Fiio X5 3rd gen || 2x AKM 4490 || Balanced Out || DSD || DXD | DTS | Android || Dual Card Slot

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by xloud, Dec 8, 2016.
  1. ailean
    I already use the RM1 but I find it a little combersome on the go, was hoping for something watch like that might do the same job, it's a standard bluetooth protocol so hoped it might be integrated into one of these 10,000 'smart' wearables that have bluetooth. Alas only mentions I can see are for bluetooth camera control. :rolling_eyes:
  2. KopaneDePooj
    Actually I'm looking for something like that too. Simple cheap smartwatch / wristband to use with my headphones that don't have in-line cable remotes. If you find something, please let me know.
  3. ailean
    I've ordered some random cheap devices to play with, will update if I get anywhere. :)
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  4. gorski
    i can add only one bug (plus one missing feature)
    - the silence when switching from flac [or other format] to dxd when the new track comes i just able to hear a tick and a silence for few minutes (even i change track)...
    - plus im still waiting for replaygan :)
  5. KopaneDePooj
    Will the X5 be on sale for Black Friday @ or ?
  6. BobSmith8901
    Question for anyone:

    The whole area of balanced cables is new to me. What would be the best way to get, say, a Sennheiser HD600 or 650 or 660 S cable into the balanced 2.5 mm socket on the X5 Gen 3?

    And would the 600 or 650 @300 ohms and the 660 S @ 150 ohms have sufficient output out of the balanced for a reasonable listening experience?

    Thanks for any advice!
  7. MinnieOne
    I bought an Ebay cable for my HD600's, also have a pair of FIIO IEM's also balanced. After months of use I find the benefit to be near zero. I really can't hear the slightest difference. Your ears might be able to hear something but I think it is purely hype.

    I have no problems with my HD600 and the X5iii. Other's feel it needs an amp.
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  8. HungryPanda
    I have to agree going balanced against SE on the fiio and other daps I must add does nothing for me, I have only noticed a change on my fostex desktop amp
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  9. BobSmith8901

    Edit: Googling around I've been able to find the 4-hole Balanced female to 2.5mm that you would connect to a standard 4-pin male XLR adapter with the little proprietary Senn connectors at the other end...and I was also able to find a 2.5mm balanced cable consisting of the 2.5mm male adapter directly connected to the Senn proprietary connectors. The latter would be the easiest I guess.

    I hear everyone that balanced may not make an audible difference but just curious anyway, since FiiO has made that an option on the X5III.

    Anyway, any further ideas appreciated!
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2017
  10. MinnieOne
    If you are just going to use the headphones with the FIIO then the 2.5mm to sennheiser connectors is cheapest and IMO best way to go. If you are going to want to connect to other equipment then you have to pull the connectors off the phones and it can be a pain. I recall buying my cable from Dyson Audio on Ebay at the time.
  11. Gayron
    Actually there is a slight difference between SE and balanced, only not every headphones can show you that. Balanced out slightly decreases trebles. I used to have Sony XBA-300 which have a peak in trebles and with SE connection cymbals were too bright on some recordings, going balanced made higher frequencies less piercing and more natural. I was really happy with the effect.
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  12. ailean
    So I'm playing with a GV68 smartwatch (not particularily branded, 'cheap' device), think it's android wear based. In the remote app it has a "BT music" option and this seems to do what I wanted. It's not 100% reliable, was doing some funky things for a bit but now seems to offer Next Play/Pause Prev Vol+- via a touchscreen round layout. It also has a scrolling track title bar but that seems X5 app dependant, doesn't work in FIIO Music but did in Poweramp however the controls did random stuff in Poweramp (although I think certain apps don't even work with the hard buttons on the X5).

    After messing with the not so great watch app for android it seems that FIIO Music is now sending it a notification (like an incoming email/sms) with the Track title. Not really the way it's meant to work so a little messy on the watch interface (takes you to another app/screen on the watch everytime you hit Next track :) ).

    The X5 is the only android device I have so can't really compare how it works with an android phone to see if issues are X5 or general no-standard android based.

    There is at least some hope, I'll have to see how I get on using it in practice, I imagine with the right combo of device and software it might be a good addition for those of us on the go.

    Maybe @FiiO has done some testing with particular devices and might improve the FIIO Music support?

    UPDATE: Apparently not android wear based and I seem to only be able to get the remote function to work in X5 android mode, pure music seems to unload something required. More playing. :)
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2017
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  13. Preachy1
    Couple of OTG-related questions. while it is working pretty well with my device, it does not play gaplessly, and battery life is terrible when playing from a flash drive. Are these known issues?
  14. DeLaw
    Don't know about battery, but OTG gapless flac works fine for me.
  15. superuser1
    gapless is still not properly implemented with lossy files I assume.

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