Originally Posted by Canaudio
OK and thanks for your input. I admit to being sceptical; I figured fat32 is fat32, but I saved all my music to my computer and formatted both cards in the X5 then re-copied all my files back to the respective cards (a tiresomely slow process). So far I have not experienced any play back issues with the 192 and 96 24 bit files that were troublesome before. I still wonder why this problem may have appeared over time; initially there was not an issue with this non X5 fat 32 format. I wonder whether the fact that I added and moved some folders from card to card could be a factor? Now that I have re-formatted and re-copied I assume all the files are contiguous, perhaps that might help with payback?
Glad you got it going!
My best guess would be, as I hinted earlier, the allocation unit size. There is always a trade off between space and speed when formatting a drive. For example, an allocation unit size of 512kb (less space used for data) will be much slower than an allocation unit size of 4096kb (more 'slack' for reasonable operating speed). I'm not a computer tech wiz or anything, just my observations when formatting drives. As the card fills up there's less performance 'wiggle room'.
The X3 went through soooo many growing pains simply because everyone had to format their cards with their own software. That's the reason the Fiio devices come with the proper format tool installed.
I just hope other new users can search the thread, read this and follow the advice. If problems still occur then troubleshooting can be focused on the files, tags, and artwork. Edited by x RELIC x - 5/25/14 at 3:50pm