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Hi boombobby289, i am just a casual consumer and will do some simple AB testing this weekend if time allows... I think it is a lot of hard work to understand the terms you mentioned. So far, I can say that the sound becomes more clean and clear when using this setup over X3 alone. It becomes more neutral and less "digital"... If we have to quantify the improvement, I think less than 10% and only if you listen with full attention...but I dont know if it is caused by intruder or db2... intruder is super good amp too... I usually flipped thru magazine and web browsing when listening to music bcos it is enjoyment time but bad sound will distract me... So far, I do not get distraction with this setup from noticing not clean sound...
I am only picking up this hobby this year and I realize that if you upgrade your iem, you will pick up the bad from your source and you will want to improve the source... after you improve the source, you will want to see what other iem can offer for different type of music... it is an endless loop... I m so far satisfied with this setup and will try different iem if spending money allows... 
(on a side note, the possibility that centrance m8-lx will support coaxial input may make me want to put aside money for trying different setup) hope you will find the setup u enjoy...

It seemed to me that DB2 + Intruder does not help much to improve the sound of X3 since the improvement just less than 10%.

May be you can try to swap with other standalone DAC like Centrance DACPort or JDS Labs ODAC to see if the sound of X3 can be improved significantly.
post #347 of 579
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It seemed to me that DB2 + Intruder does not help much to improve the sound of X3 since the improvement just less than 10%.

May be you can try to swap with other standalone DAC like Centrance DACPort or JDS Labs ODAC to see if the sound of X3 can be improved significantly.


Thanks, but I just checked that DACPort and ODAC are both USB DAC and do not take coaxial SPDIF input. 10% is just an arbitrary number that came off the top of my head.... and relative to people on the level of improvement they perceive... from my very short experience, significant sound improvement is usually more obvious by upgrading iem or headphones.... (some experienced members will probably correct me... LoL)

post #348 of 579
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Thanks, but I just checked that DACPort and ODAC are both USB DAC and do not take coaxial SPDIF input. 10% is just an arbitrary number that came off the top of my head.... and relative to people on the level of improvement they perceive... from my very short experience, significant sound improvement is usually more obvious by upgrading iem or headphones.... (some experienced members will probably correct me... LoL)
Actually I was thinking to use X3 as transport only because I don't like its original sound signature. Anyway I may change my plan. May be consider Colorfly C4, the audiophile DAP.
post #349 of 579

I have the E17 should a keep it if I get the X3?

post #350 of 579
It depends if u need the e17 as usb dac, x3 sounds better than the e17..

I used to have e17 also
post #351 of 579
Finally ordered the X3 and was curious for those that have. How do you feel about amping the x3? Do you notice better sound quality and have you used the X3 as a straight DAC from USB line in.

I plan on pairing it with my Rx Mk3b+ and also using it with my laptop as a USB DAC to play files from my computers. My iPod is silly old and I'm in need of a high quality DAC so I figured I'd kill to birds with one stone. For those that have used it in this manner please let me know!


Thanks,

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post #352 of 579

For those who love Fiio X3 and want to have parametric EQ on it (via firmware update), please vote in this poll:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/677571/poll-parametric-eq-on-fiio-x3#post_9721201

 

If your headphones have sharp treble peaks, parametric EQ can nullify those peaks without affecting the rest of the treble (X3's current EQ system may reduce more treble than you truly want).

post #353 of 579
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Are ther any compromises involved in the external expansion cards implimentation with regards the UI or slightly reduced sound quality? Are the expansion cards microSDHC or microSDXC ?

 

None that I notice. SQ is the same regardless whether the file is located.

 

X3 supports microSD 64GB, which has to be SDXC because SDHC card only goes up to 32GB. However, you need to format the 64GB card into FAT32 in order for X3 to read.

 

My X3 does not read the 63 GB card.  Error says "Playback Failed  File Not Found",  I don't see how to format the SD card on a Mac and when I tried it on Windows . .  well  . . . you know . . . it's windows . . . it only offered 'exFAT (default)' or  NTFS.  I tried the exFAT option, but the X3 doesn't recognize it.

 

I appreciate you guys helping me out here . . .  thanks,

post #354 of 579
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My X3 does not read the 63 GB card.  Error says "Playback Failed  File Not Found",  I don't see how to format the SD card on a Mac and when I tried it on Windows . .  well  . . . you know . . . it's windows . . . it only offered 'exFAT (default)' or  NTFS.  I tried the exFAT option, but the X3 doesn't recognize it.

 

I appreciate you guys helping me out here . . .  thanks,

IIRC, I did this on the Mac: use "Disk Utility" (find it in Spotlight), Select the Partition tab, select "1 Partition" in the Partition Layout box (make sure that you have high-lighted your SD card...don't format your main drive!), select "MS-DOS (FAT)" in the Format box, make sure that "Master Boot Record" is ticked in the options dialogue and press "Apply".


Edited by tjw321 - 8/18/13 at 11:20am
post #355 of 579
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My X3 does not read the 63 GB card.  Error says "Playback Failed  File Not Found",  I don't see how to format the SD card on a Mac and when I tried it on Windows . .  well  . . . you know . . . it's windows . . . it only offered 'exFAT (default)' or  NTFS.  I tried the exFAT option, but the X3 doesn't recognize it.

 

I appreciate you guys helping me out here . . .  thanks,

IIRC, I did this on the Mac: use "Disk Utility" (find it in Spotlight), Select the Partition tab, select "1 Partition" in the Partition Layout box (make sure that you have high-lighted your SD card...don't format your main drive!), select "MS-DOS (FAT)" in the Format box, make sure that "Master Boot Record" is ticked in the options dialogue and press "Apply".


Thanks . . . .

 

I have OS X 6.8 . . . . In Applications --> Disk Utility  I don't find "1 Partition" or "Master Boot Record".  There is an erase procedure to MS-DOS (FAT) and various MAC OS formats, which did not work.

 

Fortunately I have a new Mac sitting in a box . . .  maybe I'll try that  . . . biggrin.gif


Edited by Rico613 - 8/18/13 at 12:45pm
post #356 of 579
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Thanks . . . .

 

I have OS X 6.8 . . . . In Applications --> Disk Utility  I don't find "1 Partition" or "Master Boot Record".  There is an erase procedure to MS-DOS (FAT) and various MAC OS formats, which did not work.

 

Fortunately I have a new Mac sitting in a box . . .  maybe I'll try that  . . . biggrin.gif

I think that you may have clicked on the partition instead of the disk. If you only have one partition then the erase to MS-DOS will almost certainly work unless someone has partitioned it unusually in the past. Clicking in the disk and partitioning is a more thorough way of getting it correct should it have been partitioned incorrectly in the the past, though.

post #357 of 579

^ In the Disk Utility I didn't see anything that said 'Partition'.  I just chalked it up to an older version of OS-X, but maybe I missed something . . . ?
 

post #358 of 579
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^ In the Disk Utility I didn't see anything that said 'Partition'.  I just chalked it up to an older version of OS-X, but maybe I missed something . . . ?
 

Take a look at this, where I have selected the disk:

 

Compare it to this, where I have selected the partition:

 

Does that help? If not, maybe it is just your older version of OS-X.

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^  . .  that worked . . . but I had to copy some files to the Micro SD for the X3 to see something . . . 

 

Thanks a bunch !!  you're the best !!

 

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Of course the next question is whether it is possible to easily transfer iTunes files as albums organized by composer / performer to X3 !!!   Maybe I'm asking too much here . . . ?


Edited by Rico613 - 8/18/13 at 4:12pm
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Of course the next question is whether it is possible to easily transfer iTunes files as albums organized by composer / performer to X3 !!!   Maybe I'm asking too much here . . . ?

Glad it worked for you.

 

Unfortunately I don't use iTunes but I believe if you go to your Music folder you'll find an iTunes folder. Depending on how long you have been using iTunes you'll have an iTunes Media and/or an iTunes Music folder (maybe even other names). If you look in those, your music will be organised something like you want and you can just drag it onto the SD card. Some of your videos may be in there as well, so some editing may be required but, as I understand it, it'll pretty much all be there. Of course, edit the videos (etc.) out of a copy - though with iCloud most purchases can be restored providing it came from the iTunes store...but I suggest that you don't test that part of the theory....


Edited by tjw321 - 8/18/13 at 5:19pm
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