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In comparison to the O2, I find the C5's treble a little more present, maybe because of the more closed-in soundstage, so to me I can't listen to the C5 as long as the O2.

 

The E12's treble is a little less fatiguing in this sense compared to the C5 as it has the house FiiO sound of warm mids and an easy treble. On the other hand the E12's upper-midrange is bright to my ears compared to both the O2 and the C5.

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The E12's treble is a little less fatiguing in this sense compared to the C5 as it has the house FiiO sound of warm mids and an easy treble. On the other hand the E12's upper-midrange is bright to my ears compared to both the O2 and the C5.

 

Thanks for explaining that. Maybe luisdent has a point that it could be more noticeable with a flat amp if people with flat headphones are used to a "warm" amp. (if I paraphrased correctly)

 

I'll find out soon enough. I called JDS Labs for the first time and I was very impressed with how friendly and helpful John was. He offered to accommodate me with two customizations, so with that and what I've read, plus my three bugs* for the E12, I placed an order and it SHIPPED THE SAME DAY! I still have to like the sound, but at this point I'm leaning _heavily_ toward the C5 backed by a very responsive and "local" company.

 

*must turn volume to power off, bass boost is too much for me, crossfeed is too much for me to be useful

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Thanks for explaining that. Maybe luisdent has a point that it could be more noticeable with a flat amp if people with flat headphones are used to a "warm" amp. (if I paraphrased correctly)

 

I'll find out soon enough. I called JDS Labs for the first time and I was very impressed with how friendly and helpful John was. He offered to accommodate me with two customizations, so with that and what I've read, plus my three bugs* for the E12, I placed an order and it SHIPPED THE SAME DAY! I still have to like the sound, but at this point I'm leaning _heavily_ toward the C5 backed by a very responsive and "local" company.

 

*must turn volume to power off, bass boost is too much for me, crossfeed is too much for me to be useful

 

JDS Labs is awesome.  Period.  I wouldn't hesitate to buy something from them.  In fact, I'd be hard pressed to go anywhere else for an amp. :-P

post #1219 of 2630
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The O2 and C5 are the only amps I've kept, I sell all the rest as they never come close. The C421 I only sold after getting the C5.
post #1220 of 2630

you know what I regret selling this alot, now that I heard it a second time I think I need to order one again. 

post #1221 of 2630
Does anyone here run a DAC with the C5?

Something like the CLAS or the HP-P1, or the Venturecraft line?
post #1222 of 2630
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Does anyone here run a DAC with the C5?

Something like the CLAS or the HP-P1, or the Venturecraft line?

I sometime pair it with my DD Socket 1.

post #1223 of 2630
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I sometime pair it with my DD Socket 1.

And how do you find that to sound? Would you say it was a worthy improvement?
post #1224 of 2630
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And how do you find that to sound? Would you say it was a worthy improvement?

I owned all of VentureCraft products (Go-Dap X, DD Socket 1, DD Socket 1 LE, Go-Dap TT, and SounDroid Typhoon). I would say that C5 give me clearer and more neutral sound than listening straight from Go-Dap or Typhoon. Compare to ALO The National or Rx Mk3B, C5 isn't quite there yet but, if you consider the price, I would consider C5 worthy.

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I owned all of VentureCraft products (Go-Dap X, DD Socket 1, DD Socket 1 LE, Go-Dap TT, and SounDroid Typhoon). I would say that C5 give me clearer and more neutral sound than listening straight from Go-Dap or Typhoon. Compare to ALO The National or Rx Mk3B, C5 isn't quite there yet but, if you consider the price, I would consider C5 worthy.

Was when the C5 paired with the DD Socket, sound better than the C5 without a DAC?
post #1226 of 2630
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Was when the C5 paired with the DD Socket, sound better than the C5 without a DAC?

Actually, I never try connect it directly to the ipod touch. Will try later and give you a comment later.

post #1227 of 2630
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Actually, I never try connect it directly to the ipod touch. Will try later and give you a comment later.

That'd be great! Thanks.
post #1228 of 2630
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That'd be great! Thanks.

 

After comparing between iphone 4s > C5 and iphone 4s > Socket 1 > C5, I can say that going through Socket 1 give a lot clearer and cleaner sound. I think that's a benefit from superior of external DAC.

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After comparing between iphone 4s > C5 and iphone 4s > Socket 1 > C5, I can say that going through Socket 1 give a lot clearer and cleaner sound. I think that's a benefit from superior of external DAC.

Ah, cheers for putting in the effort to do the comparison for me!

Very good to hear:) might have to consider a DAC now;)
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Ah, cheers for putting in the effort to do the comparison for me!

Very good to hear:) might have to consider a DAC now;)

If you still depend on iDevices, I suggest you try Socket 1.

 

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