FiiO X5 (2nd Gen) Portable High-Resolution Audio Player (Black)

BH #FIX52BK • MFR #X5-II-BLACK
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FiiO X5 (2nd Gen) Portable High-Resolution Audio Player (Black)
Key Features
  • Audio Player & USB DAC
  • Supports up to 24-Bit / 192 kHz
  • Native DSD Playback
  • Supports WAV, FLAC, AAC, MP3, & More
The black X5 (2nd Gen) from FiiO is a portable high-resolution audio player and USB DAC for audio enthusiasts. The unit features an audiophile-grade architecture and premium components capable of playing files up to 24-bit/192 kHz in a variety of formats including native DSD, WAV, WMA, ALAC, FLAC, APE, AIFF, and more.
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FiiO X5 2nd Gen Overview

The black X5 (2nd Gen) from FiiO is a portable high-resolution audio player and USB DAC for audio enthusiasts. The unit features an audiophile-grade architecture and premium components capable of playing files up to 24-bit/192 kHz in a variety of formats including native DSD, WAV, WMA, ALAC, FLAC, APE, AIFF, and more.

The X5-II utilizes a Texas Instruments PCM1792A DAC coupled to an OPA1652 for great dynamic performance, while the FET inputs for I/V conversion offer extra-low distortion and noise. Additionally, two top-flight OPA1612 chips provide low pass filtering and voltage amplification for extra-low distortion and noise. The headphone output employs two BUF634U chips for current buffering, resulting in a sufficient drive current for a wide sound stage, high dynamics, and good bass power. Dual crystal oscillators ensure the lowest jitter and highest precision playback of music at any sample rate, eliminating conversion artifacts.

The player offers a standard 1/8" / 3.5mm headphone output and a separate line out/digital (coaxial) out via 1/8" / 3.5mm. The X5-II has no on-board memory, but uses two microSD card slots supporting up to 256GB total. The 3300mAh Li-polymer battery provides up to 10 hours of playback under normal conditions. The user interface offers five unique themes, while the classic scroll wheel and 2.4" HD IPS color display offers easy navigation. You can browse and play songs via folders, songs, albums, artists, genres, favorites, and playlists. The 10-band graphic EQ and the 120-step digital volume control allow for custom-tailored sound and levels.

The X5-II is 15% lighter and 12% smaller than the original X5. The chassis is made of aluminum alloy and features a high-reflectance, fine-grain faceplate. The X5-II ships with a 3' / 1m high-current micro-USB data/charging cable, an 1/8" / 3.5mm coaxial S/PDIF adapter, a clear case, three screen protectors (1 applied in-factory), an HDtracks coupon, and a set of three Bodywork stickers (USA flag, wood grain, and carbon fiber).

  • Song Playback - Supports Browsing and Playback via Folders:
    • All Songs
    • Albums
    • Artist
    • Genres
    • Favorites
    • Playlists
  • Play Mode: Sequential, Shuffle, Loop Single, Loop All
  • Resume After Power Off: Can resume from last song or last position before power off
  • Library Management:
    • Supports adding and managing favorites and playlists on player
    • Supports deleting favorites, playlists, songs and folders on player
    • Supports batch deletion
  • Hibernation: Player can automatically enter hibernation for instant wake-up / playback with minimal battery drain
  • Screen Saver: Custom defined screen timeout time
  • CUE Sheet Supported: Supports splitting songs by CUE sheets and skipping though tracks within cue sheet
  • Themes: 5 different built-in themes
  • Playback Display: Supporting embedded / external / folder-based album art, lyrics and ID3 display
  • Gapless playback supported
  • Volume Control: 120 steps digital potentiometer
  • Output Protection: Power supply safety control over analog circuit
  • Gain Setting: Switchable between high and low gain
  • Equalizer: 10-band EQ (±6 dB)
  • Hearing Protection: Customizable max volume setting to protect hearing
  • Balance: Max bias 10 dB L/R (1 dB increments)
  • On / Off Transients: Output relay prevents on / off transients
  • Headphone Detection: Playback pauses on headphone disconnection
  • Internal Battery: 3300mAh 3.7V Li-polymer
  • Playtime: >10 hours (32 ohms; normal volume with display off)
  • Firmware upgrade via microSD card (formatted in FAT32)
  • Data Transfer: micro-USB 2.0 high speed

FiiO X5 2nd Gen Specs

Connections
Line Out1/8" / 3.5 mm (Shared line out / S/PDIF coaxial out)
Digital Output1/8" / 3.5 mm (Shared line out / S/PDIF coaxial out)
DACUSB DAC: Supports up to 24-bit / 192 kHz and DSD (driver installation required)
Headphone1/8" / 3.5 mm
Line Output
THD + N<0.001% (1 kHz)
Frequency Response20 Hz to 20 kHz
Crosstalk>115 dB (10 kOhms / 1 kHz)
Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR)≥114 dB (A-weight)
Dynamic Range≥110 dB
Line Output Level1.53 Vrms (10 kOhms / 1 kHz)
Headphone Output
Output PowerOutput Power 1: >245 mW (32 ohms / THD+N <1%)
Output Power 2: >436 mW (16 ohms / THD+N <1%)
Output Power 3: >27 mW (300 ohms /THD+N <1%)
Frequency Response20 Hz to 20 kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR)≥117 dB (A-weighted)
Output Impedance<0.2 ohms (32 ohms)
Crosstalk>75 dB (1 kHz)
THD+N<0.001% (1 kHz)
Maximum Output Voltage>8.2 Vp-p
Maximum Output Current>250 mA (For reference)
Power and Battery Options
PowerUSB Charger: 5 VDC, 2 A (recommended)
Battery Charge DisplayRed light indicates, green light turns on after fully charged
Battery DisplayYes (accurate battery % readings)
Battery Capacity3300 mAh, 3.7 V Li-polymer
Battery Life>10 h (32 ohms; normal volume with display off)
Charging TimeUSB Charger: Approximately 4 hours
Supported Audio Formats
Audio FormatsLossless
DSD: DSD64, DSD128 (.iso, .dsf & .dff)
APE (Fast): 192 kHz/24-bit
APE (Normal): 96 kHz/24-bit
APE (High): 96 kHz/24-bit
FLAC: 192 kHz/24-bit
WAV: 192 kHz/64-bit
WMA Lossless: 96 kHz/24-bit
Apple Lossless: 192 kHz/24-bit

Lossy Compression
MP2, MP3, AAC, ALAC, WMA, OGG
General Specifications
Material of ConstructionAluminum alloy
ChipsetSoC: JZ4760B
DAC: PCM1792A
LPF: OPA1612
OP: OPA1612+BUF634
Volume Controller: PGA2311A
Memory Capacity256 GB total via 2x microSD cards
Display2.4" / 6.1 cm, 262,144-color HD IPS screen with 400x360 resolution
Drive Ability16 to 150 ohms
Volume Control120 steps digital potentiometer
Equalizer10-band equalizer (±6 dB)
Balance Control10 dB
GainGain Low: 3.6 dB
Gain High: 9.1 dB
Dimensions4.3 x 2.5 x 0.6" / 109.0 x 63.5 x 15.3 mm
Weight5.8 oz / 165.0 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.05 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.6 x 5.1 x 1.9"
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I have the X5 Gen 1 and love the sound. Only thing I hate is that, in order to navigate to a certain artist or album, I must turn the wheel, sometimes for a long time. There is no way to jump to a specific letter in the alphabet. I have over 8,000 songs and when I want to scroll to an artist whose name starts with a letter in the middle of the alphabet, it takes forever. Does this Gen II allow for any quicker navigation?
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In DAC mode the X5 will serve as an external sound card for your MAC. No need to download or install drivers. The FiiO works with native MAC software. There is a setting on the X5 to switch between DAC mode and Player mode (DAP) it is called USB Mode in the System Settings and the choice is Storage or DAC .When in Storage mode the X5II connects to the MAC just like an external hard/USB Drive. Files may be copied by drag and drop like transferring any non music file to an external drive.There is a great program by Jeremy Laurenson called DAPPER which allows you to connect to iTunes and transfer playlist to the FiiO. Using this program I maintain both iPods and FiiO DAPs with the same playlist.I find this to be the best way to enjoy the FiiO DAPs.
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Asked by: Allen L.
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Can it move headphones with an impedance higher than 150 ohms ?
Asked by: Anonymous
Not on its own. Need an amp. Fiio e12 mont blanc works great
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Does this have Bluetooth?
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