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XDuoo X3 Digital Audio Player

XDuoo X3 Digital Audio Player

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Xduoo X3 mark II is available now, $118.9, check it right here.
https://www.hitenik.com/products/xduoo-x3-ii-xduoo-x3-mark-ii-lossless-audio-player
I have this player and have it rockboxed. I started a thread on how to rockbox it here, it is an active thread and there are lots of people to help there: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/rockbox-xduoo-x3.803844/ It also works great if you have an AUX port in your vehicle.
red71rum
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Looks good, I will have to see the price although it should be fairly affordable.
Actually here is some newer info, with a $120 price point:
https://darko.audio/2018/04/xduoo-x3-mkii-a-lightweight-dap-with-aptx-bluetooth/
Are the buttons made of aluminum alloy as well?
ceez
Feels like hard plastic.
Great player, shipping charges eliminate any price advantage!
Ferengi
is it genuine player?
Has anyone tried using SDs larger than 128GB on this?
kungfoolou
I'm currently using one 200GB and one 256GB microsd card and they both work perfectly.
I'm looking for a higher performance DAP but small and thin (the smaller the better). The X3 seems a little chunky. I'm considering the Cayin N3, the SONY Walkman A series NW-A35, the Astell & Kern AK Jr. and the Hidizs AP60 (even though I'm not sure that it's much better than the Fiio M3 that I own). Any performance endorsements of any of these or others that may fit my requirements?
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werekong
I have the Cayin N3 and it's a mixed bag. The controls are infurating. I picked it because of the Bluetooth so I basically use it in my car. It sounds great and drives all my IEM's no prob. I just hate touching it.
Ademarco
Thanks. Other people have criticized the N3, as well..........same with the Xduoo X2 and AK JR . I have yet to have a negative review of the Shanling M1 so I'm leaning toward it.
Mine failed after 2 months. Massdrop will not provide any warranty and it appears to be hopeless chasing XDuoo. Why does MD peddle crappy wares that neither they nor the manufacturer will back up? Is there enough anger for a class action lawsuit?
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patrickKC
did you try the reset button?
patrickKC
yep running into problems as well Left side of every earphone/headset i try doesn't work...Tried massdrop for replacement nope no luck been trying to contact Xduoo for past week only to be seemingly ghosted
Really curious, those who have installed RockBox onto it, how well does this work? What headphones are you driving with it? I'm looking at driving ~50 ohm or less, anybody have around 50 ohm headphones? How does it handle that?
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Well the x3 has a 250mw power output to drive your cans/IEM's, so that's a lot of power IMO! My FiiO E11k Kilimanjaro 2 HP Amp has a 450mw rating, and then my new Sony Walkman NW-A35 only has like a 30-60mw output, which won't be capable of driving so many different options like cans/IEM's! The higher the mw power output, the louder your listening options will be!
I'd like to get this just to test/comp it against my Walkman, and to see if I still need the FiiO E11K HP Amp to drive my cans & IEM's, because that's a pretty good power output on the x3 IMO!
FOBean
I have Sony Walkman NW-A35 and IMHO X3 incomparably better.
Would the audiophiles here recommend something like this for a guy who's stuck in CD-land but has been meaning to upgrade forever? I skipped the whole iPod thing. I don't like the idea of having all my music on my phone. I want lossless files and might even convert all my CDs (or my faves, anyway) to transfer them on a portable player. I'm just overwhelmed at all the options.
What's a good sub-$400 player for a guy who wants to have say 500 CDs' worth of music available in lossless format?
Thanks for any suggestions!
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JohnnyCredit
I would say it depends on your needs and preferences to sound signatures. I bought a used Cayin i5 that I absolutely love. It's got some quirks (like not being able to cache my 320kbps songs from Play Music correctly to the onboard storage, and some UI frustrations) but does have wifi, Bluetooth, Play Store access and sounds pretty awesome with my headphones and IEMs. It has no problem reading my 128gb microSD (biggest I've got right now) with 4000+ mp3s, flac, etc. I like warm, musical sounding audio gear, while a lot of audiophiles claim that accurate music reproduction should be true to the recording which can translate to cold and analytical. I want to enjoy my music, not analyze it. And I'm no advanced audiophile by any means, but my preference is bassy and warm. I'd suggest reading up on all the DAPs in your price range (including even a used LG V20 phone with the quad DAC that can be had for less than $400 these days). As an android phone user and fan in general, I try to stick to DAPs that build on Android and allow Spotify, sideloading apps etc. Again, depends all on what you want in a DAP whether it's music only or one that can stream Bluetooth, etc.
Rockbox fix the problem of interface effectively which is not a pleasure.
Quite expensive. I think there are better cheaper options.
mulderfox
Like?
I bet someone will use it against the TV since it looks like a remote...
Hugo_Y
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I see alot of people talking about Rockbox, what is it what does it add?
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I got the Rockbox from this address, and it works perfectly. Installed in 5 minutes, just follow the first 7 steps, that's all you need to do.
http://xvtx.ru/rockbox/manual.htm
Even with Rockbox installed you can choose to start with the original software at startup if you wish. I never wanted to go back to the original software though..
Worth mentioning that if you switch it on with the lock button on, it boots the stock ROM instead of Rockbox.
Thoughts or followup on the reliability concerns in comments below?
I highly recommend installing rockbox on this for additional functionality: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/rockbox-xduoo-x3.803844/
Never a DAP owner.
So. How difficult is it to get music transferred from my Mac to this player? I need it to be SIMPLE.
Which is easier; Shanling? or This?
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TiffanyPoodleslide
Drag and drop is enough easy ?
TiffanyPoodleslide
Hahaha , looks like you have been tortured well by Apple's incompatibility and complicated file transfer methods.
Just connect the X3 with a regular usb micro cable to the computer and drag and drop the files.
The SD card has to be formatted to FAT32, but that is just a one off job when you buy a card in case your card does not come formatted that way...
Can this be use as a transport for use with chord mojo? Also will it accept the just released 400gb micro SD cards?
So is this like a high end iPod?
treeinc
yes, with removable storage. Added bonus of saving your phones battery.
treeinc
Yes, even more if you Rockbox it
How is this better than the FiiO M3, which is cheaper?
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Neddoge
Rockbox
Neddoge
When I was looking a couple of years ago, I settled on the M3 because the M3 was smaller and much thinner...............I use it mainly for outside use, on the go. The M3 is also lanyard capable another plus for me. I have been satisfied with the M3, but admit that I can't compare performance with the X3 since I have not heard the X3. You may have different priorities than me.
Where did I read that readability is terrible in sunlight or open shade?... cause it is just that. Terrible.
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Mine still working. I use mostly in The car and with headphones at work.
Sitomanvoy
^ That's why I bought it. Work mostly. It has found a good home in the car now that I have an AUX in. Still problematic there unless I put on a good long play list or audio book. It's also my first DAP so if it becomes indispensable I'll likely upgrade to something w/better graphic display.
cheaper on ebay and i picked one up yesterday they had a 15$ off of 75$ so i got one for 60$ in silver cant wait to get it and flash rockbox
Does anyone know if this comes with a screen protector or carry case?
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Mine came w/2 savers... too late IMO. The naked screen surface was not covered prior to packing and showed small scratches that one might expect a "saver" to prevent. Good Luck.
robin.denhardteriksson
Amazon is selling one in black with a synthetic leather case for $80, free shipping, plus Amazon's outstanding return policy.
When this drop can be shipped to GREAT RUSSIAN FEDERATION?
pashasunbk
"ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE: JUNE 28, 2017" Unless there are delays:
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I have to say thanks Massdrop for alerting me about this player and the Rockbox support to make it useable. But now I also have to say thanks EBay for selling it to me for $15 less with a similar ship time.
I have used Rockbox on an old iRiver H10 before and was hoping to find a modern player with 64GB+ capacity that could deliver similar function to replace an aging Zune.
BF_Hammer
I received my $76 ebay-purchased sample 4 days ago. I spent a good deal of time prior to arrival studying how to do the Rockbox installation, and I managed to get that done and copy over all my music the first night I had it. I discovered one quirk in Rockbox that I am working on a fix for. The .m3u playlist files I created on my PC do play in Rockbox without any problem, but Resume play does not function using these playlists. Resume only would work with a dynamic playlist created on the device itself.
I think I have a path to solving this. You have to fix the path to the music file to fit the path on the microSD card exactly (in the .m3u playlist text). Rockbox has enough smarts to figure out an adaptive path to play the files, but the Resume Play portion of the code is not smart enough to do it. You have been forewarned. Find/replace feature of a text editor will be your friend.
I'm not averse to grabbing one of these, but I need a device that is compatible with ipod-friendly remote controls. Do these work with ipod-remote earphones?
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I did get it to work finally after taking the back panel off and re-setting the battery connection. Now it won't load any music on to the micro SD card unless I take it out and load direct to it. Ended up getting a Cayin N3 off of Massdrop. Much better player overall.
add me to the list. When you buy from this manufacturer it comes with no warranty You find this out when you try to make a claim.....
I got no complaints getting the X3. It drives my T50RP Mk3 with no problems and got Rockbox support. I use it when I get lazy listening on my phone with headphone amp.
i bought this a long time ago but my Windows 10 computer doesn't recognize it. How do I get my computer to recognize it?
elfonamouse
Format your microSD cards to FAT32., exFAT will not work.
I bought mine in the UK from amazon. I use uncompressed WAV files and I am not wonderfully impressed with the sound in the lower registers which seems indistinct compared to my Acer S3 ultrabook with the Groove music app: very surprised at this revelation.  Also the cards wont click in or release and I have to use tweezers; is this only me?
MKINGUK
Yes, Rockbox for +/- 24dB bass/treble tone controls.
I got mine about a month ago, but did get to open the box until last week because I was away.
I'm having problems with mine. I'm wondering, can anyone help?? I've plugged it into my MacBook Pro, and the laptop does not acknowledge it even being there. As a result, I can't load anything onto it from my computer. I've also tried loading files onto it via the SD micro card, and it doesn't acknowledge that either. What do I do??? Anyone have any ideas??? Thanks, Brendan
DasBoog
You sound like I did when mine gave out after two months. I couldn't get any assistance but China wanted me to pay for delivery both ways. Even though it was under "warranty" Good Luck
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Expect another update from us on 11/14 or sooner if something comes up.
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