I'm just going to use dbpoweramp and convert my flac files to alac, lossless is lossless, and run it out the line level dock connector to my e11. I've tried my mp3's that way and it sounded real good. I just need to convert and re rip some now. I'm sure the X3 has some SQ advantages but I like the classic interface. No perfect answers with audio.
The interface is a big, big deal (at least to me) its also about how you use the device, for example: if one drives (a lot), a fast easily visible interface or easily accessible buttons might be preferable. Rockbox is bloody great, but in all honesty, the classic ipod screen o/s is better for my vision. Thats why I ordered an older gen ebay ipod and the x3.....one will go.
My library is about 50/50 flac and alac.
The only thing I don't like about alac is that it's .m4a, which is also how .acc files can show as. So I am (right now!) in the process of checking all my .m4a files.
No....no perfect answer, but seriously, it (your pod) will still sound really nice, especially through the line level....it's the 21st century right?
Edited by Togril - 1/18/14 at 1:45am