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post #8926 of 19524
I have a big grin on my face ūüėä - I have just found my Shure E5C earphones that I purchased about 10 years ago.

There not In the same class as my E500's but sound very nice with my X5 E12 stack.

Anybody else used E5C's.
post #8927 of 19524

I am thinking. Maybe we should do a thread only for custom firmwares for the X5.

 

What I have in mind is a first post that would be an index of all firmwares customizations posted by version number.

 

Example:

 

 - 1.20

   o Standard (link)

   o Main Menu Inverted (link)

 - 2.0

   o Standard (link)

      - Blue color scheme (link)

      - Yellow color scheme (link)

   o Standard Inverted scrolling (main menu) (link)

   o Horizontal main menu (link)

   o Horizontal main menu inverted (link)

 

This would be much more helpful to find specific firmwares and would be a go-to thread for anyone that may have special requests in that field.

post #8928 of 19524
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Originally Posted by Nicolas2305 View Post

I am thinking. Maybe we should do a thread only for custom firmwares for the X5.

What I have in mind is a first post that would be an index of all firmwares customizations posted by version number.

Example:

 - 1.20
   o Standard (link)
   o Main Menu Inverted (link)
 - 2.0
   o Standard (link)
      - Blue color scheme (link)
      - Yellow color scheme (link)
   o Standard Inverted scrolling (main menu) (link)
   o Horizontal main menu (link)
   o Horizontal main menu inverted (link)

This would be much more helpful to find specific firmwares and would be a go-to thread for anyone that may have
special requests in that field.

That's a great idea as I spent about an hour the other day looking for a modded FW.
post #8929 of 19524
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That's a great idea as I spent about an hour the other day looking for a modded FW.


Seconded, great idea. I also spent some time digging to find betas.

post #8930 of 19524
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That's a great idea as I spent about an hour the other day looking for a modded FW.

 

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Originally Posted by Scorpion667 View Post
 


Seconded, great idea. I also spent some time digging to find betas.

 

 

 

I started the thread. Feel free to post links there. I'm at work right now so I can't put too much time in there but at least it's a start.

 

I would appreciate if the users that contributed to firmware modifications could go there and post all the firmwares versions they have (Thinking about @CH23).

 

Here's the link : http://www.head-fi.org/t/717947/fiio-x5-custom-modded-firmwares#post_10529606

post #8931 of 19524
I've had my X5 for almost a month now and love it paired with my Shure SE846s. I also follow this thread religiously.

Until recently, I've used low gain with the volume between 75 and 95. Everything I read said low gain was better with these IEMs. But there were a few posts where people were running at volume levels much lower. So I wondered if the amp of my X5 is okay?

As a point of reference I ran my X3 on low gain at around 30.

I just switched to high gain for the first time and now run at volumes between 65 and 75. More importantly, everything about the sound is significantly better, which according to "experts" isn't supposed to happen.

So the question is, especially for those using SE846s, is this normal or is it an issue to address with FIIO?
Edited by tjm6983 - 5/8/14 at 3:01pm
post #8932 of 19524
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Originally Posted by Hapster View Post

How well does the x5 work for low impedance iems? Any hiss?


I'm using the jh 16 pro, which has like 8 or 12 ohm impedance.  No hiss whatsoever.

post #8933 of 19524
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Originally Posted by jeffhmason View Post

I just wanted to say "thanks" to CH23 and cooperpwc for their mods of FW 2.  They are nice improvements on this end!

I'm happy you're happy smily_headphones1.gif

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I started the thread. Feel free to post links there. I'm at work right now so I can't put too much time in there but at least it's a start.

I would appreciate if the users that contributed to firmware modifications could go there and post all the firmwares versions they have (Thinking about @CH23).

Here's the link : http://www.head-fi.org/t/717947/fiio-x5-custom-modded-firmwares#post_10529606

I will!
post #8934 of 19524
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Originally Posted by tjm6983 View Post

I've had my X5 for almost a month now and love it paired with my Shure SE846s. I also follow this thread religiously.

Until recently, I've used low gain with the volume between 75 and 95. Everything I read said low gain was better with these IEMs. But there were a few posts where people were running at volume levels much lower. So I wondered if the amp of my X5 is okay?

As a point of reference I ran my X3 on low gain at around 30.

I just switched to high gain for the first time and now run at volumes between 65 and 75. More importantly, everything about the sound is significantly better, which according to "experts" isn't supposed to happen.

So the question is, especially for those using SE846s, is this normal or is it an issue to address with FIIO?

 

When you were comparing, you won't have had any way to volume match correctly (ie using an SPL meter).  Doing it by ear is not ideal.  I'd be willing to be that with high gain on, although probably unintentional, you're listening to it slightly louder without realising.  Louder to us sounds better - and first (false) impressions are that music has more depth, clarity, soundstage, space etc ad infinitum (ie all the audiophile catch words).  I'd be willing to bet that if you were able to level match (you'd have to use a constant tone and an SPL meter) to within 0.5 dB or less - those differences would disappear.

 

If you want to see what this is like without level matching - take what you are currently comparing, and then either raise the volume on low gain, or drop the volume on high gain - and then see if the differences have changed ;) 

post #8935 of 19524
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Originally Posted by CH23 View Post


I have only recently started using foobar, and had dbpoweramp installed way longer.

 

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Originally Posted by CH23 View Post


For ripping i suggest using EAC (exact audio copy)


I find dbpoweramp to be more user friendly :)

post #8936 of 19524
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Originally Posted by tjm6983 View Post

I've had my X5 for almost a month now and love it paired with my Shure SE846s. I also follow this thread religiously.

Until recently, I've used low gain with the volume between 75 and 95. Everything I read said low gain was better with these IEMs. But there were a few posts where people were running at volume levels much lower. So I wondered if the amp of my X5 is okay?

As a point of reference I ran my X3 on low gain at around 30.

I just switched to high gain for the first time and now run at volumes between 65 and 75. More importantly, everything about the sound is significantly better, which according to "experts" isn't supposed to happen.

So the question is, especially for those using SE846s, is this normal or is it an issue to address with FIIO?

I have exactly the same question. I can't listen at less than 60 with high gain on any of my IEMs. Then, I read people using words as "deafening" when talking about that kind of volume and I wonder how is that possible. Some claim to listen at 30/35, no EQ. I can barely hear the singer singing on that volume!
What I find interesting is what you said about the volume level you use on the X3: 30, vs 75/90 on the X5. Something is going on there.

Either there's a lot of people with a significantly more sensitive hearing, or the amp section in the X5 is not the same for everyone. I use my iPhone 5S with EQ and Neutron Player at a volume level of around 60/100 or less; this is an iPhone, not a dedicated, HiFi player. About the same volume level is what I need on the X5, except that the gain has to be on high, and if I EQ I loose 6db and have to go to 70/80 at least.

I'm not very happy with the volume levels that the X5 is giving me.


Edited by Muenchener - 5/8/14 at 6:22pm
post #8937 of 19524
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Originally Posted by Muenchener View Post
 

I have exactly the same question. I can't listen at less than 60 with high gain on any of my IEMs. Then, I read people using words as "deafening" when talking about that kind of volume and I wonder how is that possible. Some claim to listen at 30/35, no EQ. I can barely hear the singer singing on that volume!
What I find interesting is what you said about the volume level you use on the X3: 30, vs 75/90 on the X5. Something is going on there.

Either there's a lot of people with a significantly more sensitive hearing, or the amp section in the X5 is not the same for everyone. I use my iPhone 5S with EQ and Neutron Player at a volume level of around 60/100 or less; this is an iPhone, not a dedicated, HiFi player. About the same volume level is what I need on the X5, except that the gain has to be on high, and if I EQ I loose 6db and have to go to 70/80 at least.

I'm not very happy with the volume levels that the X5 is giving me.

 

I'm sure you're still within your return period.

post #8938 of 19524
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Originally Posted by tjm6983 View Post

I've had my X5 for almost a month now and love it paired with my Shure SE846s. I also follow this thread religiously.

Until recently, I've used low gain with the volume between 75 and 95. Everything I read said low gain was better with these IEMs. But there were a few posts where people were running at volume levels much lower. So I wondered if the amp of my X5 is okay?

As a point of reference I ran my X3 on low gain at around 30.

I just switched to high gain for the first time and now run at volumes between 65 and 75. More importantly, everything about the sound is significantly better, which according to "experts" isn't supposed to happen.

So the question is, especially for those using SE846s, is this normal or is it an issue to address with FIIO?


you can't compare the X3 to the x5...  the X3 volume goes to 60 and the X5 goes to 120...    so a x3 -30 is about the same as a x5 - 60....

post #8939 of 19524
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Originally Posted by Age8E View Post
 

 

I'm sure you're still within your return period.

I'm sure James@Fiio will be delighted if all buyers whom are not happy about something just return the units by the hundreds. Thanks for the insightful and helpful advice.

post #8940 of 19524
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Originally Posted by Age8E View Post

I'm sure you're still within your return period.

Probably the least helpful response I've read on this thread.
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