FiiO K9 Pro ESS Flagship Desktop DAC & Headphone Amplifier

FiiO K9 Pro ESS Flagship Desktop DAC & Headphone Amplifier

Brand FIIO | CL SKU 40143
$ 1399 .00

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Moves your Human "Core", and not just by a little!

Inside the K9 Pro ESS are 2 ES9038PRO DAC chips, specifically designed for maximum performance in desktop-grade equipment. One ES9038PRO chip, with all of its 8 parallel outputs, is used for each channel to achieve richly detailed sound with minimal distortion.

Pure clean sound, Satisfying even demanding listeners

The THX AAA 788+ chips used in the K9 Pro ESS provide exemplary details and dynamics no matter if you are using low or high-impedance headphones. The K9 Pro ESS can produce an undistorted 1100mW* under a 300Ω load, and an undistorted 2100mW* under a 32Ω load, 50% higher than the original THX AAA 788 amplifier chips.

Immensely Robust, Linear Power Supply

Electricity is the mother of sound, so special attention was paid to optimizing the K9 Pro ESS’s power supply to ensure excellent sound. The K9 Pro ESS’s linear power supply, with its low-frequency transformer and 4 massive 4700uF capacitors, makes sure that the rest of the system gets abundant clean power.

Dual femtosecond clocks, Precise clock management

A dual-mode clock management design is utilized for the K9 Pro ESS. Under USB and Bluetooth decoding, dual asynchronous femtosecond clocks are used, while under optical and coaxial decoding, automatic PLL clocks are employed. A more precise clock management system makes it easier to handle any kind of source and maintain the maximum quality possible. 

MQA Renderer, Lossless sound reproduction

The K9 Pro ESS supports the unfolding of MQA tracks, allowing you to listen to high-resolution audio files that are not only reasonably sized, but also retain master-level sound quality that bring you directly into the recording studio. 

Fast and reliable Hi-Res Bluetooth

The K9 Pro ESS employs the Qualcomm QCC5124 to handle Bluetooth duties, with support for formats such as LDAC, aptX HD, and aptX Adaptive. This chip ensures that Bluetooth connections are both reliable and quick, satisfying both the low latency needs for games/videos and the high bitrate necessary for high-resolution audio.

Essentiality of volume adjustment

A simple concept, but good execution of it is crucial to an excellent audio experience. The ADC curve reconstruction method of volume adjustment used in the K9 Pro ESS effectively minimizes any left-right channel volume imbalance and noise. It also results in a smooth change of volume across all levels. This attention paid to the simple process of volume adjustment is just another layer to making sure you truly savor your music with the K9 Pro ESS.

Lighting Up the mood

The RGB indicator lights surrounding the volume knob can light up differently depending on the currently playing sampling rate.

Dial it in with three gain levels

Choose between high, medium, and low gain with a physical switch to fit exactly your needs when listening to your particular pair of headphones. Thanks to the pure hardware gain circuit, even when listening at low gain with high-sensitivity headphones both dynamic range and musical fidelity remain uncompromised.

Refreshingly modern, custom stand

The included custom stand not only reduces the amount of space the K9 Pro ESS takes on your desktop but also allows for more efficient dissipation of heat through convection – making the stand a true example of both form and function.



Amplifiers - Headphone Amp/DAC Combos



Part Number



1-Year Warranty


Maximum Frequency

50 kHz

Minimum Frequency

20 Hz

Digital to Analogue Conversion

DAC Chip


Maximum Bit Depth

32 b

Maximum Sampling Rate

384 kHz

Headphone Amplifiers

Recommended Headphone Impedance

16 - 600 Ω

Output Power into 32Ω

1.1 W

Output Impedance

1 Ω

Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)


Amplifier Design

Class A