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Need help with choosing between Fiio X3 and Fiio e18

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hi guys! I'm new to the community and actually new to the field of HiFi so I am not an audiophile just yet. Thus, I have been studying a lot about audiophile terms and HiFi products and in the end ordered a pair of V-moda m100 to get me started with my lifelong journey as an audiophile.

 

I would like to get the best SQ on the go out of my rather limited budget so I decided to get a portable amp/dac which I decided that to be Fiio e18 since my source on the go is mainly HTC One. However, just yesterday when I was browsing through Fiio's products, I found that Fiio X3 is very powerful too. It supports 24-bit/192kHz (which I do not understand the meaning and benefits of it XD) which e18 does not, and works like a DAC on the computer as e18 does as well. I mainly listen to pop, hard rock, hip-hop and R&B on the go. Okay, here is my question; Which combination sounds better on the go? HTC One with poweramp+e18+m100 or X3+m100? Also which sound better on computer? Laptop+e18+m100 or Laptop+X3+m100?  Thanks for the help! :beyersmile:

post #2 of 10
Thread Starter 

No one knows? :( Pump!!!

post #3 of 10

X3, it can play flac files and also be used dac/amp, when it is connected to computer.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/671656/fiio-x3-review

http://www.head-fi.org/t/663600/impression-fiio-x3-high-fi-low-price


Edited by rubinstein - 12/7/13 at 6:25pm
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply!

Tho I think e18 also works as dac/amp when it connected to computer. I assume you mean X3 sounds better in that combination then? 

post #5 of 10

x3 is a DAP and can play FLAC. My smart phone can not play flac files.

post #6 of 10

I'd get the X3.  They kind of make most of fiio's other products obsolete.

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 

I believe Poweramp plays FLAC well. Still, very appreciate your advice.

 

Since you guys all recommend X3, I decided I will go with it :beyersmile:  Again, thank you guys for your advice.

post #8 of 10

I think rubinstein is using a nokia and poweamp is not available for it. I'll go for the X3 because of its versatility.

post #9 of 10

yes, I was too dumb to buy that phone 3 years ago!

post #10 of 10

Well the X3 means you don't need to use your phone for the playing of music, so you save space and battery on your phone.

You'd want to buy a microSD card though, preferably a decent size like 32 or 64GB.

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