Yeaa! X5 arrived from Amazon UK and had a 'quick' three hour seession! Wifes getting annoyed waving her hands at me and I cant hear. Had a 64GB card prepared with mostly hi-res but a smackering of MP3s and FLACs included.
Nicely packaged and have found User-Interface easy, but I had downloaded User Manual last night so was quite prepared for the layout. Wheel feels fine which was biggest concern having read some reviews.
Only mishaps so far are Previous and Next seem to have a mind of their own on the hi-res album I tried them on, but scroll wheel selecting to next track and previous is fine. And for most of my copied music, EQ doest not work, think someone else found this on hi-res material? It's fine on the one mp3 album, and one FLAC album I tried.
Now for listening, nice to have a full battery on arrival as still got to sort a charger, my wife's Samsung charger was less than an amp and a Kobo reader only 5v 1 amp. Guess these may work but slowly as a 2 amp recommended?
I first realized DAPS were a serious option again a few months ago after hearing a fellow Head- Fi-er's Sony ZX1 and JH16s. I come from a hi-fi background and although I had Minidisc and a Sony DAP years ago, had given up on portable music and used an iPhone/iPod for casual listening, mostly in the bath with a dock! This 1.5K system was a revelation, it was like the first time I heard 'proper' hifi, and so started this crazy new pastime.
ZX1 order from Sony UK never materialised and I decided to jump on the X5 train after the great reviews here and the fact that the company communicated with their audience, much like when I was a beta-tester for the now defuct Tag McLaren Audio.
A month ago while awaiting a DAP I demoed some IEMs in a shop an hours drive away, and chose the Westone W40s as the best alrounder amongst those I heard. Nice with my iPhone but this is the first chance they have had to shine, so Sound Quality-wise, I am really testing the Fiio X5 and Westone W40 together.
Firstly, tried Ice On The Motorway from Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey's great new album. Boy, these DAP boogie, and we have started with the sole mp3/320 album loaded. Great timing.
Next up, my current hi-res test track, Panic Station by Muse. Low bass lovely, separation great, only matched by the ZX1 combo I heard previously, definately in the same ball-park.
Neil Young's Heart Of Gold 24/96 sounds so pure and life-like for an old 70's recording.
Better try FLAC as that's what most playing will be, Jeff Beck's Brush with the Blues (another favourite test track since hearing in a Naim demo), so spacious, you can each each separate member of audience's laugh from The live Grammy Museum recording. Lovely fast finish of drums then you hear the cyballs sustain. The guitar sounds sublime on this, the drums fast, lovely club ambience. This is the track that most amazes me, a DAP can capture only what a top-flight audio system can.
Back to hires, this time worried about my Yes albums playing OK as someone reported a problem with 88 music and these are 24/176, a multiple. Played fine, amazing separation and tone on Long Distance Runaround.
But all so rosy? No. The screen is slightly skewed, higher top-right than bottom-left that was a big irritation when I first noticed. Only a bit out I guess. Anyone else have one slighty crooked? But after listening for a few hours, it's importance has waned.
Just got to get used to hitting top button to bring back to life, keep pressing other buttons but they either do nothing (Lock1) or pause song or skip a few (Lock2)!
Sorry for such a long first impressions! You can tell I'm happy, 64GB card ample and will have fun loading up every week from PC/NAS.
Now, do I update to 1.22 and try the handful of YES albums I have in DSD?