I'm way behind the times in terms of portable gear - I still use minidisc - Sony MZ-RH1 - and still love it for travel music, but it's a little bit thin when played via line-out through my sound system. I only use WAV, and will be ripping my CDs to FLAC if I go ahead with this...
I'm being tempted by the Fiio x3, and although I'm already convinced that it'll perform as a portable source, I'm less convinced of it's abilities when plugged into a full sized system.
I've been told that this little device will outperform pretty much any CD player, but is this true? That tiny little DAC?
OK - I fully admit to being out of touch with new audio developments. I'm here for education and honest opinions from folk who use one of these devices as a source into a decent amp & speakers.
My gear, like me, is getting on a bit in years, but I still love the sound of it -
Arcam Alpha 9 CD player (high end, around £1,000 when new), Arcam Alpha 9 Amp (glorious depth & huge soundstage) thru Dynaudios via decent cables.
I'm willing to be converted, but I don't want to spring for the FiiO and then find it's as thin sounding as every other portable device I've ever tried through the amp & speakers. If it turns out to be true - that such a small device does indeed sound as good as or better via line-out than CDs, well, I could even be tempted to get the FiiO x5 instead!
Thanks in advance for any opinions.