NOT impressed at all with the sound quality of 1.2.5. - Immediately reinstalled v1.2.3 beta
It feels like an they have made an overly 'safe' sound. This has quite a unique quality which may or not be attractive to certain ears. If you like v1.2.5 then great. Stick with it :)
Anyway I found...
Most of the 'punch' is no longer present so it now sounds silky smooth and very warm...across the range. No prescence at all
It feels almost reference like in its delivary which might be ok if I had some critical listening to some studio work but not for music
This was most noticable on Max Richter's - Recomposed (Vivaldi's Four seasons) track 2 Spring 1 - there was no excitement or life
with the opening strings and when the bass of the [cello's?] rolls in there was no depth or warmth.
On v1.2.3beta I find the instruments all have their own place in the stereo field and can be heard quite clearly and disctincly, for example the cymbals sit nicely above the bass of the drums.
Of course there being a myriad of headphone/amp combinations this may not be helpful at all ! :D
I was listening on Grado GR10 IEM
I wouldn't normally comment but I felt there is quite a big difference between the two versions. Its good in one way because people have
quite a good opportunity to install two different [working] versions with different qualities of audio to suite their own audio leanings.
Just some thoughts
PS Thinking about it, it may be the v1.2.5 is better in that it is more true to the actual audio. With the earlier versions though I can't help but think there is something a little bit clever going on that 'improves' the audio at some stage...like how some of the cheaper headphones 'colour' the sound to make it appear 'better' to the average listener. Im not saying iBasso are doing this :) but sometimes for example, when you stop the audio mid song it sounds very similar to when I stop reviewing some audio on my DAW that has reverb or some such enhancement being processed. To put it another way It sounds a little bit like when you stop singing in the shower there is something that sounds different when I stop singing in the studio (rigged for dead sound) - Maybe like some reverb that quickly tails off
Annnyyywaayyy, All im saying is v1.2.3 sounds a little more excitable / rich / deeper/ seperated than v1.2.5. If my ears like a version then that's what I will listen too however we arrive there !!
Edited by jon parker - 11/15/13 at 3:22pm