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FiiO X5 III Portable High Res Music Player


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FiiO X5 III Portable High Res Music Player is an android-based mastering quality lossless playback portable music player well built with ample storage capabilities.

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Warranty length 1 Year
Brand FiiO

Tech Specs

- Bluetooth: aptX
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi
- Impedance: 16 ~ 150 Ohms
- Internal Memory: 32GB
- Coaxial Out: 3.5mm (PO/LO)
- Headphone Out: 2.5mm (Bal)
- Output Power: >260mW (32Ohm)
- Frequency Response: 10Hz-60kHz
- Dimensions: 66.2 x 114.2 x 14.8mm
- Output Impedance: 32 ohm
- Weight: 186g

Product Description

FiiO X5 III Portable High Res Music Player has many different uses; it can be used in a car via special cable and the 'In-Vehicle' mode, connected to a PC via USB DAC and can also act as a transport outputting digital audio signals to an external USB DAC. Dock it on the K5 docking station for even more versatility or to charge.

Meticulous Detail

The upgrade in the feel and grip over the previous X5 is immediately apparent. A smoother finish is achieved by using a body made of specially-selected No 180 zirconium sand. The front panel of this high end music player has a exquisite dot matrix pattern, with the rear having tasteful fine star pattern.

The anodised titanium and gold colour paints perfectly harmonise with each other to create a luxurious understated appearance. The moulded chassis, plastic and stainless steel on every corner come together seamlessly for a completely sleek look.

Dual DACs

The FiiO X5 III manages to be one of the best portable music players, because it is equipped with two top-of-the-line DACs (AKM AK4490EN), with one assigned for each channel. The AK4490EN is a very high-quality 32-bit DAC, supporting all PCM and DSD formats. By implementing dual-channel low-distortion architecture from AKM, the X5 including 32-bit digital filtering, the DAC chips have the ability to reproduce exactly your music.

Crystal Oscillators

The X5 III ensures that irrespective of the sampling rate, jitter is significantly reduced, the clock as fantastic accuracy, a stable operation and virtually no sampling rate conversion artefacts, by using two separate crystal oscillators.

Four-Way LPF

For the filtering the low frequencies Fiio have used dual-channel chips (OPA1642) and a bespoke audiophile quality OPA426 chip for the amplification, which provides a significant power output (up to 300mW @32O load) and great ability to deal with capacitive loads.

Fiio's R&D use dedicated focus groups to continually improve the final audio architecture employed in a quest to make X5 sound the best it can.

Android 5.1 OS

To prevent the issue of third-party apps, on Android, converting automatically the sample rate of music, the developers at FiiO wrote new audio software architecture for a highly customised and optimised version of the Android 5.1 operating system. The results of the improved software architecture is an improvement in sound quality and better overall performance of the device and also gives 90 more minutes of battery life compared to running under Android 4.4.

Wi-Fi & Bluetooth aptX

The X5 III brings a number of new features for a convenient wireless experience. 2.4GHz Wi-Fi allows users to listen to their favourite online streaming services; aptx ensures a low latency, high-quality wireless bluetooth experience and DLNA is supported for even more forms of wireless connectivity.

Operating Modes

Following the footsteps of FiiO's flagship DAP, the X5 III also offers two operation modes, you can choose to be in Android mode or Pure Music. Pure Music Mode means only the main music player is available and no other apps will run for smoother operation and purer sound. In Android mode, users are free to install and run any third party Android apps according to their needs. With two operation modes, the X5 Mark 3 satisfies music purists and listeners who require versatility.

Reworked Interface

An all new user interface is incorporated that has been thoroughly and carefully changed from past efforts down to the last pixel - for example, many of the icons have been redesigned such as the ones for equalizer and system settings. The new UI has a black theme with splashes of thoughtfully-placed bold colours for a clean modern presentation.

Micro SD Card

The X5 III is a new design of fine stainless steel powder based on new metallurgical methods. the gap between the MicroSD card slot and the rest of the body is only 0.2mm to create a more seamless and durable chassis. The player contains both 32GB of built-in storage and two external micro SD card slots each supporting up to 256GB cards. Overall, the X5 III is able to carry up to 544GB of music (enough to store up to 130000 songs).

Headphone Output

The X5 III has two headphone outputs one single-ended and the other balanced; catering to different listeners' preferences.

Charging Modes

With a 3.8V 3400mAh battery, X5 III has >10 hours of playtime along with rapid charging technology and temperature detection not only supporting the typical BC 1.2 USB charging specification but also 9V/12V high-voltage rapid charging. When charged at the maximum current rate of 1.2C, the battery can be filled in just 1.5 hours.

Press Reviews

  • 'A hi-res player that sounds good whether you’re streaming or playing locally… Good sense of rhythm, solid punch, huge storage.' (What Hi-Fi Magazine April 2017)

  • 'At the low end the drums have noticeable punch to them, and we like the assertive kicks that push the track along. Going into more bass-heavy songs, the earthy beats are textured and bloom nicely.' (What Hi-Fi Magazine April 2017)

  • 'This player shouldn’t have much trouble getting your toes tapping, flitting confidently through the modulated piano riffs, wooden drums and multiple vocals while keeping it all organised... Putting the 3rd Gen into its DAC mode, this player retains its characteristics whether you’re using it portably or plugged into your computer.' (What Hi-Fi Magazine April 2017)

  • 'There’s a lot to like about the X5 3rd Gen: its sound quality is pretty good, it supports a number of different file types, it gives you easy access to the most popular streaming services, and it’s built well too… this player is definitely worth a look if you need to take your hi-res audio out and about. And not being distracted by texts, emails, and Facebook alerts is a nice bonus too.' (What Hi-Fi Magazine April 2017)

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