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The headphone socket is on the base, not the top plate, accompanied by microUSB charging/file loading port and microSD card slot.


An on-off switch and rocker style volume control complete the control complement. Switch on measured 18 seconds – quite quick.

   There is no on-board memory: a microSD card up to 256GB is supported and must be bought separately; FiiO recommend SanDisk. It must be FAT32 formatted, which the player can do on-board. I updated Firmware V1 to V1.3.3 easily and quickly – and with a Mac no less. This surprised me because Mac desktop files often frustrate the process – and the X1 does not hide their presence when music is uploaded, an annoying inability because unplayable files preceded by an underscore litter the music file list as a result. Best to upload from a PC to avoid this.

   The X1 always was easy to use and it remains so. Although the 2in screen is a bit small and none too high in resolution at 320x240 pixels it is readable (text size can be altered). There’s an equaliser and plenty to fiddle with if you are so inclined; I run players in vanilla form. 

   I was surprised to find that Apple losslessly compressed files (ALAC) are handled but not Apple Interchange File Format (aiff) files, a peculiar omission that may well be down to licensing problems/costs. Otherwise, the X1 plays all common file types up to 24/192 but not DSD – as you might expect at the price. 

Play time is quoted as 12hours from the 1800mAh internal rechargeable battery. 



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