Digital Audio Players

Is the FiiO X3-II a good Digital Audio Player?

FiiO X3-II Digital Music Player

FiiO X3-II Digital Audio Player

FiiO X3-II High Resolution Music Player

The Top Questions for the FiiO X3-II Digital Audio Player:

What FiiO should I get?

It depends on how much you want to pay and the file format you want to listen to. If you are focused on MP3’s and don’t plan on picking up a high quality set of headphones go for the M3. It’s cheap but performs very well. If you want higher quality but aren’t an audiophile then the X1 is a good choice. The X3 and X5 are higher end Digital Audio Players that are meant to deliver high fidelity from lossless formats. Regardless of the FiiO you pick buying a good quality set of headphones can make all the difference.

Is this really better than the FiiO X1?

The FiiO X3-II has the option to double as a Digital Audio Converter. In regards to sound, the X1 suits rock music a little more and the X3 has more bass but they both sound great. Whether you go for the X1 or X3 you’ll be happy with your purchase, especially if you have high quality headphones.

Is having an amplifier recommended?

If you want the best audio, then better quality equipment is obviously going to deliver the best quality sound. An amplifier is not essential however. Just check the ohms on your headphones and make sure they’re compatible with the Digital Audio Player. Some good headphones to get that work with the X3-II without needing an amplifier are the Technica Ath-m50x.

FiiO X3-II High Resolution Music Player

Where can I find a comparison video for the FiiO X3-II?

Is this FiiO X3-II on sale at Amazon.com?

Right now you can buy the FiiO X3-II on Amazon.

Does this Audio Player have a digital output?

Yes it does. At the top right there is a 3.5mm jack socket which output can be switched between line-out and digital-out. The Digital Audio Player comes with a coax adapter cable that can be connected to the line out to send a digital signal also.

Are you able to fast forward/rewind or scroll through the song?

Yes you can. This input is perfect for scrubbing through long audio files.

Will the X3-II play through folders unlike the X1?

Yes it does. All you need to do is set the ‘Play Settings’ to ‘Play Through Folders’.

How much internal memory does the X3-II have?

The X3-II has no internal memory and uses micro-SD cards. The X1 does have 8gb of internal memory, this means you’ll need a micro-SD card immediately upon any purchase of the X3-II.

Can this plug into a computer and allow you to import folders by drag and drop?

Yes. The X3-II uses USB 2.0 so any large transfer will be slow. A better method to transfer is by using a USB 3.0 to Card Reader. If you don’t have a Card Reader just connect the X3-II to your computer, set the device to storage mode and drag and drop.

How easy would it be to swap between multiple SD cards?

It’s very easy to remove a micro-SD card from the X3-II. There is no eject button or cover to remove, you just need to peel the micro-SD card out of the device with your nail and replace. It’s a 10 second process but just make sure the micro-SD cards are formatted to FAT32 before adding files.

FiiO X3-II High Resolution Music Player

Where can I find an unboxing video for the FiiO X3-II?

Is this Bluetooth?

No. This is all about high quality audio and that’s focused on in the features. When paired with an excellent amplifier like the FiiO E12, the sound via equally powerful headphones is outstanding. With lossless clean files you can really achieve the very best in portable sound.  You can connect the X3-II to an external speaker via an aux audio cable.

Are headphones included in the package?

No. For the best performance you need high quality headphones.

Does it display the album cover art?

Yes. The FiiO X3-II does show album art on properly tagged files.

What do FiiO say about their Music Player?

  • All new digital audio architecture with native DSD support
  • Dual crystal oscillators dedicated to multiples of 44.1kHz and 48kHz frequencies for lowest jitter at all sample rates.
  • Audiophile-grade architecture and components with Cirrus Logic CS4398 DAC
  • Updated design with all-metal chassis and fine grained matte finish.
  • New user interface design on a high quality 2-inch LCD screen

FiiO X3-II High Resolution Music Player

Where can I find a video review of the FiiO X3-II Music Player?

What are the main Pros and Cons of the FiiO X3-II?

  • It has a digital out port. 
  • Excellent build quality on the device. 
  • It comes with native DSD support. 
  • Easy to access micro-SD card slot.  
  • The interface is sometimes slow.
  • Performs poorly with WAV files.  
  • It has no track order options and defaults to alphabetical order.