Has anyone tried the Cowon J3 and compared it with the Fiio X3? Would it be a upgrade or same SQ? I have the Senn IE8 now, but planning on upgrading to the Spiral Ear 3-way Reference later.
Best Regards Frank
As a previously X3 owner, I don't consider the X3 as a fully upgrade, but definitely not a side-grade gear either.
The SQ is better for sure (wouldn't describe it as I don't want to rely on memories) and it's a good bang for the bucks.
But I don't like the sound signature and the UI, so I sold it.
Still keep the ol' J3 because of the amazing battery life though
Recently got a second-hand AK100 in a good condition from a colleague for only ~$350 (dirt cheap considering the MSRP in my country)
Really love it and have no concern regarding the 22 Ohm impedance many complained about, as I don't/couldn't perceive distortion from my Vsonic GR07.
Still use the J3 for casual listening though.
SQ wise, the iBasso DX50 were great. BUT I DO NOT tolerate horrible software experiences, so this one's a no-no.
For overall experience, the new Walkman F880 were great, but again, I don't like its sound signature. (Actually just tried it today)
All in all, considering what you got for the price, you won't regret buying the X3 for a great SQ and functionality with a totally okay UI. (only if you like it, of course)
And as always, you could wait/wish for the J3 successor from Cowon. ;P
Can someone tell me how much of a difference the treble/bass make on the X3? I've searched high and low and just found "it works." As a comparison, if you know the Philips Golden Ears challenge(good fun), is the effect on the bass test equal, greater difference, or less effect that the X3 itself?
I ask as I like to colour certain headphones, and can't really afford to buy and not like the X3.
Based on the Golden Ears test with my FIscher FA003's, I would only tweak it +6db bass with certain music. The +12 is grossly bloated thick disgusting bass, to me. I fear that I'll buy the X3 and it won't really adjust as much as I desire!
As an aside, can anyone answer why I find my Cowon S9 on everything flat, I hate it, but find the Golden Ears original version songs very nice, only needing slight eqing, where my Cowon needs massive changes from completely neutral. So confusing!
How does the battery life of J3 compare with X3?
I see J3 is $190 on Ebay but it says it has minor scratches.
What about Cowon Z2 for $250? How does that compare with J3? And Cowon D3 also. I once bought a Cowon D3 through Amazon but I thought the sound was worse than my iPhone 5, so I returned it.
I came from an S9, and it's the win to the X3 in a landslide. Not close. I use Beyer DT990 Pro cans, they mate really well. So much better on all levels, except battery, which to me, is not a big deal. I listen for an hour each night, and charge once per week.