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I think it tames how bright the X5 is.

 

 

Really? Almost everyone has said the X5 sounds warm. Even the reviews state that claim. What makes you come to that conclusion?

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Where can i buy x5 in America?

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Where can i buy x5 in America?

B&H photo - pre-order

Here's the link

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?N=4187544241+4035153623&Ntt=X-5&gclid=CKqq6Krkkr0CFbBj7Aodcy8A7A
post #5209 of 11925
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Where can i buy x5 in America?

can't yet. It was pre-order but due to delay in release, no more pre-order.

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Was it a delay, or did they simply sell out the initial number they expect to receive? Did BH or FiiO confirm a delay?
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Really? Almost everyone has said the X5 sounds warm. Even the reviews state that claim. What makes you come to that conclusion?
You can read my review soon, but on certain metal songs the highs can reach a spike where it can actually hurt your ears. Overall it is very similar to the X3 sound but the instrument separation is so good that if there is for example a guitar only playing the main emphasis is on that guitar it will hurt your ears. I've let others hear this to and they all agreed. I also have the EQ off. If you buy one you will experience this.
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Originally Posted by howdy View Post


You can read my review soon, but on certain metal songs the highs can reach a spike where it can actually hurt your ears. Overall it is very similar to the X3 sound but the instrument separation is so good that if there is for example a guitar only playing the main emphasis is on that guitar it will hurt your ears. I've let others hear this to and they all agreed. I also have the EQ off. If you buy one you will experience this.

 

Strange. The X5's treble is extremely refined to my ears, moreso than the HM901's. Check your music files.

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Strange. The X5's treble is extremely refined to my ears, moreso than the HM901's. Check your music files.
That's great, do you have my ears and my thoughts!!! All of my music is flac, I did not say it is a bright DAP overall, I'm stating that the separation is so great that there can be times when the treble can a little to much. I also never said I would never not buy or disliked the payer, as I do like it. Also read everything I wrote about it, the other kid took what I said out of context.
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Originally Posted by howdy View Post


Also read everything I wrote about it, the other kid took what I said out of context.

 

I did.

 

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Originally Posted by howdy View Post


You can read my review soon, but on certain metal songs the highs can reach a spike where it can actually hurt your ears. Overall it is very similar to the X3 sound but the instrument separation is so good that if there is for example a guitar only playing the main emphasis is on that guitar it will hurt your ears. I've let others hear this to and they all agreed. I also have the EQ off. If you buy one you will experience this.

 

 

This is where I disagree, because the X5's highs come off as laid back, but not in quantity. The highs sound effortless to my ears, having great extension with no "detail spikes". I'm right now A/B'ing it with 4 other TOTL DAPs, and it's probably the smoothest sounding of the bunch. Not dark or warm, smooth.

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Originally Posted by howdy View Post


That's great, do you have my ears and my thoughts!!! All of my music is flac, I did not say it is a bright DAP overall, I'm stating that the separation is so great that there can be times when the treble can a little to much. I also never said I would never not buy or disliked the payer, as I do like it. Also read everything I wrote about it, the other kid took what I said out of context.

This is not about flac or something else, it is about a good mastering and bad mastering. Sadly, the most metal/rock albums have bad mastering. I am huge fan of that kind of music and I found the masterings are pretty bad. Even remastered editions are not really day and night difference, though a clear improvement compared to the old ones.

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Originally Posted by eke2k6 View Post

I did.



This is where I disagree, because the X5's highs come off as laid back, but not in quantity. The highs sound effortless to my ears, having great extension with no "detail spikes". I'm right now A/B'ing it with 4 other TOTL DAPs, and it's probably the smoothest sounding of the bunch. Not dark or warm, smooth.
That's great, you have your opinion and I have mine, there are others stating the same as what I'm experiencing. And you still did not quote from where the other kid was talking about originally.
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Its not necessarily for the extra power but the X5/E12 together makes the X5 sound a lot better IMO. I think it tames how bright the X5 is.

Howdy - here's what you said. You're certainly entitled to your opinion. It mirrors what MiceBlue said as well. But the overwhelming majority opinion (mine as well) is that the X5 is actually a pretty neutral DAP with a slight hint of warmth. I definitely would not describe its characteristic as bright.

It could all come down to personal preference though.

I would agree though that a lot of metal music can be poorly mastered so spikes are more likely to be in the music rather than the player.

I guess what we're saying is that adding the E12 isn't really going to be adding a lot - especially with the IEMs you were using. But as long as you enjoy the combo, that's all that matters wink.gif
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Howdy - here's what you said. You're certainly entitled to your opinion. It mirrors what MiceBlue said as well. But the overwhelming majority opinion (mine as well) is that the X5 is actually a pretty neutral DAP with a slight hint of warmth. I definitely would not describe its characteristic as bright.

It could all come down to personal preference though.

I would agree though that a lot of metal music can be poorly mastered so spikes are more likely to be in the music rather than the player.

I guess what we're saying is that adding the E12 isn't really going to be adding a lot - especially with the IEMs you were using. But as long as you enjoy the combo, that's all that matters wink.gif
Why thank you Brooko, that is what I'm saying. I would definitely purchase this as a pair! I do enjoy the X5 but at lower volumes. The one mice blue had is the one I have as well. smily_headphones1.gif
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I still wonder whether MiceBlue's X5 had a difference to the rest of the demo units.  His impressions were a lot different to most of ours.

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I haven't found the X5 to be bright at all, nor warm. I think it is quite neutral. It may be the most neutral product from FiiO. My review will be up soon :)

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