Well, my X3 arrived from mp4nation today.
I have only had time to listen to 2 genres (Flac 16/44)
Joni Mitchell: Hijera
Hans Zimmer: Inception Soundtrack.
Both flat eq.
64gig sandisc sdxc
Gapless ON ( and working in limited testing)
I only have my Monitoring headphones here - sen HD280 pro, but I know where I stand with them.
First impressions, warm but not muddily so. I enjoyed hearing some of the sheen on Joni's acoustic - around 5khz at a guess, and REALLY enjoyed the brass on inception (6-7khz).
Inception is pretty heavy on the lows, so I was extremely happy with how the X3 maintained instrumental separation and width here, especially given the prevallent frequency swamping <40hz.
Um.....not sure what else to say, except that I REALLY LIKE IT!
I am extremely happy, a discreet band eq would be wonderfull yes, and I hope it will come in a future fw, but out of the box......bloody brilliant little thing
Very excited to hear some higher sampled symphonic works as well as a few mp3's.
Very nice it comes with screen protector already attached (and spares) - so simple, but a great touch, thanks Fiio.