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post #706 of 1895
Thanks Coop
Because the headphone out is so good, I don't think I'd bother with an additional amp.

I did try it paired with my LD MK IV and it sounded pretty sublime with the Beyers - so I guess if you were around a desktop situation the opportunity is always there.

For me personally though the advantage is the built in power and the small form factor.

No doubt there will be some who still want to create a stack though wink.gif
post #707 of 1895

Holy crap this is too many posts (400+ in the past week) to catch up, so I'm going to just post this.

 

I just got my sample today, and my God, this thing feels nice. It's on the heavy side, but it feels quite sturdy. I haven't actually used it yet (I'm letting it charge) but I'll update this tonight. Marcus and I are creating a joint review of the X5 (mine is more of a, "Can a college headphone user live with just this thing instead of getting a whole portable setup for studying in the library, walking to class, and the occasional subway ride?" view, for those interested in how that would work out). 

post #708 of 1895

Received mine today.

This player is absolutely fantastic.

My review will be more on the build quality-design side and software (still i'll tak about the sound and other things) as i think we need diversification on reviews.

For now, the only thing i would say is that everyone deserve an X5.

 

1 note: i don't know if it's my unit (or the firmware) but the wheel is a bit fancy, sometimes is precise, sometimes misses or goes 3 steps...

post #709 of 1895
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Originally Posted by TommyNavara View Post
 

1 note: i don't know if it's my unit (or the firmware) but the wheel is a bit fancy, sometimes is precise, sometimes misses or goes 3 steps...

 

 

It has been mentioned that that may be fixed in a firmware update, soon, but the programming team is on holiday, due to Chinese New Year celebrations.

post #710 of 1895
post #711 of 1895

I want to take the opportunity to thank Joe and James for allowing all of the review crew to be part of this exciting X5 tour. This has to be the best 10 days I ever spent on Head-Fi walking around with my headphones on full time and the X5 close by, not to mention putting my gear all over the table and making a food mess taking notes, connecting, disconnecting the many components together. That was an amazing sound ride.

 

:beerchug:


Edited by musicheaven - 1/27/14 at 5:18pm
post #712 of 1895
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Originally Posted by Hal Rockwell View Post
 

Maybe Fiio can provide a multiple choice for the file organizer just like in Foobar. It doesn't have to give a lot of choices. I think that 3 will be more than enough:

 

1. Artist>Album>Track#

2. Ganre>Artist>Album>Track#

3. Composer>Artist>Album>Track#

 

Or something like this.

 

The other choice is to give a series of say 6 similar fields with say 7 options to choose from in each of them to create a string by which the tracks will be organized:

 

Album/Artist/Composer/Ganre/Track#>Year>Blank

 

Good ideas!

 

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Originally Posted by JamesFiiO View Post
 

maybe in the future , but it is not the most important work to us in the firmware update list 

 

I understand. Please keep it in mind, won't you?

 

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Originally Posted by Ripvanlink View Post

 

The gapless issue, which I've heard mentioned before I would imagine has to do with how long you have to wait for the next selection to play, is that right?

 

No, not exactly. You undoubtedly know that a single, continuous piece of classical music can extend across multiple tracks, with each "track" simply corresponding to a specific section or passage within the piece. It's not a problem for CD players--they can easily output uninterrupted streams of music, regardless of the number of tracks comprised. But some DAPs don't work as seamlessly; they'll pause each time they arrive at a new track. The result can be terribly irritating. Who wants to listen to Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring with a device that stutters every sixty seconds?

 

It's nice that Fiio has begun to address these issues, but the fact that there are still such problems at all seems to underscore the immaturity of the Chinese DAP industry.

post #713 of 1895

Wow, i would wait for the firmware revisions i guess, but I would get it later anyway, this is probably on top of my interest list compared to the hm802 or the dx90, would still llike to hear them by my own ear though

post #714 of 1895
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Originally Posted by musicheaven View Post
 

I want to take the opportunity to thank Joe and James for allowing all of the review crew to be part of this exciting X5 tour. This has to be the best 10 days I ever spent on Head-Fi walking around with my headphones on full time and the X5 close by, not to mention putting my gear all over the table and making a food mess taking notes, connecting, disconnecting the many components together. That was an amazing sound ride.

 

:beerchug:

 

thank Joe is OK, all is done by himself. 

post #715 of 1895
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by JamesFiiO View Post

thank Joe is OK, all is done by himself. 

If all were done by myself we'd all be reviewing $50 Chinese smartphones playing music through nonfunctional headphone outs instead of X5s... wink.gif

Seriously James, we all have you and the staff at headquarters to thank for loaning out so many X5s and arranging to have them all tested and shipped! L3000.gif
post #716 of 1895

please noted :

 

1, All the X5 is engineer sample so there are some different with the mass product version for sales , but the SQ is the same. 

 

2, The kernel of the firmware in X5 is different with X3, so you may find some bugs will does not existed in X3 , for example there are big gap between tracks in X5 than in X3. but it is not a big problem cause should be fixed when it is released in global.

 

3, I am hoping to see more feedback about the sound quality so it can help more people cause it is a subjective issues.   

post #717 of 1895

Joe and James:

 

How is the line out (LO) implemented on the X5? Is it a clean LO taking the analog signals directly from the DAC?

post #718 of 1895
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Originally Posted by bcarr112281 View Post
 

 

Good ideas!

 

 

I understand. Please keep it in mind, won't you?

 

 

No, not exactly. You undoubtedly know that a single, continuous piece of classical music can extend across multiple tracks, with each "track" simply corresponding to a specific section or passage within the piece. It's not a problem for CD players--they can easily output uninterrupted streams of music, regardless of the number of tracks comprised. But some DAPs don't work as seamlessly; they'll pause each time they arrive at a new track. The result can be terribly irritating. Who wants to listen to Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring with a device that stutters every sixty seconds?

 

It's nice that Fiio has begun to address these issues, but the fact that there are still such problems at all seems to underscore the immaturity of the Chinese DAP industry.

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by bcarr112281 View Post
 

 

Good ideas!

 

 

I understand. Please keep it in mind, won't you?

 

 

No, not exactly. You undoubtedly know that a single, continuous piece of classical music can extend across multiple tracks, with each "track" simply corresponding to a specific section or passage within the piece. It's not a problem for CD players--they can easily output uninterrupted streams of music, regardless of the number of tracks comprised. But some DAPs don't work as seamlessly; they'll pause each time they arrive at a new track. The result can be terribly irritating. Who wants to listen to Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring with a device that stutters every sixty seconds?

 

It's nice that Fiio has begun to address these issues, but the fact that there are still such problems at all seems to underscore the immaturity of the Chinese DAP industry.


Thank you. I was not until now aware of this extended meaning of gapless playback, nor was I aware that a movement could extend across many tracks. Now the importance of gapless becomes clear. I will look for it in future readings for sure!

post #719 of 1895
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Originally Posted by TommyNavara View Post

Received mine today.
This player is absolutely fantastic.
My review will be more on the build quality-design side and software (still i'll tak about the sound and other things) as i think we need diversification on reviews.
For now, the only thing i would say is that everyone deserve an X5.

1 note: i don't know if it's my unit (or the firmware) but the wheel is a bit fancy, sometimes is precise, sometimes misses or goes 3 steps...

As James noted it's early days for the software yet while the sound quality is final. Still you're welcome to preview the software and rag on it as you see fit biggrin.gif Given your computer science background this is a natural focus for you.
post #720 of 1895
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Originally Posted by AmberOzL View Post
 

I also have a bad luck with universals, I found my comfort and perfect sound in custom monitors, good luck on your journey mate, hope that I could be helpful.


You have been very helpful and thanks for your well-wishes AmberOzL. When I get my X5s, which I am at present set on, since they seem like all-around winners, including UI, yay, I will, I'm sure, still stay for quite a while with my enhanced (by miles and miles) UM 4 channel IEMs and hope to report on the results too. Meanwhile though, I have, through bad timing, ordered silver cables from UM in the beginning of January. By the time they were sent they seemed to hang up last Wednesday in Shanghai, no doubt b/c once again (yes I did this before for the iems from UM), anyway, no doubt b/c I did this just before the Chinese New Year. Oh well. Good thing, I'm older and have learned patience, haha!

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