Woohoo X5 is in my hands now. Very nice solid feel. The wheel probably would feel better with more resistance but oh well! At this price point it's a steal. I will post my impressions soon.
Where can I get firmware beta 1.23?
Ok threw some Flac files and running 1.20 firmware because I couldn't wait to test out the sound. I know this is comparing apples to artichokes but I listened to some songs including Mendy Gledhill Anchor, Barenaked Ladies, and Pat Benetar to start.
I listened to the same songs from my Denon x1000 receiver. The sound coming from the X5 sounded better but not by much and for Pat Benetar, the instruments sounded dull. I'm going to let it burn in and report back.
I also compared Koss KSC75 headphones and Th-900's on the x5. Again Lamborghini vs 1967 bug I know. The KSC75 sounded ok but you cannot compare the two. The resolution, detail, depth, soundstage is much much better on the TH-900 coming out of the x5. I would use the KSC75 in situations where I don't care if headphones get damaged like outside when I'm working on the yard or something or doing some activity.
The differences are less using the receiver but still far off between headphones. Not sure why the receiver isn't as good as x5 but I guess the headphone amp is low powered and can't drive the TH-900's. Still, waiting on getting a real headphone amp next month so even better comparison then.
Yes these are subjective and I'm noob so forgive me.
Edited by Shenook - 4/11/14 at 7:38pm