Originally Posted by zachchen1996
LOL, this made me laugh more than it should've
I'm sure you're laughing yourself listening to your NT6 Pro and expensive DAP with a great big smile that is ;)... Jealousy is an ugly thing isn't it? :D.
@ brooko, when I speak of imaging it goes hand in hand with separation. A DAP or source with very good imaging is usually a good source even @ low volume levels. The Studio 3rd ANV is very good at imaging and detail extraction at extremely low volumes. You get all the detail even at volume 2.
When I refer to sound staging it not only pertains to the track although the tracks plays a huge part in it. The Studio makes everything sound more vast and that is in part due to the treble. But it is not just due to the treble. The overall sound is of a lighter nature and when you combine the powerful imaging and the high separation it all contributes to it. Hisound players generally make music sound dynamic and open. Makes music sound more refined. Its all in the implementation. Their amp sections are something else besides the hiss flaws.
To go into a bit more detail for you, the X5 has a decent sound stage. But it isn't very wide. It's focus is more on depth. It can/will change somewhat based on the IEM/headphone pairing you use. But using an IEM that is along the lines of neutral can help you to better gauge that. I find the X5s sound staging capabilities to be more in line with how my SE5s portray their own sound staging. Not very wide but lot of depth and due to this a very 3D sound.
While on the 3rd ANV the staging is quite wide, airy. It's got a reasonable amount of depth but it's definitely lacking in depth compared to its width.
Edited by lee730 - 3/9/14 at 10:45am