I talked generally about cans not without exceptions. I see that there are closed planars definitely hard to drive ; but as sbradley02 rightly stated, they would probably need an external amp to get most of them.
But you must see guys, there is always a political situation in the moves of the designers as well as our decisions in daily life.
You sacrifice something, and you get something.
Speaking of an "accessible" player that "should" cost $400 (not a boutiqe player for say $2k)
My questions are in practical terms :
- How many percent of the future X5 buyers will use a CIEM (or smth like that) you mentioned, (or full-size) that X5 would not be able to drive to a satisfactory level on portable use? I guess it will not constitute the significant portion of the buyers.
- And second, if utilized, how much an even more powerful (and a more energy consuming & heating etc.) internal amp would contribute to the sound performance of a player that is already considered "a reference dap" (correct me if i'm mistaken), and most importantly at what cost?
My answers to those questions underlay my praisal of James' decision.
In other words :
1) If you put a stronger amp this would probably affect the satisfaction level of a relatively small friction of buyers (you friends that wish a more powerful amp for their CIEMs for example). say 10 percent or even 20.
2) however this will affect the majority of people (that do not use hard-to-drive or highly voltage sensitive cans) in several negative terms
b) shorter battery life
c) bigger cabin and worse ergonomics (probably)
d) more heating
These are my reasons. Not that i do not want a more powerful X5 (would be juicy in fact :) having better output to feed my voltage hungry cans, but i guess it is the right thing to do in this situation. My aim for writing these is not to revive a debate closed a while ago, but to show that it has some clear logic behind it.
And we will probably have an X7 in the future, for our wishes of a power pokemon dap can be realized :)
Edited by tenedosian - 9/17/13 at 4:26am