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post #8056 of 19481
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Originally Posted by goldendarko View Post
 


I am still on the default FW - 1.20, trying to upgrade to 2.0 but finding it very difficult.


Hmm, I would hope it still had a format option, though perhaps it was located elsewhere?  The earliest firmware I tested was 1.23  :(

post #8057 of 19481
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Originally Posted by goldendarko View Post


I am still on the default FW - 1.20, trying to upgrade to 2.0 but finding it very difficult.
When in the system settings, scroll UP. You should now see "format" above "reset factory defaults"
post #8058 of 19481
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Originally Posted by CH23 View Post
 

@Joe Bloggs do you know if there will be another system virtualization tool released for the X5? (liteGUI.exe for x3 doesn't work)

 

Unfortunately liteGUI doesn't work with the new X3 firmware either. I imagine all the changes done to the core coding means that we'll need a new version. Now that we can change the positions of icons n such (at least for the x3), having a way to simulate the UI will make modding much easier...

post #8059 of 19481

I seem to remember some promise that when the X5 was released that FIIO would be addressing the file management/SD card issues with the X3 units. I'm not seeing any new firmware downloads for the X# but am seeing several for the X5 already.

So if you were one of those folks that plunked down $350 for an X5 be advised that you are now an official Beta tester for FIIO. Also be advised that when they get overwhelmed by the amount of problems with the new X5s they will just create a new unit and leave you in the lurch with your old unit.

 Nuff said ...

post #8060 of 19481
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Originally Posted by mhammond View Post
 

That is existing in 1.23 at least. Joe said many pages back they are checking into the "rogue center button on lockscreen 1" while James reported it was a feature. I may have missed posts in between so there may have been updates that I missed. 

I would think that this is a bug, as the graphic in the lock screen selection menu item shows only the volume rocker as active. Is there a bugzilla entry for this?

 

BTW, here is the link to the bugzilla entry for 'slow GUI response during DSD playback' issue:

 

https://app.devzing.com/FiiO/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=107

post #8061 of 19481

I found it important to use formatter within X5. NTFS and another FAT32 formatter gave a few problems with hires & DTS. But after an internal format, all was perfect on a Sandisk Ultra card. I started with 1.2 I think, formatter was definitely there!

post #8062 of 19481
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Originally Posted by jbr1971 View Post
 

 

Can you post the changes you made? Or is there any documentation somewhere to reference?

 

 

I just unpacked the firmware replaced the ff files

 

1. Default BG (Now playing)

x5\litegui\theme1\playing\default_bg.png

2. DAC BG

x5\litegui\theme1\usb_dac\dac_play_bg.png

 

then repacked the fw and flashed it on x5

post #8063 of 19481
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Originally Posted by atwaterkent View Post

I seem to remember some promise that when the X5 was released that FIIO would be addressing the file management/SD card issues with the X3 units. I'm not seeing any new firmware downloads for the X# but am seeing several for the X5 already.
So if you were one of those folks that plunked down $350 for an X5 be advised that you are now an official Beta tester for FIIO. Also be advised that when they get overwhelmed by the amount of problems with the new X5s they will just create a new unit and leave you in the lurch with your old unit.
 Nuff said ...

From the facebook page:
We are rewriting the the X3 firmware from scratch instead of updating it. It's taking longer than we expected. It is now due for release soon "after" International Workers' Day (1 May) (ie. some days after 1 May)
You can download the new X3 firmware in its current beta state here
http://www.head-fi.org/t/651769/the-fiio-x3-thread/9360#post_10488632
Edited by Joe Bloggs - 4/29/14 at 12:19pm
post #8064 of 19481
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Originally Posted by atwaterkent View Post

I seem to remember some promise that when the X5 was released that FIIO would be addressing the file management/SD card issues with the X3 units. I'm not seeing any new firmware downloads for the X# but am seeing several for the X5 already.
So if you were one of those folks that plunked down $350 for an X5 be advised that you are now an official Beta tester for FIIO. Also be advised that when they get overwhelmed by the amount of problems with the new X5s they will just create a new unit and leave you in the lurch with your old unit.
 Nuff said ...

I think you really ought to think before you speak, considering in the last two weeks there have been at least 3 different betas released for the X3, so they are being tested and being improved.
post #8065 of 19481
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Originally Posted by goldendarko View Post


I am still on the default FW - 1.20, trying to upgrade to 2.0 but finding it very difficult.

Format option was there since 1.00 on X5. You are probably looking at Play Settings instead of System Settings (icon with only a cog and nothing else?)
Edited by Joe Bloggs - 4/29/14 at 12:13pm
post #8066 of 19481
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Originally Posted by goldendarko View Post


I am still on the default FW - 1.20, trying to upgrade to 2.0 but finding it very difficult.

It really couldn't be any easier. Just like any digital camera it's always best to format the cards in the device itself. There is a long history of issues that appear when the storage devices are not formatted in the optimal way (with the device it is intended to be used for).

Go to the large gear icon (not the one with the music note), scroll CCW to the format option (2 options up from language selection) choose Format and select the card you want. Done.

This has been available since the X5's release.

Good luck.
post #8067 of 19481
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Originally Posted by atwaterkent View Post

I seem to remember some promise that when the X5 was released that FIIO would be addressing the file management/SD card issues with the X3 units. I'm not seeing any new firmware downloads for the X# but am seeing several for the X5 already.
So if you were one of those folks that plunked down $350 for an X5 be advised that you are now an official Beta tester for FIIO. Also be advised that when they get overwhelmed by the amount of problems with the new X5s they will just create a new unit and leave you in the lurch with your old unit.
 Nuff said ...

Seriously? Myself, and a lot of other users, are very happy with the device and for the price (vs sound quality that is delivered) it is very much in line with what should be expected. Just look at the troubles Astell and Kern started out with when the AK100 was released. iBasso has had its fair share of issues as well. Just go on those threads and maybe start slamming every other device out there for the same reasons.

You've been bit(#|ng about Fiio products since you joined. Why not stick with your Sansa Clip.
Edited by x RELIC x - 4/29/14 at 12:49pm
post #8068 of 19481

A Different Kind of Review: The X5 and E12 as a Roadwarrior's Travel Companions

 

I came to the X5, not as an audiophile looking for the purist sonic experience, but as a tired and frequent flyer who travels for business.  My odyssey through devices to keep myself occupied through the unpleasant experience of business travel began 30 years ago with a Panasonic monophonic cassette deck and a pair of Radio Shack headphones and evolved through a Sony Walkman, various portable CD players, portable CD-based MP3 players, hard-disk based MP3 players, an iPod video and, finally, an iPod Classic paired with a Headroom Total Airhead headphone amplifier and a pair of Bose QC15 headphones.  When I misplaced the Total Airhead, I bought a Fiio E12 and was so impressed with the difference that I got the X5 as soon as I could.  To my mind, the combination of the X5, E12 and Bose QC15s is the perfect roadwarrior kit.

 

The road warrior's goal, while in transit, is to maximize isolation from the travel experience.  Airline seats and food are bad enough, but the screaming babies, loud-talking half-drunk businessmen, incessant annoying PA announcements, all superimposed over a constant whoosh and roar of jet engines, is exhausting and beyond unpleasant.  Noise isolation is paramount and, for that, I've found nothing beats that Bose QC15.  I have a decent pair of Etymotic IEMs, but find passive noise suppression is not as effective as active noise cancelling, and for that the QC15 is king.  The QC15 creates a sonic cocoon -- as soon as you switch them on, you feel physically removed from the noisy cabin environment.  They do a magnificent job of eliminating the majority of the whoosh and roar of the engines.  Unfortunately, they are effective primarily with repetitive, low-frequency noise, and do little to minimize speech (and crying babies).  That's where a music source comes in.

 

I had thought that the iPod Classic was as close to perfection as I would come.  It's audio quality is quite good, at least compared to the dozens of portable audio solutions I had worked through over the years.  However, the iPod Classic's volume had to be almost all the way up to drive the QC15s and that, in turn, drained the battery too quickly -- I go to China once a year, and that's 16-1/2 hours in a plane from LA to Hong Kong.  The solution was the Total Airhead headphone amp.  It had the virtue of using disposable batteries, and let me keep the iPod volume very low, extending playing time.  The sound of the Total Airhead was quite good -- it introduced no noticeable coloration to the sound and had plenty of power to drive the QC15s.  Everything was fine . . . until I misplaced the Total Airhead.

 

Headroom doesn't make them any more, so I did some research and decided on the E12.  Fiio, of course, makes an LOD and, when using it to connect the E12 to the iPod Classic, the difference in audio quality was dramatic -- for the first time, I got a sense of what an expanded sound field, good definition, and very clean bass sounds like.  I decided that it was time to replace the iPod Classic (which was rapidly reaching its full-to-the-max state anyway) and the X5 was the natural choice.  I've started on a 2-week Grand Tour O' Conference Rooms, and used my X5/E12/QC15 kit on-board for the first time yesterday.

 

Magnificent!  There's no other word for it.

 

I've already mentioned the "sonic cocoon" effect of the QC15.  When paired with the X5 and E12, this illusion is perfected by the sound field, texture and depth of the X5's audio.  With my eyes closed (and a drink in my hand), I was, for all intents and purposes, transported out of the aircraft and into a completely immersive, detailed, rich environment.  THIS was what I had been seeking all these years.  Time flew by and I didn't come back to the aircraft until I felt the bump as we touched down at my destination.

 

Now, some practical considerations.

 

Size and weight are major considerations for road warriors.  The X5, like the iPod Classic it replaced, is barely powerful to drive the QC15s when in the air.  This makes an outboard amp a necessity.  Though the HS6 stacking kit is a neat piece of engineering, it's impractical to leave the X5 and E12 stacked, as this results in a big "chunk" of gear that won't easily fit in a pocket or, better still, in the QC15 case.  My solution was to use small velcro tabs.  This allows me to carry the X5 in the QC15 case, and the E12 in the case's outside pouch.  The two devices are easily reunited in-flight, and easily separated and stowed for deplaning.

 

The tiny fonts on the X5 really make it difficult to find music (and this is made worse after a couple of drinks).  I don't like to wear reading glasses in-flight, but they were a necessity whenever I wanted to select a different album.  The problem is helped slightly by turning up the brightness of the screen, but I hope this is something that Fiio addresses.

 

The stylish steel cases of the X5 and E12 look great and protect well.  However, they are smooth and slide all over the seat back trays.  I'm going to put a set of rubber bumpers on the E12 so I don't have to worry about my X5/E12 taking a dive to the floor during turbulence.

 

I use the X5 in the Screen Lock 2 position.  This lets me pause the music by a quick press on the big center button -- very convenient when the flight attendant comes over to take my drink order.

 

The X5 also serves well in hotel rooms.  I keep movies on my laptop, which has a nice HD screen.  With the X5 used as a USB DAC, I get terrific sound -- much better than the stupid and pointless "Beats Audio" sound built into the laptop.

 

And, while I'm on the subject of hotel rooms, I like to listen to audio books to fall asleep -- there's nothing like someone reading you a story to make you drowsy.  I download audiobooks for free from local library (and use a few tricks to remove the DRM so that I can take them with me when I travel).  The OTG capability of the X5 is perfect for this.  Because audiobook MP3s are very low-bit rate, I can easily fit hundreds of books on thumb drive or microSD card.  I just plug it into the X5 when I want to go to bed.

 

And, finally, though not specific to the X5, the E12 is a perfect addition to my Android tablet.  I load it up with television programs and movies that I want to catch up with.  As with every other device I've encountered, it barely has enough oomph to drive my QC15s.  However, the E12 handles that easily.  The only problem is the short connector that comes with the E12.  This is easily remedied by using the headphone extension cable that comes with the QC15s.  It probably degrades the signal a bit, but using it to extend the E12's connector means I can move around with the tablet without worrying about disconnecting the E12.

post #8069 of 19481

For who is interested:

 

I was playing around with my new X5 and discovered not all my FLAC's had artwork embedded. So I developed some scripting for MP3tag to add this automatically from file.

 

I have all my files in ...\artist\album\ structure.

Each album folder contains a file called folder.jpg containing the album art.

I made an action that import the cover art form file, with the %_part%\fodler.jpg as source.

 

Step1

1) create anew action
2) name it Add_art_from_file
3) add the function: "Import cover from file"
4) format string for image filename: "%_path%folder.jpg" as source
5) use the default "select import as front cover"

 

Step2

1) now select all your flac files in MP3tag
2) apply a filter (menu=View-> filter, or press F3)
3) in the filter selection box place the text [%_covers% IS ""] (without the square brackets) to only show the files with missing embedded artwork
4) apply the action to import the cover art

 

I updated over 800 files in an hour or so

post #8070 of 19481

Deleted..................duplicated below in reply to Harry Hardcase...............


Edited by superbike999 - 4/29/14 at 1:10pm
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