Best DAP for its price!! Forget the Ipods! This is pure sound!
by Satya Pramod on 2015-06-12
Origin games is one of the three distributors for Fiio in India. Hence a trusted seller. Coming to the product, may be like everyone else i was confused between X3 2nd generation, Sony NWZ-A17(the newest DAP) and Fiio X5 which is the best budget DAP. Also Fiio X5 second gen is about to launch in few days.
So if you have budget, X5 is just 5-6k away from X3 Second Gen. It is a worthy investment considering its higher volumes, great neutral sound quality (X3 2nd gen is marginally lesser) and dual memory card slots(vs single memory slot).
But it is also important with what headphones you are using them with. I use my X3 second generation with my Bose Mie2 and Sennheiser HD558 and it delivers perfectly. It is way better than my ipod classic and touch. It is even better when working as DAC on my PC.
So if you have decent pair of headphones like ATH-M50x or RHA-T20i, this can drive them beautifully. But if you have something like Senn HD600 then i would suggest to wait till the launch of X5 2nd generation, because its amp is improved and it will decrease those extra bucks on the amp.
If you are just a music lover and use it for regular listening buy this one eyes closed. If you want it for your professional studio monitoring then X5 would be your best bet.
To conclude, i would say Fiio X3 2gen is the best DAP in its price bracket.
Sony NWZ-A17< Fiio X3 2nd gen =<Fiio X5 < Fiio X5 2nd Gen
engaging ,fast paced sound
by karthik d on 2015-07-05
Good fast paced music. I have owned quiet a few daps and amps. I started my music road with an iPod touch and den a Ibasso and few other amps. Fiio x3k is very good. It's got an engaging sound. Typical toe tapping sound signature. It produces a good sense of dept in the music and an average soundstage. An average soundstage is best for all types of music. The best part of the dap is the texture it gives to the bass notes. The low end rumble is truly amazing. Strong low end with fast paced engaging music, it makes my fidelio x2 sing. UI is good enough. The built quality is really good. Paired with a cayin c5 via the line out u get a huge soundstage good for classical music. The amp section on the x3k is good and powerful. Crisp clean detailed audio performance. An all rounder. Well done fiio
however not satisfied with its display
by Nilesh Kodalkar on 2015-10-06
Conventional yet powerful. This product is ment for true music lover's who are willing to listen to every single bit....however not satisfied with its display.... but who cares....just put off the display and listen to its incredible sound quality....
by Sanjay Vora on 2016-02-18
This is the highest quality of sound i have ever had. A must own for a music buff! My iPod got stolen and then I discovered fiio x7. Opens up a new dimension of music. What can I say? I am in love.
The player itself works pretty well and goes very well with my ath-ws99 headphones
by Sant on 2015-08-21
The player itself works pretty well and goes very well with my ath-ws99 headphones. I've used it both as a stand-alone player and as a USB DAC and I'm satisfied.
However I have a couple of gripes. Firstly at this price point I expect a plug and play kind of device, but you need to be a bit of a geek to get going with the player. I had to re-format my SD card before the player would play from it. I could read and write to the card without formatting it but could not play from it. And you need to download drivers to get it working on Windows. Major issue is that FIIO does not provide signed drivers to use the device as a USB DAC. You need to do a messy hack on Win 8 and I have not gotten it to work with my Win8 office laptop bec I can't muck around with its drivers.
FIIO should provide signed drivers for such an expensive product !!!
Finally, I've not really played around with the equaliser but the one time that I did try it, I was not satisfied with what I heard. Good thing is that the player sounds very good without the equaliser so I've not felt the need to use the equaliser.
by Amazon Customer on 2016-06-05
An excellent player. The user interface are not the latest touch type. But all features reported by the seller are fully true and performance is really great.
by Akshay Patil on 2015-11-28
I initially got a defective piece where the player was not getting detected by windows. I initiated areturn and ferrari video issued a replacement. The second item is perfect, with no issues.
Sound quality is awesome and the amp inside is fairly powerful.
The DAC chip is awesome sounding.
You can directly connect this to your smartphone to use the DAC inside the FIIO X3, to achieve better sound quality from your smartphone. Phone needs to be usb otg compatible.
Overall an excellent purchase.
by Srini on 2015-07-22
Excellent Sound Quality equivalent to Audirvana on Mac
Excellent player with clean sound.
by Arinjitg on 2015-08-01
This is my second fiio player. i have the X1 and I bought this player for the DSD support. Like the X1, the X3 is almost the same size and the all metal build is really good. Fiio has thoughtfully included lot of accessories in the box itself. Screen protectors, usb cable, coaxial line out cable are all included along with three customizing stickers.
The sound of the X3 is better than the X1, at least that is what I feel. I have tested the X1 and X3 with the same headphone amplifier (TEAC HA-P50) and Bowers And Wilkins P3 and the X3 sounded more bright and clean. X3 has a deep sleep feature which is very useful. The X3 just goes into hibernation 9 if I can call it that) if unattended unlike previous models which would shut down totally.
The X3 is a perfect balance of build, sound, price and performance. The X5 is there for those who want to pay that extra bit, but for me the X3 is perfect and maybe if I upgrade, I will go for the X7 when it comes out. Right now, the X3 is taking care of my need for good sound on the go perfectly.
by Deepak on 2016-05-23
For me Fiio X3 lives up to all expectations I had. Excellent build quality - the moment you pick it up you get the feeling that it is built to last, good accessories (screen cover, theme stickers, case etc). The interface is very easy to use. Sound, well that is EXCEPTIONAL. I have been using an Ipod with the Fiio DAC for a year now but the moment I played the X3 the difference was huge. The sound is crystal clear with nice bass at the right level. Have converted all my CDs to digital FLAC sound so that I can carry my music everywhere I go....a big thumbs up to X3.
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