That's a good point, but I'm used to carrying multiple 64GB cards, so does the additional $150 (for X5 coaxial out vs. X3 coaxial out) get me anything more than an extra card reader?
Easier and better UI comes to my mind. Easy user experience is something very valuable in dap world
Mike, you just might like the sound of the X5 on its own sometimes too. Call that the bonus factor.
I would say DSD support is a good plus as well. Good for non amped use when you want it. Better resale than x3. Bragging rites. Cool factor. Elitist smugness for a reason. Better user interface. X3 is so 2013. Less regret thinking about how much better the x5 probably is. Less upgrade fever when x7 or calyx m2 arrives.
Any thoughts on how the X5 compares as a DAC to the Musicstreamer II? I'm thinking of selling the MS II to help finance the X5 and wonder if the X5 would be an adequate replacement for my home stereo setup.
Can't say how it compares to the Musicstreamer II but I have used it so many times connecting the X5 to my PC and Mac and can say, it's a hell of a player, you can't find a player with so much functionality, not only does it work well, it s a true champion, you can throw at it any resolutions up to the max and it won't hiccup but render the music just as how it would off the player, just a beautiful sound. I like to just use it to play my server music library through it and connect my headphones on the HO, control the volume through the player and I am in heaven, music heaven.
This player has brought my expectation way up, now anything I would want buy has to be better than the X5 which is becoming a tall order.
That is correct.
Unlike the X3, which can be bought for $160-$200 and features a more mainstream market(I believe), the X5 would be more targeted towards those that would buy their own mSD cards.
It's not 100% confirmed, but there is a good chance the X5 will soon be able to support 256GB of storage.
****** around. I can't think of a more ridiculous reason to buy electronics.
That being said, the X5 next on my to-purchase list. For every other reason listed. Yeeeeeeeeeesh.
In my household, it's the li'l lady's shoes that are more the problem than bags But then again if you add up the separate sets of headphones and players I have total on hand it is more than the number of sets of shoes/boots she has
I was wondering if anyone has tried the x5 with harder to drive headphones like say dt880-dt990 250 Ohms.
I am currently using a fiio e17 and 5th gen ipod for my portable setup and essence st and little dot mk3 for my desktop.
While I,m sure that an x5 will beat my e17 /ipod in sound quality wise I would be interested to know if the x5 amp section would power my 250 ohm headphones any better than my e17 which does sound pretty good but not great .