As promised, a quick comparison between DX50 and Studio V 3rd Anniversary daps.
Firstly, a run down of the items used in determining the opinion of both daps:
IEMS: Futuresonics MG6pro (Dynamic drivers, for those unfamiliar with them)
Cable: Toxic Scorpion
Albums tested: Adele, Killers, Rachael Yamagata, Nirvana, Faye Wong*, Wu Bai*, David Guetta, Beyond* *Mandarin artists
Ok now for the quick run down....
Treble: Between the 2 daps, studio v has a very distinct 'bright' or 'sparkly' treble which I personally feel that it's pretty tiring even for a pair of dynamic drivers iems. DX50's treble is definitely more 'laid back' which allows for long listening sessions without needing to take a break to rest the ears. Bass: I love the way bass is reproduced on studio v as it feels 'punchier'as compared to dx50 (at low gain setting). It's not to say that DX50 is not without bass, but i guess its more accurate to describe that dx50's bass won't grab your attention as compared to how studio v whips out their bass like glowing light sticks in the night. Soundstage/Imaging/Details: Probably the most important difference between the 2.
Details: For studio v, it's a very detailed dap where it is somewhat unforgiving when your source is crap. But it shines when it comes to instrument sounds like the plucking of the guitar strings where it sounds so 'alive' that it is as though you're actually right there next to the guitarist plucking the strings. Dx50 in this area probably lose out to studio v as it just don't bring out the same level of detail as studio v. It's not a drasticdifference but it's something that one can spot without trying too hard.
Soundstage: For studio v, I would describe it's soundstage akin to a performance in say a class room? It's not as wide as compared to DX50. To me, DX50 feels like the band is being played in a hall or a football field where there's some distance between you and the performer, whereas studio v brings a more 'intimate' feel as though you're up close and personal with the performer.
Separation/layout: DX50 performs remarkably well in this area as it does a wonderful job of separating each individual components (e.g. lead singer and backup singer, different instruments) that's being used in a song. It's like each instrument and individual is lined up along a straight line with sufficient spacing between each other. For studio v, it feels like each component is laid out in rows of 3, where they line up behind each other. As a result sometimes studio v feels slightly more 'congested' as compared to DX50.
Vocals: This is another area that's worth mentioning. For DX50, it's pretty consistent to say that you'll always feel that the singer is placed right in front of you, probably just a few metres away. However for studio v, it feels as though the singer is just right next to you, a very intimate feeling to it. A very good example would be that for certain songs by female singers like Rachael Yamagata, it feels as though she's just whispering into your ear, or that you took too much medication and start hallucinating that she's in your head singing to you. It's that type of intimacy that I can only find in studio v.
Well that's about all the observations that I've spotted between the 2 daps. Hopefully I didn't confuse too many as this is probably my first time doing a review. Do let me know if there's any inconsistencies or wrong technical terms used.
Edited by azarel - 9/10/13 at 8:50am