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I recently purchased an x5, and am playing around with audio. It is an awsome DAP and this forum has been a great resource. I have a couple of new questions: I am hooking the player up at work to a receiver using the line out on the sub pack to the aux rca's. The problem is that the sound is very low in volume. I am having to turn the receivers' volume up around 75-80% to get the level reasonable (we normally listen at around 30-40%). The sound quality is not so great, and varies from song to song. The line out should be a unamplified signal, and the volume should be adjusted at the receiver, not the DAP, right? I have been encoding from cd to LAME 3.97b1 using -v0-vbr-new for all songs. Why the low volume and poor sound. Through headphones, the sound is great (indistinguishable from cd, imho). I do not use any of the audio jet effects, just the eq. The other effects color the sound too much for my tastes. Any help would be great. Secondly has anyone heard of or tried a program called Direct Audio Converter from pistonsoft software. It is a very easy to use (idiotproof) prog to rip/encode to mp3,ogg,wavepak,flac etc, and is extremely fast. Is it any good? I am playing around with the 30 day trial (I think it is only $24.95) for full version. Thanks and sorry for the long post. Peace
Turn off all the sound enhancements, including the EQ, and you'll notice that the volume increases and becomes independent of the volume you set on the X5, just the way a proper line-out should be.
If you need to play around with bass/treble, do it on the receiver, not on the X5.
I never could get my line out to work properly. I just use my headphone jack. I have the exact same problem you did. The line out on my player is simply worthless.
Pete's suggestion is correct. With Mach3Bass turned on, the line out is considerable less then with all JetEffects turned off. Thanks a lot.
Very silly (ie the following is most likely the answer) question, but I figured I should ask, as to be better safe than sorry:
If one is using the headphone jack, does one just plug in the cable (that came with the X5) into the jack that's normally used for the line-in and line-out functions?
When we talk about headphone jack or more correctly, a "headphone output", we literally mean the hole where you would normally plug in your headphones (on the side of the player). The line-in/line-out is a different set of connections located on the subpack.
Both "headphone-out" and "line-out" can be used to connect the X5 to an external amp (like a home stereo).
And which line-out hast the better quality on my stereo?
or the line-out on the extension set?
(I think this one, because it is not yet amplified, but I'm not sure)
Search the forums. There has been a very lengthy discussion about which output is better.
i have the eq on and the volume's still independant from the x5 volume, could that be because of the new firmware?
If you want to use JetEffects from the X5 to adjust SQ, then use the headphone out.
Otherwise, connect the subpack, use line out, and make sure ALL JetEffects are OFF. (The problem I've run into with this, though.. has to do with my car stereo. I'm assuming it's the stock stereo, since I had this same problem previously with line-out on a cd player.. but line out level audio is just too much for it, and gets very distorted)
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