The Fiio X7 for the moment still is Fiio’s flagship portable player. Sound wise I still find it to be Fiio’s best DAP but ever since the new Fiio X5 was released, I’ve preferred playing with the latter. The Fiio X5’s design is smaller and it looks a whole lot sexier. While the UI is more or less the same, the Fiio X5 is easier to work with as it lays better in your hand. One of the conclusions of our X5 & X7 review was that the X7 in an X5 design would be the best of both worlds.
We all have noticed that Fiio these last years likes to launch second revisions of their DAPs rather quickly and it is just the same for the X7. During my meeting with Fiio’s big boss James at High End in Munich he showed me a whole lot of upcoming new products that’ll see the light over the next two months, but the most interesting one just might be the next X7.2.
It looks like Fiio has been reading our reviews because the new X7.2 is indeed a mix of the X5 and the X7. It looks like a crossover model with the style and button layout of the X5 and the sound of the X7 but it can still use the AM (amplifier) modules of the original X7. I didn’t get a chance to listen to it and I couldn’t take pictures of the pre-production/prototype model, but it looked damn fine.
That does mean that the original X7 DAP will probably be phased out and replaced by its successor. Personally I think that’s a good move from Fiio as the new Fiio X7.2 brings the best of both worlds. It’s a logic move as well as a lot of people are buying the X5 just because it looks nicer. With the new X7.2 that issue is solved as well.
Fiio will also be launching Bluetooth units, new amps, iPhone 7 accessories, portable amps, etc etc. Keep an eye on Fiio, I’m pretty sure there’s something interesting in the new gear for everyone. So should you update to the new Fiio X7.2? That’s too soon to tell but it does look a whole lot sexier. Personally if it has the X7’s sound and the X5 looks, I’d upgrade right away. Not convinced yet the X7 sound wise is the DAP for you? Then check out our review!
Tomorrow we’ll be publishing another review and on Friday and Saturday you’ll get the full High ENd Munich debrief here on HFN!