep your music in the cloud, where you can access it as needed. You may also want to consider whether you want bonus features, like the ability to take photos or catch up on your favorite TV shows using your player.

No matter how great your MP3 player is, it won’t matter if your battery dies and you can’t use it. Chances are you won’t be playing music for days at a time without a break, but it’s still convenient to be able to enjoy your MP3 over multiple days without putting it on a charger. At the same time, you should also consider how long your device will take to fully charge.

Since MP3s are designed to operate whether you’re offline or online, it’s important to make sure you have plenty of storage for all the songs you’ll add. If you’re a true music lover, chances are you’ll end up with a fairly sizable music collection over the life of your MP3 player, so investing in more storage from the start can pay off a few years down the road.

Review Melt Fun Fact

Portable music players have come a long way over the years, especially considering the early days of compact cassette recorders. As 8-track players tried to take over the portable music format, manufacturers eventually figured out how to make cassette players truly portable, which ushered in the Sony Walkman in 1979. This also introduced the concept of portable headphones for personal listening, giving consumers a device that they could use while working, exercising or lounging poolside. The market’s eventual transition from cassettes to CDs made portability tougher, which is perhaps what made it so easy for consumers to switch to MP3 players when Apple rolled out the first iPod in 2001.

The MP3 Player Buying Guide

  • The biggest benefit to the Apple iPod Touch 6th Gen operates in the background. Its 64-bit A8 processor means that when you tap on something, it immediately launches. The 6th generation of this MP3 player also brings an increase in RAM.
  • Battery life is another important consideration when you’re in the market for an MP3 player. The Sony Walkman Music Player excels in this area, offering 35 hours of battery life. You can fully charge the player in only two hours, which is another bonus. The Apple iPod Touch 6th Gen offers up to 40 hours of audio playback and up to eight hours of video.
  • If you’re interested in being able to play games, surf the internet and use apps on your MP3 player, the Apple iPod Touch 6th Gen brings all of those features.
  • Swimmers will be especially interested in the SYRYN Waterproof MP3 Player, which is designed for swimming. It meets IPX8 waterproofing standards, so it’s safe for even your longest swims. Best of all, it clips onto the back of your goggles and swim cap, staying conveniently out of the way. It comes with Swimbuds waterproof headphones that are designed to stay in place even during flip-turns.
  • An increasing number of MP3 players allow you to listen to your audio wirelessly using Bluetooth. If you go that route, look for an MP3 player that promotes support for aptX and LDAC codecs. The FiiO M7 Music Player is compatible with aptX, aptX-HD and LDAC Bluetooth.
  • Storage is essential in an MP3 player. With the Apple iPod Touch 6th Gen, you’ll get 32GB, compared to up to 16GB for the Sony Walkman Music Player and only 8GB for the SYRYN Waterproof MP3 Player. To get decent storage for the FiiO M7 Music Player, you’ll need an expansion card. A microSD card can increase the player’s capacity to 512GB.
  • There’s a big difference in price between models. If you choose the Apple iPod Touch 6th Gen or FiiO M7 Music Player, you’ll pay more than $150. The Sony Walkman Music Player and SYRYN Waterproof MP3 Player both retail for less than $100.
  • Controls are an important part of using an MP3 player. With the Apple iPod Touch 6th Gen and FiiO M7 Music Player, you’ll mostly rely on touchscreen capabilities. However, the Sony Walkman Music Player and SYRYN Waterproof MP3 Player rely on buttons, and those can be tricky. The SYRYN Waterproof MP3 Player has not-so-sensitive buttons that may require more pressure than you’d expect. The Sony Walkman Music Player, on the other hand, can be overly sensitive, which means you may accidentally shuffle to the next song or turn up the volume.
  • Although you might not think about taking photos with your MP3 player, it’s a handy extra to have. The Apple iPod Touch 6th Gen comes equipped with an 8-megapixel camera. It may not be as good a camera as you’ll find on a newer iPhone, but it’s a decent add-on to your MP3 player.
  • If aesthetics matter, the look of each type of MP3 player will likely influence your decision. You’ll get the most options with the FiiO M7 Music Player, which is available in four different colors. There are two color options with the Sony Walkman Music Player: red or black.
  • Although many MP3 users want only to hear music they’ve downloaded, some want the ability to also listen to the radio. The Sony Walkman Music Player and FiiO M7 Music Player both build in FM radio.