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post #16 of 38
Hi Mark,

I apologize if my question has been answered before/elsewhere, but I am having great difficulty finding one specific piece of info; does the X3 play AIFF files, or not? I've read things on Head-Fi and elsewhere that say yes, it does -- but it does it poorly, or there is some problem with the files not showing up. Can someone please tell me, can I expect the X3 to play my AIFF files (I've started purchasing from HDTracks recently, in anticipation of buying my first HD DAC, and ripped quite a few CDs to AIFF), or do I need to consider an AK100 instead? I'm not so heavily invested in HDTrack purchases (yet!) that I couldn't buy FLAC (or ALAC) if I had to, and I can re-rip my CDs if need be, but I will consider a different hardware option if that is a better choice.

Thank you,
Paul

My listening equipment: I have been using an iPod Classic with a FiiO E6, driving my older favorite IEMs, the SE530s from Shure. I also have a pair of Grado GR10s which I got recently and really like. While the iPod+FiiO amp pairing works well enough, I want to aim for a better sound this year, given the greater availability of HD music, and the fact that a special someone has hinted that I may be getting the SRH1540s for Christmas. I'd like to have a better DAP to drive them! Suggestions welcome.
post #17 of 38
Anyone, please? redface.gif

FiiO's web site makes NO mention of supporting AIFF, but there is a Facebook post y the company stating that a July software update includes support for the AIFF format, so what is true here??
Edited by Cannikin - 12/19/13 at 10:05am
post #18 of 38

*bump*

post #19 of 38

Dude, how about waiting until someone with an answer can get to you. Constantly bumping the thread is considered a no-no here on HF. Please, chill out.

post #20 of 38
Thread Starter 

AIFF?  no idea, not sure ive ever seen taht format used and im now at my parents for christmass so i cant check it for you either im afraid.

post #21 of 38

So, has FiiO addressed the mp3 playback bug that was mentioned in the other X3 thread? http://www.head-fi.org/t/651769/the-fiio-x3-thread/5205#post_9806951

 

I'm wanting to know, and I'm hoping this won't be an issue with the upcoming FiiO X5.

post #22 of 38

Man, I need need NEED one of these things. Saving my pennies and nickels.....

post #23 of 38

however given cost and functionality id say the x3 is better value and more of a generalist.  ie you can have it to be your DAC and DAP,  the pricier V3rd if you have a dedicated DAP and and equally pricey DAC.

PjVLrL

post #24 of 38
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Originally Posted by mark2410 View Post

AIFF?  no idea, not sure ive ever seen taht format used and im now at my parents for christmass so i cant check it for you either im afraid.

Thanks, Mark.
Problem solved: I just bought one to find out for myself, and yes - the X3 plays AIFF files, which are the recommended file type HDtracks recommends you buy if you want to play your purchase on an iPod, not just HD devices.

Although I enjoy the sound of the X3 playing some of my HD music, the UI is dreadful: uninintuitive and buggy. some HD tracks I bought skip to the next track after a minute or two into playing. Unacceptable behavior. I may send it back after I get a chance to try an AK100 later this week. Right now I am having buyers remourse. :-(
post #25 of 38
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Originally Posted by Cannikin View Post


Thanks, Mark.
Problem solved: I just bought one to find out for myself, and yes - the X3 plays AIFF files, which are the recommended file type HDtracks recommends you buy if you want to play your purchase on an iPod, not just HD devices.

Although I enjoy the sound of the X3 playing some of my HD music, the UI is dreadful: uninintuitive and buggy. some HD tracks I bought skip to the next track after a minute or two into playing. Unacceptable behavior. I may send it back after I get a chance to try an AK100 later this week. Right now I am having buyers remourse. :-(

Deciding between AK100 and this. would be great and helpful if you cna post a review after you get you hand on those. 

post #26 of 38
Thread Starter 

what it skips on its own?  you checked its not a problem with the files not havenig been converted fully?

post #27 of 38
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Originally Posted by mark2410 View Post

what it skips on its own?  you checked its not a problem with the files not havenig been converted fully?

Yes, some purchased tracks quit playing at a specific point (always the same point in the song) and it starts playing the next track. (How do you check that the files have been "fully converted"?) The problem is consistent; it happens at exactly the same point in the track, every time without fail. This is a deal breaker for me. If I have to deal with faulty playback on certain tracks, this isn't going to work for me; I will look for something else to use. So far, I have to say that my experience with the device has been a very "beta product" one. Disappointing.
Edited by Cannikin - 12/26/13 at 7:21am
post #28 of 38
Thread Starter 

ive not heard of it doing that before.  try sending a track that does it to others who have  an X3.  that way we can see if its unique to your one or causing a problem for all X3's.

 

you are on the most up to date firmware?

post #29 of 38
I updated firmware immediately after unpacking it, and used FiiO's site that indicated 2.05 was the current version, and that is what I installed. Is that the most current? Thanks.
post #30 of 38
Thread Starter 

no

 

http://www.fiio.com.cn/news/index.aspx?ID=100000126778463&page=1

 

although it does say "Note: For users with X3 updated to FW2.05 and installed the device driver, there is NO need to install it once again."

 

hmm id say try it, there should be no harm in it.

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