well now we are going places :)
now there is no high pitch sounds from every "s" or "t" lol
now i changed everything :)
105Hz - -1 normal
220Hz - 1 normal
780Hz - 2 wide
2.4KHz - 2 normal
9KHz - 0 normal
BBE+ - 2
now it sounds like the s9 on flat +- but the stage is really narrow
but it sounds like i am in a small room and the guitars are to my left and right,
the singer and drums are in the front
hmm this player is a tricky on lol
m8b the headphones and player dont work good together
This is very close to what I use. I don't use the 80 Hz band on Cowon players because it muddies the sound really bad, 105Hz is good enough and I almost always turn that down a couple notches. 220Hz is just right. I prefer 780hz over 1.1khz because it makes the music feel less "floaty" in the midrange and 2.4Hz is good overall (I've never liked 3 or 3.2Khz band). I usually rock the 11.7Khz band, but 9 works okay too. This one probably matters the least, but I get some extra listening fatigue when I have it up at 13khz.
I usually bump the first band down 2-3 notches and depending which headphone/IEM, I'll knock the last band down 2-3 as well. With my Brainwavz B2 (bright, sparkly, analytical), that works perfectly. When I run the X7 through my Leckerton amp, I either set things to flat, but for my Denon HD2000, I give the mids a boost (they are naturally recessed mids), so I do this:
I like my Cowon X7 through my Leckerton amp...It sounded kind of lame through my Zo (but the Zo works wonders on my other Cowon, a D2+). My whole music collection is basically all flac, so I need that extra storage and my D2 sometimes acts weird with 64gb - 128gb cards.
Being a hard drive player, sometimes the X7 will skip, so it is recommended to keep it as still as possible.
I also use no jeteffects and I tend to have no luck with making bands wider or narrow...Normal seems just right for all my listening.
Edit: To answer the question though, the X7 is only worth getting if you want the 160 gigs of memory. The bulkiness and the crappy screen kind of make it a tough call. The J3 is a much sexier looking player (not sure how it compares soundwise) and the D2 has expandable memory, a much better screen and a much smaller footprint (mine has been kicking after four years of solid abuse). No idea about the D20, but the "warm" sound is an immediate turn-off to me, considering Cowons are known for being generally neutral.
Edited by GoldfishX - 6/17/13 at 9:04pm