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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.
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  1. EinTheVariance
    @Brooko thanks for the great effort and write up on the technical side. I went at it again this morning and still felt the difference was obvious even without changing the volume between switching and I think we know in this case that the balanced outputs less power in low gain/non-turbo mode which is the only mode I've listened to these on so far, but I don't have equipment for volume matching either nor can I say whether the difference is due to the cable or the implementation of the outputs on the X5 as I mentioned in my initial post so it is what it is. All I can say is if placebo is enough to make the F5 go from a worthless investment to an enjoyable experience, then I'm ok with that.
  2. Focalor
    Hi @FiiO

    Updated, issue solved :)

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  3. FiiO
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  4. yaslam
    Please refer to the method described in my previous post. You can check whether it is downconverted.
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  5. yaslam
    I have no problem playing 96/24 or 192/24 at all.
    My network environment is below.
    - MinimServer (on Mac)
    - Controller: BubbleUPnP (on X5 3rd)
    - Renderer: Neutron (on X5 3rd)

    Certainly X5 3rd's WiFi is a little poor. However, I think that it is almost no problem if it is a general WiFi environment.
    Is there a possibility that your WiFi environment is a little poor? How far is the distance to the WiFi router?
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  6. Fietser
    I don't think it's a WiFi environment. Streaming 4k 50GB movies to a nVidia Shield TV in the same room without any problems. Also using BubbleUpNp on the X5 3rd as controller and player. On my S7 network speed is 170 Mbps and on the X5 around 20Mbps. Router Asus RT-AC88U.
  7. TjPhysicist
    I haven't used the wifi MUCH on this, i usually just download tracks for offline listening on streaming programs like tidal. BUT, so far it's not been poor enough to be useless. It's defenitely no beast, but it's about as good as say my first smartphone circa 2006 or so.

    Anyway, one thing to keep in mind, especially with commercial brands and fancy new routers is that X5-III doesn't have 5Ghz and max uses something in 11ng. New routers with AC wifi and 5ghz a lot of times limit usage of older spectrums, i had this problem with a router my parents used ot have in singapore my dads old blackberry would have issues and realised that the thing kept doing smthg wierd to the access due to it using older spectrum. May not be what's happening but smthg to think about.

    BTW i just ran a speed test and i'm maxing out below 20Mbps too, which is what my wifi AP is reporting as the max speed for this device as well.
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  8. TjPhysicist
    Can someone compare the X5 iii and the Hiby R6, they seem to be very similarly priced.
  9. Lourens

    Absolutely love my X5iii
  10. paulfiio
    Got my X5iii today. Signed up to tidal via Sennheiser CapTune app for 3 months free HIFI subscription. Pretty much filled a 200gb card with offline tunes and its playing great after enabling crossfade for 1 sec. no juddering or playback issues at all. Dont think ill buy music again ever :D Coming from a phone setup its like ive been born into a new world. My wireless P5s are doing a great job but i feel an upgrade coming on soon.
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  11. MinnieOne
    Bought the Fiio A5 amp for my HD600's last year and it didn't do much for me so I returned it.
    Just bought the K5 desktop amp and the sound is awesome, except for the unit is defective and flashes on and off sometimes. Also you can't leave the silicone case on.

    I like the portability of the A5 and the power of the K5.

    So the question is what other options are people using to drive the power hungry headphones? Or am I better off just buying different headphones. I have AKG702's and they are nothing like the HD600s and I only use them when exercising as I really don't like them enough for dedicated listening.
  12. se7en7
    To enable balanced turbo mode is it just

    Plug in 2.5mm and then gain to high?
    Or is there another step?

    Thank you
  13. TjPhysicist
    There's thing in settings->audio settings called "Balanced Turbo" (it's all the way at the bottom, need to scroll down)...assuming you have the latest firmware ofc. Need to turn this on.
  14. se7en7
    Many thanks ill check the version i am on thats the build number is it?
  15. TjPhysicist
    yea, it should be 1.2.0
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