Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Portable Headphone Amps › Colorfly c3 vs Fiio x3
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Colorfly c3 vs Fiio x3

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

Hi guys

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~

post #2 of 16
You mean DAP. C3 is a very excellent DAP despite low price tag. You can further enhance the sound quality by adding BH amp. This combo costs approx. $200.

I haven't heard of X3 but from the published technical spec and some review on pre production unit, it looks very promising.
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by cyberalpha11 View Post

You mean DAP. C3 is a very excellent DAP despite low price tag. You can further enhance the sound quality by adding BH amp. This combo costs approx. $200.

I haven't heard of X3 but from the published technical spec and some review on pre production unit, it looks very promising.

But isn't C3 don't come with the LO? You mean using PO to connect the amp?

post #4 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by samccy0707 View Post

But isn't C3 don't come with the LO? You mean using PO to connect the amp?

You're right that C3 does not has LO.
You just hookup the headphone output to the BH amp.
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 

I have read through a lot of threads discussing on this, but I have no conclusion yet: some said LO will be better for amp, some said it is not really the case. so is this really a big difference between using PO & LO for amp?

post #6 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by samccy0707 View Post

I have read through a lot of threads discussing on this, but I have no conclusion yet: some said LO will be better for amp, some said it is not really the case. so is this really a big difference between using PO & LO for amp?

Somehow C4 has a "magical match" with BH to unleash its full potential.biggrin.gif
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by cyberalpha11 View Post


Somehow C4 has a "magical match" with BH to unleash its full potential.biggrin.gif

But C4 is way out my budgetfrown.gif

post #8 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by samccy0707 View Post

But C4 is way out my budgetfrown.gif

Sorry I mean C3. Sorry for my typo-error.

post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by cyberalpha11 View Post

Sorry I mean C3. Sorry for my typo-error.

well.. I will go try both in two different shops... sigh it is quite difficult to find a hifi store that selling DAP in Hong Kong frown.gif

post #10 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by samccy0707 View Post

well.. I will go try both in two different shops... sigh it is quite difficult to find a hifi store that selling DAP in Hong Kong

 

Really????

post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Theta Alpha 1 View Post

 

Really????

Easy to get high-end model (AK120/100, hifiman...) but lower-end are quite difficult. But already enjoying x3  beyersmile.png, bass is not too much but very tight and UI is not very good but still better than C3

post #12 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by samccy0707 View Post

Easy to get high-end model (AK120/100, hifiman...) but lower-end are quite difficult. But already enjoying x3  beyersmile.png, 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?

post #13 of 16

i know this is an old thread but I would like to bump it because no one ever really compared the two. I myself and interested in this as well. Which of the two has the better sound quality?

post #14 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by grizzlybeast View Post
 

i know this is an old thread but I would like to bump it because no one ever really compared the two. I myself and interested in this as well. Which of the two has the better sound quality?

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. 

post #15 of 16
I sold my DX50 for similar reasons, also being a C3 owner.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Portable Headphone Amps
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Portable Headphone Amps › Colorfly c3 vs Fiio x3