CarlSeibert

Fiio X3

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Firmware v3 on the x3 was a big improvement, very happy with mine now.

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An update -- I've been using mine more, and enjoying it more.  I'm now competing with another headphone audiophile at work, and he has an AK120, so we'll see which sounds better.  The UI is improving, and you can now have playlists.  i reorganized the way all my files are named, but it sounds good enough to justify it.

 

I was listening at work today, and caught myself just zoning out, enjoying music.  I don't usually do that.

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Well I'm in the market for a bang/buck portable digital audio player.  It's mostly backup, since I found my pink Walkman, but every once in a while it runs out of juice before the day is done, so it'd be nice to get a second one to alternate with.  Should I just get a second Walkman, since I love mine so much?  Or should I get a Fiio X3 or X5?  Or other?  Or should I nothing, and just start carrying my charging cable around with me?

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Are either of those going to be demonstrably better than whatever your cell phone is?

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The problem with using my cell phone is noise -- whenever it does some background (or foreground, for that matter) task to get data over the network (either wi-fi or cellular), it generates this harsh digital shit that is borderline maddening.  I can't even keep it on the same side of my desk as the player when charging.

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Far too lazy to import from South Korea, I'm happy with just keeping them separate.

I think if anything needed the faraday cage, it'd be the ...amp?  Cable leading up to the amp?

I think I'll just start keeping my charging cable with me.

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Are u trying to drive difficult phones or your Z7?  If you need something with more power, I recommend the X5 Gen 3.  Otherwise, I would get the ZX100 used.

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I have an outboard amp for the Z7 -- a Headamp Pico Power, which is more than sufficient.  Although if I do get the X5 Gen 3, I will definitely check out the onboard amp.  It's that good, huh?

Oh, fuck, I am such a dunderhead sometimes, I'll just use my iPod Touch.  Dagnabit, keep forgetting about that thing, out of sight, out of mind.

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...although...all my stuff is in FLAC, so I'd have to at least temporarily double my disk space...unless...does anyone know of a FLAC player for iOS?

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Yeah, sorry, I did immediately perform a web search -- I guess the real question is, does anyone have a favourite, or has any a priori knowledge of any of these that I should lean towards or away from?

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I still say go for a used Walkman ZX100 and then add Sony PHA-2A to it...and run your Z7 balanced.

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I already have a PHA-3.  It's not as good -- amplification-wise -- as the Pico Power.  The bass is looser and obscures the upper frequencies somewhat.  I would love a dual mono (not balanced) amp, though.

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That is correct on the PHA-3.  Have you tried the PHA-3 in balanced?  You can take an advantage of direct digital connection if you buy the ZX100.  I find the PHA-3 in balanced to be quite a good performer.

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I think so?  I mean, that was the main reason I got it, and the headphones even came with the cables, but now that you mentioned the digital thing, I think I only fed it with an analog signal, so will try it again with one of the digital connections.  Gotta find the cables, though.  They're just mini-to-mini, aren't they?  Never mind, I can look.

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You won't get a balanced drive from the PHA-3 unless u do a digital input because there is no phase splitter to convert SE to Balanced  signal.  Still You may find the PHA-3 a tad dark but it is very refined.  I think the Pico Power is a better match tonal wise with the stock Z7 but the PHA-3 should impress u as long as use balanced output.

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