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 Bob didn't say he doesn't trust graphs - he just doesn't use them to illustrate the sonics.  It's probably because many people interpret them badly.  As long as the calibration is reasonable, there is no reason not to trust them. Given some of the very wrong descriptions people have made when comparing two IEMs - I'd much rather use the graphs as a tool to improve accuracy.  Less people are mislead that way.
 Personally I think the graph is pretty good - but remember the whole measuring set-up is under $200.  It's calibrated to mimic an IEC711 and its pretty consistent. I guess different strokes for different folks.  Personally I thought the XBA series sounded good - but overly smooth (boring even).  And by playing around with smoothing and scale, I can make a graph look very different.  Here is the same one:  Pretty different eh.  I simply used the a little closer to the...
 Ocharaku Flat-4 Aka II is 18 ohm and 104dB SPL/mW - so unless something is wrong with your X5ii, saying an X5ii can't drive them properly on low gain or high gain is just wrong.  It can easily drive them. I think what you mean is that you prefer the sound with the E12A.  There is nothing wrong with that - but it is preference, not inability to drive them.
Well the HD600 is a slightly different proposition and the X5ii does supply more voltage on high gain - so it's not just a difference in pure gain, but the way FiiO have gone about implementing it. I should have quoted blazinblazin in my replies.  None of his headphones could possibly benefit from high gain.
 Looking forward to actually measuring them when I get the Andromeda here. Ken - is there different impedance between the Tinsel and new Litz cable?
 It's still the same Monk, same drivers.  Overall resolution should be same.  Perception of resolution may change - again depending on fit.  If you have small ears and get a really good seal with thin foams, you may prefer no foams because you have too much bass (masking effect).  Others (like me) may have larger ears and require the foams for more sub-bass, but not like the effect of foam in front of the drivers.  I tend to like more high frequency (I have a higher...
 More the bass and upper mid-range, but yep - you've got it.
 Depends on preference I think, and "better is subjective" I certainly prefer my X3ii (all features - not just SQ) to the X5 original.  In that regard - the X3ii is "better" for my needs. They are both great DAPs though :)
 That would be my preference - and not what "offers best SQ".  User preference will vary, and anatomy will also play a big part. 
 Sirius is slightly wider and deeper - but remember I have only been able to compare with gold damped filters so far.  I'll report back if I can get the undamped to match (haven't tried that yet).  Sirius is a little more vibrant in the vocals. Filters can change things quite a bit (perception of stage) so its pretty hard t say after less than 3 days.  I'll do that comparison for you in the next 24 hours.  If I have it correct - you'll get 7 pairs of filters in total....
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