Portable Hi-Res Player - FLAC, DSD/DSF etc.

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by rjstauber, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. rjstauber

    rjstauber Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I am in the market for a high quality potable player and I have some specific requirements:

    - FLAC playback up to 24/192
    - native DSF playback (DSD64 is sufficient)
    - large storage (1 TB or more would be nice)
    - album artwork support
    - good headphone amp via 1/8" connection
    - support for bluetooth headphone connection (Bose Quiet Comfort) for air travel and convenience
    - good battery life
    - line out 1/8" connection (for car usage via Aux-in)
    - price preferably below $500

    The HIFI WALKER H2 is very close to my requirements but does not support album artwork, as far as I know.

    Any hints and recommendations would be appreciated.
     
  2. Linto

    Linto Mayor of Simpleton

    I have heard loads, and still for me the HIFIMAN HM-901s is the best sounding, if that's too rich then Ibasso DX90
    Just avoid AK, very overpriced.
    Not sure about blue tooth, if that's a deal breaker look at using your phone with a Chord Mojo instead.
     
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  3. jkauff

    jkauff Putin-funded Forum Troll

    Location:
    Doylestown, PA
    It's a bit above your price limit, but you should check out the FiiO X7 Mark II. It's their top of the line DAP and has all the features you're looking for. It's also an Android device, so if you don't like the UI you can use any Android music player. The less expensive FiiO X5 Mark III also hits all your bullet points, but you sound like a top-end guy.
     
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  4. rjstauber

    rjstauber Forum Resident Thread Starter

    The HIFIMAN HM-901s does not seem to be easily available in Germany.

    The FiiO players look good. I don't need the ultimate best in sound quality, decent will be enough.

    Bluetooth is pretty much a must.

    MQA support would be cool but not many options right now.
     
  5. rjstauber

    rjstauber Forum Resident Thread Starter

    There is a quite cheap player called
    AGPTEK H3

    which seems to meet my requirements. Does anyone have any experience with it?
     
  6. Brenald79

    Brenald79 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Canada
    The FiioX3 Gen 3 has most of what you’re looking for including Bluetooth.
     
  7. rjstauber

    rjstauber Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I decided to give the Fiio X7 Mark II a try.
     
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  8. LEONPROFF

    LEONPROFF Forum Resident

    Let us know your thoughts on it please.
     
  9. blair207

    blair207 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Fife, Scotland
    It looks like Aptx HD Bluetooth could become more popular soon. As far as I know Astell and Kern are the brand which has decided to put this feature into their players. If I was buying one I would investigate if that was something I would want to use.
     
  10. rjstauber

    rjstauber Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I will, as soon as it is up and running.
     
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  11. rjstauber

    rjstauber Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I got it up and running, sounds nice.

    No gapless playback with DSD/DSF files though, at least not with the installed app.

    is there a ecommended Andriod app for music playback?

    I have seen in one youtube video something called hubby or huble or similar, what is the correct name?
     
  12. Drewan77

    Drewan77 Forum Resident

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    UK/USA
  13. Black Elk

    Black Elk Music Lover

    Location:
    Bay Area, U.S.A.
    Are you thinking of BubbleUPnP?

    I have no experience with gapless on Android, so cannot advise.
     
  14. rjstauber

    rjstauber Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Not sure if that was it.
     
  15. jkauff

    jkauff Putin-funded Forum Troll

    Location:
    Doylestown, PA
    There's an Android version of foobar2000 on the Google Play site. I use the iOS version and it's excellent, although I haven't used it for gapless DSF playback.

    I think there's an Onkyo-branded player for Android. The iOS version has lots of fans.

    It's possible you don't have the latest firmware--that's available on the FiiO website. If you do, you can report this as a bug on the dedicated FiiO product thread on the Head-Fi forums. FiiO is pretty good about fixing bugs and issuing regular firmware updates.
     
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2018 at 7:21 AM
  16. rjstauber

    rjstauber Forum Resident Thread Starter

    The app I was talking about is called HibyMusic, I think.

    I just installed it.

    It does gapless playback in DSD also.
     
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2018 at 9:27 AM
  17. Black Elk

    Black Elk Music Lover

    Location:
    Bay Area, U.S.A.
  18. TimB

    TimB Tube be or not Tube be?

    Location:
    Galion, Ohio USA
    What size micro sd cards are you going to use? I currently use 200 gb in both my Fiio X3 II, and my Xduoo X10 (dual slots in it).
     
  19. rjstauber

    rjstauber Forum Resident Thread Starter

    So far, I have one 200 GB in there, but need more space. Thinking about a 400 GB card, I heard it supposedly works in the player.
     
  20. ErikV

    ErikV Forum Resident

    Astell & Kern AK380 can be found on ebay at good prices. It can function as a very good usb dac as well in any hi end audio system.
     

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