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post #9361 of 19479

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
post #9362 of 19479

Now, speaking of multiple configs would love to hear from somebody who has paired the X5 with the Denon AH-D600's for say rock metal as I'm torn between those and say the M100's. 

 

Christ, I'm already thinking of another set of cans!!

post #9363 of 19479
Um, does the X5 have a "song info" feature like the X3 has? I thought it'd be in the X5's "quick menu", but I don't see it there.
post #9364 of 19479
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Originally Posted by nmatheis View Post

Um, does the X5 have a "song info" feature like the X3 has? I thought it'd be in the X5's "quick menu", but I don't see it there.

Unfortunately, no it doesn't.

post #9365 of 19479
Bah!!!
post #9366 of 19479
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Not saying you listen to anything. Just pointing out what I see as different strategies from iDevices you're comparing and high resolution music players. Your piano, guitar and vocal references are what I like on the X5 and what seem fake to me on the iDevices. I went down the exact same road where at first I preferred the iPhones and iPods and iPads, but giving it some time I can't go back. These things I would attribute to the DAC and its implementation as well as the way they can reveal what exists in the source music.

I did point out that the e12 is what I prefer to listen with so perhaps the X5 amp isn't powerful enough for you and doesn't provide enough soundstage or oomph. This is where the amp will fill out the sound if the source is good.

The loudness wars isn't just about loudness, it's about compressing the dynamic range in music so the smallest details (life, realism) are lost. The decay of a symbol, the vibration of the guitar string, the fade of a piano key, the difference between a whisper and belting out the vocals. I'd recommend the "Ultimate Headphone Demonstration Disc" on HD TRACKS if you haven't already heard it. There is a section of tracks comparing dynamic compression with clean recordings. I hear a big difference. This trend towards dynamic compression in the recordings doesn't just apply to modern day crap-pop music either. A lot of folk, rock, singer/songwriter and soundtrack scores are heavily dynamically compressed. The X5 shows the differences clearly unlike the iDevices.

Just like with video, Standard Definition content looks like crap on an HD TV. SD content looks fine on a standard definition tv, but the HD TV shows it's weakness.

Trying to help here. Sorry if you read any differently.

Edit: In response to "what am I listening to?" it isn't anything that was poorly mastered. The pursuit of high end audio has ruined me for that and to a degree that makes me sad, but I just can't listen anymore if it doesn't sound lifelike or was recorded poorly. Classical, folk, classic rock, current rock, pop, soundtracks, jazz, whatever. If it's good I'll listen.

Sorry.. I know txt sometimes can get misunderstood.  I'm just trying to set the level field... Let's hope that when we are critiquing the X5, we aren't using tracks from artists that use auto tune, or lots of synths.  

 

I just really want to like the x5... and I am open to the fact that perhaps the re600 is not the right pairing... 

post #9367 of 19479
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Originally Posted by nmatheis View Post

Um, does the X5 have a "song info" feature like the X3 has? I thought it'd be in the X5's "quick menu", but I don't see it there.

On this topic (and I know there other functionalities pending for the X5) it would be great to have more information about the song and also about an album. It would be nice to see album total length, year and other information.

For example, once inside an album (only on library mode) after the last song could be an "information" item that displays this info.

Also, the tracking of most played songs, recently added would be a power function.

With firmware 2.0 the SQ is there, a few bugs to iron, adding playlist seems like the next step, but no reason to stop there. A DAP in 2014 should offer metadata information IMHO.

Pimp my library some would call it wink.gif
post #9368 of 19479
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Originally Posted by Dom Isaac View Post
 

Has anyone tried to pair the X5 with Heir audio 4a? noticed that it's soundstage is congested or rather that 'in-your-face' effect.

I'm using it with Heir 5.0, rather than the 4a, and much prefer the X5/E12 combo. Sounds a lot wider to me...

post #9369 of 19479

Right now im using a pair of Klipsch X7's. Im thinking of an upgrade and want to get some IEMs that pair well with the X5. Im thinking of a price range around 200-300$. Has anyone listened to the X5 with Shure SE425's? Any other suggestions?

post #9370 of 19479
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Originally Posted by EthanHarte View Post

Right now im using a pair of Klipsch X7's. Im thinking of an upgrade and want to get some IEMs that pair well with the X5. Im thinking of a price range around 200-300$. Has anyone listened to the X5 with Shure SE425's? Any other suggestions?
you looking for closed, open or IEM's?
post #9371 of 19479
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you looking for closed, open or IEM's?

Just IEM's

post #9372 of 19479
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Originally Posted by EthanHarte View Post

Just IEM's
hmm not sure I use a FiiO E11 and it sounds good with my SM64's. Only using the X5 so-so
post #9373 of 19479
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Originally Posted by EthanHarte View Post
 

Right now im using a pair of Klipsch X7's. Im thinking of an upgrade and want to get some IEMs that pair well with the X5. Im thinking of a price range around 200-300$. Has anyone listened to the X5 with Shure SE425's? Any other suggestions?


I have tried the Klipsch image X10i, with poor result. To my surprise, the cheaper fidelio S2 (half the price from Philips) was a much better match with the X5. I am a bit confused now. I am still looking for better IEM's but dont know what to look for...

 

Pardon my English, i'm Norwegian ;) 

 

Edit: Philips Fidelio S2 are half-open IEM's!


Edited by sveinl - 5/17/14 at 1:09pm
post #9374 of 19479
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Originally Posted by sveinl View Post


I have tried the Klipsch image X10i, with poor result. To my surprise, the cheaper fidelio S2 (half the price from Philips) was a much better match with the X5. I am a bit confused now. I am still looking for better IEM's but dont know what to look for...

Pardon my English, i'm Norwegian wink.gif  

Edit: Philips Fidelio S2 are open IEM's!
I really like my SM64...but they are not very efficient. Let me try them without an amp. I got them for 300 used.
post #9375 of 19479
Dunu dn2000 perhaps 😌
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