Originally Posted by elafrican
I know that considering the price, this is a good DAP, but I've been reading some negative feedback about it. Is it worth it? Or some of the negative feedback is more subjective than objective(not a bad thing, everyone has their own preferences).
In conclusion, as a starting gear I should say, considering I'm switching from an iPhone is the best for the job? Are there other starter products you recommend?
Well, in sonic quality, it IS a major step up. You will really notice a difference. (I came from the same place).
Really it will have much to do with your Source Files. If the majority is average, below average mp3, then no, probably not much of a step except perhaps in separation.
If they are lossless then yes, big difference.
I made the decision after much deliberation. I am overall pleased that I did, it forces me to look at my library and the methods of rip.
The details I hear are more correct, much more subtle and were way above the ipod classics I tried. MUCH less fatiguing than the 6thgen. (not fatiguing at all so far).
Nuance and sonic separation alone made the difference for me.
However, the firmware is work in progress...... There are issues, I have not had any M4a files NOT play - and they all sound great - but the tagging in "Genre" did not work well for me. (kept showing up as unknown).
As I use "Genre" a lot it's - an irritation for me.
Gapless has been fine for me.
I use a 64 gig sandisc class 10 microSD, no problems, filled so far to about 40+ gig.
It will take you a while to adjust from the "it just works" ipod / iphone.
But again, the sound, man......the sound!
So in short:
Great hardware with some superb options (USB DAC, Digital out, Lo and Hi gain for driving your choice of 'phones).
Some of those options like digital out, hi/lo gain are inversely proportional to your wallet, as you might start becoming an audiophile.
Plays all the formats I have (ALAC, MP3, AAC, FLAC), at all the sample-rates and bit depths - (big bonus).
Not perfect Firmware, but honestly, quite livable with at present depending on your intended use. And there is a support network here, with Fiio themselves, and updates.
The only other option I know of is the iBasso dx50, more "neutral" perhaps, but many more issues from what I can see.
As a starting point I would certainly recommend the X3, despite some teething issues, my ears thanked me for it.
go on..."re-enjoy" some of that music!
......Regyptian Strut by Frank Zappa @ 24/96 anyone?
Edited by Togril - 1/31/14 at 4:17am