Originally Posted by XP_98
Can members who have owned both confirm this ?
I planned to buy an X5 and sell my E17 too...
Originally Posted by ChoonyFish
Yes, this was the plan - however I did read that it didn't sound quite as wonderful as USB DAC than it did using it as DAP source. But with my 42-year-old ears I bet I can't tell the difference........
I've owned an e17 that I sold because of the X3, and sold the X3 because of the X5. Not simply to fund the upgrade, but because of the SQ upgrade made it redundant to hold on to each piece of gear.
The X5 is a lot better than the e17 IMO. The one and only thing I miss is the hardware based bass/treble control.
As a USB DAC the X5 is very good and sounds pretty much the same as a DAP, with the caveat that not all USB ports are created equal. There is inherent noise in computers and that seeps it's way in to the signal path from quite a few USB ports which can cause hiss, pops, clicks, etc..