I've acquired the Roxanne UF and been listening attentively to it for the past 2 days. Previously I've borrowed the VE6 demo for 3 days of private listening.
VE6, regardless of the price difference, does outperform the Roxanne.
The X2, which I prefer, sounds more natural, coherent, and musical than the Roxanne. Unlike the Roxanne, the X2 interprets the music in a less forceful way.
The X2 overall has a very clear and transparent sound signature, though still a tad warm-- only very slightly. While the VE3 can sometimes sound not as fun as the VE4 (of course, personal taste), the VE6 X2, by every means, sounds even more lively or vividly than the VE4.
The bass of the X2 is somewhere between the VE 3 & 4, not as punchier as that of the VE4, yet transits extremely smoothly from mid low to very low. No apparent bumps throughout the mid to low frequencies. The mids of the X2 is very delicately and carefully designed. With very definite contour and appropriate body, the X2's mids has the most satisfying character to my taste. Not thick, not thin, just right for most kinds of music genre. The vocal distance is closer than that of the VE4 and obvious more engaging. I can anticipate no more complaints from those who are not satisfied with the VE4's vocal presentation.
The highs of the X2 is simply nimbler than both VE 3&4. Thanks to the super high, the texture of the music instruments is the best among the series. The strings are rendered with both warmth and clarity. The ambience or hall acoustics is presented at the same level as the VE4, increasing the credibility of reestablishing the recording scene.
The soundstage of the X2 is a tad smaller than that of the VE4, more toward the size of the VE3. Separation is still the top notch.
I can imagine how difficult the task would be to design a new flagship without screwing up the brand image. Unlike the UM Mentor, which I believe the designers have lost track of their sonic goals, or the Roxanne, though packs with handful of proprietary features, does not sound a lot brilliant than the latest version of JH16 Pro, I reckon the VE6, is an successful and apparent upgrade to the previous VE series. The only problem left is the price...
I've sent my VE4 for an upgrade for the Xcontrol version. I will have a more thorough comparison between the Roxanne and the VE6.
Edited by lieberstanley - 4/5/14 at 3:55pm