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FiiO X5 MP3 Player & DAC

by FiiO
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Price: £289.00 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • Supports DSD, APE, FLAC, ALAC, WMA and WAV lossless music formats
  • Mechanical Scrolling Wheel
  • 10 bands graphic EQ for fine-tuning freedom
  • 2 Micro SD card slots with support up to 128GB
  • USB DAC feature which supports playback in 192KHz / 24 Bit

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FiiO X5 MP3 Player & DAC + SanDisk SDSDQU-064G-FFP Ultra 64 GB Class 10 Micro SD Card with SD Adapter - Frustration-Free Packaging (Label May Change)
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  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.5 x 11.4 cm ; 454 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 499 g
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  • Item model number: X5
  • ASIN: B00I4Q9S32
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 17 Feb 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,666 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

The X5 utilises the Ingenics 4760B dual-core 600MHz CPU. The X5 supports all six major lossless music formats - DSD, APE, FLAC, ALAC, WMA and WAV lossless music formats. This is the most complete set of supported formats to date among Hi-Fi DAPs. The X5 even decodes Apple's proprietary ALAC format seamlessly. The X5 serves not only as a DAP, but also as a USB DAC when connected to a computer, thus satisfying your music needs in and out of the house. The DAC also supports playback in 192KHz / 24 Bit for that truly high-resolution sound. Using a quad balanced power supply the X5 achieves bipolar output without using coupling capacitors. This avoids any coupling noise from capacitors. The X5 features 2 Micro SD card slots and supports up to 128GB (64GBx2) of cards. There are also plans to support 256GB and 512GB with future firmware upgrades. The device has a 2.4" IPS color LCD All-new mechanical scroll wheel (using Alps rotary switch components from Japan). All new custom UI forged from years of experience and feedback. Mechanical interface can be operated out of eyesight and shortcut keys allow fast access to essential options. You will have quick access to songs and batch addition of songs to favorites collection. The FiiO X5 comes with three output ports: headphone out, line out and coaxial digital output. Apart from connecting directly to headphones, you can also connect it to other DACs and amps. The X5 features 120 levels of digital volume control. Low gain/high gain available to adapt to the different sensitivity levels of headphones and earphones. If the players exceed the maximum voltage and/or current levels, a relay will switch to protect your headphones/earphones from damage.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gary Palmer on 1 May 2014
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Having had and loved two Sansa Fuze’s over the last six years, I wanted something that would put some meat into the playback and allow for expansion as my music collection grows, including my FLAC collection.

I did briefly have the Cowon Z2 and while this gave lovely quality playback, I had issues with the firmware and battery life / re-charging hiccups. I sat on my refund and quietly bided my time until something ‘better’ came along.

The unit is very nicely packaged and immediately installs a sense of quality about the unit. The unit in black metal is nice and the silicone skin provided does the job, so no need to make any additional purchase there. After four hours of charging, we we’re good to go. Simply removed the mic roSD from the Sansa, popped it in the X5 and music was instantly available. No waiting at all.
The unit was delivered with firmware 1.2 so very easily updated it to 2.0. The support on Fiio’s website for the unit is very good (unlike Cowon).

All I wanted was a quality DAP. This has no wifi, games, apps etc. That’s what my tablet is for. The menus are basic but do the job. The X5 is very reminiscent of the Fuse, so was naturally at ease with it. I have seen comments regarding the scroll wheel. My Fuses’s never gave me a problem with their scroll wheels so I’d be surprised if the X5 did. No problems at all navigating. As there’s not much to get lost with, you seen get to grips. The music folder only lists the albums, no album covers are seen but you do see them once you are playing the tracks. There’s no playlists, but then I’ve never bothered with those.

Listing to the X5 is pure enjoyment. You just hear so much more from even mp3 or wma files. Just when you thought you knew an album, I’m discovering more. Sounds terrific when playing through the home sound system.

Gave 5 stars. Not deducting points for features not present that I didn’t want. All in all, very happy.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Duncan Ransom on 5 May 2014
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I could write a million word review about this DAP, and still not really convey enough how good it is for the money... One of the biggest assets it has is that it sounds great, and - will allow you to have up to 256GB of music on board (128GB micro SD x 2), which is more than enough space to allow you to use your mobile phone as a phone - saving lots of battery loife, so - no more worrying about being at 5% batter left on your phone, and if you should listen to music, or call the cab - with this player in your pocket, you can have assurity that you can do both (not to mention that this sounds substantially better than any phone I've heard to date)!

It can play virtually any format of audio you want to throw at it (as far as I am aware, this is the very cheapest player that can natively play DSD64 files!), and does so with real authority, power, and grace.

Great player through the headphone output, sounding accurate, and - can drive headphones loudly should that be your thing, however- when you get the upgrade bug (which anyone who buys electronics often will), this player gives you a good upgrade path by using the line out to an external amplifier (you can make an incredibly good sounding mini portable stack system using FiiO X5 DAP, HS6 'frame' and E12 amplifier - which could easily rival even very good home based systems), however - if your top budget is £300.00 and you want the best that you can buy for this money, you could definitely do worse than picking up this player (or looking at the more cost effective X3)...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Garcia on 28 April 2014
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Fiio X5 is for sure one of the best quality-price devices you can get.
With a decent headphones you will spend a good time rediscovering your music collection. Yes, those little details that you never heard before.
The interface is modern and fluid.
The dual SD slot will make this device last even longer in time. It supports 256GB each card now, but Fiio will support 512GB, 1TB later and maybe more later.
The device is well built and is made with great quality materials, you will get a free silicone protection out of the box.
Fiio has "always on" channel between their staff and his costumers on Head-Fi(dot com) forum. They even had a Bugzilla, for costumers reporting bugs or suggestion new features for new firmware updates.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. S. Patel on 15 July 2014
Bought this after falling out with the Sony F886 (didn't like UI and couldn't get on with lack of expandability). I've had a couple of months to run it in and can now share my impressions. UI is ok but could be a lot better. Software updates ironed out a few problems. Sonically this player is excellent but is a little on the warm side. Be very careful with your choice of headphone because it makes a mahoosive difference. AKG 451s are not up to it, AKG K550 does a fine job but I still suspect that phones which err on the drier side may be more suitable and I am planning a trip to Sevenoaks to trial the B&W P7s and B&O H6. The K550s provide great soundstaging and this player does a good job with rock, pop and metal. Worth a go especially if you loathe all things that come out of Cupertino. Player is perfectly happy with 128GB cards too and hasn't eaten mine.
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