Fiio KA11 review: This $29 USB DAC is the best way to upgrade your phone audio

I’ve always maintained that Fiio is at its best when making budget DACs, and its latest product is one of its best yet. The KA11 is a USB-C (or Lightning) to 3.5mm dongle that contains a decent-quality DAC, but what makes it stand out is the power — it is able to deliver 245mW at 16Ω, and that’s several magnitudes higher than what you get with most dongle DACs. To put that into context, the Fiio KA3 that I used last year went up to 120mW at 16Ω.

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Then there’s the cost: the KA11 is available for just $29, or a third of the price of the KA3. At that price, there just isn’t another DAC that gives you anywhere as much power as the KA11.

Fiio KA11 DAC review

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