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Unbeatable sound for the price
on 6 February 2014
The previous reviewer has kind of said it all and said it well, so I'll just add a couple of comments, but note the 5 stars - the X3 sounds like it should cost five times the price or more, so the following observations from having used this for a while should be placed in that context.
Firstly, yes, you can just about operate the controls without having to look, unlike smartscreen players like the iPod touch; but it takes a lot of getting used to, and the controls are not what I'd call intuitive at all.
The firmware as it stands can be a bit slow. Not instantaneous, like most Apple products.
And I really miss parametric eq. Even presets, like my old faithful iPod nano. The X3 has hardware bass and treble control, which is supposed to be higher quality sound shaping than a software parametric, but I need more control to adjust the sound of my headphones. Call me weird, but for this reason alone I may trade my X3 in when the X5 (with its built in parametric) comes out.
But... if you want high end portable sound, and you don't want to spend £600 and up, the X3 is for you. Really, hear one and it's a no brainer. Any of the other points i've listed are niggles compared with that. (If I didn't know the X5 was coming, I'd just blow £250 on a pair of Beyer DT1350s, plug them into my X3 and be in sonic heaven. In fact, maybe that's not such a bad idea...!)