Thanks! I guess that is nothing special.
How is the X3 booted up? Does it stay "always on" like a Sony Walkman for a day then powers down completely?
How is the X3 compared to a Sony Walkman? I have the S618 (an old one!)
Can anybody else speak to this? If 4-5 hours is accurate, I won't be buying one - having to charge on a daily basis would be a royal PITA.
Nobody is asking for 100 hours. James said 10-12 with possible improvements from firmware updates. 4-5 isn't convenient if you plan to use it longer than that, which I often do. My biggest gripe with the ipod 5.5 was the feeling of being tethered to a power source; I can live with 10-12, but 4-5 is pretty weak by any standard.
I haven't used all FLAC (or full lossless) but 4~5 hours doesn't seem normal. I'll at least expect easily 8+ hour even with all lossless playback on fairly high volume.
That's why I was hoping for some other reports from users - 1 person's experience is hardly enough to go on. Someday, a kick-ass player like the X3 will get 100 hours....I'd venture to guess it will be possible in another decade or so.
Our Cowon players certainly have great battery life, but they can't drive many of the headphones that the X3 could drive.
i didn't time it precisely, but roughly i too get around 4-5 hours-ish using full flacs... i don't have compressed files in my X3
it'll be nice if the next firmware update James could add in a time usage per battery cycle in the system settings for us to see..
Actually I do own a C3 now.
Functionality wise, I think X3 easily wins out. But purely on SQ, the two are close. X3 has much more power in stock configuration and will drive most headphones very well. In contrast, C3 is really clean and transparent but the overall dynamic suffers from the lacking of power. My X3 has been mod'ed so as far as clarity goes, it can easily match / surpass C3, and still provide better power. With the stock AD8397, I think those who prefer clarity over dynamic might prefer C3. I know a lot of C3 user like the combo with C&C BH - nothing wrong in sound except BH is underpowered a bit so it really isn't my top choice (given power is what lacking on C3 in the first place). I would have preferred fred_fred_2004 3 Channels amp running on 18V. Even cmoyBB on 18V with AD8620 sounds tighter to me. With a good amp, C3 will be technically a better match to X3.
If just focusing on sound stage and vocal/instrument separation, which is more superior: X5 or C3?
For me, X3 is ahead for soundstage and separation... For clean, clarity and details C3 is ahead but not by very far