I am getting a little sick of relying on my note 3 and an AMP. I was thinking about getting a Fiio X5 Portable as an all in one unit. Is this a good Idea.
Thinking about getting a Fiio X5
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The X5 looks to very good. Here's a thread to read about it: http://www.head-fi.org/t/661411/fiio-x5-thread-info-updated-on-jan-17th-2014
I use an iPod at work and for traveling and I'm won't take an amp with me. I don't consider that portable. I've been looking at X5 too. I saw this review from a retailer: http://www.headfonia.com/better-but-fiio-x5/.
The only thing holding me back from the FiiO daps is the lack of replygain volume leveling implementation. I always listen to mixes of music or random playlists. I don't why they think implementing every file format they can think of is more important than basic user-friendly features common to other DAPs.
I'm waiting for a big firm (Apple or the like) to make a reasonably priced audiophile DAP, with an easy GUI and without an effing microSD card.
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The X5 sounds very good.
However, it has a bunch of small and major issues - to me, the biggest one is in the area of tag-based sorting of albums and artists: this is prone to crashes, it requires you to clean up/remove most of the ID3 tags and can only accommodate 5800 songs at present. The supporters will tell you that this problem is going to be fixed - great. When it is fixed, it will be a very good player.
That being said, if you are ok with folder-based browsing, and not needing to see album art when selecting an album, then it works quite well. I plan to get one, once the 5800-song limit is fixed.