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 Extension is pretty similar between the two, but because of the denser / warmer nature of Hugo's sound, it tends to come out weightier where iDSD micro tends to be faster. I don't dislike the sound of Hugo in anyway though (my beef is mostly with its exterior design, but that's another story), but I do think the difference is more quantitative rather than qualitative. Soundstage wise, I think Hugo does do a better job if iDSD micro doesn't have its 3D Sound engaged. The...
 Having used most of iFi gears for awhile, my impression is that they are not looking for any particular strong flavor of house sound in their gears. If anything, I'll say it is mostly neutral with a very slight touch of warmth, retaining clearness and transparency without being bland or colored. All and all, not too far from your definition. p/s: A strong house sound can be both a good an bad thing, I was posting in a Chinese forum a few days ago, saying that I didn't...
 Yes, but SB Z is a sound card that can benefit from the processing power of your PC. That's not the case for E5. Anyway, it is what it is, so no point guessing what/why it is from our end. Only Creative knows the real reason.
 Maybe, but it is not me you need to convince. I still think it might have something to do with how EQ is implemented inside the E5 instead of the PC though. The processing power required might just exceed what the DSP can do. Anyway, as much as I am a FPS player for the last 2 decades, having Scout Mode or not really doesn't concern me a bit.  Right in the same ballpark, but I'll say C5 might have the edge.   
You fail to understand my point. The way I see it, since all the EQ is stored inside the E5 itself and not on the PC, having Scout Mode is going to be a major interference to the music (unless you somehow want to hear the singer coming, which I bet not). Thus they have to leave Scout Mode out of the EQ system or else there is no way to use the SBX as a standalone feature for music playback. For example, if there is Scout Mode built into E5, then you can't use the SBX...
 Still a bit too early to say for certain but overall I am very positive. I can tell the amp section is definitely solid, neutral overall with a touch of warmth. I won't call it top-tier just yet, but it is pretty close to one.   Need more listening to say for sure, but I can say that E5 amp section's sound signature is pretty similar to that of E18. As purely an amp, I won't call one is obviously superior to the other. E18 doesn't have a slightly more expensive...
Having used the E5 for a day, I can kind of understand why Scout Mode is left out. The E5, in many ways, is more intended for smartphone user than any of the E series so far. The integration of SBX Studio Pro into the amp itself is actually a brilliant move. You can do it on PC or download app onto your smartphone to adjust the setting, then with one switch on the amp itself, you can enable / disable it without going back to your smartphone. That means you can basically...
 I usually just dig around the DIY forum for information.
Will be there!
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