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post #8941 of 17128
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Originally Posted by ProtegeManiac View Post
 

 

X3 plays high res, meaning 24-bit 96khz recordings. I'll leave it up to the thread in the sound science forum for you to read and make a decision whether you'd want to try such files, but even for regular 16-bit 44.1khz files, there area  lot of improvements. I have an S3 and played around with an X3 at a hi-fi show last November, so these impressions I have come from about an hour of listening back and forth between both driving my Aurisonics ASG-1.

1. X3 drives my IEMs a lot better. This is very surprising actually, since I assumed that a very efficient IEM presenting a not-stressfully low (to an integrated audio chip, like that on a smartphone) 32ohm load would not improve much, but it does. Dynamic range is noticeably better, with snappier attack and better-controlled decay of the percussion. I can go louder with the X3 but note that I can't really find the limit, nor care to do so, given the S3 can drive it loud without too much distortion than my ears would care to handle. Also I question why the distributor strapped them to some portable amps, when even the AKG Q701 was driven well enough by the X3 on its own.

2. Background noise. The S3's very, very low hiss (on this 32oh load) actually sounds loud by comparison thanks to the noticeably blacker background on the X3. Not even switching to Airplane Mode on the phone can isolate the noise, which means that isn't the problem.

 

3. Better fullrange response. On the S3 the sound is quite dark; if I run a sweep from 20hz to 20khz on it, with the ASG-1 it drops off after 12khz, then disappears at 16khz. The drop is less severe on the X3 (although I'd have to really pump it up to still hear anything above 16khz), and better yet on actual music the treble noticeably opens up. There was more detail to the cymbals, more detail in female vocals, sopranos sound more natural, etc. (Note: an IEM wthat won't drop off as severely as the ASG-1 will not be that bad on a smartphone in this regard; like the Westone 2 for example)

 

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Still, I went home without spending on the X3 for these reasons:

 

1) Right now $200 isn't exactly just disposable for me

 

2) I got a subsidized phone, and along with #1 and the efficiency of the ASG-1, I can live with the smartphone for a while

3) After using iPod wheels and now touchscreens, I didn't enjoy using buttons; that said I didn't find the UI software to be the problem - for me it really was just the input hardware.

 

4) I might usually have a laptop bag or camera bag with me, but I held out for smaller DAPs like the upcoming X1 to go in my other pocket (portable charger goes in the bag with my IEM Otterbox case), considering the X1's output power won't be overkill for my IEMs and I already had a reference amp at home for my HD600 anyway (which uses the Android phone as a USB audio server with a convenient stand, see below).

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Basically, if you don't have the same reasons for not getting that I do, then consider the pros in the first list.

Thanks a lot for the comprehensive comment, it is very helpful

post #8942 of 17128

I've tried the X3 (as a DAC) in both my office and main system and just had to laugh when ya realize that not THAT long ago this level of sound quality wasn't possible via a portable player. Just about every set of cables in either system "retails" (didn't pay retail) for more than the X3 itself. Thus far, I've primarily used the X3 (loaded with nothing but 16 and 24 bit FLAC and WAV files/ 77 albums total) with my B&W P7's along with the FiiO E12 Mont Blanc and it all sounds great together to me...I'm having a blast with it.  

post #8943 of 17128

X3 Suddenly stops finding files on 2 of 3 micro SD cards

 

 

I've been using my X3 with the same three 64 Gig Sandisk Ultra micro SD cards for a while, but not more than 20 times each.  Today when I turned it on, it gave me the file not found error.

 

After experimenting, when I put in any of the three SD micro cards (and when I remove them too), the player says card inserted or ejected, but two of the three will not be read by the player and give the file not found error.

 

I put each in my computer, and the computer will read and play files on all three SD cards.

 

Clues?  Are these tiny cards sensitive to finger oil?

post #8944 of 17128
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Originally Posted by cglenn View Post
 

X3 Suddenly stops finding files on 2 of 3 micro SD cards

 

 

I've been using my X3 with the same three 64 Gig Sandisk Ultra micro SD cards for a while, but not more than 20 times each.  Today when I turned it on, it gave me the file not found error.

 

After experimenting, when I put in any of the three SD micro cards (and when I remove them too), the player says card inserted or ejected, but two of the three will not be read by the player and give the file not found error.

 

I put each in my computer, and the computer will read and play files on all three SD cards.

 

Clues?  Are these tiny cards sensitive to finger oil?

here is some quick tips

try to format the X3 itself then reinstall the firmware

then format the sd card using X3.

put the music back on sd card and see if it works

post #8945 of 17128

Thanks '007.  I copied one file onto the reformatted disk and the player read it.  I'm copying over 2 hours worth now.  BTW, I did format the disk originally in my computer, but I did format to FAT32.

post #8946 of 17128
Are your X3's getting warm to the touch as well? Don't know if this is normal. Mine gets a bit hot after a while when in stays in my bag or pocket while playing.
post #8947 of 17128
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Originally Posted by Chriswhiz View Post

Are your X3's getting warm to the touch as well? Don't know if this is normal. Mine gets a bit hot after a while when in stays in my bag or pocket while playing.

Yup, mine starts to burn up after about a half hour or so. Generally doesn't sit in my bag or pocket either

post #8948 of 17128
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Originally Posted by Richiness View Post
 

Yup, mine starts to burn up after about a half hour or so. Generally doesn't sit in my bag or pocket either

Same here, one time the battery COMPLETELY drained after being on the bottom of my bag for like an hour.  It wouldn't even turn on.

post #8949 of 17128
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Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post

Same here, one time the battery COMPLETELY drained after being on the bottom of my bag for like an hour.  It wouldn't even turn on.
It was obviously playing while draining your battery, right?

Looks like we have an issue.
post #8950 of 17128
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Originally Posted by Chriswhiz View Post


It was obviously playing while draining your battery, right?

Looks like we have an issue.

It was playing, but an hour? I don't approve.

post #8951 of 17128
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Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post

It was playing, but an hour? I don't approve.
Happened to me oncr before while I was updating my library from a 64gb card. I left it updating only to find it turned off, battery drained.
post #8952 of 17128

To be honest, I don't like the new UI which you want to implement. The old one is very nice, old school... easy to navigate with buttons. The new pictures that James posted looks cheap to me and are to be used with scroll or touch pad... 

 

Anyway, So when can we expect the new firmware? I don't understand if we will have new version of the current or a total new one?

post #8953 of 17128
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Originally Posted by Ananasov View PostThe new pictures that James posted looks cheap to me and are to be used with scroll or touch pad... 

Exactly. Reminded me of this cheap coby mp3 player:

post #8954 of 17128
Anyone know if the X3 drains the battery slower if I use it for the coaxial output to an external powered dac?
post #8955 of 17128

Has anyone said when the next firmware will be out for X3 ??

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