FiiO X5 High Resolution Lossless Music Player
|Price:||+ $11.55 Delivery|
|Component type||Playback Controls|
|Memory Card Slot||Micro SD|
About this item
- Powerful dual core processor handles all modern lossless formats at up to 192kHz/24B
- Supports DSD, APE, FLAC, ALAC, WMA, and WAV
- TI PCM1792A DAC, OPA1612 and LMH6642 op amps for ultra low noise, dynamic, and musical rendering
- Aluminum unibody construction with premium finish and finely crafted switch gear.
- Dual microSD card slots supports 128GB cards for 256GB total
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 15 x 10 x 4 cm; 150 Grams
- Date First Available : 28 March 2018
- Manufacturer : FiiO
- ASIN : B00I4Q9S32
- Item Model Number : X5
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When we set out to build the X5 into the most advanced digital music player, we started with a powerful dual core CPU so that it can play the most demanding audio formats such as DSD, APE, FLAC, ALAC, WMA, and WAV, all without a hint of strain, even at 192kHz/24-bit. Furthermore, we added advanced playback controls including song cueing, multi-profile EQ, 120-step volume control, and gapless playback. The X5 handles all of this with ease while rendering a fast and fluid user interface that is amazingly responsive. Powerful is powerful.
Use the X5 to have your music - all your music - with you anywhere life takes you. It doesn't limit you with a fixed internal storage and is equipped with two microSD card slots, each supporting the currently available 128GB cards for 256GB total possible storage. With user-swappable storage cards and future support for OTG USB storage drives, the X5 gives you practically limitless access to storage.
Of course it takes more than just powerful hardware to play music; it takes finesse, control, and passion. In the X5, the music starts with a TI PCM1792A DAC laying a foundation of incredible dynamics and low noise floor. It then builds with a quartet of OPA1612 op amps for conversion and shaping. Lastly a pair of LMH6642 op amps faithfully amplifies the music while preserving every detail, pushing a rewarding dose of musical ecstasy to your headphones.
To make the X5 tough, strong, and beautiful to hold and rest your eyes upon, we built it with aluminum unibody construction. CNC'd from a block of aluminum, it is matte black anodized and hand assembled with finely crafted switch gear for clean lines and tight seams. A bold and bright 2.4" IPS screen displays menus, text, and album art with spectacular visual fidelity. Your enjoyment is not just limited to your ears as all your senses are rewarded by the X5.
So when you want to have the best music playback experience, start with the FiiO X5.
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The X5 has slots for two micro SD cards with a max of 128 GB each, meaning that at the moment you can store 256 GB of music, which should keep most people entertained for a while. When larger cards become readily available, Fiio have promised firmware upgrades to accommodate these. Formatting the cards takes about thirty seconds. Inserting and withdrawing the cards is fiddly but not difficult and even my large hands (I take an XXL in gloves) managed it without any swearing. As to storing music on the cards, I advise putting them in a card adapter and putting them in a card reader slot in your computer if you have the facilities to do this. Loading a full 128 GB of music onto a card takes several hours on most systems. This is not a fault of Fiio, however, and applies to all manufacturers. But on the plus side you are not likely to be doing this task all that often.
Regarding the sound quality of the Fiio, it is excellent. I started into hi def portable music with the Sony Walkman, which is competent, but the Fiio blows it out of the water. The sound is controlled, erring slightly towards the bass, but you can easily adjust the frequency balance using the easy to use sound equaliser that is integral to the X5. The exact impression of the sound of course depends on the headphones used. I use Atomic Floyd Super Darts, which are pretty bass heavy. The X5 gives a good controlled bass that on the Sony and my iPhone and iPad tended to run amok, even on ALAC files. Generally speaking, the quality of sound from the X5 demonstrably improves the higher the sampling rate. I am well aware that nobody supposedly can reliably hear any improvement past CD quality, but this ignores the fact that some hi def albums are specially mixed to take account of the audiophile market. The X5 definitely can cope with good quality high def recordings and show them off well, remaining controlled and not getting swamped with distortion and blurred sound images when the volume goes up.
Whilst the Fiio is excellent by itself, if you combine it with the Fiio E12 amplifier, the sound quality goes up yet another notch. Basically, you use the line out option on the X5 and feed the raw sound into the E12 to amplify. There is a definite improvement in control and sound stage. You can also get a special kit (about £10) to connect the E12 and X5 together, and it is well worth the money.
Very strongly recommended.
For those used to Apple products they will find the User Interface (UI) quite clunky and getting files onto the X5 is not as easy as synching with iTunes. It is also considerably more laborious. Without the aforementioned Dapper programme I would be mildly irritated at how complicated it is (at least to me) to create playlists. That said I am still giving it 5 stars for the sound quality and the storage capacity. Apple dropped the ball with the iPod. I should add that I bought the X5 at a discounted price due to the new X5ii having been recently launched.
I listen to everything from Georghiu to Dylan and use B and W P5,s and Grado 325e,s. The sound is fantastic!! It is very clear and "melodic", just enough precise bass and has great separation of the components of the music, close your eyes sit back and enjoy it.
This machine is simply for playing music, you won,t get any emails, you can,t surf the net and it won,t make coffee! The interface is OK, and transfer from iTunes is simple drag and drop but you will not get much album art. I could not format a 64G Sandisk to Fat32 by connecting the disc directly to my Macbook but found another format code which works fin, not sure if this is causing the problem with album art but am waiting delivery of same new sd card which I will format in the X5. (will update). With all this storage I can get about 350 albums in AAC which should see me out. I will of course remain curious as to how much better an AK120ii can sound!
Compared this with my desktop setup using a Hailde HD DAC (not too shabby) and it is not that far behind. As a DAC, works well with Foobar2000 and JRiver MC. Also works with the latest version of JPLAY - reports back to JPLAY to recommend settings.
Sound quality - well that depends on your music files and headphones! But, given good FLAC files (16 bit and 24 bit etc)and using AKG K702 headphones, the results are excellent. Perfectly flat presentation - no colouration - and I have yet to spot any 'digital glitch' issues. Copes with some awkward recordings that cause problems with other DACs (violins 'breaking up' etc) which indicates a quality DAC and audio path. Even copes with 64 DSD files, although I don't see the point of these considering their size. Sound stage more than acceptable with a good separation of instruments. Smooth sound - nothing is ever harsh. Copes well with piano and voice. Usually the tricky things, so a quality product.
All told - finally reached portable HiFi at a reasonable price. Couldn't be happier and thoroughly recommended.
I'll not comment too much on the other aspects of the X5 as the reviews on Amazon cover its classy, solid feel. Despite the useful skin that comes with it, I've purchased the £10 leather-look case as it offers better protection when not using the annoying plastic screen protector.