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I've never had a problem with gapless on the DX50. One of my favourite albums is Lifeforms by Future Sound of London. It is ripped to MP3, have gapless switched on and it plays like a dream, all the tracks are segued into each other, only gap is when it moves onto track 1 of disc 2.

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Originally Posted by CaTaLySt93 View Post
 

I'm not referring the "now playing" screen. As in when you're scrolling through the whole list of songs, in the earlier firmware, it does not display songs using the song title name but the file name which is quite annoying as the file name can be long and it can be hard to find the song you want just based off the file name. Has the issue with using the file name been fixed?

Neither was I.  I go to All Music and that is what I see, each song in alpha order with the artist listed below.  If you mean something else, I'm not sure what you are referencing.  If I go to Directory> SD Card, I get each folder in alpha order listed by artist.

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The gapless problem is intermittent. Some albums are OK, others are not. I have completely wiped, reset and reinstalled the firmware many times. All Redbook tracks have been carefully ripped at low speed with iTunes (using error correction) on the latest iMac with a good quality CD-ROM drive, and are known to work on the iPC.

Frankly, I have more important things to do than act as an unpaid development and QC engineer for iBasso (young son, responsible job in the automotive industry etc.)...

I will use the DX50 in the role in which it excels: as a good, compact HD player with the BL-2 and the HD600 / SR225i / Fischer FA-002w / DT250. On well-recorded and sympathetically remastered jazz, it sounds incredible.

For business trips, when I want to access a wide variety of musical genres, from Wagner via Coltrane to Chinese classical, I will use the iPod / Sony / Fischer Jubilate combo. Horses for courses, as they say....

Audiophilia is not a religion. Sometimes convenience and ease of use matters!
Edited by CJG888 - 5/4/14 at 7:55am
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Originally Posted by H20Fidelity View Post
 



Haha, I go back to cassette tapes, my father had a record player, though I remember our first CD player which was a Sony model. It was quite amazing even having the ability to instantly skip to the next track. Casstete players tried with seeking functions that weren't always accurate, though I remember digital CD's sounding much better than tape when we changed over.


 Like yourself I find the UI much easier on DX50 than C3 (which I wouldn't use on the go). From a sound quality perspective  C3 is still a nice awesome player. though when my DX50 is amped (not fond of the headphone out) it pulls away from C3. As I say though, although I find the DX50 from line out superior you will never take away C3's individuality and unique Colorfly signature. 

For $100 Colorfly C3 (as yourself) made me very happy!

quoting from what you were talking about, and if my memory are still correct, you owned Fiio X3 right?

 

I have been listening through DX50 for awhile with my full size(my IEM underwent recabling process that will take awhile) and I have been switching the player's playback gain back and forth.

I've heard that Fiio X3 internal amp are more in capable driving full size than DX50..

 

I just wanted to know does DX50 have enough juice to power my 60ohm fullsize headphone?

does DX50's internal amp are worse compared to budget amp?(cheap low end cmoy, Fiio's E11 and other budget amp)? I've been considering the Fiio X3 due to it's internal amp being the same with the famous E17 and DAC feature. I'm currently impressed by the sound signature, instrument separation and soundstage produced by DX50 but I wonder if X3's SQ and soundstage is on par with DX50 considering that I have no idea about DX50's internal amp..

 

let's say I wanted to buy portable amp and sacrificing the portability of it, how much at least I have to spend to get improvement over the internal amp of DX50? thank you!

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I rip my CDs on an iMac, using XLD, which is free sourceware.  I also use an external CD burner, as the Mat****a drives really are letters 4-7 in their name.  XLD gives the option of gapless and when I rip using it, I have real gapless.   No truncated starts.  You might also like xACT another free sourceware app that converts files to WAV and FLAC or to each other.   Maybe iTunes is the issue.  I don't use it for anything except storing music on my Mac so I can transfer it to my iPhone (or stream it to my home theater speakers).

 

If you are dragging and dropping files from your iTunes folder in the HD, that should work.  I re-ripped everything I had to get the best possible files.  Took some time but the end result was good.  I would suggest using xACT to convert them to FLAC if you are pulling them out of iTunes.  

 

Cassettes?  Try 8-Track.  The format from hell.  Cassettes were a gift from god.  :)

 

Yep, going through a tunnel would cut the radio. Now they string wires through them so the sound continues.  Ah, modern life.

 

Edit re above post:  Nope, I never had an X3 and only use iems.  I use a JDS Labs C5 amp and love it, but some have posted here that it's not powerful enough to drive certain headphones.  

 

Oh, and here's a quick shot from an iPhone camera to clear up any doubts about All Music (wasn't going for art, just a utilitarian image):

 


Edited by olddude - 5/4/14 at 8:15am
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Originally Posted by yoztpetra View Post
 

quoting from what you were talking about, and if my memory are still correct, you owned Fiio X3 right?

 

I have been listening through DX50 for awhile with my full size(my IEM underwent recabling process that will take awhile) and I have been switching the player's playback gain back and forth.

I've heard that Fiio X3 internal amp are more in capable driving full size than DX50..

 

I just wanted to know does DX50 have enough juice to power my 60ohm fullsize headphone?

does DX50's internal amp are worse compared to budget amp?(cheap low end cmoy, Fiio's E11 and other budget amp)? I've been considering the Fiio X3 due to it's internal amp being the same with the famous E17 and DAC feature. I'm currently impressed by the sound signature, instrument separation and soundstage produced by DX50 but I wonder if X3's SQ and soundstage is on par with DX50 considering that I have no idea about DX50's internal amp..

 

let's say I wanted to buy portable amp and sacrificing the portability of it, how much at least I have to spend to get improvement over the internal amp of DX50? thank you!



I haven't owned or heard FiiO X3 sorry.

DX50 will drive 60ohm headphones without any issues directly from the internal amp, it should do this in low gain without difficulty. Whether or not an individual thinks it 'sounds right' is personal preference and much lies in DX50's sound signature. I don't believe FiiO E11 will offer improvements over DX50 HO because I'm not terribly fond of that amp or FiiO's house sound in general. Cmoys, or the $100 C&C BH I believe one can benefit from.

Taking advantage of DX50's line out is where improvements are, why almost every owner of DX50 on these boards who want to gain that extra potential strap an amp underneath, myself for example use Tralucent T1. I'd suggest rather than try FiiO X3 look into something like C&C BH (BH2) and a decent silver plated interconnect cable, which I have tried and many members rate highly with DX50. Check out the thread and be sure to read those members impressions below the review: http://www.head-fi.org/t/644363/c-c-bh-portable-headphone-amp-80-hours-from-a-single-charge-buyer-review
 


Edited by H20Fidelity - 5/4/14 at 8:22am
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Yep, the BH is very nice, and it's 80 bucks cheaper than the C5.  And smaller by a lot, as well.  I changed up to the C5 from the BH, and I like it a lot more, but the BH is quite good, especially for size and price.  

 

So many choices, so many options, so many opinions, a person could go broke playing with these toys.  :ksc75smile:

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Originally Posted by yoztpetra View Post

quoting from what you were talking about, and if my memory are still correct, you owned Fiio X3 right?

I have been listening through DX50 for awhile with my full size(my IEM underwent recabling process that will take awhile) and I have been switching the player's playback gain back and forth.
I've heard that Fiio X3 internal amp are more in capable driving full size than DX50..

I just wanted to know does DX50 have enough juice to power my 60ohm fullsize headphone?
does DX50's internal amp are worse compared to budget amp?(cheap low end cmoy, Fiio's E11 and other budget amp)? I've been considering the Fiio X3 due to it's internal amp being the same with the famous E17 and DAC feature. I'm currently impressed by the sound signature, instrument separation and soundstage produced by DX50 but I wonder if X3's SQ and soundstage is on par with DX50 considering that I have no idea about DX50's internal amp..

let's say I wanted to buy portable amp and sacrificing the portability of it, how much at least I have to spend to get improvement over the internal amp of DX50? thank you!
The Fiio X3 internal amp wasn't very well received either. Some are even pairing the X3 with E12. X3 internal is more powerful than DX50 internal amp.

SQ wise both units are quite different sounding. X3 is much more going to the warm side. With a slight emphasis on vocals. Vocals seem more upfront. Treble is slightly laid back with a good dark background. Bass wise the hardware settings tune it at 100Hz which can result in mid bass occasionally. Hence I suppose most set both bass and treble to 0 for a better sound.

DX50 comparing to X3 is brighter sounding and more balance and transparent. Details and separation is more distinguishable on DX50. Soundstage wise, DX50 is also slightly larger. Bass quantity wise I find X3 to edge out but I prefer the DX50 more.

But with the upcoming new firmware release for X3 I have no idea what it will bring for the X3. They seem to have included a 5 band parametric EQ too. My impressions are based on 1.2.8 for DX50 and 2.1 for X3.

I would agree with H2O that rather you purchase the X3, you can consider getting an amp for DX50. Amps like C5, T1 are quite popular matching with DX50.
Edited by xaddictionx - 5/4/14 at 8:43am
post #13029 of 18426
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Originally Posted by xaddictionx View Post

I would agree with H2O that rather you purchase the X3, you can consider getting an amp for DX50.

+10000000000. Imo most any amp would pair well with the DX50 though as the DX50 has a clean and neutral line-out. I've personally auditioned a lot of amps - Apex Glacier, C&C BH2, JDS Labs C5, Portaphile 627 MICRO, FiiO E12, ALO Continental V2, SR71b - with the DX50 and all of them sounded excellent. 

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Originally Posted by BucketInABucket View Post

+10000000000. Imo most any amp would pair well with the DX50 though as the DX50 has a clean and neutral line-out. I've personally auditioned a lot of amps - Apex Glacier, C&C BH2, JDS Labs C5, Portaphile 627 MICRO, FiiO E12, ALO Continental V2, SR71b - with the DX50 and all of them sounded excellent. 
How does E12 sound with DX50? smily_headphones1.gif
post #13031 of 18426
The secret is to bypass DX50's internal amp, take the signal directly from its dac and feed your own amp with better potential, then you have a good device. Unfortunately, the internal amplifier on DX50 is a little incompetent so we place it in a dark room with no windows, lock the door and throw away the key.
post #13032 of 18426
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Originally Posted by xaddictionx View Post


How does E12 sound with DX50? smily_headphones1.gif

Decent, I would say. I hate how the FiiO E12 is way too big for the DX50 though :p

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C5 and the DX50 are (almost) exactly the same size.  

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with the headstage arrow....half the thickness of the dx50, same size....perfect match.
Edited by whoever - 5/4/14 at 9:43am
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C5 stacked with DX50 reminds me of Tralucents new DacAmp One, which is virtually the same footprint as DX50 minus a smidgen off the sides when stacked. The T1 isn't quite as wide.

Let me see what I have on my phone.





Edited by H20Fidelity - 5/4/14 at 9:46am
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