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.
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.