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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.

 

Makes me wonder as well...

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I think I experienced the same thing - some albums were a bit harsh in the highs, others were not (just great). I think it's a very revealing DAP and shines a light on lesser recordings that otherwise sound okay on my J3 (J3 is not anywhere near the X5 in detail).

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Very curious about the 846 pairing. That's how I'd use the X5. The 846 is so sensitive and low impedance that I am getting some hiss even at low volumes from my iDSD. Hoping that I wouldn't have that issue with the X5.
I have tried the 846 with X5, excellent match! No hissing noticed. 846 to me is a bit too tight, impactful and in your face, the X5 added a lot of air into it and made the presentation more natural. FYI, have heard the 846 with HM901, colorfly C4, AK100 and X5. X5 was the best match
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Originally Posted by dan.gheorghe View Post

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 smily_headphones1.gif

Agreed Dan. This is how I would describe it too.

I think some equal laidback as warm, some equal treble presence as bright, all relative to what they are used to and the X5 being quite neutral I can see different people with different reference points would see it in opposite way. Sometimes it's all semantics, e.g. I have seen refined/smooth/laidback/non-fatigue/lacks power/dull being used to describe the same sound depending on the individual's overall positive or negative view of the product...
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Agreed Dan. This is how I would describe it too.

I think some equal laidback as warm, some equal treble presence as bright, all relative to what they are used to and the X5 being quite neutral I can see different people with different reference points would see it in opposite way. Sometimes it's all semantics, e.g. I have seen refined/smooth/laidback/non-fatigue/lacks power/dull being used to describe the same sound depending on the individual's overall positive or negative view of the product...

It's bright compared to the J3, and I think you make a good point here. Sometimes it was too harsh for me, other times it was sublime. Beck's Morning Phase sounded too harsh at times, but I think that is from the mastering. I made sure to listen to identical files on both at roughly equal volumes and through the same headphones.

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I think the hardest point to agree on is how we label a definitive point of neutral over the internet with varying preferences along with different gear being used. it's quite hard to  achieve.. All you can really do is look for repetitiveness in impressions then find a happy medium. X5 to me was certainly closer to neutral over any other FiiO product I've tried previously, though I could still hear a hint of warmth in the signature (and a hint of FiiO house sound), but for my preferences X5 was never bright, I actually stated in my review I would prefer a tonality shift a fraction cooler. 

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I think the hardest point to agree on is how we label a definitive point of neutral over the internet with varying preferences along with different gear being used. it's quite hard to  achieve.. All you can really do is look for repetitiveness in impressions then find a happy medium. X5 to me was certainly closer to neutral over any other FiiO product I've tried previously, though I could still hear a hint of warmth in the signature (and a hint of FiiO house sound), but for my preferences X5 was never bright, I actually stated in my review I would prefer a tonality shift a fraction cooler. 

 

I personally think a hint of warmth and richness is exactly what a top end TI DAC should sound like, much like I'll expect ESS chip to be more toward big soundstage and coldness. I think FiiO has done a good job on not letting it sounding too warm, or trying to overly correct that trademark TI sweetness. ESS, to me, is easy on a big first impression for many. But TI tends to be the one that gets to you on the long run.

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I personally think a hint of warmth and richness is exactly what a top end TI DAC should sound like, much like I'll expect ESS chip to be more toward big soundstage and coldness. I think FiiO has done a good job on not letting it sounding too warm, or trying to overly correct that trademark TI sweetness. ESS, to me, is easy on a big first impression for many. But TI tends to be the one that gets to you on the long run.


I guess again it depends where ones preference lies, really boils down to each listener. What I think FiiO did is maintain a happy medium from X5's tonality that will suit a majority. If  X5 was tuned entirely the way I'd like it, there's a good chance a large chuck of potential buyers wouldn't be happy as my preference is rather cold/analytical. So the deciding factor actually has a decent approach from a marketing perspective. You will never please everyone 100% though finding the happy medium is what counts and X5 did meet those expectations for me.

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UK Head-Fi'ers looking to invest in X5 should look no further than this new dealership... you'll get plenty of time to demo products, they make proper tea as well (big bonus).

 

great guys to deal with that offer terrific customer-service... yes I am a happy customer of theirs (other hi-fi gear).

 

website:http://homemedialimited.co.uk/

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HomeMediaLtd

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UK Head-Fi'ers looking to invest in X5 should look no further than this new dealership... you'll get plenty of time to demo products, they make proper tea as well (big bonus).

 

great guys to deal with that offer terrific customer-service... yes I am a happy customer of theirs (other hi-fi gear).

 

website:http://homemedialimited.co.uk/

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HomeMediaLtd

 

Strange, it allowed me to add to cart and basket shows no 'out of stock' or release date. Surely they haven't smuggled some into UK early?!!

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Strange, it allowed me to add to cart and basket shows no 'out of stock' or release date. Surely they haven't smuggled some into UK early?!!

 

Andrew... phone them they're well helpful... I popping in to see them on Mon/Tues to have a nose at the X3/X5(?).

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I just rang them, no stock, not sure of dates, spoke to Simon

good luck to them

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I just rang them, no stock, not sure of dates, spoke to Simon

good luck to them

 

Shame, just about to ring when saw your reply. I'm away on holiday Wednesday and would have loved to finally have an X5 or ZX1 but not to be it seems. Started ordering F886 but didn't press send as I really want one of these.

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Guys, I have published my review on FiiO X5. Hope it helps!

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To any reviewers, what are your favourite headphones to use with this?

 

Cheers

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