FiiO X3 Portable Music Player Reviews

Positive Reviews


FiiO X3: Good player!


Pros: Sound; Build quality.

Cons: Nothing especially

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 micro USB port for charging, using as an external DAC or transferring music from PC. On the right side there is a "hold" switch that is used to block other buttons to be mistakenly pressed, though I haven't used it once since the buttons are not that sensitive and it will never happen that you...
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Negative Reviews


Okay sound, horrible UI and button organization


Pros: build quality?

Cons: UI, placement of buttons, narrow soundstage, Bass too boomy

Ok!   I'll keep it short. I think this player has:   1- a horrible button layout! Bad UI but that can be improved by installing a custom firmware. 2- Decent sound quality, not so wide soundstage! In fact, my laptop output (!) has a better soundstage than this DAP.      Edit: I'm still analysing the sound quality. It might cause some reduction in the depth of soundstage. After doing a lot of research and testing it on two devices, I ended up concluding that the soundstage is an issue on Fiio X3.   So, I returned it and got the Fiio X5.    Fiio X5 does not sound that much different from my Nexus 5 ( ) but I'm glad it doesn't bassy as...
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More Reviews


FiiO X3 Quick Review


Pros: Bargainlishous pricing. Rich organic sound.

Cons: UI and button layout.

FiiO X3 Quick Review   Full Review at   Thanks to Advanced MP3 Player's (AMP3) for the loan.   Brief:  Crazy value DAC/DAP form FiiO.   Price: £159   Specifications:  Link there was so much info I’m linking rather than copying it all out here.   Accessories:  A micro USB cable for data and charging, a 3.5mm jack to coax adapter and a silicon moulded cover/case thingy.   Aesthetics:  Its alright.  I don’t love it, don’t hate it, I really don’t have any particular feelings toward its visuals other than general indifference.   Build: ...
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Feature rich with great performance in a small and affordable package


Pros: Size, functionality, and sound quality

Cons: DAC playback sounds a bit better than standalone playback

Fiio has been around for quite some time, starting with a low cost, entry level amp, the E3.  It became a hot seller, especially with the limited digital audio player (DAP) choices available at the time, and followed-up by the vastly superior E5.  The next several years marked significant growth for Fiio, which has since released many amp and DAC/amps, and finally their first DAPs, the X3.  Recently Fiio released a higher-end DAP, the X5.   SUMMARY The X3 is a high-end full-feature player done right, with the ability to play high-res files from internal memory or as an asynchronous DAC.  Sound quality is a good step up from phones and lower-end players and the...
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Features, Performance, Cost; FiiO


Pros: Cost of the device, universal sound and EQ, features

Cons: UI, Usability, formating problems.

Introduction: FiiO has been a very popular brand in affordable headphone audio accessories for the past few years. Their line out docks, amplifiers, DAC’s, and plenty of other gadgets have redefined what you can get for your money. FiiO has now launched their first DAP, the X3. This player has been in the works for many years now. It was plagued when it started and went on hiatus until 2012 when it was brought back to life. Now in 2013, The X3 is finally here, and many think it will redefine what a $200 DAP can do. It packs physical and software features that fans want at a good price. I wish to thank FiiO for this review sample, now let’s take a look at this audacious unit  ...
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A steal at that price


Pros: good bass with good punch and depth, detailed, excellent PRAT, dynamics and energy, very good attack, natural voices with good texture

Cons: build quality below E12 & e17, some may consider the lack of neutrality a con

FiiO X3 – Review Posted on October 15, 2013by HeadMania Hey guys, I have stressed for some time now on what phone I would get that has decent sound. At first I got the Galaxy S1 that had a Wolfson Dac and combined with Voodoo Sound I got decent playback. Recently I got a Galaxy S4 knowing it has a Wolfson Dac too but I didn’t notice the European version didn’t have it, and I don’t like the sound on it. I didn’t want to go for an Ipod or something similar because It didn’t find them to sound better than my S1 (which i kept just for music). However, recently FiiO released their first portable player, the FiiO X3 ...
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Good while it worked EDIT: GOT REPLACEMENT UNIT


Pros: Sound Quality, microSD slot, FLAC playback in 16 and 24-bit

Cons: Buggy, bad UX, weird soundstaging, Battery life

I really tried to like this player but the Buggy software and the bad button placement made me angry most of the time.   Build quality is lower than waht I expected as there is no frame to add strctural integrity, the Board is screwed on the plastic casing, unlike sony A17 which features a alumnum die-cast frame to add structural integrity. The hold (lock) switch felt loose.   Connecting to a pc is a flawless process as it works as a USB Mass storage device, transfer speed is slow in the internal memory and if the SD is inside the player (use a SD adapter to use it on the PC reader)   It has a case included (rubber) and a SPDIF Cable altought i never used it, has...
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impressive but not for me


Pros: well build, comes very complete, competent player

Cons: did not play nice with my laptop,

After several years with a rockboxed Clip+ I was yearning for a bit more detail and a somewhat bigger soundstage especially for my classical music. I also wanted just a tad more power for my DT770-250ohm. I am not an audiophile and my hearing is not what it once was so this is more an impression from an average user and not a dedicated hobbyist.   This Christmas I found an X3 under the tree.   First impression is very positive. The packaging is nice, feels like a real present for you. It's a nice touch that the unit comes with cables as well as a silicone sleeve and a screen protector. Powering up you're greeted with a nice boot screen and after about 8 seconds the player is...
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Love this thing ..


Pros: Sound

Cons: None

This thing is really pretty good. I am delighted and it was cheap. I happily will run with a smile on my face, just like if I stole it.  This thing is a great deal and pretty good sound ..with great potential. I am a very happy Fiio customer.   I have not found any files that it will not play. That is a great thing .. but (blushes) .. most of my music is MP3. So .. it actually does not sound bad at all. In fact my flac files .. I cannot really hear much difference. That shows you how good this thing really is. I think in time I will buy better IEM's.  But that is not a urgent issue.   I have made some tweaks with the firmware tool and it is really very good. I wish...
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Optimal DAP


Pros: Price/performance, size, functionality, sound&built quality and FiiO service

Cons: formatting and filing problem

Add a high-quality pair of in-ear or on-ear headphones, and you have a complete high-resolution-capable music system wherever you want it.



Pros: bass, separation, depth, power, attack


Hello Im X3...Nothing can Beat me...!!


Pros: Great Overall Music Quality it can satisfy every genre needs

Cons: Not Touch Screen makes Forwarding a little hard

I work with Trance music most ... Before The New released update 3.0 for the thing i wasn't really satisfied with its quality of sound in trance ...but the update Changed everything ,EVERYthing ...! I can actually Hear the Artist Performing Right In my Ears just for me...Down to this I can say X3 With 3.0 update can beat others In every aspect ... If you hear your favorite track and didnt Jumped in the air comment so will do something about it