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Digital Audio (FLAC/MP3/etc) Players (DAPs)

FiiO X5 2nd gen Premium Hi-Res DAP

A step up from the original X5

twister6

Pros: Updated slick design, build quality, sound quality, native DSD support, a ton of settings

Cons: flush mounted control buttons, HO/LO flipped in comparison to other FiiO products, pre-production quality scroll wheel

Before I start my review, I would like to Thank FiiO team for providing me with a review sample in exchange for my honest opinion.   With a consistent flow of new releases, I feel like we have been spoiled by FiiO and their quality audio products.  I didn’t even realize it has been year and a half since the release of their original X5, and now I’m looking at their new X5ii...
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Accurate and detailed sound in a compact package
Accurate and detailed sound in a compact package

Colorfly C3

Pros: Sound accuracy and quality, amazing MP3 decoder, battery life

Cons: Love--hate relationship. Wait, is that a pro?

The Ambition of Small Things - A review of the 2nd generation FiiO X3
The Ambition of Small Things - A review of the 2nd generation FiiO X3
Good Enough For The Money
Good Enough For The Money

FiiO X1 Ultraportable Hi-Res DAP

Pros: small, light, reasonable SQ, good UI, well built

Cons: It sometimes has problem playing 24 bit 192 kHz FLAC files , impossible to see something on the screen in direct sunlight, no GAIN setting

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FiiO X3 2nd gen Ultraportable Hi-Res DAP

FiiO X3 2nd gen Ultraportable Hi-Res DAP

“ To view larger images (1200 x 800) click the appropriate photo INTRODUCTION I’m a proud owner of the Fiio X5 and X1 – they’ve been my go to DAPs for some time now, and I use both daily.  The X1 for when I want ultimate portability, and the X5 when I need a little more power, and also want the added level of refinement it brings. I’ve been using Fiio audio equipment for some time now,...” --Brooko

100% Positive Reviews
FiiO X1 Ultraportable Hi-Res DAP

FiiO X1 Ultraportable Hi-Res DAP

“ Click any image for full size (1200 x 800) resolution INTRODUCTION I’m a proud owner of the Fiio X5 – it’s been my go to DAP for some time now, with the only drawback being ultimate portability if I’m jogging, or just out and about wanting a really simple set-up.  So when Fiio started talking about a new entry level DAP in the sub $100 market, and already knowing what they are capable...” --Brooko

100% Positive Reviews
FiiO X5 High-res Portable Music Player

FiiO X5 High-res Portable Music Player

“ X5 - Strength and Beauty The Fiio X5   INTRODUCTION My audio chain has actually been pretty stable of late, my last addition being the Studio V3 Anniversary (DAP) and Dunu DN-1000s.  With the addition of the Studio V3, I had pretty much solved the one missing component – a decent DAP for my requirements.  I watched the progress with other...” --Brooko

100% Positive Reviews
Apple iPod classic 160 GB (7th Generation)

Apple iPod classic 160 GB (7th Generation)

“It's exactly what it says it is. I've tried some great looking, incredibly expensive DAPs - Honestly, in my opinion, a lot of them just add colouration, or EQ, or look pretty. Some of them do perform well, but fall short in many areas. If you just want your music files to be reproduced exactly as they were mastered, with a line-out to pipe your music into any amplification you might...” --White Lotus

100% Positive Reviews
COWON J3 32 GB Portable Media Player (Black)

COWON J3 32 GB Portable Media Player (Black)

“ I love having something no one else has, that’s how I live my life making my own path.  At least that’s how I feel when someone gawks at my J3.  Every third person on earth has an IPOD, nothing to talk about, no fun, typical, average,  yawn.  Now the J3 is a special player in every aspect.  When you pick up this shiny black glossy unit you expect a lead weight. ...” --ZIPUR

84% Positive Reviews
HiSoundAudio RoCoo P

HiSoundAudio RoCoo P

“What i really love about this player is its wide sound stage and sq. Every time i listen to it with my headphones or iem's, it blows me away.  I spent hours of listening to it everyday.   It can drive many iems or headphones because of its built in amp. it has lots of power.   The battery can last 8-10 hours of continuous playback.   The build quality is solid and it...” --arjane

100% Positive Reviews
FiiO X3 Portable Music Player

FiiO X3 Portable Music Player

“Package & Build:   FiiO X3 comes in a nice box with adapter and micro USB cable, as well as a nice soft silicone sleeve to protect the player. It is built very nicely, has some retro touch to it since it doesn't have any wheels or touch screen, just buttons and normal, not so good, screen (but it does the job just fine). It has coax out, line out and 3.5 mm headphone jack as well as...” --Tail

93% Positive Reviews
Colorfly Pocket Hi-fi C4

Colorfly Pocket Hi-fi C4

“ First of all I just want to put a caveat on the User Interface notion. At the end of the day, we are striving for sound and we all do crazy things to get the best, gripes about it are meaningless and in reality just spoils any review and we have all been spoiled by the iPod's UI, but an iPod sounds like a lump of clay, so with that done.   This is mind blowing, I have no idea why...” --Vespertine

92% Positive Reviews
Studio V Anniversary Edition

Studio V Anniversary Edition

“Portable audio became my hobby some year and a half ago, when i bought my first expensive headphones. I discovered lossless formats, loudness war, this website. I experimented with so called high-res audio. I was trying new headphones. I replaced my old mp3 player with Cowon x9, then Fiio x3, then Sony Walkman NWZ A10. I switched for more expensive Audio Technica ES10 headphones. Two months ago...” --vincik

100% Positive Reviews
iBasso DX100 Reference DAP

iBasso DX100 Reference DAP

“ When I first received my iBasso DX100, I think I lost a week or so really getting everything to work perfectly, even though I had solid advice from other headfiers (see the FAQ on the player), and even if I went straight to 1.2.7 firmware.   The main things that will take time is that you need to clean all your tags (I thought they were clean, but apparently not DX100 clean). Then...” --Mimouille

100% Positive Reviews
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