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post #601 of 629

Thanks for the review...
I've been using the E06 with the Nexus 7 tablet purely to boost the volume in movies through apps like MXPlayer but the added EQ settings have been a welcome bonus!

post #602 of 629
Can I use X3 with Android as USB DAC?
post #603 of 629
+1 from another noob. How about as a DAC with MAC OS?
post #604 of 629
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Originally Posted by jared basshead View Post

Can I use X3 with Android as USB DAC?

 

 

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Originally Posted by Mkilci View Post

+1 from another noob. How about as a DAC with MAC OS?

It doesn't work with my S3, maybe it will with other android phones, but it definitely does work with my Mac.

post #605 of 629
Works with Mac plug n play and with Windows you need drivers, but I have yet to see users who have tried it with Android.
post #606 of 629

There is an Android USB audio app "USB Audio Player PRO" that says that it can be used to port PCM (up to 32-bit/384kHz) digitally through the phones USB port, bypassing the Android audio circuit. You would need a compatible USB interconnect (like with FiiO E-17), but it should work. I may have to try it myself, although I am not sure why you would use the X3 in DAC mode with another portable device as source. Come to think of it... I have used my X3 in DAC mode with my laptop since I like the Foobar2000 interface better then the X3. USB Audio Player Pro does have some equalizer functionality that is not present on the X3.

 

Cheers... Brian

 

P.S. Some of the Samsung Android phones use Wolfson DACs. Not quite as robust as the WM8740, but Wolfson nonetheless.

post #607 of 629
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not sure why you would use the X3 in DAC mode with another portable device as source.
So I could watch movies, ofcourse.
So has anyone tried yet?
post #608 of 629
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by jared basshead View Post


So I could watch movies, ofcourse.
So has anyone tried yet?

 

It will only work normally with USB Audio Player PRO (UAPP) in Android, as music player. Otherwise it will either not working or comes with distortion.

post #609 of 629
Oh well, so I wouldn't be able to watch movies, bummer.
It's just that my E7 doesn't seem to make much difference as compared to my HO of Z Ultra. Thought X3 would be the end game.
post #610 of 629

So it works with latest MAC OS? What app do you use on MAC OS? DO you see a huge difference in the Audio quality (sorry, totally noob here, just getting into higher end listening.)

 

I am thinking about either the B&W p7 or BO H6. Would these be fine with the X3?

 

Thanks

post #611 of 629

Any app works on the Mac. Just select the output device in System Preferences/Sound:

 

Usually I use Vox, but I don't like the current version much. Cog or Satsuma seem to be well liked but I haven't used them much.

 

I wouldn't say a *huge* difference, but it's definitely worth doing. Some Macs sound is better/worse than others, but I think it'll be worth using your X3 on any Mac.


Edited by tjw321 - 9/7/14 at 6:49am
post #612 of 629
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Originally Posted by Mkilci View Post

+1 from another noob. How about as a DAC with MAC OS?

Like most things, it's pretty much plug and play in OSX.  

 

That being said I'll likely never use it that way as even a low priced audio interface tends to work quite nicely as a DAC.  I guess I could see it being useful as a portable solution but I also have an Apogee One (portable audio interface) and a Geek Out 720 which will fill that roll. 

 

That being said, if what you want/need is a single device to work as both your portable audio player and as a DAC for your computer then the X3 fills that role quite nicely for a sub $200 piece of kit.


Edited by WickedChicken - 9/7/14 at 6:57am
post #613 of 629

So, I just got my X3 yesterday and right now my feelings are a bit mixed  

 

The Sound quality is pretty good for a DAP costing under $200 (including a 64 GB card) but I am a bit disappointed with the output power.  

I knew it would't have anywhere near the oomph of my Geek Out 720 but I was expect it to have a lot more punch than my iPhone.  Sadly that doesn't really seem to be the case and since the X5 seems to have even less output power there isn't really any reason to upgrade.  For my portable solution I don't want to have to run through an extra headphone amp and I'm not running particularly power hungry cans.  I've got the super mobile friendly Audio-Technica ATH-ESW9s, Seinheiser Momentums and the slightly more power hungry AKG Q701s.   I'm also awaiting the arrival of some Aurisonic Rockets.  Right now I'd say it pairs best with the ATH-ESW9s.  if they amp had a bit more oomph I think the Q701s would be a great pairing.

 

The other big disappointment is the UI.  I'm a software engineer by trade and most of what I do is client tools where usability is a  major factor.  I knew from reading the reviews that the controls would not be on the level of an iPod Classic but I wasn't quite prepared for how clunky things really are.  If i designed applications that responded this slowly I would be out of a job.   Simply playing back the included Binaural recordings included on the System memory  the delays between hitting a button and getting a response are just inexcusable.  That's just piss poor in my mind and really drags the overall experience down.  And then there's the whole lack of Playlist support.  Which I also knew about but is still pretty ridiculous.

 

At the end of the day this is simply a place holder to tide me over until the Geek Waves start shipping but I'm on the fence as to whether or not I'll be keeping it.

The overall sound quality is good and I like the size and feel but between the disappointing headphone amp power and the laughable UI makes it a tough call.

 

For now if I had to give it an overall rating I'd say 3.5 out of 5.  It would be 3 but considering how inexpensive it is I'm cutting it a bit of slack.

I'll play with it for a few more days and then decide I guess.  Hopefully the Rockets show up before I have to make the final decision so I can see how that pairing works out.

 

-Kit

post #614 of 629
I thought the X3's power output was one of its strongest features for a portable. Have you got this on high gain? A Colorfly C4 has less output than this player and it can drive 600ohm headphones.
post #615 of 629

I don't understand "the not enough power" either.

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