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post #4171 of 19490
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Originally Posted by CosmicHolyGhost View Post


I read the stock E12 has hiss for sensitive iem because it was meant to use with hard impedance low sensitivity cans...

The X5 has a dark background
Too many heavy metal concerts in my youth too notice hiss from any of my low-impedance high-sensitivity IEMs, unfortunately :-(
post #4172 of 19490
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Originally Posted by nmatheis View Post

Too many heavy metal concerts in my youth too notice hiss from any of my low-impedance high-sensitivity IEMs, unfortunately :-(

 

Quite a blessing actually...just think of the savings not having to screw around looking for 'no-hiss' DAC's, amps, and IEM's ;)

post #4173 of 19490

Why has Fiio started selling the X5 in China but not in other countries? Don't quite understand the logic behind this if the product is ready to leave the house.

 

I am trying to get a copy from China soon to find out what all the fuss is about this dap.

post #4174 of 19490

They cant make enough and don't wont to disappoint people looking for one thus the stepped launch.

post #4175 of 19490
Patience is a virtue; we're only few weeks away.
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Well I have been having a little 4-way DAP-bang on my Hidition NT6, which for those who do not know them, are top tier ciems slightly on the bright side. The DAPs used are 901 with balanced card (I will try the iem card later), the X5, the Tera Player (Super Duper jack) and Sony ZX1.

 

Well the first good news is: the NT6 sounds awesome on all of them. If I get a bit more into details:

 

  • The Tera has the typical Tera sounds, ultra smooth and analog but keeping nice punch and dynamics. The stage is a bit more intimate than the ZX1 of course, but the ZX1 will be also a bit more fatiguing
  • The ZX1 has ultimate clarity and space. The stage is wide, deep and airy. the sound echoes in a vibrant way. As the NT6 is slightly bright, and the ZX1 quite cold sounding, sound may be a little harsh or fatiguing on certain recordings
  • The 901 balanced is neutral with a little warmth and smoothness, but also with great detail, but most of all awesome power and authority. The sound is spacious yet full bodied.
  • The X5 is very slightly less warm and smooth than the 901, more neutral still. Works very well with the NT6. The sound is closer to the 901 than the other two in terms of sig. I still think the 901 has the edge in technical terms and overal pleasure. The X5 performs awesomely, at this price or at any price. I stand by what I said when I said it performed is at 90% of 901 sound quality. However, 10% is something at this level, so if you are an audiophile, it IS STILL WORTH IT OWNING THE 901. I will not sell my 901 to get a X5, but if I could have only one, I might get the X5.

 

My conclusion at this stage:

  • If you want a great overall package and top SQ, get the X5.
  • If you like neutral yet organic sound and want reference sound, get the 901.
  • If you like space, clarity, details, a great design and an awesome UI, get the ZX1
  • The Tera well...you have to fall in love with the unique analog sound and the simplicity. But it does pair wonderfully with the NT6
post #4177 of 19490
It reads like sitting at a cafe in Paris siping this cafe au lait and thinking how wonderful the taste is.

Well said and envious of someone with such top rated gear.
post #4178 of 19490
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Originally Posted by DMinor View Post
 

Why has Fiio started selling the X5 in China but not in other countries? Don't quite understand the logic behind this if the product is ready to leave the house.

 

I am trying to get a copy from China soon to find out what all the fuss is about this dap.

 

Mainly because a 'local launch' gives them much more control if any unforeseen issue should arise. If it is hardware problem, an fix and exchange can be carried out swiftly. If it is software issue, they have better local feedback because there won't be any language barrier between the user and the software team. That's why they prefer to launch their products in China first in smaller batch, making sure what they have tested in house will also hold up in the hand of the user. In the case when it does fail, at least they will be around to offer help. It is just FiiO's way of trying to play it safe.

 

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Originally Posted by Mimouille View Post
 
  • The Tera well...you have to fall in love with the unique analog sound and the simplicity. But it does pair wonderfully with the NT6

 

I guess you will either like it or hate it when it comes to Tera. Personally I don't really have much love on it when I have the chance to listen to it on the last Mook Festival.

post #4179 of 19490
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Originally Posted by ClieOS View Post
 

Mainly because a 'local launch' gives them much more control if any unforeseen issue should arise. If it is hardware problem, an fix and exchange can be carried out swiftly. If it is software issue, they have better local feedback because there won't be any language barrier between the user and the software team. That's why they prefer to launch their products in China first in smaller batch, making sure what they have tested in house will also hold up in the hand of the user. In the case when it does fail, at least they will be around to offer help. It is just FiiO's way of trying to play it safe.

 

Personally I appreciate this...a lot...after watching the DX50 release from afar. Not sure if iBasso did the same thing, but knowing FiiO have checked and double-checked everything through multiple layers of caution makes me rather happy.

 

I have my Paypal account stocked up and waiting patiently for the international release...I don't usually buy brand new, but plan to for the X5.

post #4180 of 19490

How does the X5 pair with the Senn HD-25 II's? Any thoughts so far?

post #4181 of 19490
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Originally Posted by Enilyks34 View Post

How does the X5 pair with the Senn HD-25 II's? Any thoughts so far?
I'm wondering that as well'as a post buried in here asking same thing (unanswered). Following the world tour reviews, so far none had any HD25 variant.
post #4182 of 19490
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Originally Posted by Mimouille View Post
  • The 901 balanced is neutral with a little warmth and smoothness, but also with great detail, but most of all awesome power and authority. The sound is spacious yet full bodied.
  • The X5 is very slightly less warm and smooth than the 901, more neutral still. Works very well with the NT6. The sound is closer to the 901 than the other two in terms of sig.

I try 901 (with balance card), I'm very impress in its powerful sound, dynamic. How X5 compare to 901 in these areas. Please let me know your opinion.

 

Anyhow 901 with balance card seem to be too bold for my taste, but curious that it will serve me well with another card. It's a shame that I cannot try it with different card.

 

So X5 seems to be the safer choice to go and I has money left for ATH-W5000 :D

post #4183 of 19490
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Originally Posted by mikroski View Post
 

I try 901 (with balance card), I'm very impress in its powerful sound, dynamic. How X5 compare to 901 in these areas. Please let me know your opinion.

 

Anyhow 901 with balance card seem to be too bold for my taste, but curious that it will serve me well with another card. It's a shame that I cannot try it with different card.

 

So X5 seems to be the safer choice to go and I has money left for ATH-W5000 :D

Many reviewer say X5 = 80-90% HM-901. I still cant believe it, 350$ DAP vs 1350$ DAP, a real big gap....
And with me more neutral is better i dun want over smooth sound 

post #4184 of 19490
[quote name="ClieOS"
I guess you will either like it or hate it when it comes to Tera.
[/quote]

Im w/u. I love if altmann offer tera for $75 and hate it for its actual street price. My humble opinion. tongue.gif
Even if its a water proof/fire proof/crush proof it aint worth more than $100 but think it is music/falll proof from the looks.biggrin.gif
Hmm........$2200 music toy designed especially for $25 headphones.
Edited by Shawn71 - 2/4/14 at 7:29am
post #4185 of 19490
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Originally Posted by Mimouille View Post
 

Well I have been having a little 4-way DAP-bang on my Hidition NT6, which for those who do not know them, are top tier ciems slightly on the bright side. The DAPs used are 901 with balanced card (I will try the iem card later), the X5, the Tera Player (Super Duper jack) and Sony ZX1.

 

Well the first good news is: the NT6 sounds awesome on all of them. If I get a bit more into details:

 

  • The Tera has the typical Tera sounds, ultra smooth and analog but keeping nice punch and dynamics. The stage is a bit more intimate than the ZX1 of course, but the ZX1 will be also a bit more fatiguing
  • The ZX1 has ultimate clarity and space. The stage is wide, deep and airy. the sound echoes in a vibrant way. As the NT6 is slightly bright, and the ZX1 quite cold sounding, sound may be a little harsh or fatiguing on certain recordings
  • The 901 balanced is neutral with a little warmth and smoothness, but also with great detail, but most of all awesome power and authority. The sound is spacious yet full bodied.
  • The X5 is very slightly less warm and smooth than the 901, more neutral still. Works very well with the NT6. The sound is closer to the 901 than the other two in terms of sig. I still think the 901 has the edge in technical terms and overal pleasure. The X5 performs awesomely, at this price or at any price. I stand by what I said when I said it performed is at 90% of 901 sound quality. However, 10% is something at this level, so if you are an audiophile, it IS STILL WORTH IT OWNING THE 901. I will not sell my 901 to get a X5, but if I could have only one, I might get the X5.

 

My conclusion at this stage:

  • If you want a great overall package and top SQ, get the X5.
  • If you like neutral yet organic sound and want reference sound, get the 901.
  • If you like space, clarity, details, a great design and an awesome UI, get the ZX1
  • The Tera well...you have to fall in love with the unique analog sound and the simplicity. But it does pair wonderfully with the NT6


Mim , if I like warmer sound , and usually use stuff like the ie8/ie80 or warm sounding cans , which one do you think would fit me ? According to your description I would be best going for the X5? How does the ZX 1 pairs with warmer iems?

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