Originally Posted by tupac0306
SE5 is on the warmer side of neutral, so on some bad mixed songs (especially lack of treble extension), there is a possibility that SE5 sounding a little dark. However it's transparency and airiness is just so great, which complements the warmth a lot.
But it is what it is, I can't argue with people who prefer brighter sound signature says SE5 sounds a bit dark and organic.
I tend to find a signature to be dark when the bass is prominent without the treble and mids being in balance with that bass. The SE5 is not dark IMO. I do not consider warm to be dark either (kinda depends on the extreme of the warmth :P). The SE5 has a slight warmth to it, at least my pair does. It is definitely transparent and airy but I don't consider it extremely airy such as on the 1Plus2 or the Flat 4 Sui. The sound is thicker on the SE5 and due to that more together. Not in a bad way though.
I'd liken the SE5 signature to the Fiio X5 in a sense. I don't consider the X5 to be dark either. Definitely a bit of warmth but in no means dark. But if you are really use to very bright signature I guess I could see that. Then again coming from 1Plus2 and Flat 4 Sui I still don't see it :P.
Heck, on the stock cable I was finding the SE5 to be lacking just a bit on bass quantity for my tastes. This was also track dependent and I'd find myself using bass boost on the Triad L3. The mids were a tad strident and extremely revealing as well depending on the tracks. The gold cable gave me lusher mids, a more textured and organic bass. The sound staging more 3D with more depth. Smoother treble.
Edited by lee730 - 5/12/14 at 12:00pm