Originally Posted by ChoonyFish
About to make a final decision on this - am just about to list my 160GB ipod classic on ebay to raise the final funds for it...
Just need some final decision swingers!
After a recent post regarding its DAC not being too great, how are other folks finding it? I expect to use it just as often as a USB DAC on my laptop, than as a DAP.
I'm currently using the Fiio E17 as a DAC with AKG K550 phones.
I find the AKGs need a little bass boost, and I have the bass on the E17 set to 6. Will I need to still amp the X5 with the E17 if I want to boost the bass for the AKGs? Would I be better trading in the E17 for an E12? Or should the X5's custom EQ be OK to bass boost? I currently prefer to keep the source free of EQ (iPod and Foobar on laptop).
In response to the bold text above, I can't offer any opinions regarding the X5's use as a USB receiver (I've never tried it), but the DAC itself is anything but "bad." The USB receiver may be "bad," but the DAC is not.
I use the Line Out almost exclusively - using the X5 as a transport, player, and DAC to various amps (portable and desktop), including my OPPO HA-1 - but only when using the HD800 (which on most amps, lacks bass, just as your AKG K550 does, a headphone I've owned previously.)
When using my LCD-2 rev.1, which has plenty of bass, but shelved highs, I switch from using the X5's Line Out (which is warm), to using the X5's Coaxial Out (which is, of course, colorless).
X5 Line Out > OPPO HA-1 > HD800 (or AKG K550)
X5 Coaxial Out > OPPO HA-1 > LCD-2 rev.1. (or HD650)
In other words, I don't need a USB receiver.
I kid you not, I just now came to this thread while listening to the first chain, above. The X5 works just fine as a desktop transport and my laptop works just fine as a web browser.
I'm sorry I can't contribute anything in response to your other questions.