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Anyone have/use a Fiio X7 II?
« on: December 06, 2018, 04:32:12 PM »
Thinking about getting this or the Astell&Kern SR15 for the same money. If anyone out there has any personal experience with these or any of the Onkyo DAPs, I'd love to hear it.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1361946-REG/fiio_fiio_x7_markii_x7_mark_ii_portable.html/?ap=y&gclid=Cj0KCQiArqPgBRCRARIsAPwlHoWE711iFb-sh1ir5aNVdy_pJuPJV2bfriQ88GMT7bVjlzkOdeuLqtcaAo2KEALw_wcB&lsft=BI%3A514&smp=Y
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Re: Anyone have/use a Fiio X7 II?
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2018, 08:35:36 AM »
The Pioneer XDP-30R. (Onkyo cousin) has dropped in price significantly.  ($160 on Amazon)
Dual-DACs. (Sabre)
Upsampling
Balanced output line-out / standard headphone out (not both at once)
Space for very large capacity SD cards
32/192
DSD256
WAV, FLAC, MP3,...
Tidal
BT /Wi-Fi   (no apt-x on BT)

Not too shabby driving a pair of Senn HD-580s kicked back in my chair at the office today

My jogging Fiio is the tiny M3 and it drives a set of earbuds well, but I haven't played with an X7 II.
I've heard that it is stellar.
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Re: Anyone have/use a Fiio X7 II?
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2018, 11:00:11 AM »
I ended up getting the SR15: https://us.astellnkern.com/products/a-norma-sr15?variant=12182530981947

Good grief the learning curve going from iTunes to a Hi-Res DAP is huge! The manual for this device is helpful but at the same time, still lacking a lot. I think the biggest difference I've noticed (unless I'm wrong?) is that most of the control is on the device itself, rather than the PC/MAC sync'ing the device (Fiio X7 doesn't even do that).

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Re: Anyone have/use a Fiio X7 II?
« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2018, 07:18:15 PM »
The Pioneer XDP-30R. (Onkyo cousin) has dropped in price significantly.  ($160 on Amazon)
Dual-DACs. (Sabre)
Upsampling
Balanced output line-out / standard headphone out (not both at once)
Space for very large capacity SD cards
32/192
DSD256
WAV, FLAC, MP3,...
Tidal
BT /Wi-Fi   (no apt-x on BT)

Not too shabby driving a pair of Senn HD-580s kicked back in my chair at the office today

My jogging Fiio is the tiny M3 and it drives a set of earbuds well, but I haven't played with an X7 II.
I've heard that it is stellar.

Just picked up a $179 30r from B&H, checks all the boxes, has really nice specs. We’ll see how she sounds. Medium hopes. The storage is nuts. Two 256 slots plus the 16 onboard.

If this isn’t a leap from my ct10 the SR15 is next, couldn’t resist a try of the Pioneer for that price.

I really do like the ct10 good not great and a good price.
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Re: Anyone have/use a Fiio X7 II?
« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2018, 09:08:52 PM »
Dammit now I'm thinking of bailing on the Pioneer purchase and just getting an sr15. Moving from ct10 to xdp30r is a pretty lateral move. Only live once.😈
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Re: Anyone have/use a Fiio X7 II?
« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2018, 07:03:24 PM »
If the stock market goes up over 5% in one day I might sell the Pioneer and upgrade.   <snarky grin>

...nah, I like the Pioneer a lot.
My ancient ears probably would get only the very least benefit from any upgrade.
The detail, clarity, and relaxed expression leave me truly happy with my choice. I'm listening for hours at a time.


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All Things Must Pass - George Harrison  (estate remaster)

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Re: Anyone have/use a Fiio X7 II?
« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2018, 09:14:36 PM »
Didn't cancel.  :headphones:
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Re: Anyone have/use a Fiio X7 II?
« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2018, 09:54:49 PM »
Goddamn BH Photo glitch, Pioneer is out of stock. But the dipshits shipped me the cards I bought to use in it.  ??? :facepalm:

It's a sign, I'm grabbing an sr 15.fk it. :headphones:
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Re: Anyone have/use a Fiio X7 II?
« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2018, 01:58:38 AM »
BH does that, ships what is available, reorders it to store stock
The Pioneer is likely not stocked, and is going to drop-ship from Onkyo-Pioneer in California or Osaka, unless you cancel.

You will not regret the AK, it is a great product.
Read the manual, I understand it has many features that aren't on top menus
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Re: Anyone have/use a Fiio X7 II?
« Reply #10 on: December 27, 2018, 10:19:47 AM »
Got the Pioneer straightened order straightened out. Looking forward to it.
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Re: Anyone have/use a Fiio X7 II?
« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2018, 05:06:37 PM »
Rob how do you like the A&norma?
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Re: Anyone have/use a Fiio X7 II?
« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2018, 12:21:28 PM »
Potential case for the Pioneer?
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003LSTD38

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Re: Anyone have/use a Fiio X7 II?
« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2018, 12:31:55 PM »
Potential case for the Pioneer?
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003LSTD38



I kicked down for the $38 fake leather case.  I already have an array of small Lowepro cases.
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Re: Anyone have/use a Fiio X7 II?
« Reply #14 on: December 31, 2018, 12:40:10 PM »
Rob how do you like the A&norma?

I'm getting used to it as time permits with the Holidays. Most of my time has been spent ripping about 1000 CDs to FLAC on a USB drive. Once this project is done I'll move the FLAC files to the DAP and play with the device more. One thing I've noticed is the balanced out sounds *much* worse that the un-balanced! I don't know if the quality of the adaptor makes any difference but this is what I ordered/using:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B076JC8VNZ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

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