Originally Posted by dissembled
I've read that the F player has more treble quantity than the X Walkman. How about in terms of bass and mid-range quantities? And how about details? Does the X Walkman sound fuller than the F Walkman?
How about the Z Walkman? I've read that the Z Walkman has more bass than the F player. Does it do other things better as well?
Overall, what's the best sounding of the three?
Search function is your friend really. I answered this several time already, but here my take on F vs. X walkman. I will try to write more on the F vs. Z comparison.
X vs. F Walkman
-Bass: Similar amount of bass output with slightly more quantity on the F. The F reaches lower to my ears with tighter sounding bass. The X's bass is looser and more "round" sounding. I find the F to has better bass definition.
-Treble: The F is more superior without a doubt. The X's treble frequency is certainly more rolled off to my ears.
-Details: The F has better details for me thanks to its better overall clarity.
-Tonality: The X is lusher sounding and has darker overall tone while the F has better overall clarity. I prefer clarity as it is more difficult to achieve that in a portable audio without sounding thin and bright.
-Soundstage: The F throws bigger and deeper soundstage as well as superior imaging & width compared to the X. The X is more 2-D sounding with less precision on imaging.
With that said, I find the F to be superior to the X in all aspects with my JH13pro. I can see others preferring a more lushing sound of X though. I never notice the F to be lean sounding; however, my JH13pro is also doing my F807 a favor here. IMO, nothing is absolute and I can see others with brighter IEMs finding the X to suit them better due to a more reserved top-end and warmer sound signature. Sony did a really good job here in my book and this is not counting that the F's transfer rate is 4 to 5 times faster than that of the X walkman.
Edited by purk - 12/14/12 at 12:59am