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post #16 of 96

FLACvest please update your review because I really need your opinion on SQ of X30 (I want to buy either it or X19HD and would like to do it ASAP), thanks!

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post #17 of 96
if you care about sq, then 100% buy x19hd. it is more detailed, but mostly it wins with bass boost which doesnt make sound worst. x30 bass booster is terrible.
x19hd costs about $35, but x30 - $29.
post #18 of 96
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Originally Posted by lvrhs View Post

if you care about sq, then 100% buy x19hd. it is more detailed, but mostly it wins with bass boost which doesnt make sound worst. x30 bass booster is terrible.
x19hd costs about $35, but x30 - $29.

 

The X30's bass boost is only the MicrosoftPlayFX Bass setting, which is a software EQ, that is "fun" for electronic, rap, and other stuff, but as per lvrhs' information, and the design of the circuit on the X19HD (thought I have still to hear it), the X19HD will be a much cleaner design, and sound better overall. There are already reports of good sound quality (apparently very nice indeed) for the X19HD, while there is a different "level" (i.e. somewhat "less") for the X30.

 

I have currently spent much of my time trying to get information and through trial and error with the downloaded firmware (which includes the Rockchip Batch Tool) to upgrade my X30 firmware to the latest xx.xx.20, which I'm hoping will fix the 2 major issues I'm having: the first 2~4 seconds of some songs are not "read" or played, and the device "forgets" its customized (i.e. changed language and other...) settings upon shutdown.

 

I couldn't really reccomend the X30 honestly until I can confirm that a firmware update can take care of those two as I put them "glaring" issues. If it is a matter of raw SQ, I'd give a nod to the X19HD myself, as I only got the X30 for it's looks, card slot (which was missing in the X19HD) and to test its viability as a basic sansa fuze replacement.

 

Now, as for general impressions of the X30's SQ, it is cleaner and more detailed than the Fuze, without being thin, but it isn't as mellow or bassy, by a smidge. That's my general feel. although it has yet to be broken in by the customary 100 to 300 hours most devices with capacitors and such forth need to "open up" et cetera.

 

If only I can get the firmware to play nice, and if it fixes the problems, I think I can be happy with what I got the X30 for, and maybe have some fun trying to squeeze some extra bass into it by capacitor rolling, as I've already opened it up, and peeked inside (yeah, i have pics, I haven't got them off my cam yet), but it's a fairly easy affair and some SMD Niobium Oxide type or that in conjunction with the boxy WIMA type or the boxy type all alone may do some good.

 

In any case, my time toying around with the X30 is still fresh, and as I said, I plan to have something substantial posted by end of week.

 

Thanks for your patience.

 

To recap, if SQ is your highest priority, I'll defer to the reviews on the X19HD, and reccomend that, if you neeeeeeeed a card slot, perhaps the X30 will cut it, but I'd wait till myself or somebody else can confirm a firmware later than version 1 will fix the "glaring" problems I mentioned.

 

Happy Shopping

post #19 of 96

subscribed and interested. I sure hope the language problem sorts out, this looks like an awesome player for the price.

post #20 of 96
Burn in an mp3 player for 100-300 hours, that most devices need to open up,...??? Ok, I'm unsubscribed. This thread has become a ridiculous waste of time!!!
post #21 of 96
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Burn in an mp3 player for 100-300 hours, that most devices need to open up,...??? Ok, I'm unsubscribed. This thread has become a ridiculous waste of time!!!


Thanks for the kind words, I really feel warm and fuzzy about posting here sometimes...

post #22 of 96
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subscribed and interested. I sure hope the language problem sorts out, this looks like an awesome player for the price.



@mosshorn,

 

The instructions for changing the language are posted. I have well memorized the process, and don't even blink at it anymore. Maybe I'll learn Chinese from poorly implemented menu operations some day? LOL Just Joking around...

 

Anyhow, The 2nd Post has the procedure for anyone interested. As for sorting out the firmware, I _truly_ wish I could read Chinese, bc then perhaps I'd have a simple enough time with that firmware update tool. So far, the score is plenty to error in favor of the firmware tool, and scratch for success on my part :-/

 

I'm sure either I'll figure it out, or someone else will post a guide on another forum before I figure it out.

 

In any case, I'd like to see what's in that later pair of firmwares, and the device itself would be nice as a rockbox target imho. Well built, has good chips, but not the best refresh on the display. But then, I prefer all my players to be rockboxable...

post #23 of 96

Photos?

post #24 of 96

I bought this player blind and just received it today and now doing my research. (...)  Haven't listen to it but probably like everyone else, I was just looking for something cheap, throwaway to use in my car  (can play mp3 disc, aux in and that's it.... no usb flash etc).

 

Anyway, here is a quick pic of it vs some other smaller player.  The cutting board is NOT flat but you get the idea.

 

mp3_players_size1.jpg

post #25 of 96

Any info on the SQ? If the SQ > Sana Fuze=Clip+, then It should be quite good. SO does the MicroSD slot reads 32 Micro SD?

 

Is the X19 really that much better? I like the design of the X19 but no microSD slot and 8 GB really isn't enough for holding FLAC files: (

post #26 of 96

x19hd has much more bass quantity and quality. highs and mids bit better on x19hd too.

post #27 of 96

Hi, i just bought it yesterday and i have  a problem with original firmware too, and i found this http://www.teclast.com/topic.php?channelID=78&topicID=148 , using google trans and it would be easy ^^

The update not so hard because it include demo how to do it, very simple :)) and press here to switch it to english 

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firmware V01.20 fix the problem with remember setting and sorry for my bad english, this is my fist post 

post #28 of 96
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Originally Posted by zaku00 View Post

Hi, i just bought it yesterday and i have  a problem with original firmware too, and i found this http://www.teclast.com/topic.php?channelID=78&topicID=148 , using google trans and it would be easy ^^

The update not so hard because it include demo how to do it, very simple :)) and press here to switch it to english 

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firmware V01.20 fix the problem with remember setting and sorry for my bad english, this is my fist post 



Hi zaku00,

 

Don't worrry about the english, welcome to Head-Fi!

 

My issue with the firmware updater, is that I have tried downloading firmware v01.20 multiple times on Windows XP and on Windows 7, and on each platform, the tool complains about not being able to load the config file... ? so I am assuming the firmware releases I've downloaded SO FAR have been bad.

 

I'm going to try again since you've had success, and, sorry about the being missing in action and everything; everyone, my computer was broken for a little while, it just got fixed last night.

 

Today I'll try to re-do the download for the firmware and then maybe a serious listening test of some players.

 

Out of hand, I haven't wanted to really say much, because of the firmware glitches.

post #29 of 96
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I have managed to translate everything to English, via translate.google.com, now the Firmware Upgrade program runs, and I had success on my WinXP 32bit machine. The latest firmware flashed and took. The X30 remembers its settings now, and wakes up in English, what a relief.

 

I will be continuing my review on this device now, during this next week.

 

Just a quick note or two,

 

It has a really clean, neutral sound, with low distortion. like a fuze with more HF detail, but not bright or overblown. It pairs well with the FiiO E11 on EQ0, and when you want more body, EQ1 is great, I find EQ2 to be a bit overbearing (even though i like deep, flowing bass, it just doesnt fit with the device, sound sig, or the phone's I've been pairing with it) Also the X30 and E11 fuselage's are very complementary. Nice "throwaway" portable rig for under $100 bucks.

post #30 of 96
Thanks, Flacvest for complete review!
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