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What is the benefit of having a 'Portable Music Player'? (Fiio X3, Sony Walkman Z, etc...)

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I'm really dumb but I hope someone can answer my question.

 

1) On a normal day, you'll be carrying 2 things for good sound quality (cellphone + portable DAC AMP)

 

2) With the Fiio X3, you'll be carrying 2 things for good sound quality (cellphone [not for music] + Fiio X3)

 

So what I'm not understanding is that in the end you'll still always be carrying 2 devices, why opt for a 'portable music player' altogether? Why not just listen to all of your music on your phone, then add an amp if necessary?

 

And is there something about the Sony Walkman Z (does it have a better internal DAC and AMP than cellphones) that makes it sound better than say their Sony Xperia Cellphone?

 

Thank you for reading all of this. I'm really dumb.


Edited by SonyMDRer - 1/21/14 at 10:54pm
post #2 of 7

battery life is pretty much my reason why

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1) On a normal day, you'll be carrying 2 things for good sound quality (cellphone + portable DAC AMP)

2) With the Fiio X3, you'll be carrying 2 things for good sound quality (cellphone [not for music] + Fiio X3)

So what I'm not understanding is that in the end you'll still always be carrying 2 devices, why opt for a 'portable music player' altogether? Why not just listen to all of your music on your phone, then add an amp if necessary?

And is there something about the Sony Walkman Z (does it have a better internal DAC and AMP than cellphones) that makes it sound better than say their Sony Xperia Cellphone?

Chances are the DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) chip in the FiiO X3 is going to be better then the DAC chip in the smartphone (cellphone).

Chances are the headphone amplifier in the FiiO X3 is better then the one in your smart phone.

Most people in the world carry a smartphone what can not be connected to a external DAC.

 

The website anythingbutipod is another good site for asking about portable digital audio players.

post #4 of 7

Is quite a simple question.

 

It provides a better sound quality. If your satisfied with your phone, you wouldn't get a DAP.


Edited by Ishera - 1/22/14 at 1:20am
post #5 of 7
Battery life, compatibility, HD size, and sound quality.
post #6 of 7
No worries, its not dumb question at all.

Its a pain sometimes to add a small DAC to a phone (which I might add cost a fair bit of cash by itself) then lose the functionalities of a headset. To qualify myself on this point, most really small DACs don't really support mike in anyways, those that do either cost quite abit or add considerable bulk. I'm really much better off with a dedicated player in my workbag with a nice set of earphones.

As for adding a amp section to the phone, as most guys have already pointed out the DACs aren't really that fantastic. I have a iphone 4S which has decent SQ, but my Fiio X3 blows that one away quite comfortably.
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Thank you all. I have been very satisfy with your responses! Cheers
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