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thanks bud!

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thanks bud!

 

   

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My favourite pathway at present is Flac files through the X5 line out to my Little Dot with Mullard tubes and then into my AKG K702's, I am hearing whole new layers of complexity in songs that I have listened to since the mid seventies. I just wish I had something like this when I was in my teens/twenties!!

 

I'm with you!  I've posted this before in this thread, but the X5 Line Out is amazing!  Anyone who hasn't tried listening to the X5's PCM1792A DAC section via the Line Out to their best Head-Fi or Hi-Fi amp, needs to give it a try. 

 

I was a Beta tester for the OPPO HA-1 (in other words, I've had one since December of last year) and I consider the X5's PCM1792A DAC implementation to be superior to the ESS9018 implementation of the HA-1 for use with the HA-1 amp balanced out to HD800.  The HA-1's DAC is somewhat "lifeless" compared to the natural, organic sound of the X5's DAC - which is just the cure for the HD800's normally bright signature, taming the treble, without any reduction in detail, injecting bass that literally growls with texture, great dynamics, and having a "realness" that's hard to describe - recordings just grab me emotionally much more than the HA-1's ESS9018 can with the HD800. 

 

Thanks to the X5's Line Out, I'm actually using my HD800 for listening to and enjoying music, rather than just keeping it as a microscope for analyzing the resolution of upstream components. 

 

That said, for headphones that aren't as bright and analytical as the HD800, such as my LCD-2, the HA-1's ESS9018 DAC does a fine job.

 

My thanks to to x RELIC x for infecting me with the idea of trying the X5 Line Out > HA-1.

:beerchug:

 

But I've also found the following portable HD800 chains are great, too, thanks to the X5 Line Out:

 

X5 Line Out > 15V-powered Meier Audio Stepdance > HD800

X5 Line Out > 16V-powered iBasso PB2 balanced out > HD800  (with the PB2 using OPA1612 duals + dummy buffers).

 

Mike

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^^ I actually don't mind the X5 driving the HD800 directly for casual listening. 

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Originally Posted by zilch0md View Post

I'm with you!  I've posted this before in this thread, but the X5 Line Out is amazing!  Anyone who hasn't tried listening to the X5's PCM1792A DAC section via the Line Out to their best Head-Fi or Hi-Fi amp, needs to give it a try. 

I was a Beta tester for the OPPO HA-1 (in other words, I've had one since December of last year) and I consider the X5's PCM1792A DAC implementation to be superior to the ESS9018 implementation of the HA-1 for use with the HA-1 amp balanced out to HD800.  The HA-1's DAC is somewhat "lifeless" compared to the natural, organic sound of the X5's DAC - which is just the cure for the HD800's normally bright signature, taming the treble, without any reduction in detail, injecting bass that literally growls with texture, great dynamics, and having a "realness" that's hard to describe - recordings just grab me emotionally much more than the HA-1's ESS9018 can with the HD800. 

Thanks to the X5's Line Out, I'm actually using my HD800 for listening to and enjoying music, rather than just keeping it as a microscope for analyzing the resolution of upstream components. 

That said, for headphones that aren't as bright and analytical as the HD800, such as my LCD-2, the HA-1's ESS9018 DAC does a fine job.

My thanks to to x RELIC x for infecting me with the idea of trying the X5 Line Out > HA-1.
beerchug.gif

But I've also found the following portable HD800 chains are great, too, thanks to the X5 Line Out:

X5 Line Out > 15V-powered Meier Audio Stepdance > HD800
X5 Line Out > 16V-powered iBasso PB2 balanced out > HD800  (with the PB2 using OPA1612 duals + dummy buffers).

Mike

Hey, no problem! beerchug.gif

Sometimes I feel the exact opposite as you with the HA-1. With the LCD-XC I really enjoy the X5 coaxial out to the HA-1 as I find the ESS9018 to bring forward so many layers and details in the instruments compared to the PCM1792A.

BUT, I agree that the line out is very good for a DAP. I also feel the line out to HA-1 is more musical and helps to fill out the body of the music with a more present low end. Very natural sounding and still packed with clarity.

What I like the best about the X5 to the HA-1 is the choice to use coaxial or line out, depending on mood, and feel like I'm not missing out either way.
Edited by x RELIC x - 6/18/14 at 9:34pm
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^ Oh, that's right.  :p

 

You got me going with the idea of using the X5's coaxial out, and that is indeed what I had tried first, but it didn't take long for me to discover that the X5's line out was the "cure" for my finicky HD800, which had haunted me since first getting them back in December - mostly due to my unwillingness to buy a good tube amp for it. 

 

I want to make it clear that the HA-1's ESS9018 is a great DAC, to be sure - it's just not what the HD800 needs when connected to a truly neutral and transparent solid state amp - at least not for my tastes.  

 

Thanks again!

 

Mike 

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On older firmware pressing the OK button woke up the player from charging mode but I thought this has been changed to the power button as of FW2.0?

I can now do this on 2.02b with the power button. So that's fine! Never seemed to be able to do it on 2.0 but I can't confirm now as I've no need to go back to 2.0. Thanks

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Originally Posted by Muenchener View Post
 

I was –and still am– very critical of both the X5 and the way FiiO manages some issues. But, the X5 is a great DAP, and I am enjoying it more and more everyday, even with its issues. I don't think there's a better DAP for the money, and the 2 mSD slots and OTG storage makes the X5 the most expandable of all medium/high-fi DAPs out there.
Be aware that, as it happens with most DAPs, the X5 pairs better with some headphones than with others. 
Go ahead and buy yourself some portable audio goodness. The X5 is worth it.

I couldn't agree more.  I am more than happy with my X5.  I've played a number of formats and think .FLAC is the best option for me.

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Not as small as meenova but an interesting option for OTG

 http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00HVZ90OO/ref=noref?ie=UTF8&psc=1&s=computers

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I'm quite happy with the X5 as a value point DAP but can't help but wonder how it stacks up to higher end offerings.

I'm absolutely loving the fact that I don't have to refresh my entire music library every time I add one song to my MicroSD.

I tried the Hifiman hm801 and wasn't nearly as impressed with it as I am with the X5.

Anyone have a comparison of the X3 to X5?
My friend doesn't feel like splurging for an X5 but has only had the opportunity to try the X5 (mine) so if someone can point me to a straight comparison that'd be great smily_headphones1.gif
Edited by GL1TCH3D - 6/19/14 at 5:33am
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Originally Posted by GL1TCH3D View Post

I'm quite happy with the X5 as a value point DAP but can't help but wonder how it stacks up to higher end offerings.

I'm absolutely loving the fact that I don't have to refresh my entire music library every time I add one song to my MicroSD.

I tried the Hifiman hm801 and wasn't nearly as impressed with it as I am with the X5.

Anyone have a comparison of the X3 to X5?
My friend doesn't feel like splurging for an X5 but has only had the opportunity to try the X5 (mine) so if someone can point me to a straight comparison that'd be great smily_headphones1.gif

My wife has an X3; I bought it for her earlier this year, around the time the X5 was rumoured but not available.  I had the X5 delivered last week.  Now we have both it's interesting to compare our thoughts.

 

She likes the boom boom bang of the X3, I like the clarity and control of the X5.  Having said that, she only really uses the X3 when working out so likes the background rhythm.  Interestingly, for the first 24hrs we both preferred the X3, after that time the X5 really woke itself up and now I am totally sold.  The wife also likes the X5 more and more for actually listening to music.  Bigger sound, more clarity, lots of layers, greater control.  I find her looking for the X5 more and more.  :-)

 

Having said all that, the X3 is pretty good, smaller, lighter and easier to carry around in her bag.

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Edited by krayziehustler - 6/19/14 at 8:41am
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Originally Posted by zilch0md View Post
 

^ Oh, that's right.  :p

 

You got me going with the idea of using the X5's coaxial out, and that is indeed what I had tried first, but it didn't take long for me to discover that the X5's line out was the "cure" for my finicky HD800, which had haunted me since first getting them back in December - mostly due to my unwillingness to buy a good tube amp for it. 

 

I want to make it clear that the HA-1's ESS9018 is a great DAC, to be sure - it's just not what the HD800 needs when connected to a truly neutral and transparent solid state amp - at least not for my tastes.  

 

Thanks again!

 

Mike 

That's interesting what you say about the HD800.  Usually people go with Tube amps for the 800 because it cuts off the treble spikes I believe as SS amps are a bit on the cool side so the 800 would probably sound bright.  I guess X5 is not on the bright side then.  I'm guessing 800 doesn't like sharp forward treble.  I thought X5 had forward details, like standing out, but I guess that's different from forward sharp treble.

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excuse the dust, however, for those interested on the pelican case (1020) it fits the X5 plus amp (with right angled jacks) perfectly...



Well recommended smily_headphones1.gif
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Hi Folks, 

 

I have an issue with my Fiio X5 that i'd like to get to your attention. Or maybe it's just a simple question : does the X5 (FW 2.0) supports 128gb microSD cards ? When i use 2X64Gb cards i have no issues filling them up with Flac and DSD and building the library, but when i use my Samsung 128Gb microSD (alone or with another 32 or 64gb card) i can't build the library, it stops after scanning a few folders and leaves me with a truncated library even if in browser mode i can see all the files and folders Have you experienced that as well ? I tried may different formating for the 128gb card (all based on FAT32) and had no success (the card itself was tested and has no errors). 

Any idea or similar experience?  

SoundSquare

 

I'm just catching up with old posts so apologies if someone else has responded to this.  As far as I am aware, Samsung do not manufacture a 128GB micro SD card.  There were some fakes sold on Amazon UK and 3 users commented on them being fakes.

This could explain your problems with your files as fake 128gb cards often have a true capacity of about 4gb.  Do a test with the freeware program "h2testw"  It takes about 3 hours but will report any problems with the card.

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-Essential-Memory-without-Adapter/dp/B00H0J8PTW                  FAKE SAMSUNG LINK

 

http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/H2testw-Download-149366.html                                          h2testw  DOWNLOAD LINK

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