Originally Posted by Brooko
I posted this in our tour discussion thread - and they are just initial musings - but thought you guys might be interested.
OK - sorry for the photos - they're 1200 x 800, and clickable, but the lighting was pretty ordinary, and there is quite a bit of glare and grain - and I'll do something much better for the reviews.
Really early impressions - size is excellent - perfect for on the go. Very intuitive interface, coming from the X5, and I'm having no issues getting around the menus etc. Some really nice choices with the software set-up etc (like you can't switch the output from jack to line whilst the player is playing).
This little sucker is powerful too - nowhere near as good as the X5 in that department, but no sluggard. For tonight's test, I just threw a toughie at it. X5 vs X1, volume matched with an SPL meter, both driving the HD600 - yep, not a fair fight really (or so you'd think).
Really surprised how good they both sound, and how close. X1 might have a tiny bit less bass (which I'd expect), but it's marginal. To be honest I could live with either if I was just jamming out.
Right now, I've connected the E11K to the X1, and because I'm shagged (away next 4 days with US visitors so I've been putting in a lot of hours prep), I've stopped the critical listening, and am just listening to the combo with HD600 - still playing Dire Straits. Guess what - it's good, no it's great - I can't believe this USD160 set-up sounds as good as it does with the HD600. I still need to compare it to a full sized amp to get a decent base line - but that will come in the weekend.
Anyway - you guys are in for a treat. Fiio have done some great things here.
Joe - this one is for you (see the photos). The E11K is the perfect size for the X1 - and should be the perfect accompaniment - especially on price factor as well. The problem is that if you use bands to pair them up - they cover the buttons. Not an ideal situation. Need a correctly sized stacker kit specifically designed for X1 and E11K. Make sure you allow for the E11K having feet attached whilst stacking. I'd buy one straight away.
Photos below - click for the larger images. Again sorry about the lighting ....