Originally Posted by Nulliverse
I'm very curious about the LSX5, perhaps due to Tomscy2000 and Average_Joes comparisons to the LS8+. I think LSX5 (custom) vs 1plus2 would also make a very interesting comparison.
One thing that's sure from the onset, is the LS8+ has very powerful bass (more in quantity than 1plus2) and highly detailed / extended treble, which is also very smooth. It sounds less sibilance prone than the more aggressive sounding 1plus2, a least at this initial stage.
Unfortunately for my ears, the LS8+ also appears to be one of those phones that sounds equally good loud. A temptation that's difficult to resist! Although it could be classed as on the bright side, it's certainly not at all cold, nor thin. Note thickness appears neutral. Very nice over all balance with exceptional clarity.
Of Rooth's colored offerings, I prefer the LS8+ for its silky U-shaped response, and the LS4 for its slightly dark tonality. The LS-X5 is not to my personal liking, though average_joe seems to like it more than me. For neutrality, the LS6 is very, very good. It's on par with the UERM, better than the pre-FreqPhase JH13, and its own flavor
Regarding an LS-X5 vs. 1Plus2 comparison, the X5 would definitely have more mid-bass, and be more mid-forward sounding. I haven't heard either in a very long time, though.
BTW, I read somewhere (forgot where) that someone has been telling people that the LS-X5 and the UM Merlin has the same crossover configuration --- that's impossible. They two don't even use the same drivers, and have a different sound tube configuration (three vs. two). The LS-X5 shares much more in common with the LS8+.