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Originally Posted by Duncan View Post

Ouch, other than the fact that it is stupidly expensive, this is one way around the HDD USB OTG not working...

Patriot is also coming out with a more compact, cheaper 1TB usb stick.

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post #8552 of 12751
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Originally Posted by jbr1971 View Post

True. I keep looking at it from a portability/footprint standpoint.

Yeah, I figure if I can get 256 in the microSD cards, the second 256 as an external thumb drive is not a problem. It would just be supplemental.
post #8553 of 12751
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Originally Posted by goldendarko View Post

Have you tried it with hi-res files though, sounds like a player worth at least twice its price.

 

Of course, most of my files are FLAC and some 24bit FLAC as well, but gotta love the job Fiio did with the loosy formats

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I will say for all the world to see, after the listening session that I've just had, that the X5/E12 combination sounds better to these ears than my Cyrus CD6SE/Burson HA160D combo (which is four times the cost)...

I really don't know what witchcraft it is that FiiO used to put together this combination, but boy oh boy is it good, it makes my IE800s sing like never before, and truly justifies their cost...
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Originally Posted by Duncan View Post

I will say for all the world to see, after the listening session that I've just had, that the X5/E12 combination sounds better to these ears than my Cyrus CD6SE/Burson HA160D combo (which is four times the cost)...

I really don't know what witchcraft it is that FiiO used to put together this combination, but boy oh boy is it good, it makes my IE800s sing like never before, and truly justifies their cost...

Duncan, is the difference with and without the E12 big? How would you describe it?
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Has anyone tried the X5 with Bowers & Wilkins P7 headphones? I'm wondering how good a pairing that would be.

I'm very impressed by the way these obviously quality-built phones are able to collapse into a very portable condition, while supplying what I have read to be very quality sound and excellent build quality. I am thinking of getting a pair of these after I get my X5 in about a month, so I'd appreciate if anybody here has experience with the phones or the pairing with the X5.

Just as a reminder for those who don't know, I'm quite partial to classical symphony music, though not exclusively.


Edited by Ripvanlink - 5/4/14 at 1:11pm
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reihead...

Quite hard to say with volume matching issues (and that you cannot use the headphone and line out jacks at the same time it appears), however - with those caveats aside, the X5 headphone output has surprisingly nice extension at both ends of the spectrum, but sounds quite hollow in the mids compared to the line out / E12, losing a lot of 'emotion', seems to lack a little definition...

Must be said that that doesn't mean that the X5 headphone out is junk, not at all - infact, if your 'phones are very mid-centric, then you might actually be better off with the headphone out, however - if you crave lush[er], warm[er], comforting vocals / midrange from your X5, then the E12 definitely adds that for you...

That difference gets noticeably wider when going up the volume, the X5 itself not having as much control as the amp, which - to be fair is understandable (and on the most part, I wouldn't recommend being up as loud as I do on occasion - just recently, was listening to a jazz recording at maximum volume on the E12, the IE800s really open up the harder you push them!)

These though, should be said are still preliminary opinions, considering I've only had the player for four days...
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Originally Posted by Duncan View Post

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- just recently, was listening to a jazz recording at maximum volume on the E12, the IE800s really open up the harder you push them!).......

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Edited by x RELIC x - 5/4/14 at 1:22pm
post #8559 of 12751
Haha, yup... Was probably a bit stupid, thankfully - being a hi-res file, it wasn't as loud as say, an mp3 - but, as said, the IE800s were really coming into their own, definitely best I've ever heard them...

Standard caveat I suppose - don't try this at home kids, not if you value your hearing anyway smily_headphones1.gif
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What? WHAT? Speak up, I CAN'T HEAR YOU!

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Originally Posted by Duncan View Post

Haha, yup... Was probably a bit stupid, thankfully - being a hi-res file, it wasn't as loud as say, an mp3 - but, as said, the IE800s were really coming into their own, definitely best I've ever heard them...

Standard caveat I suppose - don't try this at home kids, not if you value your hearing anyway smily_headphones1.gif


Ouch... why not plug them straight into the line-out?

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@Duncan thank you for your extensive response, I think I will get an E12 :P
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Originally Posted by reihead View Post

@Duncan thank you for your extensive response, I think I will get an E12 :P
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The only caveat I'll give, let the E12 run for a good 10-12hrs before making even a preliminary opinion - after getting the HiFi M8, as bad as it is to say in a FiiO thread, I abandoned the E12 in a corner of the room here, and I swear that it took a little while to burn / bed in again (this little setup is still sounding better - seemingly by the minute!)...

Obviously YMMV, especially if you don't believe in burn-in etc. but, fair warning nonetheless...

Enjoy the extra richness that'll be heading in your ears direction soon! biggrin.gif (might as well spend some more of your money - and recommend you get the HS6 as well, the cable that comes with the E12 isn't as good as that that comes with the HS6...)
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The only caveat I'll give, let the E12 run for a good 10-12hrs before making even a preliminary opinion - after getting the HiFi M8, as bad as it is to say in a FiiO thread, I abandoned the E12 in a corner of the room here, and I swear that it took a little while to burn / bed in again (this little setup is still sounding better - seemingly by the minute!)...



Obviously YMMV, especially if you don't believe in burn-in etc. but, fair warning nonetheless...



Enjoy the extra richness that'll be heading in your ears direction soon! biggrin.gif (might as well spend some more of your money - and recommend you get the HS6 as well, the cable that comes with the E12 isn't as good as that that comes with the HS6...)

 



+1 on the burn-in of the E12, I thought it was excellent straight out of the box but I'm really growing to love this little combo. Considering I sold my Burson Conductor and have basically replaced it with an X5/E12 for my LCD-3's should say enough of what I think of this awesome combo, but just give it a little time if you don't like it at 1st, it grows on you smily_headphones1.gif
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The only caveat I'll give, let the E12 run for a good 10-12hrs before making even a preliminary opinion - after getting the HiFi M8, as bad as it is to say in a FiiO thread, I abandoned the E12 in a corner of the room here, and I swear that it took a little while to burn / bed in again (this little setup is still sounding better - seemingly by the minute!)...



Obviously YMMV, especially if you don't believe in burn-in etc. but, fair warning nonetheless...



Enjoy the extra richness that'll be heading in your ears direction soon! biggrin.gif (might as well spend some more of your money - and recommend you get the HS6 as well, the cable that comes with the E12 isn't as good as that that comes with the HS6...)

 



+1 on the burn-in of the E12, I thought it was excellent straight out of the box but I'm really growing to love this little combo. Considering I sold my Burson Conductor and have basically replaced it with an X5/E12 for my LCD-3's should say enough of what I think of this awesome combo, but just give it a little time if you don't like it at 1st, it grows on you smily_headphones1.gif

 

I'm so glad to hear others saying this kind of stuff - I thought I was kidding myself and having a case of "new toy syndrome" where the new toy seems better than everything else, but I really do think the X5+E12DIY is as good as anything else I've heard with my UM Miracles. I haven't compared it with my T1s / HE-500s though - maybe I should.

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