Let’s look into the specs a little as I’ve seen some really interesting things there.
- The X5 has a dual core Ingenics 4760B CPU, clocked at 600 MHZ. Ok, now even my portable music player has a dual core cpu… Interesting times we live in .
- The new DAP supports the following lossless formats: DSD, APE, FLAC, ALAC, WMA, WAV and other non lossless.
- It can also be used as an Asynchronous DAC with your computer, supporting 192k/24B playback.
- If you are asking what DAC chip X5 uses, it is the PCM1792A DAC, the top of the line from Texas Instruments.
- Quad-Balanced power supply : “Using a quad balanced power supply the X5 achieves bipolar output without using coupling capacitors.”
- Supports up to 256GB (128GB×2), will support for 512GB, 1024GB, etc. with future firmware upgrades
- The X5 comes with three output ports: headphone out, line out and coaxial digital output.
- Senior Air CNC aluminum unibody enclosure
- Battery capacity: 3700mAh 3.7V lithium polymer battery providing up to 12~15 hours of playback time
The X5 is a big machine. Bigger in every way than a 160GB iPod Classic (itself no waif) – and, with precisely 0GB of on-board memory, without much of an excuse for its Rubenesque 114 x 68 x 16mm dimensions.
Perhaps FiiO specified this to accommodate the X5’s substantial, imprecise control wheel or the four sizeable control buttons. It certainly doesn’t need all that real-estate for the display screen – measuring 2.4in.
Or perhaps FiiO wants to justify what looks, at first glance, as a fairly optimistic price. There aren’t even headphones to add a bit of value.
The X5 does at least have a spec as big as its body, though – if you overlook the disappointing lack of on-board storage. File support is all-encompassing, with DSD, APE, FLAC, ALAC and all the other, less headline-making formats dealt with.
There are headphone-, line-level and digital coaxial outputs (all 3.5mm sockets) as well as a micro-USB socket and two microSD card slots (currently limited to 64GB cards, but firmware updates are planned to allow up to 256GB cards in each microSD slot).
And the X5 can function as an asynchronous DAC for your PC too – its USB socket can handle files up to 24-bit/192kHz.
We can’t help thinking, though, that the X5’s biggest problem is the size of its body and its price – if it was packing a 250GB memory, it would still be a bloater.
But if you get past that, you’ll find a strong, if not outstanding-sounding personal music player.