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post #9691 of 17129
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Originally Posted by good sound View Post
 

Have installed the 2.14 beta firmware. Positive impressions for the change in sound for the most part. Quicker tighter  bass, much better dynamics and so forth but I kind of miss the warmth as now some stuff can sound a little thin and the volume even with my very efficient Audiofly AF-78's is too low even at max volume. Tried high gain but didn't like what appears to be some added harshness with that setting compared to the low gain setting..Oh, well will have to start playing around with and mapping out some EQ settings for individual files. Does the new beta firmware support DSD playback as it is right now or will that feature not be available until the final version?

I would have to agree with you about some of the change in sound....the previous firmware was more analogue sounding like a vintage tube amp with limited range in both top and bottom frequencies and all the glory going to the mid range...which is great for vocals and acoustic music...

 

I liken the latest firmware update to a modern tube amp...more control on the extremes, a little more spacious and detailed but at a slight cost to the midcentric sound of the previous firmware....

 

This also depends on your earbuds or headphones and how they counter-balance the current X3 sound...

post #9692 of 17129

Did you answer your own question davidcotton? I have two currently traveling to my door from Amazon US. They offered the option to order them again many weeks ago saying they would not charge until they shipped. I ordered two and they are on their way. No help for you in the UK I suppose.

post #9693 of 17129

The FiiO website has a nice new feature: a firmware repository page for all versions of firmware for both the X5 and the X3, featuring the new 2.0 version for the X5.

 

Much easier to use than the old Download page.

post #9694 of 17129

The new firmware (beta)  sounds great...  if you want to add more impact/warmth back to the X3 may I suggest you connect the line out to the E12 with the bass boost set to on...  low gain..

Fantastic SQ...

post #9695 of 17129
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Originally Posted by Dixter View Post

The new firmware (beta)  sounds great...  if you want to add more impact/warmth back to the X3 may I suggest you connect the line out to the E12 with the bass boost set to on...  low gain..
Fantastic SQ...

How would you compare the soundstage of the new firmware compare to the ibasso dx50?
post #9696 of 17129
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Originally Posted by Dixter View Post
 

The new firmware (beta)  sounds great...  if you want to add more impact/warmth back to the X3 may I suggest you connect the line out to the E12 with the bass boost set to on...  low gain..

Fantastic SQ...

or warmer amp than the E12 ..... there is a lot of warm amps out there

post #9697 of 17129

So i have had a decent read through this thread, although time limted me from getting through to full 684 page edition. I am fairly certain i am going to purchase one of these to drive either a set of NAD HP50's, V-Moda M100, AKG 545 or Mad Dogs (although seems like they may be a bit too thirsty). I'll be using is withouta standalone amp.

Its first big test will be a 6 week trip around Europe with a bunch of flights an layovers etc and then return to general public transport use once i get back home.I guess my question is this: out of the box what is the user experience like? It seems like there is an issue with crashing on the newer firmware but the sound is improved? Is there a consensus on what the most stable firmware is?

Cheers, Ethathehare

 

post #9698 of 17129
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I would say the difference in sound between one and the other is not great. I would not like to try to correctly identify each in a double blind test. I like both and haven't picked a favorite yet. If all you need is 64 the choice is easy.

 

If one would compare the two to each other, I guess one would end up with this:

 

X5: lush, less dynamics (-> too 'friendly'), stage slightly blurred

X3 (2.14b): explosive dynamics, revealing, good balance (way better than before), almost perfect stage (width/depth & instrument position/size)

 

I think :)

post #9699 of 17129
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Originally Posted by ethathehare View Post
 

So i have had a decent read through this thread, although time limted me from getting through to full 684 page edition. I am fairly certain i am going to purchase one of these to drive either a set of NAD HP50's, V-Moda M100, AKG 545 or Mad Dogs (although seems like they may be a bit too thirsty). I'll be using is withouta standalone amp.

Its first big test will be a 6 week trip around Europe with a bunch of flights an layovers etc and then return to general public transport use once i get back home.I guess my question is this: out of the box what is the user experience like? It seems like there is an issue with crashing on the newer firmware but the sound is improved? Is there a consensus on what the most stable firmware is?

Cheers, Ethathehare

 

the new firmware is BETA for developers  ... not the official one ...the older official one is stable and has more warm sound ..... the next official upgrade will be soon .....and it will make the x3 a new device .... wait and see

post #9700 of 17129
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Originally Posted by Marlene View Post
 

 

If one would compare the two to each other, I guess one would end up with this:

 

X5: lush, less dynamics (-> too 'friendly'), stage slightly blurred

X3 (2.14b): explosive dynamics, revealing, good balance (way better than before), almost perfect stage (width/depth & instrument position/size)

 

I think :)

yes as a user of iem ...and from my experience i can confirm that the depth improved .... the balance improved ,,, i can't comment on the width ... but sound now is more clear and clean ...i was considering to mod the amp section of x3 but after that firmware sound .... it make me think again 

post #9701 of 17129
@ethathehare: Put on 2.14 beta. It's the best sounding firmware so far. Just keep a toothpick or paperclip handy smily_headphones1.gif.
post #9702 of 17129
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Originally Posted by nmatheis View Post

@ethathehare: Put on 2.14 beta. It's the best sounding firmware so far. Just keep a toothpick or paperclip handy smily_headphones1.gif.

 

you can contact Joe blogger and ask for the 2.16beta version. 

post #9703 of 17129
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Originally Posted by Gabriel12 View Post


How would you compare the soundstage of the new firmware compare to the ibasso dx50?


Sorry... I don't have a DX50..

post #9704 of 17129
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Originally Posted by Dixter View Post


Sorry... I don't have a DX50..
That's fine man. Thanks btw. smily_headphones1.gif
post #9705 of 17129
Can someone confirm if the new fw will make the sq of x3 better than the dx50 based on your own opinions. smily_headphones1.gif
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