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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. FiiO
    Dear friend,

    Can you feel the volume reduce after turning on the EQ function? If yes, the EQ function did work.

    The agreement of cooperation between FiiO and ViPER's Audio has expired, so we're afraid that the new version of FiiO Music will no longer have the embedded ViPER Effect plugin. However, we've been working hard on the dynamic EQ and will try our best to develop more audio effects.

    If you have purchased the ViPER Effects and would like to continue using it, you may download the apk file of the old version, copy it to the player, and then install it through ES File Explorer (this will overwrite the new version). If you have any other questions, please kindly contact us

    (We've changed the database structure of FiiO music, so the player will transfer data from the old database to the new one during update. And in order to prevent errors, the player will scan the music lists during the transfer and remove the tracks that are not found in the storage. So please remember to insert the SD cards to the correct slot before updating the player, so to ensure that the lists are transferred entirely. )

    Download link for the FiiO Music old version (apk): Click here

    Best regards
    FiiO Stay updated on FiiO at their sponsor page on Head-Fi.
    https://www.facebook.com/FiiOAUDIO https://twitter.com/FiiO_official https://www.instagram.com/fiioofficial/ https://www.fiio.com http://fiio.udesk.cn/im_client/?web_plugin_id=24494&group_id=47899&language=en-us
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  2. ElKabong
    No volume changes that i noticed when i turned the eq on. I may try a downgrade, we shall see.
  3. davidcotton
    It's not the tech, it's the cameras on the mobiles that are banned due to client confidentiality.
    HungryPanda likes this.
  4. brick42
    hi all -
    well i must admit i've only used my x5 iii a few times since i've purchased it which was quite awhile ago. no reason against the device it's just a lifestyle change i haven't jumped into yet whatever.
    so i have started to play with it again and want to get it really set up etc. is it me or is the output on this extremely low? i used a headphone plug to RCA cable into my receiver and really had to crank the receiver to get any good volume. this was with the x5 set at a volume of 90 and using the fiio music app. also note i haven't updated to the latest fiio music or firmware etc. i've got the stuff from about a year ago which was running pretty stable for most here.

    any advice outside of getting an amp lol
  5. srbungle
    in the new version of Fiio Music App, is there any way to search by artist and the result is grouped by albums?
  6. Moosbrugger
    I need some help formatting new SD Cards. I decided to replace the two 200 gb SD cards I've been using with 400gb cards (San Disk). I unmounted and removed the old cards and inserted the new ones. The card in slot 1 seems to have been formatted correctly. When I look on windows explorer, it has a "lost.dir" folder and an "Android" folder. When I connected to my Mac with iSyncr, iSyncr added a "Syncr" folder, and I'm able to sync files from my iTunes onto the card.
    The care in slot 2, however, only has the "lost.dir" folder -- it does not have the "Android" folder. When I connect to iSyncr on my Mac, iSyncr does not see the slot 2 card. I've tried reformatting the card, using both Mac's Disk Utilities and Windows. No luck.
    The only formatting option I see on the Fiio is through their Pure Music app -- I don't see a format storage option on the main "settings/storage" function -- perhaps I'm missing it?
    Any suggestions for how to get the second SD card properly formatted so that iSyncr recognizes it?

    Thank in advance.

    I seemed to have solved my problem by simply copying the Android folder from SD 1 to SD 2.
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2019
  7. BobSmith8901
    Are you connecting the line out from the X5III (not the headphone out) to your receiver? Line out should give decent line level signal to your receiver and the volume will then be controlled exclusively from the receiver. I'm assuming your connecting it to the AUX input or tape monitor on your receiver? I run the line out from my X5III occasionally into my old integrated amp's tape monitor and you can crank it up quite a bit.
  8. geo626
    I recently installed the v2.5 kernel and superSU from the steps provided a couple of pages back. However now the X5 restarts unexpectedly and seems unusable. Where can I get the old kernel? Can I reflash that instead? Can't use my dap now.
  9. jkbuha
    If you're experiencing random reboots, it is likely that your CPU is more sensitive to higher clock speeds and DRAM settings. Install this version of the kernel instead:


    It has all the benefits of the new kernel with lower timings.
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  10. geo626
    You're a saint! I'll try it now. Thank you!
  11. geo626
    Works well! I got thru 3 songs without reboot.
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  12. FiiO
    Dear friend,

    No, but we will report to the engineer for checking the feasibility of adding this feature.

    Best regards
    FiiO Stay updated on FiiO at their sponsor page on Head-Fi.
    https://www.facebook.com/FiiOAUDIO https://twitter.com/FiiO_official https://www.instagram.com/fiioofficial/ https://www.fiio.com http://fiio.udesk.cn/im_client/?web_plugin_id=24494&group_id=47899&language=en-us
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  13. jkbuha
    Dear Head-Fi community

    After some extensive work over the last few weeks I am very happy to announce the latest release - Version 2.6 of the @FiiO X5iii custom kernel. This release contains by far the largest amount of new features and changes, and elevates the player usability and user experience in a class above its own. Indeed comparing the original factory versions with this custom kernel gives the X5 a new premium feel in terms of smoothness and execution.


    Version 2.6
    New: UKSM instead of KSM (much faster)
    New: ZRAM (more RAM)
    New: fsync_disable (much, much faster)
    New: ROW I/O scheduler for SD cards (much faster)
    New: LZ4 Compression instead of LZO (faster, more compression)
    New: zsmalloc implementation instead of xsmalloc
    New: zcache enabling (faster)
    New: ARM RSEM implementation (faster)
    New: frandom generator instead of random (much, much faster)
    New: MSG pop-up notification daemon
    Fix: Lowered voltage for some FiiO players with lower-grade VCOs
    Fix: Corrected git file dependencies
    Fix: Disabled system animation by default

    Previous Versions

    Version 2.5
    New: Increased max clock speed to 1752MHz (faster)
    New: BFQ I/O scheduler (faster)
    New: Westwood TCP/IP congestion protocol (much faster)
    New: InteractiveX governor (much, much, much faster)
    Fix: Stability checks to voltage
    Fix: iX handling changes

    Version 2.4
    New: Maple I/O Scheduler (faster)
    New: init.d full support (much, much faster)
    New: init.d scripts (thanks prispewnic @ 4PDA)

    Version 2.3
    New: Zen I/O scheduler (much faster)

    Version 2.2
    Fix: Changes to scheduler priorities during screen off (faster)

    Version 2.1
    New: Additional GPU and DDR overclocking (much, much faster)

    Version 1.5
    New: Update to Linaro gcc 4.9.4 (significantly much faster)

    Version 1.4
    New: SIO I/O scheduler (faster)
    New: VR I/O scheduler (faster)

    Version 1.3
    New: CPU clock to 1704MHz (much, much faster)

    Version 1.2
    New: Additional voltage optimisation and DDR overclocking

    Version 1.1
    New: GPIO optimisation and documentation
    New: CPU clock to 1518MHz (faster)

    Version 1.0
    Initial system release and branch-off from FiiO GPL code

    Installation instructions:

    1) Windows and/or first-time users
    If you already have TWRP or a previous version of my kernel, go to step 2.

    a) If you don't yet have TWRP and/or any previous version of my kernel yet, download the Windows-based loader here and unzip to a folder
    (note: you need to have the FiiO USB Windows drivers correctly installed)
    b) Run the AndroidTool.exe program and connect the FiiO via USB.
    c) Put the player in bootloader mode (just as if you were going to upgrade the player the traditional FiiO way with the Windows-based loader), by pressing power+pause+back.
    d) If all goes well you should see the green light with 'Found One Loader Device'. Make sure 'boot' and 'recovery_twrp' are selected and press Run. Once done, click the 'Advanced Function' tab and click Reset Device. You should have the new kernel and TWRP installed!

    2) TWRP users

    a) Download the latest version of the kernel (with new optimisation scripts) here:
    https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=1395089523397899873 and push to sdcard
    b) Reboot to TWRP recovery
    c) Install -> FiiO-X5iii-jkbuha-V2.6-TWRP.zip
    d) Wipe kernel and dalvik cache
    e) Reboot
    f) IMPORTANT: leave running for 1-2m for new scripts to do their magic
    g) Reboot
    h) Enjoy :)

    3) Hints and Tips
    After the first couple of reboots, you should immediately see an increase in usability and responsiveness due to the new kernel features and scripts in play.

    If you're using Fidelizer (as I am) then you'll need to delete *.flac and *.pdf from your /system/media folder before you install my kernel.

    Note that this version pushes the hardware to its maximum capabilities, so if you experience any random reboots, it's likely that your specific player may need slightly lower tuning settings. PM me and I'll send you a custom build!

    Thanks and Rants

    Again, massive thanks to prispewnic's product suggestions. His extensive knowledge of requirements and scripting have been the source behind all these new great features. Thanks also to the great community of users here on this forum, your support and feedback so far has been incredible.

    Thanks also to @FiiO for releasing the first GPL of the source code back in June. If it weren’t for you we wouldn’t have this modded kernel. Also - gentle reminder - could you kindly release the source code for firmware version 1.2.2?

    Coming up next

    Version 3 is next, this will be quite an ambitious project, so expect even better CPU governors, I/O schedulers and faster internet on this player in the coming weeks

    As always, any queries, comments etc - please shout.

    Moderators - could someone pin this to the first post of this topic? It's a real shame that new users have to trudge through 1000 odd pages before they get to this...
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2019
  14. Powderphinger

    I trust Fidelizer still wont play nice with your latest kernel, correct?

  15. jkbuha
    If you're using Fidelizer (as I am) then you'll need to delete some media files from your system/media folder before you install my kernel. Fidelizer has packed his ROM to the fullest which means /system is almost full
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