The X5 reminds me of the old saying;
What came 1st, the chicken or the egg.
It certainly looks like some headfiers are purchasing the X5 only to be disappointed with the SQ with their existing headphones. That or getting used to the neutral/clinical sound of the X5. Speaking for myself I use no EQ at all. Zilch. As a former bass head I have to say again it did not take me long to "re-train" my ears. Then again the X5 may excel with certain genres. I'm listening to a lot of smooth jazz and blues atm and I gotta say right now I am happy as a pig in merde.
Sooner or later though I'm going to spark up a doobie and find myself listening to some Rush or Marilyn Manson for example and might find myself disappointed with the NAD's or indeed the X5 with this type of music although I doubt the latter.
One thing for sure about headfiers is eventually we end up with multiple configurations (and lighter wallets) and certainlty more than one set of cans to suit our moods and genres. Take me for example. 9 years ago I was using a 4th gen iPod classic with the stock ear buds and thought I was in Nirvana. How things have changed. When somebody comes up with a dap and headphones to suit all genres and all musical SQ tates then perhaps the world will beat a path to their door. The reality is though that this is an exercise in futility as everybody's ears are different.
Edited by oldmate - 5/16/14 at 11:25pm