I have also downloaded and installed "X5FW1.17Beta". I have the same problem as skalkman. The X5 will not find my .dsf files. I did try an early version Alpha FW on the X5 that played DSD but it was very flaky
But I will say this for you guys, when it was working, DSD on the X5 is simply brilliant. I ran a few AB tests comparing the same song/track in 192k/24bit FLAC with DSD 2.8MHz DSF files. The sound quality in DSD is simply amazing !!! (even for my older ears). Good one James !!
I will use an SPL meter to set up the two songs and use a second person to assist me to do at least a single blind test of the same songs. I am trying to figure out how possibly to do a full double blind test.
Originally Posted by ronaldo7messi10
Is the Fiio X5 good for hiphop/rap music??
Originally Posted by H20Fidelity
Sure it is. :-)
And it's not a silly question either. A DAP with a flat frequency response is what you want, so you get the sub-bass hits and extension for your rap music. Some players suffer what's known as low end roll off, this can effect the bass response and extension.
X5 will do rap music (or any genres) in flying colours.
I agree with you Luke. It is not a silly question. As most reviewers have indicated the X5 is quite neutral, which I prefer. Also my preferred headphones for this review has been my UE10 in ear monitors which are also very neutral. The combination gives me the sound as close to the way the recording's sound engineer intended. The best example of this is the special Alan Parsons mix of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon.
I have also been putting a huge range of music through the X5 including opera, classical, choral, acapella, reggae, jazz, punk, pop, rock, new wave, latin, instrumental, blues, heavy metal etc (about the only thing I don't listen to is thrash metal). The X5 is a fantastic piece of kit. !! It will undoubtedly hit the sweet spot against the competition with the expected price point.
Also, for those reviewers who have loaded either FW1.15Beta or now FW1.17Beta, are any of you having any problem with the player in Storage or DAC modes? I can't get my review unit to work properly in either mode and transfer my music by putting the Micro SD card directly into the PC with an adapter. Both modes work well with the previous FW1.1 which interestingly is not labelled "Beta".