Let’s face facts: musically, our smartphones just aren’t quite good enough. It’s not their fault – they have a thousand other tasks to do. A dedicated music player has just one.
As a result, if you want to take high quality audio outside your home a music player is often the better choice.
That’s where dedicated players like the FiiO X5 3rd Gen find their niche. They’re as portable as a smartphone, with superior sound quality. But the X5iii doesn’t sit alone in this category, and there’s stiff competition from Onkyo, Pioneer and Astell & Kern.
Fiio has taken steps to develop its product, giving it new soft- and hardware compared to the previous generations of the X5, but just how well does it hold up?
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