FiiO X5 High-res Portable Music Player Reviews

Brooko

Fiio X5 – Potential To Be Best In Class

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Pros: Sound quality, build, usability, interface, output power, versatility, boot speed

Cons: UI features not yet complete (gapless, hierarchical menus artist/album/track), scroll wheel a little loose, SD slot caps difficult to remove. -FW 1.00

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 “audiophile” high-res players being released (DX100, DX50, AK100 & 120, X3 and others), but beyond mild curiosity, I wasn’t overly tempted to go beyond what I currently have.  Then Fiio advertised that they were looking for reviewers for a World tour for the X5 – and with the hype building I put...
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Barra

The X5 rocks!

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Pros: Top grade sound, powerful quality internal amp, superb micro-detail, great value, ability to obtain full quality sound in a compact package

Cons: No removable battery for easy charging or continuous use, adequate only battery life, difficult to get back to now playing screen to regain fw/bk cont

    Disclaimer:   This is not my personal DAP, as part of the X5 Preview tour, I only had the chance to evaluate the unit for 10 days to form my opinion. As a preview model, there may be material differences compared to the commercial version - especially in the firmware. The following review is based on my personal needs and tastes using equipment that I personally own unless otherwise noted.   Pros: Top grade sound, powerful quality internal amp, superb micro-detail, great value, ability to obtain full quality sound in a compact package without the inconvenience of an external amp. Cons: No removable battery for easy charging or continuous use,...
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JoeDoe

Top-tier Sound for the Rest of Us

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Pros: Sound Quality, Looks, Price/Value, Storage, Versatility

Cons: UI, Wheel

The X5 from Fiio. Where to begin...   Perhaps I'll start with dual-CPU processing power... or maybe the dual TF card slots... or perhaps USB DAC functionality... then again how about the exceptionally black background...   So many options. You know what? I'll make your life easier. Since every other review is pretty dang thorough, I'll just include the highlights and then my personal impressions.   The Hits  Support for every lossless format under the Sun USB DAC capability Two TF-card slots (up to 256 GB!) Exceptional firmware/UI development that continues to improve   The Misses The click wheel implementation Non-removable battery   My...
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miceblue

Okay, but Disappointing Overall

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Pros: Great instrument separation, simple GUI, dual microSD cards, fast music library update, library and file directory browsing

Cons: Fatiguing for me, hallway-like soundstage, coloured sound, cluncky UI, large size, protective relay, crashes, really slow battery charging

This review is based on a touring X5 unit and I do not personally own the X5. I need to give FiiO a big, big thank you for letting me be a part of this tour.Since Head-Fi's detail section does not represent the scores of the reviewer, but rather the community average, here are my scores based on the 10 days that I actively used the unit (2014/02/10 - 2014/02/19):Value: 4/5Audio Quality: 3/5Design: 3/5Battery Life: 3.5/5User Interface: 2.5/5Overall Rating: 3.2/5Now let's get into the details of these details.ValueAt $350 USD, this device offers a lot for the price. What's a lot?Here's what's in the package:Hard storage boxX5 unit with screen protector pre-installedSoft silicone...
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H20Fidelity

If you ask them it will come.

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Pros: Great sound, build, features. high resolution, strong imaging, black background, dual card slots

Cons: Click wheel durability? Lock screen options need improvement. Still a little off neutral (for my preferences)

Firstly, I'd like to say special thanks to James from FiiO and Joe for offering us a wonderful tour on their new FiiO X5 unit. It's not everyday we get to sample a new product before release, this has been a wonderful opportunity not only to give members a grasp on the player though also examine whether the unit might be for myself as a keeper or future purchase. I will try to write as even review as possible. The FiiO X5 unit I have with me is a loaner unit for 10 days to assess my likes and dislikes. I received the X5 unit on the 25th of February 2014. Firmware version: FW1.10 My past history with FiiO being I haven't been particular ...
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doublea71

Review: Fiio's X5 Pays A Visit To Saigon

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Pros: Made for great recordings, built like a tank, easy to use

Cons: May be a bit heavy for some users, scroll wheel not as durable as rest of player

The Fiio X5 Pays A Visit To Saigon   I first want to thank James at Fiio and everyone else involved in setting this tour up (especially Joe Bloggs) – it was way cool of you guys to let us have a crack at the X5 before its release and much more satisfying to be a participant as opposed to a spectator, which was always the case in the past for this guy….     Where I’m Coming From   So I’ve been into this hobby for a couple of years now and started out buying a used Cowon J3 in the for sale threads after having an ipod 5.5 and and 4th generation ipod touch. I like the J3 quite a bit because of its battery life, decent though unspectacular sound quality, and...
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musicheaven

Fiio X5 Digital Audio Player - A new star is born

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Pros: Outstanding build (body/case), easily navigable interface, loads of extra goodies and last but not least fantastic sound reproduction

Cons: UI - Weak library scanning and narrow tagging hierarchy, flimsy rubber TF covers and thin easily scratchable rubber painted wheel

X5 Review by musicheaven   Before I start, I would like to make a few points clear so no one will be misled about if I own one or got one as a review sample: 1. The X5 was loaned to me for 10 days by FiiO which was to be returned once the evaluation is done or 10 days have elapsed whichever came first. 2. I'm in no way affiliated with FiiO in any shape or form. 3. I can’t thank Joe and James enough for what they have done, if a vendor knows what personal touch means those two guys truly know. If there is a model other vendors should copy, I suggest they look at FiiO’s.   There is something else that I want to express: my gratitude to Jude and the site admins...
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lee730

Fiio X5; Other DAP makers are in for a rude awakening.

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Pros: Sublime micro-detailing, smooth sound without being rolled off or overly smooth, wonderful mid-range. Natural, organic sound, good build quality.

Cons: Scroll button can be jittery causing you to select the wrong options or songs, the covers for the micro SD slots are cumbersome and look frail.

Intro:   To start off, I'd like to thank Joe for giving me an opportunity to demo this unit. I'd also like to thank James for being so active in the community and really taking our fellow headfier's feedback into consideration. This is a first to my knowledge, and really goes to show how much they care :).   I received the X5 on the 17th and of course was skeptical regarding the design and sound quality. To be honest I wasn't really expecting much. Not that I was going into the demo biased. Just wasn't expecting it to be so good :). I first used the unit with the Flat 4 Suis and that was "the pairing" for me. These two are just made to go together IMO. Extremely musical,...
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zenki14

Fiio X5 - high-tier sound for a mid-tier price

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Pros: Price to performance ratio. Hi-res playback. Highly versatile with line out, coax out, USB DAC function. High build quality.

Cons: No m3u playlists support yet. Gapless has slight issues.

Disclaimer: I am taking part in the Fiio X5 preview world tour.  I have not bought the actual unit, and I’m not affiliated with Fiio.  Impressions are just on the 6th day of the 10 days allowed for me, so my words (especially about sound) need to be taken with a grain of salt.  Firmware version is 1.10, functional improvements are expected later on, and sound quality of the product may be subject to change in future updates.   About myself: I’m an audiophile, but to be exact I would call myself an “Audio Otaku”.  The word Otaku is a term used to describe Japanese geeks for basically any hobby, and can also mean fans of Japanese sub culture (Anime, Manga etc). ...
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TommyNavara

The game changing player that will rule, still a little bit rough on the interface but a good seed to work in.

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Pros: Beautiful sound quality, built like a tank, professional look and polite UI

Cons: The UI needs improvements, little on the heavy side.

FiiO X5 Review «Not only for Audiophiles»                     DISCLAMER: I am not affiliated with FiiO. This is a part of a world review tour and FiiO provided me the unit for review purposes. This review is as independent and objective as possible.           As the very first Italian reviewer of the FiiO X5 i want to thank all the FiiO staff for this opportunity to grow as a reviewer and to put my hands on this beauty.   Box content: FiiO X5 Documentation (Quick Start + Warranty, etc.) USB charging / data cable Silicone protective case Digital out to coax cable USB micro SD card...
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