My name is John Marchington, I live in New Zealand and I've been a Hi-Fi fan for almost as long as I can remember.
About a month ago I bought an FiiO X3 DAP, after reading a very enthusiastic review in an English music magazine. I found out who the local agent was, bought an X3 and a pair of high-quality Chinese headphones from him at the same time
I begin by ripping four of my CDs into FLAC files and I have to say that the quality of sound, as heard through the headphones, far exceeded my expectations. The top end was silky smooth yet extended, the mid range had presence yet not excessively so and the bass was tight, yet really solid and deep. Bass drum was sensational! There was a wonderful feeling of space as well and everything seemed naturally focused. The stereo spread was wide yet the imaging was excellent as well. I am used to the sound of electrostatic speakers and headphones and I believe these headphones to be the next best thing, yet they didn't cost the earth.
I decided to look into the possibility of purchasing some hi-rez files and settled on two Everest albums that I knew well. I had one on CD (and also on SACD) and the other on vinyl. The former would give me the opportunity of comparing it against the other formats, while I had long wanted to buy the latter in a digital format of some kind. I settled on 24-bit/192 kHz FLAC files for both albums.
I also wanted hear what the X3 sounded like through an amplifier and speakers so I bought a 3.5mm stereo jack and two RCA plugs (all gold plated) and made up a lead so that I could use the Line Out of the X3..
I started with one of the Everest albums and the X3 played every file without a hitch. The quality was very impressive but I fancy it might sound even better through those phones. Time for the second album: two works by Igor Stravinsky. The first work presented no problems and the first movement of the second work started as expected and continued through to the end.
Then there was silence!
Puzzled, I walked over to the X3 and found it was pointing to the second movement of the work but I was unable to move up and down through the other files in the album or move back to a previous menu. In fact I couldn't do anything, not even turn it off!
An e-mail to the NZ agent suggested I reset the player (paper clip in the little hole by the headphone socket) and that restored order.
A friend whom I had written to suggested I try playing the same files again and see if the problem repeated itself. Sad to say, that is exactly what happened - in exactly the same spot - and a further reset was necessary.
When I downloaded the files I stored them on one of the hard drives in my PC (before transferring them to the 32 GB ADATA SDCard I purchased) and I have played those HDD files through VLC Media Player (as Multiple Files) and they play perfectly, one after the other. Even more intriguingly, I have removed the SDCard (a class 10 card I believe) from the side of the X3, and using an SDCard reader with adapter the same files also play without any problems through VLC Media Player (again using the Multiple Files setting). As a consequence of this, I am now totally confused about the whole matter and wonder where the cause of the problem might lie.
One other point. When I created the FLAC files from my CDs, I wasn't aware of the Library and that it has to be updated each time files are added to the SDCard. I now do that religiously but wonder if there might have been some sort of corruption in the Library from the omission at the start. Can the Library be cleared and updated from scratch again?
There is still so much I have to learn about this player. I am not a cellphone user and that might handicap me somewhat.
If anyone has any ideas as to what might be causing that lock-up and how I can prevent it from happening again I would greatly appreciate any suggestions forthcoming. Maybe I have to re-format the card and copy all the files back a second time? Many thanks.