The X3 would sound fine with an active set of speakers connected to it's line out. I use a pair at work for my X3.
Edited by TrollDragon - 3/6/14 at 3:58pm
To the question about the SE535LTD; I use low gain and it sound good. Seems to offer a more granular control over the volume and I usually listen fairly low. But I do not believe it will damage them if you use the high gain setting.
To the question about the line out. There's a lot of power; 2 watts I believe is the number brandied about. I wouldn't try and use it with unpowered speakers, but you have to be careful with the line in on certain speakers. There was talk about head units in cars; and I can confirm that the Sony SRS-BTX300 sounds horrible using the line out with the X3. Lots and lots of distortion because the X3 has too much power.
I received my x3 today and so far, it sounds really good.
Very easy to use! I updated firmware and just copying my music over.
As others have said, it doesn't sound like a $200 DAP.
The build quality is not at the level as the AK 100 & 120 but the sound is amazing!
I sometimes use my X3 with line out directly to a small pair of active studio monitors. Works with no problems and excellent sound (M-Audio BX5 D2).
Hope this helps.
I am very much tempted to throw some more hard-earned money on the X5, but my X3 is less than 8 weeks old. Another uncomfortable thought I have is, if I do succumbed to the X5, then I may "need" to upgrade my HD558 to something better. Though the HD600 or the HD650 are in my sight.
My more than half-a-century ears prefer mostly classical and movie soundtracks with some vocals, mostly female, with some 80's and 70's R&B.
Any suggestions for something close to the cost of an X5 - $360 in our current exchange rate from this part of the planet - that will bring up a noticeable improvement on the SQ I am now enjoying with my X3?
Of course, I can just minimize my lurking around here and just settle down and enjoy my X3 for a few more months...
I just picked up an X3 last week from someone here on head-fi and I am shocked at how good this thing sounds. I have always liked Fiio gear because I can afford it and they sound good, but this X3 is way better sounding than I thought it would be. Everything sounds good, hi-rez, regular rez, any rez will do I'm really surprised and super happy I have a portable kick ass little player. I'm disabled and try to walk as much as I can when the weather permits and I'm in heaven with this baby in my pocket....getting old sucks sometimes but stuff like this keeps my skinny ass going!! Enjoy the weekend folks!!!!