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It's not only me but other comments that I read in the past.... c5d>>>> fiio
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Thread Starter 

Yeah, general consensus is that C5/C5D are better than E17 and other Fiio devices. Much prefer the C5D over the X3 as a headphone amp+DAC hooked up to a computer.

 

Also i almost exclusively use the line out of the X3 to the C5D as the headphone out is too warm for my tastes,

post #2073 of 2744
Anyone tried to pair this with the shure 215 iems? Any feedbacks?
post #2074 of 2744
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Originally Posted by zeppu08 View Post

Anyone tried to pair this with the shure 215 iems? Any feedbacks?
If they're at home, I can try the C5/C5D with my brother's SE-215CL.
post #2075 of 2744
Oh thanks mice! Haha I guess I need to subscribe on you! waiting too many reviews from you with m100, ADs and now for this shure 215. If all this works with the C5D, I'll be crazy to get one of this ASAP! Source will be still my iPod 5.5g U2 edition..

BTW, does the CL means color less on the 215CL?
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does anyone have HiFiMAN RE-600 and the C5D and could tell me how it sounds? no noise at all hopefully?

and well, quick comparison, using the C5D's DAC, against iPad 4th gen or iPhone 4S would be nice...  as I am familiar with how the RE-600 sound on those two. :smile:

brighter/thinner/colder? fuller/richer/warmer? soundstage more 'defined'? anything on instrument separation?

 

thanks!

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Originally Posted by zeppu08 View Post

Oh thanks mice! Haha I guess I need to subscribe on you! waiting too many reviews from you with m100, ADs and now for this shure 215. If all this works with the C5D, I'll be crazy to get one of this ASAP! Source will be still my iPod 5.5g U2 edition..

BTW, does the CL means color less on the 215CL?

Btw I use c5d with my ipod5g rockboxed. In general you won't find any problems with it! just go ahead :) 

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Originally Posted by munchzilla View Post

does anyone have HiFiMAN RE-600 and the C5D and could tell me how it sounds? no noise at all hopefully?
and well, quick comparison, using the C5D's DAC, against iPad 4th gen or iPhone 4S would be nice...  as I am familiar with how the RE-600 sound on those two. smile.gif
brighter/thinner/colder? fuller/richer/warmer? soundstage more 'defined'? anything on instrument separation?

thanks!

For one there will be no noise. I do not have the RE-600. But the C5D doesn't really have a sound signature as such. It just make everything cleaner and more detailed usually. With a slight soundstage boost. But then if you want to change the sound you have a bass boost.
post #2079 of 2744
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Originally Posted by zeppu08 View Post

Oh thanks mice! Haha I guess I need to subscribe on you! waiting too many reviews from you with m100, ADs and now for this shure 215. If all this works with the C5D, I'll be crazy to get one of this ASAP! Source will be still my iPod 5.5g U2 edition..

BTW, does the CL means color less on the 215CL?
I always thought CL meant "CLear," but then their black model is clear too. XD
Maybe it is "ColourLess."

Anyway, some brief impressions of the C5D vs ODAC/O2 with the SE215. The SE215 sounds much more spacious and open-sounding with the ODAC/O2, but with the C5D, the instruments are conveyed with more depth and layering in the soundstage. To me, the C5D also sounds smoother in the upper-midrange/treble transition too. Even though the ODAC/O2 sounds cleaner to me in that instruments are more clearly defined and separated with more detail, the C5D sounds a little more realistic to me.

Test tracks:
CD rip of this


24/88 purchase



Wow, that's another +1 for the C5D over the ODAC/O2. o.0

I should mention that the SE215 is harder to volume-match for me since they are sensitive and the ODAC/O2 is too loud for me past the channel imbalance region even at 1.0x gain (yet another reason why to get the C5D).
Edited by miceblue - 1/31/14 at 1:28am
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Originally Posted by miceblue View Post

I always thought CL meant "CLear," but then their black model is clear too. XD
Maybe it is "ColourLess."

Anyway, some brief impressions of the C5D vs ODAC/O2 with the SE215. The SE215 sounds much more spacious and open-sounding with the ODAC/O2, but with the C5D, the instruments are conveyed with more depth and layering in the soundstage. To me, the C5D also sounds smoother in the upper-midrange/treble transition too. Even though the ODAC/O2 sounds cleaner to me in that instruments are more clearly defined and separated, the C5D sounds a little more realistic to me.

Test tracks:
CD rip of this


24/88 purchase



Wow, that's another +1 for the C5D over the ODAC/O2. o.0

I should mention that the SE215 is harder to volume-match for me since they are sensitive and the ODAC/O2 is too loud for me past the channel imbalance region even at 1.0x gain (yet another reason why to get the C5D).

Owkay then... Time to get up and search where can I get those C5D and throw my money on them like a boss! Hahaha

OT: do you have any idea how the se215 SE/LE sounds compare to the standard se215? And does the clear(for stage use) and black se215 sounds just the same? If you just had ideas..
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Originally Posted by zeppu08 View Post

Owkay then... Time to get up and search where can I get those C5D and throw my money on them like a boss! Hahaha

OT: do you have any idea how the se215 SE/LE sounds compare to the standard se215? And does the clear(for stage use) and black se215 sounds just the same? If you just had ideas..
The SE215 LE is the blue one right? I think Shure stated that it has an enhanced bass response.
The colourless and black models should sound the same though.
post #2082 of 2744
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Originally Posted by miceblue View Post

The SE215 LE is the blue one right? I think Shure stated that it has an enhanced bass response.
The colourless and black models should sound the same though.

Ahh do you think the C5D will still not be too booming when paired with the 215 SE and still perform well? Really thinking what to get, the SE or the standard..
post #2083 of 2744
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Originally Posted by zeppu08 View Post


Ahh do you think the C5D will still not be too booming when paired with the 215 SE and still perform well? Really thinking what to get, the SE or the standard..

If you use the C5 amp with bass boost off, there should be no booming with the Shure SE215LTD or any other IEM.  With the C5 bass boost turned on, you might experience some booming bass.

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Thread Starter 
post #2085 of 2744
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Originally Posted by thx1000 View Post
 

If you use the C5 amp with bass boost off, there should be no booming with the Shure SE215LTD or any other IEM.  With the C5 bass boost turned on, you might experience some booming bass.


Great review mate! Maybe because i just prefer the clear one than the blue.. but then ill be getting the LTD one.. THANKS AGAIN!

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