Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Portable Source Gear › IBasso DX50 vs Fiio X3 comparison thread
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

IBasso DX50 vs Fiio X3 comparison thread - Page 18

post #256 of 289
Quote:
Originally Posted by DTSxJP View Post

I can't decide between the Fiio X3 or the iBasso DX50. The reason why is I would like to know which one would work better with the Fiio E17?

 



If you get the X3, you don't need an E17, as the X3 already has an amp built in and can drive almost anything.
post #257 of 289
The iPod classic 160gb sounds great with the E17

The DX50 can drive power hungry headphones on its own to.
Edited by howdy - 5/28/14 at 5:52pm
post #258 of 289

I have IE80, what would be the best DAP for my IEM? X3/X5 or DX50/DX90? Thanks!

post #259 of 289
The IE80 sounds already great on the iPhone 5s, so no problem which player you will choose
post #260 of 289

guys, i am trying to decide between the two, have an RE0 and AKG k601, which one do you think would be a better match?

tend to think X3, since its more powerful (?).

No amp will be used

post #261 of 289

I just A/Bed a bit. See picture for the setup.

 

 

I used a Beyerdynamic DT770 Limited Edition 32 Ohm, Sennheiser Momentum over ear, Beyerdynamic T90.

 

Put the same songs on both players, matched the volume. No EQ, DX50 (1.2.8) on middle gain, X3 (3.0)  on low gain.

I started the songs on the same time, so I could just turn the knob on my Fiio Headphone output switcher (HS2) to seamlessly switch between the two sources. 

 

Result:

Soundstage - no difference between the two

Highs - bit more present on the DX50

Mids - both nice and present

Lows - slight, very slight advantage for the X3, much less than I expected.

 

So the DX50 is a tiny bit less present in the lows. I honestly didn't expect the differences to be that small. Before I had the headphone switcher, I re-plugged the headphones and the additional time plugging and re-plugging made all the difference in my ears. Much more "perceived" difference. Realtime switching with properly matched volumes showed me that these two sound very similar. I really had to concentrate hard to hear any difference in the beginning, then some specific areas in songs became clearer.

 

Result for me:

whichever you buy, you won't be disappointed. With a headphone that needs lots of power to awaken the bass (T90) however,  you will be happier with the X3.

 

Then I connected my Bravo Ocean and the Bottlehead Crack to the T90 and boom, there was bass a plenty (but that's another story).

 

I can only recommend a setup where you can play for both sources/DACs/amps simultaneously and in realtime between them. It makes a lot of difference, as your memory (even short term) is otherwise playing tricks on you....

 

Cheers,

K

post #262 of 289

I really can't decide between these two players. So I would be happy if somebody could call answer me some questions.

1) Which player has more power? (Maybe i gonna plug in my 250Ohms Beyerdynamics) Can both players handle it?

2) How does the EQ of the iBasso?Is it usefull or it just destroy the whole sound quality? I know the FiiO has no EQ, but a Hardware Bass and Treble adjustment. Is it better than iBassos 8-Band EQ?

 

I would be really happy if somebody could answer me that questions.

 

Thank you

 

Best regards 

 

ChrizZly

post #263 of 289
It is simple actually, go for the X 5 :-)
post #264 of 289

Could somebody give me a useful answer please?


Edited by ChrizZly - 6/19/14 at 8:48am
post #265 of 289

If you care... the UI on the X3 is unbelivably BAD.  Even the most recent update hasn't really done a whole lot.  It sounds great.  BUt I still prefer my rockboxed gigabeat DAP just for the interface (and it's the best sounding non 24 bit DAP in my mind) ......

 

When I switch over to 24bit tracks the difference is huge... but the Interface on the X3 drives me NUTS!!!  I've been looking into the IBASSO just to get rid of the X3... so if you buy an IBASSO and want to trade let me know.

 

That said, I'm waiting to see what happenes with PONO before my next upgrade.

Tim

post #266 of 289

The X3 interface with the latest firmware and the custom list-based mod posted on this forum isn't too bad. I mean, it's not great or anything, but it's useable without being annoying to me. I actually returned the first X3 I bought when they came out because of the UI, but I can live with it now.

post #267 of 289
I don't love the X3 interface but it is serviceable. The sound is great but I imagine that the ibasso is also great.
post #268 of 289
Quote:
Originally Posted by coacharnold View Post

If you care... the UI on the X3 is unbelivably BAD.  Even the most recent update hasn't really done a whole lot.  It sounds great.  BUt I still prefer my rockboxed gigabeat DAP just for the interface (and it's the best sounding non 24 bit DAP in my mind) ......

When I switch over to 24bit tracks the difference is huge... but the Interface on the X3 drives me NUTS!!!  I've been looking into the IBASSO just to get rid of the X3... so if you buy an IBASSO and want to trade let me know.

That said, I'm waiting to see what happenes with PONO before my next upgrade.
Tim
I tell you right now that Ibasso fw is the same if not worse, my dx50 is in china right now getting fixed because of the issues I've been having. I have both and the have there pros and cons, but they both sound great.
post #269 of 289
I'm running the very latest firmware for both the X3 and DX50.

Both players sound really different to my ears. I don't have much time on my hands so here's my short weigh in

-The DX50 has generally a more upfront and in-your-face presentation. The X3 in comparison is more laid back
-The DX50 has clearly the much more spacious presentation compared to the signature warm Fiio house sound
-As a result of point 2 above, the DX50 has superior soundstage width. In terms of soundstage depth and height, I believe they are quite close
-Also perhaps as a result of point 2 above, the X3 me for me has better depth and layering of music
-I'm quite surprised reading that the X3 has a more prominent bass. To me, the DX50 hits harder. I'm still undecided which has the better bass texture though. The X3 seems more controlled. Whereas the DX50 has deeper and a more 'rumbly' bass.
-The biggest difference to me lies in their treble presentation. It is really extended and prominent on the DX50, almost to sibilant levels, whereas there is noticable roll-off for the X3

Just to throw a spanner in the works, I actually think the AK100 is superior to either of these players. I know that many people state otherwise, especially for many who own the DX50, but this is just my opinion. The AK100 is just tonally so much richer, and has better layering as compared to either the DX50 or X3. It might not have the overall spaciousness of the DX50, but it's not constricted by any means. Overall soundstage is just as good IMO, and generally I also find imaging to be more accurate.
post #270 of 289
Quote:
Originally Posted by gyx11 View Post

I'm running the very latest firmware for both the X3 and DX50.

Both players sound really different to my ears. I don't have much time on my hands so here's my short weigh in

-The DX50 has generally a more upfront and in-your-face presentation. The X3 in comparison is more laid back
-The DX50 has clearly the much more spacious presentation compared to the signature warm Fiio house sound
-As a result of point 2 above, the DX50 has superior soundstage width. In terms of soundstage depth and height, I believe they are quite close
-Also perhaps as a result of point 2 above, the X3 me for me has better depth and layering of music
-I'm quite surprised reading that the X3 has a more prominent bass. To me, the DX50 hits harder. I'm still undecided which has the better bass texture though. The X3 seems more controlled. Whereas the DX50 has deeper and a more 'rumbly' bass.
-The biggest difference to me lies in their treble presentation. It is really extended and prominent on the DX50, almost to sibilant levels, whereas there is noticable roll-off for the X3

Just to throw a spanner in the works, I actually think the AK100 is superior to either of these players. I know that many people state otherwise, especially for many who own the DX50, but this is just my opinion. The AK100 is just tonally so much richer, and has better layering as compared to either the DX50 or X3. It might not have the overall spaciousness of the DX50, but it's not constricted by any means. Overall soundstage is just as good IMO, and generally I also find imaging to be more accurate.

 

I hope that in your comparisons, you volume matched the sources with identical music files on each.

 

Gonna have to disagree with your point entirely that the latest DX-50 firmware (this being 1.5) goes towards emphasizing sibilance, I really do not detect this at all. Sibilance is a problem of matching a vocalist with a vocal recording chain. Once the sibilance is there on the recording the only way to make it less apparent is a deesser or very careful sidecahin EQ. DX-50 1.5 firmware does not emphasize, boost, bring forward any area of sibilance in a recording exhibiting this.

 

The latest DX-50 firmware has increased the apparent presentation of the sub fequency content shelving up throught the lower frequencies and improved on all other areas compared with 1.2.8

 

On accurate IEMs like the Etymotic ER-4s this results in a very pleasing, detailed, rich, present and engaging portrayel (all the qualities you state for the AK100) . The highs frequency content is all there and in no way harsh or unpleasant, I agree with your statement that the soundstage is very good.

 

Regarding bass accuracy, you can still hear the quality and detail of instrumentation in the LF and with the new firmwares increased apperent bass you just get more of it.

 

the two firmwares leading the pack for sound on the DX-50 at the moment are:

 

Factory Stock firmware 1.5

Doc2008 Mega Sound Explosion Second Edition custom firmware (and first edition)


Edited by polyrhythm - 6/27/14 at 2:58pm
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Portable Source Gear
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Portable Source Gear › IBasso DX50 vs Fiio X3 comparison thread