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Portable audio player FiiO X5 Mark III

The current consumption of music content is very different from what we saw ten years ago. The trend of our time is mobile music here and now. But really enthusiastic music lovers are not ready to sacrifice the quality of playing their favorite tracks for the sake of freedom of movement. That is why in the consumer electronics market there is an explosive growth in the popularity of portable high-definition audio players.

One of the world leaders in this segment is the Chinese company FiiO, and its gadget X5, available to users already in the third edition, gained a truly cult status. FiiO was founded in the industrial center of Guangzhou 11 years ago - in 2007 year. The company began its work with the design and manufacture of portable speakers, gradually adding headphones and amplifiers to them, compact digital-to-analog converters, and other products. The equipment from China, characterized by a phenomenal ratio of price and quality, almost "blew up" the market, significantly shaking the positions of former recognized leaders. In 2013, FiiO released a portable Hi-Fi-player X3, who became the hero of numerous reviews in the thematic media and collected an impressive collection of awards. In 2014, the first version of X5 appeared. Debuting in 2017, FiiO X5 Mark III represents an updated concept of the music device with the sound of the studio level, offered at the most attractive price.

Portable audio player FiiO X5 Mark III

Portable audio player FiiO X5 Mark III

No matter how important the quality of the sound for the user, the first impression of acquaintance with any technique we have is formed by its design. FiiO X5 Mark III is available in classic black, exquisite titanium and bright red trim options. The body of the model weighing 186 gram is made of a durable aluminum alloy, the back wall is plastic. The volume control here is slightly recessed in the side panel, a clear fixation of its position eliminates the random change of the playback parameters. The delivery includes a transparent "bumper" and a protective cover. The player functions on the optimized Android 5.1 platform, the FiiO Music interface is displayed on the nearly all facade 4-inch touch TFT display. Customization was the part of the operating system that is responsible for processing audio data. The results are improved sound, increased performance of the gadget as a whole, plus economical battery drain. X5 Mark III is ready to work in two modes: Pure Music and Android. In the first of them, only music playback is possible - no foreign applications are launched. In Android mode, the user can install and run any compatible applications.

Portable audio player FiiO X5 Mark III

Portable audio player FiiO X5 Mark III

The "brains" of the model are AK4490EN DACs, each of the two channels of the stereo track is served by a separate chip. These advanced 32-bit converters are capable of extracting maximum information from compressed MP3 / WMA files, as well as fully unlocking the potential of audiophile records of PCM and DSD, and decoding can be performed with unimaginable for portable players sampling frequency - up to 768 kHz. For storage of phonograms, the device has 32 GB of internal memory and two slots for flash cards microSD with a maximum total capacity of 512 GB. But that's not all: FiiO X5 Mark III is equipped with Wi-Fi adapters on 2,4 GHz and Bluetooth / aptX, and DLNA protocol support extends the already impressive switching potential. Such equipment will be primarily appreciated by clients of streaming Internet services. With a special cable, the player can work in the car in In-Vehicle mode, it's easy to connect to a computer as a USB-DAC. The choice of headphones for the gadget is maximally wide: built-in amplifiers OPA426, on a chip per channel, give out 300 mW with an 32 Ohm load in the band 5 Hz - 55 kHz and easily cope with the most capricious headphones.

Portable audio player FiiO X5 Mark III

Portable audio player FiiO X5 Mark III

To reveal the potential of the FiiO X5 Mark III, the headphones of the middle or upper price category, which are neutral in nature, will be the best way to help. When you click on Play, you immediately notice the widest stereopanorama. There is no question of holographic drawing of sound images on the virtual stage, but the instruments are clearly spaced in space, and the vocals are separated from the accompaniment. All voice intonations are carefully conveyed to the listener. In the tonal balance, no outbursts or failures are noted. High frequencies are slightly softened, the middle is clear and detailed, the bass notes are restrained, but quite weighty. Typical for low-cost mid-bass devices and / or cutting earplugs of the tops is not exactly here. Correctly selected headphones allow not only to reveal all the advantages of X5 Mark III, but also, if desired, slightly adjust the tonal balance to the individual tastes of the user. For the street is better suited intracanal models with effective noise insulation, for the house - full-size overhead. A win-win option will be the choice of one of the positions of its own line of FiiO. An interesting tandem can be obtained with high-tech liners from Campfire Audio from Portland, USA. Audioexpertiza of this brand is based on 10-year experience in creating premium ALO Audio cables. And, of course, do not forget the timeless classics of Koss, Audio-Technica, Westone.

Portable audio player FiiO X5 Mark III

Portable audio player FiiO X5 Mark III

The time of continuous autonomous operation of FiiO X5 Mark III is 8-10 hours. It depends on the interface connection (normal or balanced) and the characteristics of the headphones, as well as the volume level. To replenish the energy reserve, there are two charging modes: standard and accelerated with the screen control of the heating temperature. In the latter case, fully charge the player's battery capacity 3400 mAh will be in 1,5 hours.

FiiO company website.

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