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Like the X3 it does not play native DSD but converts it to PCM for playback.

ops i messed up then should have bought x3 then

post #3062 of 3074
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mate, i was just mess'in with you, and i don't know the history as i am still new to headfi and i would red flag you anyways 

All is cool. :D

 

How are the AD's? I have a DBV3 modded version of the T50RP's and they really shine when driven by the E12 plugged into the Line Out of the X3. The X3 would probably run them on High Gain but it chews the battery up a lot quicker and I like the extra headroom the E12 provides.

post #3063 of 3074
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ops i messed up then should have bought x3 then 

The dual µSD cards are a bonus on the X5.

post #3064 of 3074

I love the AD they are detailed, musical and can have a very heavy bottom end if thats what you want. for me better than HD 600, 650 and 700. I would say only the HD 800 are better across the board. The fun part is the bass tuning ports on each cup and the doggy treats that are supplied for you to add to the inside of the cups to tune the treble response. 

post #3065 of 3074

I just read that the X3 will now also play DSD files too (DSD x 1) after FW update 

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also just found the spec sheet for The PCM1792A and it says that PCM 1792 accepts PCM and DSD audio data formats, providing easy interfacing to audio DSP and decoder chips.  http://www.ti.com/lit/ds/symlink/pcm1792a.pdf

I am not technical so please advise if this means native DSD or DSD to PCM conversion

post #3067 of 3074
That has been discussed in the X3 and X5 threads, both devices do PCM conversion of the DSD files.
post #3068 of 3074

ok got that. however FiiO should make that clear no biggie though as the only DAP that does native DSD is the AK as far as i am aware and I was never going to spend 2500 USD on a DAP 

post #3069 of 3074

X5 amp stage is it weaker (less power) than the E12 or is improved SQ due to just separating amp from the DAC just reducing noise in the circuits 

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From the FiiO website specifications:

FiiO e12 output power > 880mW @32 oHm

FiiO X5 output power > 255mW @32 oHm

So yes, the e12 is a significantly more powerful amp than the X5 amp. The e12 is overall much better compared to the X5 amp and I highly recommend pairing it with the X5. The line out on the X5 is very clean and feeds the e12 a clear, powerful signal (1.5Vrms).

Edit: I also recommend the HS6 stacking kit if only for the high quality interconnect that comes with it.
Edited by x RELIC x - 8/26/14 at 1:10pm
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Doesn't hurt the HS6 is easy to attach as well, never particularly liked the big rubber bands in that respect.

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HS 6 Looks good thanks for the recommendation

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I've ordered the Cayin C5 to compare with the E12, should be interesting. I'll pair them with the X3.
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I've ordered the Cayin C5 to compare with the E12, should be interesting. I'll pair them with the X3.

Don't forget to get an A/B switch and carefully match the volumes.

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