I am considering to buy a DAC, and I am struggling on choosing C3 or X3, both have good quality, and X3 seem have a better UI, but colorfly sound like better than fiio. So any sharing on this?
Thanks a lot~
But isn't C3 don't come with the LO? You mean using PO to connect the amp?
Easy to get high-end model (AK120/100, hifiman...) but lower-end are quite difficult. But already enjoying x3 , bass is not too much but very tight and UI is not very good but still better than C3
Can you tell me about the sound stage & vocal/instrument separation between X3 vs C3?
IMHE, they only comparable in a few ways. The C3 is certainly more of a budget friendly DAP and features a much simpler list of functions. The X3 has higher quality components including a better DAC and amp section. Not to mention it offers multiple gain settings, USB DAC functionality, and coax/line out. (Also costs about $100 more)
That being said, I'll give the comparison a go. Bear in mind that I never had the two at the same time for A/B comparison but hopefully my memory will serve.
The X3 has a more colored signature of the two. It's rather warm in character, as is the norm for Fiio products. It also offered slightly better resolution, especially with a brighter pair of headphones.
The C3 is a little more neutral in presentation. To me the C3 is very musical and offers a better soundstage than the X3, but because of its lesser components, did not resolve some of the micro-details that the X3 could.
I can't say that one has markedly better SQ, as it really will depend on what you prefer. If you're someone who enjoys a brighter or more analytical headphone, then I'd say go for the X3. If you lean a little to the warm or dark side, the C3 may be what you'd like. I recently sold my DX50 because I didn't feel it offered enough as a standalone DAP to uproot the C3.