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post #781 of 813
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Originally Posted by AbsoluteZero View Post
 


Purely based on sound signature, I think X5 and Glacier might complement each other since Glacier is forward sounding meanwhile X5 is warm sounding.

Never heard the combination but might be worth thinking about.

I've tried the Glacier with the X5 and so did my dad. Neither of us were impressed by the combo. The Glacier and X5 have practically the same footprint though :D

post #782 of 813
Same here. I have tried X5 with Theorem 720, ALO RMx3B and iBasso PB2 but none of them are matched, except the Kojo KM01 Brass which produce more warm sounding.
post #783 of 813
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Originally Posted by BucketInABucket View Post
 

I've tried the Glacier with the X5 and so did my dad. Neither of us were impressed by the combo. The Glacier and X5 have practically the same footprint though :D

 

That's a good thing to notice, thought it would work out somehow....

 

I might try for the combo if I got the chance to test out the X5 again.

post #784 of 813

so the x5 have better SQ than Note3 +apex glacier right u guys

post #785 of 813
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Originally Posted by petroconsult View Post

so the x5 have better SQ than Note3 +apex glacier right u guys

I guess so since I have tried with 3 different IEMs the all sound good with X5. No doubt!
post #786 of 813
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Originally Posted by petroconsult View Post
 

so the x5 have better SQ than Note3 +apex glacier right u guys

Better is a wrong way to describe it.

 

Its a matter of personal taste.

 

I still prefer the Note3+Apex Galcier to the X5 (borrowed), Why you ask?

 

Its better as a whole package taking into consideration the UI, SQ, Screen...etc


Edited by turokrocks - 4/29/14 at 2:40am
post #787 of 813
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Originally Posted by petroconsult View Post
 

so the x5 have better SQ than Note3 +apex glacier right u guys

 

In my review of the X5 I compared it to my GS3 (USB to) Glacier.

So it's a comparison of the X5 headphone out vs Glacier DAC section + amp sound.

 

The X5 comes pretty close, but comparing very critically and analitically (ie nitpicking) with JH13, I would say the Glacier sounds slightly better.  Glacier has more control of bass (the deep bottom bass of X5 is a bit boomy, you can hear with dubstep type tracks), and sweet mid to highs.  However I've been reading that the X5's latest firmware may have slight sonic improvements (it wasn't out when I had the review unit).  So it's a tough call now I would say.  It's probably more a matter of preference and synergy with your IEMs.  The general signature is similar though.

 

Also personally I prefer using the GS3 as a source because it supports M3U lists.  Still waiting for Fiio to work on that.

post #788 of 813
This might not be the right question, but can I use the apex glacier as a amp alone?does it have 2 separate inputs for dac and amp or amp only?
post #789 of 813

There's a 3.5mm jack for audio input to the amp section so it can be used as an amp by itself, and there is USB input so that the internal DAC can be used via the amp.

 

In short, yes the Glacier can be used as an amp by itself and it has a battery that is said to last 12 hours but I haven't tested that myself.


Edited by namaiki - 5/14/14 at 8:23am
post #790 of 813
Been following this post for long and finally my own unit! It's working with my Sony Z1f, paired with my custom made to length usb cable.


It sounds infinitely better than my other combi (z1f phoneout, fiio x5 phoneout) . Now it's time for enjoyment, tks for all the info on this thread.
post #791 of 813

Hi, is the glacier a good pair with ibasso dx90?

post #792 of 813
I'd been using this combo for sometime and loving it.[IMG][IMG]
post #793 of 813

Kinda finding my apex glacier / er4s pairing is wearing thin. Just need a lusher and more forgiving iem of harsh recordings. 

 

Any suggestions of good pairing with apex glacier? over ear cable, good soundstage and lush sound but without crazy rolled off highs my preference 

 

thanks! 

post #794 of 813
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Originally Posted by daniel_hokkaido View Post
 

Kinda finding my apex glacier / er4s pairing is wearing thin. Just need a lusher and more forgiving iem of harsh recordings. 

 

Any suggestions of good pairing with apex glacier? over ear cable, good soundstage and lush sound but without crazy rolled off highs my preference 

 

thanks! 

Ouch, the brutally neutral ER4S combined with the clear transparent Glacier does equal holding a microscope up to the music and revealing each and every flaw possible. An IEM that I'm really enjoying but which requires personal testing due to the rubber thing surrounding it is the ADL EH-008. It's warm and oh so natural and pleasant to listen to music with but it has the tradeoff of not being the most revealing IEM. I haven't compared it to IEMs in a similar price point but it stacked up favourably against much more expensive IEMs in my short auditioning session. Also, I'll have to mention that rubber thing again. Either it bothers you or it doesn't so I highly recommend trying it on first.

post #795 of 813
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Originally Posted by daniel_hokkaido View Post
 

Kinda finding my apex glacier / er4s pairing is wearing thin. Just need a lusher and more forgiving iem of harsh recordings. 

 

Any suggestions of good pairing with apex glacier? over ear cable, good soundstage and lush sound but without crazy rolled off highs my preference 

 

thanks! 


Personally i love my noble 4 with the glacier however i would not say that the noble 4 is lush, as for forgiving i suppose its quite well balanced however tends to lean towards the less forgiving side.

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