Originally Posted by BruceBanner
Recap on X3
1) Poorly integrated Favorites feature whereby you can only add single track at a time via NPS
2) No M3u Support
3) 5800 file limit
4) 10-15hr battery life
5) Bulky unit.
Items 1 and 2 are likely to be addressed soon since the X5 already has the feature in beta - though if they are deal breakers for anyone, wait until you see them....
Item 3 - The 5,800 file limit is only for the categories view. I used to have about 10,000 on mine before I upgraded my headphones and found that I could hear the difference between lossless and the compression level I was using at the time (AAC, TVBR, Quality 100). Also, it was introduced in firmware (IIRC) 2.14. Versions older than that would index the entire card - but I'm not recommending going back to the old firmwares to get around this limit.
Item 4 - I don't get much more than that from my smartphone when out and about, so, given that I seldom use the X3 100% of the time over a 10 hr stretch, I've never really found it a real limitation. It lasts long enough for a transatlantic flight, so that's enough for me. YMMV.
Item 5 - Worth it for the SQ (for me).
Finally, I wouldn't want to make you angry , but where did you find that information about putting everything in a single level? That hasn't been true since, probably, the very first firmware upgrade, and even then, it wasn't 100% true. Or are you referring to some kind of Play All type functionality? It's true that you can only "play all" the indexed files (currently limited to 5,800). It's also true that you can only play a folder at a time from the file browsing view. This is also likely to be addressed soon as it has appeared in beta X5 software (but see earlier comment about deal-breakers).