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post #9886 of 17125
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I went out on Monday to my local Hi-End dealer and voila, he got one single X3 left! Of course I couldn't resist and bought it. It came with FW2.05. After one day of testing with my AKG K167, AKG K701 and my Sennheiser i8 IEM's, I found, that it sounded quite good...a little on the bright side with reduced bass but with a fairly impressive soundstage. I follow this thread since two weeks and nearly all of you who already tested out FW2.14b (incl. volume mod) were really stunned over improved sq and responsiveness of the X3. So I decided to flash the beta FW yesterday evening. Ok Ok, don't punish me because I'm not an official beta-tester (though I would like to be^^), but I'd love to share my initial impressions of the 2.14b+vol.mod:

 

The sound is destinctly warmer and bass, as well as sub-bass is enhanced. This makes the player more fun to listen to, in comparison with FW2.05. But what I'm missing now is soundstage and this kind of "crystal clear" sound signature of the FW2.05. For my listening habits, I had to previously set the bass to +3 with FW2.05 and now with FW2.14b i have to reduce bass to -1....but that doesn't bring back the better soundstage. In the end, I'm not sure yet if the actual 2.14b is a keeper. I'll test this FW now for the rest of the week and than maybe try out the FW2.1 or go back to the "slower" 2.05.!? ...just my 2c^^

 

Wow, that's odd.  You have the opposite reaction as most of us to 2.14b.  Most who've weighed in on 2.14 find it is more neutral, with more controlled lows, crisp highs, and wider soundstage.

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yes, that's odd...i agree. maybe the sound signature of FW2.05 with it's emphasis on the upper mids and highs (?) introduces a psychoacoustical effect which I misinterpreted as "a wider soundstage"? I don't know, I just have to listen more...as I said, that was my initial impression only.

 

Hmm, 2.14b sounding more neutral with more controlled lows...that I also might agree on. :-) But crisp highs and wider soundstage, so far I cannot hear that compared to FW2.05.

Anyway, I find that extremely cool that we can test out different firmwares for their abilities and sound signatures...and so many likeminded people here to discuss the results!

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Originally Posted by droid23 View Post
 

yes, that's odd...i agree. maybe the sound signature of FW2.05 with it's emphasis on the upper mids and highs (?) introduces a psychoacoustical effect which I misinterpreted as "a wider soundstage"? I don't know, I just have to listen more...as I said, that was my initial impression only.

 

Hmm, 2.14b sounding more neutral with more controlled lows...that I also might agree on. :-) But crisp highs and wider soundstage, so far I cannot hear that compared to FW2.05.

Anyway, I find that extremely cool that we can test out different firmwares for their abilities and sound signatures...and so many likeminded people here to discuss the results!

 

Sounds like you're ready to join the beta testers!

post #9889 of 17125
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Wow, that's odd.  You have the opposite reaction as most of us to 2.14b.  Most who've weighed in on 2.14 find it is more neutral, with more controlled lows, crisp highs, and wider soundstage.

I think this may be related to which headphones you are using. I tested 2.14b with AKG K550 and found it did provide better SQ and wider soundstage, making using the headphones more enjoyable. However, with Sony MA900, which already has a super-wide soundstage, I found the resulting soundstage is less defined and high is more receded. 

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Originally Posted by SWLIU View Post

I think this may be related to which headphones you are using. I tested 2.14b with AKG K550 and found it did provide better SQ and wider soundstage, making using the headphones more enjoyable. However, with Sony MA900, which already has a super-wide soundstage, I found the resulting soundstage is less defined and high is more receded. 

Interesting. I *think* I tried 2.14b out with my HE-400 and was really impressed with the sound signature.
post #9891 of 17125
Regarding toggling USB charging on/off:

Please note that a bug being "confirmed" in bugzilla just means it is confirmed that the bug is an actual issue or that the proposed enhancement would be nice to have. The "confirmed" flag could also be set simply by having enough people vote for it. It doesn't say anything about whether said feature is at all possible redface.gif If a bug has been set to "IN_PROGRESS", that's when the devs regard a feature / bug as potentially fixable and are working on fixing / implementing it. I don't know what to do about the universal misunderstanding about the "confirmed" status so I have disabled "confirming a bug by popular vote" for now. redface.gif Bugs that were confirmed in this manner in the past will remain confirmed, however.
post #9892 of 17125

Joe,

 

Point noted.  Well, I sure hope the USB power option is both doable and moves to "in progrerss" satus.

post #9893 of 17125
Since 2.14 came out, the amount of posts on this forum skyrocketed. I know this is a lazy request, but would anyone be kind enough to point out where to download the current 2.14 firmware? I have to admit curiosity is getting the best of me.
post #9894 of 17125
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Originally Posted by Saoshyant View Post

Since 2.14 came out, the amount of posts on this forum skyrocketed. I know this is a lazy request, but would anyone be kind enough to point out where to download the current 2.14 firmware? I have to admit curiosity is getting the best of me.

Official 2.14 http://www.head-fi.org/t/651769/the-fiio-x3-thread/9360#post_10488632

Unofficial with excellent volume mod (recommended): http://www.head-fi.org/t/651769/the-fiio-x3-thread/9405#post_10489378

post #9895 of 17125
Thankya
post #9896 of 17125
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Originally Posted by Saoshyant View Post

Since 2.14 came out, the amount of posts on this forum skyrocketed. I know this is a lazy request, but would anyone be kind enough to point out where to download the current 2.14 firmware? I have to admit curiosity is getting the best of me.
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Originally Posted by randomhfier View Post
 

Official 2.14 http://www.head-fi.org/t/651769/the-fiio-x3-thread/9360#post_10488632

Unofficial with excellent volume mod (recommended): http://www.head-fi.org/t/651769/the-fiio-x3-thread/9405#post_10489378

 

Please do note, these are BETA versions of the 2.14 FW.  Therefore, it should have a "2.14b" tag on them.

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Judging by the posts here, I am guessing that I am in the minority.

 

But is anyone here experiencing any peakiness in the upper midrange with the 2.14 Beta firmware?  I am experiencing it no matter what earphones I use: HiFiMan RE-400, Yamaha EPH-100, Philips SHE3590, JVC HA-FXT90, Brainwavz ProAlpha, even Vsonic GR99 (which are pretty warm earphones).  Specifically, it feels like the crack of snare drums, the smack of the beaters on bass drums, the bite of bass guitars, and the upper range of female vocals are more forward than the rest of the music.

post #9898 of 17125
Ah, I assumed the b referred to a revision b of the beta FW. And yes, I'm aware its the beta, just getting quite curious about it.
post #9899 of 17125

Guys i am on fw2.1 i have just bought my x3,there might be a bug when ever i play an album when i play a song on the album and go back the list of songs just disappear i find myself back to the main menu again so annoying as i cant pick a song.... 

post #9900 of 17125

I personally think these sound perceptive is really down to the person experiencing the sonic signals from the X3 and their chosen headphones.  Personal taste, environment, cables, and even health of a person listening makes a difference in the perception of sound.  I respect both camps of thoughts on how the new 2.14b sounded.  I personally have found even a different time of day, altitude (yes, altitude. The subway or a high-rise building) do makes some minor difference in sonic perception of the music I'm listening to.  Every ear is different, every ear channel is different. (That's why custom in-ear can't be used by other people)  When sound traveling down each person's ear channel will be slightly different because of the different of the curvature on each person's ear.  It is completely normal for each person to perceptive the sonic signature a little bit differently with others.

 

If I'm wrong, I apologize.  As I am just an amateur sound guy at my local church.  It is just a thought that I had for a while and would like to share with you all.

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