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post #3826 of 17129
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Originally Posted by Stuff Jones View Post

Excuse my technical ignorance, but can this be used as an DAC/AMP to improve sound coming out of a laptop or tablet?

No it can not

post #3827 of 17129

 

My X3 arrived today. I put some of my favorite FLACs on a card and compared the X3 to my current player, a Colorfly C4. I only used my primary headphones, orthodynamic Smeggy Thunderpants (50 ohm). These are low sensitivity headphones, though not as low as some others.

 

Bass: Same quantity. The X3 is better controlled which is important as the Thunderpants can get a bit flabby with some amplification.

 

Mids: More difference here. The Colorfly is more prominent (I think this is why some people have called the X3 "thin"). I prefer the X3. If you have compared electrostatic phones to dynamic ones you will know what I am talking about. The X3 is an electrostatic, the Colorfly a dynamic. To me this results in a less fatiguing sound.

 

Highs: Similar in tonal balance. The X3 is less edgy (and the Colorfly is itself one of the smoother DAPs).

 

Imaging: The X3 is more precisely focused, the Colorfly more diffuse. Not enough of a difference to be very significant.

 

Power: X3 wins hands down. Set to high gain, has much more headroom and shows little signs of strain except at high levels.

 

Looks: While the X3 is a very nice looking unit and substantially made, the Colorfly wins hands down. Can't win everything :-)

 

UI: Haven't really had much time to play with the X3 but the Colorfly has an extremely basic UI and it's hard to believe the X3 won't be better.

 

Storage: Colorfly has 32GB internal and can take a 32GB SD. X3 has 8GB internal and can cake a 64GB microSD.

 

Convenience: X3 is much smaller so better on planes which is where I use a DAP. Only downside is the X3 only has a 1/8" jack (Colorfly has a 1/4" also). Anyone know of a well made but not over-priced flexible 14" to 1/8" adapter? I could make my own but 1/4" inline jacks are not too common.

 

Conclusion: Except for looks except for looks and the lack of a 1/4" jack (which wouldn't have fit in the case)  the X3 wins in every instance. So a $200 DAP beats (at least with my 'phones' and my tastes) a $750 one. I will be selling my Colorfly. I will start with using a 32GB card and will go to a 64GB with the next firmware release,


Edited by sbradley02 - 8/18/13 at 11:11am
post #3828 of 17129
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Originally Posted by bowei006 View Post

No it can not

Thanks, can any DACs be used for that purpose? That would seem to add a lot of value, especially considering the storage capacity of a laptop which allows people to have their entire collection in lossless. 

post #3829 of 17129
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Edited by sbradley02 - 8/10/13 at 3:01pm
post #3830 of 17129
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Originally Posted by sbradley02 View Post

 

Anyone know of a well made but not over-priced flexible 14" to 1/8" adapter? I could make my own but 1/4" inline jacks are not too common.

 

I think the Grado adaptor is your best bet. :)

post #3831 of 17129
I promised i would look into the 64GB card issue/bug, as soon as i would get the X3.

I still haven't received it, and i'm really hoping i'll get it tuesday (growing rather impatient, with all of you already playing with them)

-CH23
post #3832 of 17129
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Originally Posted by MrScratch View Post

 

I think the Grado adaptor is your best bet. :)

I found that one, but decided to go with the Cardas, which I think is a bit overpriced but I prefer the right angled plug.

post #3833 of 17129
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Originally Posted by sbradley02 View Post

 

My X3 arrived today. I put some of my favorite FLACs on a card and compared the X3 to my current player, a Colorfly C4. I only used my primary headphones, orthodynamic Smeggy Thunderpants (50 ohm). These are low sensitivity headphones, though not as low as some others.

 

Bass: Same quantity. The X3 is better controlled which is important as the Thunderpants can get a bit flabby with some amplification.

 

Mids: More difference here. The Colorfly is more prominent (I think this is why some people have called the X3 "thin"). I prefer the X3. If you have compared electrostatic phones to dynamic ones you will know what I am talking about. The X3 is an electrostatic, the Colorfly a dynamic. To me this results in a less fatiguing sound.

 

Highs: Similar in tonal balance. The X3 is less edgy (and the Colorfly is itself one of the smoother DAPs).

 

Imaging: The X3 is more precisely focused, the Colorfly more diffuse. Not enough of a difference to be very significant.

 

Power: X3 wins hands down. Set to high gain, has much more headroom and shows no signs of strain at very high levels.

 

Looks: While the X3 is a very nice looking unit and substantially made, the Colorfly wins hands down. Can't win everything :-)

 

UI: Haven't really had much time to play with the X3 but the Colorfly has an extremely basic UI and it's hard to believe the X3 won't be better.

 

Storage: Colorfly has 32GB internal and can take a 32GB SD. X3 has 8GB internal and can cake a 64GB microSD.

 

Convenience: X3 is much smaller so better on planes which is where I use a DAP. Only downside is the X3 only has a 1/8" jack (Colorfly has a 1/4" also). Anyone know of a well made but not over-priced flexible 14" to 1/8" adapter? I could make my own but 1/4" inline jacks are not too common.

 

Conclusion: Except for looks except for looks and the lack of a 1/4" jack (which wouldn't have fit in the case)  the X3 wins in every instance. So a $200 DAP beats (at least with my 'phones' and my tastes) a $750 one. I will be selling my Colorfly. I will start with using a 32GB card and will go to a 64GB with the next firmware release,

 

In my experience, it gets better clarity if you use a line out to a JDS labs c5 (setting the c5 to low gain), stronger bass too.


Edited by chengsta - 8/10/13 at 4:08pm
post #3834 of 17129

Im sure its already posted somewhere in the 3500 pages here, but i cannot figure out how to random play all of my music. It wil  random pkay a album but not all albums, otherwise this paired with my vsonic gr07BE or my hifiman re 262s are simply bliss, I will never leave home with out them. Also had problems with my 64 gb card but pulled the 32 gb from my note 2 plugged it in and worked perfectly.

post #3835 of 17129
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Originally Posted by chengsta View Post

 

In my experience, it gets better clarity if you use a line out to a JDS labs c5 (setting the c5 to low gain), stronger bass too.

Line Out has more clarity for me as well. 

post #3836 of 17129
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Originally Posted by howdy View Post

Im sure its already posted somewhere in the 3500 pages here, but i cannot figure out how to random play all of my music. It wil  random pkay a album but not all albums, otherwise this paired with my vsonic gr07BE or my hifiman re 262s are simply bliss, I will never leave home with out them. Also had problems with my 64 gb card but pulled the 32 gb from my note 2 plugged it in and worked perfectly.

Go all the way back to the root menu. Go to Play All, and set play mode to Random. 

post #3837 of 17129
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Originally Posted by sbradley02 View Post




My X3 arrived today. I put some of my favorite FLACs on a card and compared the X3 to my current player, a Colorfly C4. I only used my primary headphones, orthodynamic Smeggy Thunderpants (50 ohm). These are low sensitivity headphones, though not as low as some others.

Bass: Same quantity. The X3 is better controlled which is important as the Thunderpants can get a bit flabby with some amplification.

Mids: More difference here. The Colorfly is more prominent (I think this is why some people have called the X3 "thin"). I prefer the X3. If you have compared electrostatic phones to dynamic ones you will know what I am talking about. The X3 is an electrostatic, the Colorfly a dynamic. To me this results in a less fatiguing sound.

Highs: Similar in tonal balance. The X3 is less edgy (and the Colorfly is itself one of the smoother DAPs).

Imaging: The X3 is more precisely focused, the Colorfly more diffuse. Not enough of a difference to be very significant.

Power: X3 wins hands down. Set to high gain, has much more headroom and shows no signs of strain at very high levels.

Looks: While the X3 is a very nice looking unit and substantially made, the Colorfly wins hands down. Can't win everything :-)

UI: Haven't really had much time to play with the X3 but the Colorfly has an extremely basic UI and it's hard to believe the X3 won't be better.

Storage: Colorfly has 32GB internal and can take a 32GB SD. X3 has 8GB internal and can cake a 64GB microSD.

Convenience: X3 is much smaller so better on planes which is where I use a DAP. Only downside is the X3 only has a 1/8" jack (Colorfly has a 1/4" also). Anyone know of a well made but not over-priced flexible 14" to 1/8" adapter? I could make my own but 1/4" inline jacks are not too common.

Conclusion: Except for looks except for looks and the lack of a 1/4" jack (which wouldn't have fit in the case)  the X3 wins in every instance. So a $200 DAP beats (at least with my 'phones' and my tastes) a $750 one. I will be selling my Colorfly. I will start with using a 32GB card and will go to a 64GB with the next firmware release,


Does Colorfly allow Line Out or CoAxial output like X3?
post #3838 of 17129
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Originally Posted by bowei006 View Post

Go all the way back to the root menu. Go to Play All, and set play mode to Random. 

maybe there not tagged right but it is randomly playing  the free cd that came with it.

post #3839 of 17129
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Originally Posted by boombobby289 View Post


Does Colorfly allow Line Out or CoAxial output like X3?

http://www.colorfly.eu/product_index.html

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Originally Posted by howdy View Post

maybe there not tagged right but it is randomly playing  the free cd that came with it.

What seems to be the problem?

post #3840 of 17129

It would be cool if we can change tracks and volume without having the screen turn on. Would be a great way to save on battery life :). 

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