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FiiO X5 III 3rd Generation DAP Music Player $219 (Expired), FiiO X7 $349, FiiO X7 II $400 (Sold out) Shipped @ Addicted to Audio

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A good deal at this price. Paid for my around $380 2 years ago and loved it.

Four-Way LPF for First-Rate Amplification

The X5 3rd gen utilizes two dual-channel OPA1642 chips for its low-pass filtering stage and a custom-made audiophile-grade OPA426 chip for amplification, providing greater output power (up to 300mW under a 32 ohm load) and greater ability to deal with capacitive loads. The outstanding sound quality of the final audio architecture employed in the X5 3rd gen is the result of closed beta users working tirelessly together with the team at FiiO in a quest to make this new X5 sound the best that it can.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (aptX) for a Connected Era

The X5 3rd gen brings a number of new features for a convenient wireless experience – 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi allows user to listen to their favorite online streaming services; aptX ensures a low latency, high-quality wireless Bluetooth experience; and DLNA is supported for even more forms of wireless connectivity. With the X5 3rd gen, you can play with your music anytime, anywhere.

Concealed micro SD Card Design

In order to make a more seamless-looking and durable chassis, the X5 3rd gen design team needed to rethink the design of the micro SD card slot. In this new design made of fine stainless steel powder based on new metallurgical methods, the gap between the micro SD card a lot and the rest of the body is only 0.2mm – making for a more handsome body.

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  • +2 votes

    How does X5 III compare to FiiO BTR3 and LG V30? If anyone know…

    • +3 votes

      I own both X5 III and V30. X5 III is better in sound quality ( in my opinion and it's subjective) but I use V30 more often. The X5 III is heavier and bulk.

      • +1 vote

        Well yeah I mean the V30 goes with you everywhere. I'd be hard pressed to bring a DAP and your phone with you.

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      Can't say for the BTR3, but the X5 III has a lot more power than the V30. Can drive my less efficient headphones well.

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      @windwai - Slightly off topic but is there a site you can recommend that assesses the audio quality of phones? I am a group fitness instructor (currently without work) and audio quality is important as are output levels (as audio amps in gyms are often capped to keep noise to a minimum level).

      I found Samsung pretty crappy (admittedly still on an S6). Looking to replace the S6 with a cheapish phone (sub $400).

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        I saw instructors use bluetooth speakers.

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          Most places I teach use a 3.5mm cord

    • +3 votes

      iPod? No thanks, I'd like to listen to music, not noise.

  • +1 vote

    A digital audio player music player?

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    With more people moving to wireless headphones these things are move niche than ever.

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      These have bluetooth.

      • +24 votes

        if you buy these just to use a bluetooth headset for them….. you are a ****head

        • +4 votes

          Not that great a player according to What Hi-Fi?

          • Confined, occasionally imprecise sound
          • Could be more energetic
          • Glitching software
          • +1 vote

            @alvian: latest firmware fixed some of the software issues.

        • +2 votes

          Uninformed you mean?

        • +4 votes

          you are a ****head

          Audiohead?

        • +1 vote

          Bluetooth can keep up with lossless audio standards these days. The old convention wisdom about bluetooth hasn't applied for years. When people first started saying that about Bluetooth we were at like Bluetooth 2, with a 20th of the bandwidth bluetooth offers today. I mean probably that's true.

    • +5 votes

      I have multiple pairs of bluetooth headphones, and let me tell you, bluetooth will never be a replacement for physical media. The quality just is nowhere near comparable to a wired connection/physical media.

      • +3 votes

        Absolutely true of current Bluetooth, but also reflective of the poor methodology and compression used. There are updated bluetooth standards coming that should clean this up significantly, and there's also wireless audio standards coming through that will be good enough for home use (perhaps mobile use when battery technology goes up a notch).

        You can read about the BT updates here:

        https://www.anandtech.com/show/15349/bluetooth-sig-announces...

      • +6 votes

        Bluetooth has got to a decent level. Far from wired but still enough to enjoy decent quality music. No point in wired especially when travelling on train, plane etc

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        I'm guessing these things have a higher quality amp and DAC than any smartphone any of us own.

      • +1 vote

        This is a very broad statement. Which codecs are you actually using? For reference - SBC->AAC->AptX->AptX-HD->LDAC. If you're an iPhone user, for example, you're pretty much just limited to the bottom two, regardless of what your headphones are capable of.

        Have you tried listening to some well-mastered (i.e. high dynamic range) hi-res tracks using an LDAC capable source?

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      Why? Where do your wireless headphones source their music? Via Bluetooth from a music player or a phone is my guess, so

      The X5 3rd gen … allows user to listen to their favorite online streaming services; aptX ensures a low latency, high-quality wireless Bluetooth experience;

      • +1 vote

        key words is "high-quality wireless Bluetooth experience"…..yeah with AptX-HD and LDAC bluetooth sounded better than before. However, I am with pharcyde that bluetooth is not going to replace good wired headphone anytime soon.

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          these things are move niche than ever.

          No, the keyword is niche, and I have demonstrated that "these things" are not niche. (My reply was to carleast, not pharcyde.)

  • +1 vote

    Noise floor too loud, other advantages not worth mention :)

  • +1 vote

    Can any of these DAP play spotify?

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      X5 3rd Gen runs a custom build of Android 5.1.1. The main benefit of the Android OS is that you can download Spotify, Tidal, and Qobuz from the modified Play Store (called ‘FiiO Market’ on this device) over the Fiio’s built-in wi-fi, or circumvent the market and download applications straight from the browser.

      https://www.whathifi.com/au/fiio/x5-iii/review

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      yes, all have spotify and tidal in Android mode.

  • +2 votes

    I was an audiophile for many years. Now I cbfed and am quite happy with bluetooth headphones, currently the new Momentum and B&W PX5 (particularly like the latter).

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    This is a good price and is so tempting. If I didn't already have a Fiio M9 then I would get this in an instant.

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      Agreed. I got the M7 and I am loving it. A dedicated music player is great.

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        I love my M11 but it feels too much like a modern android smartphone at times. I think I'd find it easier to overlook the lack of sensors for basic things like screen rotation and auto brightness if it didn't have that "full screen" display look :P

    • +1 vote

      I have a FiiO too and it has changed the way I listen to music around the house - usually plugged into an amplifier, or alternatively with headphones. Personally I wouldn't bother with it when out and about; my phone does the job, wirelessly to Sony WF1000XM3. Not that I've been out and about for some weeks… :(

      Quite robust too, I dropped mine over a metre onto a wooden floor. Still works fine, no visible damage either.

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    anyone know of something with a square 5" screen to stuff in that fallout pip boy thingo that was on here a couple of months ago

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    I used to spend a lot of time and money on these DAPs. I still have the Sony WM1A which is a beau and still is today. These days I just carry a Dragonfly Red and Sony M7 if I need the quality. Otherwise just one of those bluetooth TWS.

    If anyone is interested to get a DAP, go for the X7 II though and then save money for the balanced amp module.

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      Do you know anything about the Sony WN A100? I was looking at getting one.

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        No sorry I only ever tried the WM1A.

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      X7 ii comes with AM3A which is a balanced amp module

      For more powerful amp (not balanced) to drive low impedance headphones an upgrade to the AM5 module is pretty good

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        You’re right. In this case it would make the X7 ii an even better purchase!

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    TEMPTED. I guess that price is good if thats not just big markup. But i have a few fiio stuff already.
    I already have gen1 am happy with. Wheel is dodgy but can fix with some lube but havnt tried yet.

    Iv ordered a shanling m0 recently which is very small, bluetooth, sdcard, longer battery life, cheaper.

    Really enjoying my Sony WF-1000XM3 but wanted to use a non-phone bluetooth player hence the m0.
    Using my phone means i am being tracked when im going for a jog and i dont want my phone on me anyway, eating up all the phone storage with flacs, using it more than necessary so more drain/charge.

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    Wait. What? I'm so confused. Is it 2002 again?

    Jokes aside, why can't we just use our phones?

    • +7 votes

      Smartphones have nothing like the audio quality of amplifier or DAC as a dedicated DAP. Having said that, if you're listening to MP3 or AAC music files ripped with a low bitrate, yes stick with the phone.

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        Thanks for that, I'll have to try it just to hear the difference.

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        i still have my mini disc player, are these players comparable to them? or better now?

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        Unless it's an LG V-series phone.

    • -3 votes

      Governments over reaching every day. Sleep easy and good luck having a phone on you 24/7 with new gen cellular networks which is can more granular trace your whereabouts and who you interact with.

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        -_-" I actually work in this industry.

    • +4 votes

      I know I shouldn't jump into an audiophile's thread, but… In searching for the best audio settings on my LG V20, I found a discussion on an audiophile forum comparing the LG V20/V30 phones with high end digital audio players. A considerable number of participants preferred the phone. There's a switch that you can set in those phones that turns on hi-fi audio when headphones are plugged in. The difference in sound quality is very obvious. I don't have a DAP or the ears to tell the difference these days…

      So, you can use your phone. If you are plugging in good quality headphones, you need the right phone. If you're using Bluetooth, you need any phone that uses AptX HD or another high quality codec.

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    Mobility aside, if I build something with raspberry and attach an amp to it, surely that will be a better bedside setup?

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      I doubt the Pi would deliver a clean signal, but yes there are better quality desktop options, you are definitely paying a premium for the portability.

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      Yeah if you build something better. Otherwise probably not

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    No sale on the M11? My wallet thanks you.

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    I have a pair of Shure SE535 and I get a buzz if I use them on a lot of devices, I think they're a 36ohm impedance set but I don't really know much about that sort of thing. I have an inline volume limiter that can take out the buzz if I dial it back a bit from full but it's very cumbersome.

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    Were the X7s demo units or has stock just been depleted?

  • +1 vote

    X5 price is now $388 hmm… my wallet thanks you

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    Having owned the X7 i and X5 iii, i can't recommend the X7 i - the interface is very clunky and slow, battery life is disappointing, it takes a long time to boot when turned on. Sound quality is amazing as you'd expect, but its just not user friendly.

    Go with the X7 ii, for extra $50 its a no brainer, or the X5 iii albeit it has somewhat less impressive audio quality (soundstage/separation/detail)

  • +2 votes

    DEMO UNIT ONLY

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    I would paid a bit more for the Sony zx300. They sounds amazing and very portable with excellent battery life and user interface with excrucite built quality.

    • +1 vote

      Assuming you are compare the ZX300 to X7 II. At $219 for X5 III, it would be for different user groups when compared to the $600 ZX300.

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    Good run out prices

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    The prices on available stock have increased: Fiio X5 iii $219 -> $388 !!!