Originally Posted by F900EX
Personally, I'll be shocked if the X3 outshines the J3 in the SQ department. I think the J3 WOULD be lifeless without Jeteffect 3.0 and BBE+, IMO this is what really makes the J3 worth it, using JE3.0 and BBE (personal taste) it's the difference between day and night.
The other thing ( for me ) that comes to mind, is when someone mentions FiiO, I think, good company, good CEO, good prices, the products I've owned from them I have been happy with, but I have never been Wowed by them. I'm sure some people will think that I am forgetting about the price your paying, This might be true, but I own other products that were in the same price point and my expectations were surpassed, Blox would be a good example and even the Cowon J3.
Maybe I'm wrong but it would seem that FiiO are relying on the hardware to bring out the sound from the X3. And if that's the case, I don't feel that will be enough for the X3 to be a J3 killer, it maybe a little unfair for me to say this, but I guess I am going on from past experience from other audio products ... Plus going from the endless 60hrs of battery life to 10hr-15hrs at best might be an issue for me.
So when lol turokrocks states that the J3 will sound "Lifeless" compared to the X3......
You don't know how much I want to get excited, but experience tells me, let's just wait and see or hear in this case :)
I have/had many DAPS, including the J3, and if I wanted to arrange them from top (best) to bottom, the J3 is the last....
The T51 easily outshines it in SQ by a big margin, and from what I can tell by ClieOS updates, logic dictates X3 will also better it.
The only department that J3 outshines others is the 53+ battery life....that's it. It was a "sup_bar" dap, with a nice UI, but as I mentioned , it was lacking everything, and I am talking in Hardware wise SQ, with all the BBE and Jet-effect, it will "Cheat" and make the sound "Better" for some, but not for me, as it made mu music (flac) artificial, which I did not like.
As you said, we should hear at the end...and then decide....