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Originally Posted by zilch0md View Post
 

 

...This kills me, as I'm a big Sony fan, soon to be a FiiO fan, going by the X5 reviews I'm reading.  

 

Mike, we have similar tastes in external amps. The X5 however sounds great from the headphone out. The sound is clear, smooth and authoritative. I am convinced that the plethora of power is a big reason for the last quality.

 

You pay for it somewhat: a large heavy internal battery producing about 10 hours of play. Still, the X5 is quite thin with a nice form factor. Compare that with adding a Quickstep to another DAP... you are way ahead of the game and the sound quality is excellent. 

 

Me thinks that you will like the X5.  :-)

 

Edit: These observations are all with IEMs: Heaven VI, Kaede, 1601SC and 1602SS. Full size headphones are a different story always but since I don't use them with DAPs, I cannot comment. It is fair to assume though that the X5's power will be very useful.


Edited by cooperpwc - 1/28/14 at 9:44pm
post #3872 of 19490
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Originally Posted by zilch0md View Post

No worries , FiiO will never let you down and you will be an esteemed owner of X5. FiiO has huge pro/audiophile portable sound reproductiin background from their entry level E06(tiny toy) HP amp&E7 USB/DAC HP amp to their flagship E12 HPAmp &E18 mobile USB/DAC HP Amp along with E09 Desktop Amplifier. With their X3's debut onto DAP market they succeeded and won many heart's confidence(ofcourse we!)......because FiiO sells hi-end features/quality at affordable price to budget ar*es like me(if u dont get me wrong you too can tag along w/me) in a nut shell. I aint a brand ambassador but i think theres nothing wrong in praising a brand or product just like we point out their bads....

Having said that all the bads that were/are found in X3, will not be evident on X5 intl version and will be bug-free, frequent FW free except for some HW functionality change.
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I've never really considered them to be in the upper end of audiophilia until just recently. While the E7 and E9 gave me a taste of decent sound it was still a farcry away from other gear that I had tried. Basically it helped to get my feet into the door but never really opened that door. The X5 on the other hand (at least for me) changes my opinion on Fiio products. They have stepped the game up for sure.

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Originally Posted by cooperpwc View Post
 

 

I have both. 

 

Yes.

Thanks

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Originally Posted by CosmicHolyGhost View Post


When comparing with the x3 the freq are more well controlled. Bass is fast and tight the extra detail makes u hear the bassist finger touching the dbl bass...i think its fantastic.

That's what I'm waiting for.. dbl bass.. thanks for help, so waiting for x5..

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I'm considering getting these or getting an alo the national amp to pair with my current iPhone 4 and my coming note 3. Both the x5 and the national cost the same............ Should I get the X5 or do you guys think the note 3 and alo the national pairing would surpass the x5?
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I'm considering getting these or getting an alo the national amp to pair with my current iPhone 4 and my coming note 3. Both the x5 and the national cost the same............ Should I get the X5 or do you guys think the note 3 and alo the national pairing would surpass the x5?

What's your chances for having a current X5 owner or reviewer with your gear and the X5 at the same time? Not sure about that so it might be hard to side compare the two gear setups. If you are interested in a truly portable player, you don't want any amps attached to it. It's called the holly grail of portable. Then the X5 should be sufficient as many of us felt that it did not need any amps. If you'll be sitting at your desk then it will require a different answer. In asking your questions you have to expand on how you plan to use your gear and where you'll be doing the listening and the phones/iems/ciems you'll be using in the mix.
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Originally Posted by lookingforIEMs View Post

I'm considering getting these or getting an alo the national amp to pair with my current iPhone 4 and my coming note 3. Both the x5 and the national cost the same............ Should I get the X5 or do you guys think the note 3 and alo the national pairing would surpass the x5?

When using a smartphone as source (especially androids) you have to be wary of any sample rate conversion the system may enforce. I haven't checked the two particular models you mentioned but I've been stung before by atrocious resampling on a Samsung S4 i9505. I suspect the two phones you mention should be better in this regard but can't confirm.

On the upside, using smartphone as source opens you up to all manners of advanced sound effects and equalization options. Done correctly they can complement your headphones and listening preferences really well and help out with many of their shortcomings. Would that be your cup of tea? smily_headphones1.gif

The X5 does also have a ten band graphic equalizer, which one day we may supplement with a parametric equalizer. One day... rolleyes.gif
Edited by Joe Bloggs - 1/29/14 at 2:18am
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I'll mostly be listening on my way to school and when I'm going out and when I'm bored. I listen to them probably about 2 hours a day. I'll listen to them with my rhapsodio r2ls( until I get to sell them) or my coming three driver CIEM. Although this sounds meager, I listen to the finest detail in my music. Currently, ip4 and alo the national creates a very wide soundstage with tremendous detail and a smudge of warmth when compared to neutrality. Instruments are isolated and vocals are smooth. This is the sound signature I am looking for and want to replicate. I'm not really looking for something portable though. In fact I like the feeling of carrying a stack with me. However a good deal came up and I'm tempted to buy the X5 over the alo+iphone4/note3 combo cos the X5 sounds good on paper and might outmatch the combo due to it's better DAC. So is it clearer now? Sorry if I made my question too ambiguous.
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Originally Posted by lookingforIEMs View Post

I'll mostly be listening on my way to school and when I'm going out and when I'm bored. I listen to them probably about 2 hours a day. I'll listen to them with my rhapsodio r2ls( until I get to sell them) or my coming three driver CIEM. Although this sounds meager, I listen to the finest detail in my music. Currently, ip4 and alo the national creates a very wide soundstage with tremendous detail and a smudge of warmth when compared to neutrality. Instruments are isolated and vocals are smooth. This is the sound signature I am looking for and want to replicate. I'm not really looking for something portable though. In fact I like the feeling of carrying a stack with me. However a good deal came up and I'm tempted to buy the X5 over the alo+iphone4/note3 combo cos the X5 sounds good on paper and might outmatch the combo due to it's better DAC. So is it clearer now? Sorry if I made my question too ambiguous.

No that is pretty clear. First for sound signature you came to the right thread, the X5 is neutral and excellent with details. The mids and highs are truly sweet. I would suggest you go see the X5 reviews first to a get a better idea and feel for the player. Talk to any of the reviewers if you have further questions and you may want to talk to @lee730 as he used ciems with the X5 in his evaluation. There will be more reviews as the time goes by.

Here is the link:

http://www.head-fi.org/products/fiio-x5-high-res-portable-music-player
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The X5 does also have a ten band graphic equalizer, which one day we may supplement with a parametric equalizer. One day... rolleyes.gif

Now we are talking JogstheBloggs my brother! :beerchug:

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Now we are talking JogstheBloggs my brother! beerchug.gif

Oh yes we are popcorn.gif --whatever that means tongue.gif

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Thanks Paul!

 

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Originally Posted by cooperpwc View Post

 

Mike, we have similar tastes in external amps. The X5 however sounds great from the headphone out. The sound is clear, smooth and authoritative. I am convinced that the plethora of power is a big reason for the last quality.

 

You pay for it somewhat: a large heavy internal battery producing about 10 hours of play. Still, the X5 is quite thin with a nice form factor. Compare that with adding a Quickstep to another DAP... you are way ahead of the game and the sound quality is excellent. 

 

Me thinks that you will like the X5.  :-)

 

Edit: These observations are all with IEMs: Heaven VI, Kaede, 1601SC and 1602SS. Full size headphones are a different story always but since I don't use them with DAPs, I cannot comment. It is fair to assume though that the X5's power will be very useful.

 

 

 

I agree, from past experience, that we indeed have similar tastes, so your positive impressions of the X5 have influenced me greatly.  :D

 

Have you happened to test the X5's coaxial output?  

 

Believe it or not, for quite some time now, I've been looking for a DAP that's worthy of doing double-duty as a desktop source - so that I can also listen to my music with the DACs and amps of my choice (for near-field monitors and power-hungry headphones) without the distraction of a laptop as my source.

 

Thanks!

 

Mike


Edited by zilch0md - 1/29/14 at 5:36am
post #3883 of 19490
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Originally Posted by cooperpwc View Post
 

The sound is clear, smooth and authoritative. I am convinced that the plethora of power is a big reason for the last quality.

 

 

 

I completely agree.

 

Even though people are forever assuring me that power output does not need to be substantial for sensitive CIEM usage, I still feel that extra power reserves DO make a difference to the authority of CIEM SQ. Seemingly, even tiny sensitive BAs respond well to hefty power reserves, for accurate dynamic excursions (you know what I mean :wink_face:). I've given up caring about the geeky technicalities behind it, and just appreciate the synergy a relatively powerful amp stage can offer, even with relatively easy to drive loads. :beerchug:

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I NEED IT!!

Where I can buy one?
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Originally Posted by mrhizzo View Post

I NEED IT!!

Where I can buy one?

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