The world of portable HiFi music players can be a bit baffling at times. But there are enough folks willing to spend more than the price of a flagship phone on portable gadgets that have high quality amplifiers, digital to analog converters, and other features.

The YinLvMei W1 though? I have a hard time figuring out who the target market for this device is.

It’s a 2 pound portable music player with a 7 inch touchscreen IPS display, a smaller 0.66 inch OLED display for status information, and high-end audio hardware. It also runs Windows 10, has the guts of a pretty lousy tablet from 4-5 years ago, and sells for close to $2,000.

Theoretically a portable music player that runs Windows isn’t the worst idea in the world, since it allows you to load the audio software of your choice rather than just using a built-in app.

But the decision to equip this the YinLvMei W1 with an Intel Atom x5-Z8350 Cherry Trail processor means that it’s going to be a pretty sluggish device. The processor was slow when it was released in 2016, and it’s an even worse choice by 2020 standards.

One thing the processor does have going for it is low power consumption – it’s a 2 watt quad-core processor that shouldn’t put unnecessary strain on the battery. But the W1 is still only expected to get up to four hours of battery life with the screen on or 6 hours with the display turned off despite having two (replaceable) 7,000 mAh batteries.

Here’s a run-down of the music player’s hardware:

  • 7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS LCD primary display
  • 0.66 inch OLED status display (volume, sound filter, and battery levels)
  • Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB storage
  • 3 x microSD cards for removable storage (up to 1TB each)
  • 2 x USB ports
  • 1 x USB-C charging port
  • 3.5mm Coaxial, 3.5mm Single-ended LO, 3.5mm Balanced LO, 3.5mm Single-ended PO, 4.4mm Balanced PO
  • DAC: 2 x AK4499 chips
  • 8 x OPA 1612 I/V converters
  • OPA1612 Low-pass filters
  • Dual PGA2311 Fully Balanced Volume Control
  • Output Power(Single-ended): Up to 750mW @ 32Ω, Up to 80mW @ 300Ω
  • Output Power(Balanced): Up to 1500mW @ 32Ω, Up to 160mW @ 300Ω
  • Line-out Voltage(Single-ended): 2.9Vrms
  • Line-out Voltage(Balanced): 5.8Vrms
  • Output Impedance(Single-ended): 0.8Ω
  • Output Impedance(Balanced): 0.4Ω

The whole thing measures 7.44″ x 5.04″ x 1.18″ and weighs about 1.98 pounds.

The YinLvMei W1 is available from AliExpress, HiFiGo, and eBay.

via HiFiGo (1)(2) and Head-Fi

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4 replies on “YinLvMei W1 is a portable HiFi music player with Windows 10”

  1. I don’t think the Z8350 with 4gb RAM is going to be sufficient for most high resolution audio playback users. There will likely be hiccups depending on how you like to run your setup.

    I actually use a Z8350 stick PC as a headless audio server, with a USB DAC connected to a speaker. I’ve had some performance issues with some high resolution lossless files. It struggles to achieve gapless playback with bigger files (smoothly moving between tracks that are intended to be played together). It can buffer the files with the right software, but when I have really big files, I just don’t have the RAM for it. It’s not a big deal for me because I’m not enough of an audiophile to care. I mostly listen to MP3s. I just use a DAC because the sound card is garbage on my stick PC.

    Some PC-based audiophiles like to configure a “Ram disk” to temporarily hold their files, but this device doesn’t have enough Ram for that. This device isn’t spec’d high enough to provide any attraction to audiophiles.

  2. Anyone who has worked with a slow cpu and win10 knows that sound artefacts are a thing 😀 So if you do something more than play files from your tricked out foobar, no amount of expensive audio hardware will save you 😀

  3. PC is the better for sound quality than others platforms like android. According to the designer ,he use this chip because It is low power assumption and, more importantly , fan free. The purpose is to reduce electronic noises and interferences to achieve a darker background and smoother sound . It is all for the music. And yes, audiophile is wierd. Cheer

  4. Wow! You mean I can play Candy Crush while listening to music (after Windows 10 installs the latest update again, assuming it works this time even though it didn’t the last three)? Taking it for a small computer, it at least inspires curiosity, but it’s far too expensive for me no matter what it does. At $2,000, I hope it plays music marvelously well because computers with an x5-Z8350 should be well over an order of magnitude cheaper.

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