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Promoted 08-04-2016 by SubZero5 at 10:28 AM View Original Post
Update: deal is back and now includes a FiiO back cover

Adorama.com has FiiO X5 Mastering Quality Digital Audio Player (1st Gen, Refurb) for $129. Shipping is free. Thanks iconian

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Edited July 18, 2016 at 11:23 AM by TattyBear
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$129 + free shipping


this is gen 1, and considering I never seen new below $200, this is a pretty hot price for this player.
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I bought one of these, but it would not properly recognize the tags in my music files (even though I meticulously maintain the tags, and every other device/program I have reads them fine). Email to Fiio tech support didn't receive a reply, so I returned the product. It's probably in the pile being resold here.

Yet another case of great hardware crippled by poor software and even poorer support.
can't turn it up to 11 anymore?> Frown
iconian 10
Your response to my post is off the mark on so many levels:

a) If the company wants to get rid of the stigma associated with "Made in China", having crappy software that doesn't work right does nothing to achieve that.

b) I don't know what "first paper in the box" you're referring to. I looked at everything in the box before I attempted to use the player and saw nothing resembling what you describe. (And your assumption that it was there but I didn't read it is insulting.) Perhaps they only started adding this paper after I had my unit, but irrespective of that, inserting a piece of paper explaining why a product doesn't work the way it should wouldn't excuse making a product that doesn't work the way it should.

c) I don't care whether "they deliver everything they promised on their hardware." A product is not just it's hardware.

d) I never expected the X5 to be "the best of the best", but I certainly expected that ANY digital audio player could do something as rudimentary as recognize and read properly constructed tags on digital audio files. An iPod reads my tags perfectly. A Shanling player reads them. Even a cheapo SanDisk player reads them. Ditto for at least a dozen audio software applications. The only thing I've ever encountered that didn't read them was the Fiio player.

e) I sent Fiio's support a detailed email explaining exactly what was happening in the user interface, what file info was and was not appearing under what circumstances, etc. Never heard a word back from them.

As far as I'm concerned, my entire experience with the X5 confirmed rather than refuted any stigma associated with a "Made in China" product. They might know how to design and build great hardware, but they don't understand what it takes to make and support an entire product.

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Outstanding deal here. Good luck getting that sound quality at this price point anywhere else.
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I used to own this, until the vol. down button broke....
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I used to own this, until the vol. down button broke....

can't turn it up to 11 anymore?> Frown
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I prefer x3 second generation is better. Small and easy to control
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So what kinda setup for ideal sound with something like this? Best sound setup I had was an old Onkyo 7.1 ch system at home hooked up via analog from my Super DVD audio player and blasting Linkin Park. Got rid of it all and kinda miss it, but I need to save space these days.

What's a good set of speakers/earbuds to go with this player and would you need to be playing specific type of files/quality to really appreciate it?
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I bought one of these, but it would not properly recognize the tags in my music files (even though I meticulously maintain the tags, and every other device/program I have reads them fine). Email to Fiio tech support didn't receive a reply, so I returned the product. It's probably in the pile being resold here.

Yet another case of great hardware crippled by poor software and even poorer support.
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can't turn it up to 11 anymore?> Frown
But 11 is bigger.
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Quote from teaberry View Post :
So what kinda setup for ideal sound with something like this? Best sound setup I had was an old Onkyo 7.1 ch system at home hooked up via analog from my Super DVD audio player and blasting Linkin Park. Got rid of it all and kinda miss it, but I need to save space these days.

What's a good set of speakers/earbuds to go with this player and would you need to be playing specific type of files/quality to really appreciate it?
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Thanks! In for 1. I have been wanting an X5 for quite a while but $300 price tag was not in my price range. Gen 2 seems better overall but at this price I could live with Gen 1s issues. I have an iPhone 6+ 64GB with ALAC files but I am running out of storage already so this is a good alternative.
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I bought one of these, but it would not properly recognize the tags in my music files (even though I meticulously maintain the tags, and every other device/program I have reads them fine). Email to Fiio tech support didn't receive a reply, so I returned the product. It's probably in the pile being resold here.

Yet another case of great hardware crippled by poor software and even poorer support.
I found this to be a problem with the x3 as well. I had to put the files into MP3tag, remove tags, then "undo and reapply x tag format only". Something along those lines.

Kind of a pain... iTunes is actually easier to manage.
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I bought one of these, but it would not properly recognize the tags in my music files (even though I meticulously maintain the tags, and every other device/program I have reads them fine). Email to Fiio tech support didn't receive a reply, so I returned the product. It's probably in the pile being resold here.

Yet another case of great hardware crippled by poor software and even poorer support.
In their defense, they're a new Chinese company trying to get rid of the stigma associated with a "Made in China" product. You'd know that if you actually read the first paper in the box instead of going straight for the player. For the price point, they deliver everything they promised on their hardware. If you want the best of the best, go buy a $500+ player or something.
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If you want the best of the best, go buy a $500+ player or something.
I did that and regret every cent I paid for the AK JR... Not sure what I was thinking laugh out loud

Wish I would have gone with one of the more affordable Fiios
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So what kinda setup for ideal sound with something like this? Best sound setup I had was an old Onkyo 7.1 ch system at home hooked up via analog from my Super DVD audio player and blasting Linkin Park. Got rid of it all and kinda miss it, but I need to save space these days.

What's a good set of speakers/earbuds to go with this player and would you need to be playing specific type of files/quality to really appreciate it?
You want at least CD quality for your files, ~320bytes, try to get a lossless format if you can, like flac. Since you supply the memory, your SD card can be 256gb for all they care. This only provides the playback; you'd need good headphones to get the full experience. I just tried the nura headphones off kickstarter. So good; they even automated the equalizer for you based on ear feedback. Check it out, it's going to put $400 headphones out of business.
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