The X3 is more transparent and revealing, with better IMD and stereo crosstalk performance. However, it's warmish in character as the AD8397 is probably Class A biased, leading people to think it's not as "clear" sounding as it actually is --- SQ-wise, the X3, short of the yet-to-be-released X5, is FiiO's best quality product and it will hold its own against the DX50 and AK100. The F886 is definitely the lesser sounding DAP, even though the sound signature is less warm overall. The cooler tone makes the F886 sound superficially "cleaner", but it's not really cleaner. The stereo image is flatter and less dynamic, and I can hear interference from its other electronics. Bass lacks body. But it doesn't matter, I'm still keeping the F886 over the X3 because the UI is leaps and bounds better.
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