Originally Posted by EISENbricher
I might be getting Xduoo X2 soon. Is it better than Fiio X1 (and Sansa Clip)?
@getclikinagas You have already posted so much comprehensive stuff on this player before, any help would be good for me.
I haven't had the chance to audition the Fiio X1, so I can't comment there.
A major portion of my review is a head-to-head with the Clip Zip.
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Keep in mind that I haven’t tested the X2 with more power-hungry sources so my conclusion is based on the average IEM available today. On sheer sound quality alone, the X2 slightly edges (not necessarily in all cases) the Sansa Clip ZIP. On build quality alone, the X2 is definitely ahead of the Clip range. The Clip wins when it comes to UI, ease of operation. However the X2 UI is not a deal breaker an offers the basics.
For the average IEM I would pick the Clip over the X2. On the go, I use inexpensive travel IEMs and I’d pick a friendly UI over a slight improvement in presentation.
So, it hasn’t dethroned the clip, but given the reports on the driving power, it is more versatile. If your regular-use portables are power hungry, the X2 seems to be(from reports) a no-brainer for the price.
I’ve somehow not mentioned the price! At 55$ it bats right next to the Clip and well in the “Extreme Value” bracket.
The xDuoo X2 is a great little device. For easy to drive IEMs, the subjective improvement in presentation is marginal over the clip zip. Moderate to hungry portables may be a different story.
Take a decision based on your usage scenario.
Do you only intend to use it on the go?
Will it be your main/daily driver?
Do you intend to upgrade soon?
Are you expecting a multi-featured UI?
Do you need custom EQ?
Will you be using moderate-hungry IEMs/HPs?
For "my usage needs",the clip zip is a better choice. But, that's just me.
PS: It's a difficult question to answer because they're both great performers (not to mention great value). Therefore, the final decision will lie in the little details. Unlike something like the Shozy Alien, which sounds so stellar that you're willing to compromise heavily on everything else.
PS2: The Fiio X1 is more than twice the cost of the xDuoo and clip, so it probably isn't fair to compare.