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New Release - Fiio X5 3rd gen
« on: February 17, 2017, 06:11:17 PM »
This player looks very promising! I have been wanting to upgrade from my iPod classic for years but have never found the right portable player. The 3rd gen X5 might be the one! It has bluetooth, touchscreen, and 500GB SD storage + 32 GB internal. Paired with a A5 might be the perfect portable rig for all occasions. Looking forward to the release and reviews.

http://www.fiio.net/en/products/65

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Re: New Release - Fiio X5 3rd gen
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2017, 06:54:47 PM »
Ooh this looks good.  :headphones:
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Re: New Release - Fiio X5 3rd gen
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2017, 11:05:39 AM »
Any one know when the release date is? Want one.  :headphones:
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Re: New Release - Fiio X5 3rd gen
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2017, 12:33:27 PM »
Lots of chat over on the Head-Fi forums.  There are several X5 III's out in the wild now on a "review tour" and the initial impressions have been coming in. >

http://www.head-fi.org/products/fiio-x5-3rd-gen-premium-hi-res-dap

If you're in the mood for a lot of reading, here are the discussion and review tour threads. >

http://www.head-fi.org/t/828402/fiio-x5-3rd-gen-2x-akm-4490-balanced-out-dsd-dxd-dts-android-dual-card-slot
http://www.head-fi.org/t/829282/fiio-x5-3rd-gen-review-tour-starts-right-now-android-based-mastering-quality-lossless-playback-hi-res-music-player

They're available in Asia and just starting to be released in Europe and the UK.  Guessing it will be stateside sometime in the spring? 

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Re: New Release - Fiio X5 3rd gen
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2017, 02:29:39 PM »
Thanks!
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Re: New Release - Fiio X5 3rd gen
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2017, 07:19:03 PM »
With the 3rd gen hitting stores in 10 days, there are major discounts to be had on the 2nd gen.  B&H is running a deal today, $180 until midnight. :o >

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/find/dealZone.jsp

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Re: New Release - Fiio X5 3rd gen
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2017, 05:34:46 PM »
169 now!
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Re: New Release - Fiio X5 3rd gen
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2017, 05:46:44 PM »
Yowza!  Where are they selling for $169?

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Re: New Release - Fiio X5 3rd gen
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2017, 08:47:44 PM »
My bad that's the x3. Sorry.
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Re: New Release - Fiio X5 3rd gen
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2017, 09:01:25 PM »
No worries.  Can't recall exactly what the difference is, but they are different somehow. 

FWIW, Massdrop has the 2nd gen X3 for $147 with shipping for the next several days.  Best price I've seen yet for that model. 

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Re: New Release - Fiio X5 3rd gen
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2017, 10:03:22 PM »
Just love the massive storage of the new player and Bluetooth for the car and touchscreen are huge. Gonna wait and see on a price drop. Maybe.  :lol:
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Re: New Release - Fiio X5 3rd gen
« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2017, 07:51:47 AM »
I know many have had great success with Fiio but i have to say the x1 2nd gen is a disaster. They still dont have gapless playback fixed. and they have had like 5 firmware releases. So just a bit of buyer beware with the newer gens i guess. I grabbed the x1 because i thought they had gapless. I can deal with all the other bugs but this bug has me wanting to just dump the thing.

support said future firmware release should fix it but its been a while now. Also not sure if the same on the higher end models but the x1 2nd gen does not read etree conventions. so gd1985-10-06d1t01 would be followed by gd1985-10-06d2t01, d1t02, d2t02

i was told this is to keep the device stable and that it only reads first few characters which must be bs by the way they playback , so they said to rename, i did that. still doesnt playback correctly.

I think the thing sounds awesome but the bugs are getting to be a real PITA
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Re: New Release - Fiio X5 3rd gen
« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2017, 09:18:17 AM »
I know many have had great success with Fiio but i have to say the x1 2nd gen is a disaster. They still dont have gapless playback fixed. and they have had like 5 firmware releases. So just a bit of buyer beware with the newer gens i guess. I grabbed the x1 because i thought they had gapless. I can deal with all the other bugs but this bug has me wanting to just dump the thing.

support said future firmware release should fix it but its been a while now. Also not sure if the same on the higher end models but the x1 2nd gen does not read etree conventions. so gd1985-10-06d1t01 would be followed by gd1985-10-06d2t01, d1t02, d2t02

i was told this is to keep the device stable and that it only reads first few characters which must be bs by the way they playback , so they said to rename, i did that. still doesnt playback correctly.

I think the thing sounds awesome but the bugs are getting to be a real PITA

Thanks for the info! I am waiting on some reviews before I buy and try. Also still considering modding my old iPod Classic too. Decisions, decisions...

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Re: New Release - Fiio X5 3rd gen
« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2017, 12:51:33 PM »
Yeah, I don't want to get stuck with a turd, and my x3 gen one is still running like a champ.
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Re: New Release - Fiio X5 3rd gen
« Reply #15 on: March 16, 2017, 04:41:29 PM »
^^^  Sorry to hear your player is busting your hump, kindms.  Can't speak for other models and generations, but I have a 2nd gen X5 that's been very good to me so far.  No issue with gapless playback, and it reads etree conventional naming without a problem - plays them in proper order and doesn't hiccup on any "odd" characters that I've used (slashes, semicolons, ampersands, etc). 

After being conditioned by years of iPod use, I've noticed that the FiiO DAPs definitely have their idiosyncrasies and the interface isn't as slick and intuitive as the Apple products, but the additional functionality and sound quality are leaps ahead, IMHO. 

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Re: New Release - Fiio X5 3rd gen
« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2017, 08:08:32 AM »
^^^  Sorry to hear your player is busting your hump, kindms.  Can't speak for other models and generations, but I have a 2nd gen X5 that's been very good to me so far.  No issue with gapless playback, and it reads etree conventional naming without a problem - plays them in proper order and doesn't hiccup on any "odd" characters that I've used (slashes, semicolons, ampersands, etc). 

After being conditioned by years of iPod use, I've noticed that the FiiO DAPs definitely have their idiosyncrasies and the interface isn't as slick and intuitive as the Apple products, but the additional functionality and sound quality are leaps ahead, IMHO.

ya this is why i grabbed one with all the great stuff you guys had to say about them.

maybe its just the lowend model. i do think it sounds great
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Re: New Release - Fiio X5 3rd gen
« Reply #17 on: March 27, 2017, 02:49:09 PM »
Anyone have one and care to review? Ted Gakidis, I assume you sold your X5 II to buy the III?  :headphones:
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Re: New Release - Fiio X5 3rd gen
« Reply #19 on: April 14, 2017, 06:35:24 AM »


Did anyone pick up a Fiio X5 3rd gen?  If you did what are your thoughts on it so far?
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Re: New Release - Fiio X5 3rd gen
« Reply #20 on: April 15, 2017, 07:33:18 AM »
I have had the X5 III for a few weeks now and love it so far, no complaints from me.
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Re: New Release - Fiio X5 3rd gen
« Reply #21 on: April 15, 2017, 08:07:12 AM »
I have had the X5 III for a few weeks now and love it so far, no complaints from me.

Thanks Ted!  I ordered one today.  Are you running the Fiio A5 amp too?



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