I've been looking for a good DAP within the $200 range with 64gb of storage. I've pretty much decided upon the X3 as I can get it on Amazon for $210 with a 64gb Micro SD card. As I was reading reviews, I noticed that many said there were problems with frequent crashing and other similar problems. I'll be buying my new player this Thursday/Friday, and I wanted to know if these problems were frequently occurring to anybody else. I understand that lots of people dislike the UI, and I think I can work with that, but I don't want to blow $200 on a player that'll crash and be unreliable/unusable. Do many/most of the X3s have this problem? And if they do, could anyone recommend another player that has 64gb or that I can buy a 64gb card for while staying within $220 or so?
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I was originally planning to do that, but I'd like something more sturdy (I've had the Zip and I wasn't a huge fan of the size/durability). I was looking at the DX50 as well, but I've heard of issues with its firmware as well. I'd like a good quality, well built player (important because I'll be on buses and walking around with it), but many seem to have issues with freezing and other firmware issues. I'll likely get the X3, but I wanted to see if anyone could give me a better option (better firmware and good durability) before I buy something.
Some of the iPod Classics can be rockboxed. That might be your best best for good firmware. I've been interested in the X3, but I want/need replaygain volume leveling implementation, which the X3 doesn't have (nor the X5). It seems like FiiO focused more on implementing every music file type that they could instead of a user-friendly, feature-rich UI.
If you need sth stable and well-equiped with features DAP(also with sturdy built and durability), maybe a rockboxed Sansa Clip Zip or a iPod Classic is a good choice for portable
Have your own decision
Edited by jade2709 - 4/23/14 at 8:38am
I have the X3's and they have only crashed one time on me. The tip is to really run the setup well. I use a 64g card and no problemo at all... works fine. I like it's sound and it is a great buy for only 200... hope that helps!!!
@jade2709 I have the Shure SRH440, which is somewhat light on the bass. I'd heard the X3 has a small bass boost, so I figured they'd pair well together.
@cel4145 I was also thinking about buying an iPod Classic and Rockboxing it, but I mainly use Windows Media Player, I'm more familiar with it, etc. I also would like to use the DAC function in the X3 for my laptop.
Did you get the deal on Amazon with the card? And if so, was it already formatted? I've seen a couple reviews saying the card was already formatted, which would be helpful since I really don't know anything about formatting cards.