I don't find the O2 to sound cold (i.e. lacking in bass, tilted in treble) at all.
Edited by miceblue - 2/11/14 at 12:31am
The presentation is quite stretched from left to right and sounds quite narrow without much depth. But the amp was quite forward to my ears (or aggressive). IEMs that were more on the laid back side paired pretty well with it but even then I'd still get fatigued listening to this amp with the IE80s. Goes to show how aggressive it really was.
Exactly why I spent more than a few months reading about the X3. After realizing the limitations, I asked myself if I can live with those "issues" and its limitations for the price and improved musical enjoyment. Nobody wrote that it's no better than the decent Sansa Clip+
To even rant about what's missing compared to a DAP that costs twice, if not three times more than the X5 to me is a bit off-centered. That's the impression I have after reading a write-up from another site that sells affordable and expensive DAPs. Judging by how the same author wrote his review of the X3, one is left wondering if he was more impressed by the X3 than the X5.
Sure the X5 has room for improvements as all DAPs have.
Exactly why a few months after March, if the SRP of $350 stays, multiplying this with my local currency, the improved X5 as a result of Fiio's response to the constructive criticisms, will then be my other portable player while its older sibling the X3 is recharging :)
waiting for result
okay, just finished with the stand alone section of my review and wanted to try it as a dac, but drivers didn't load automatically; it failed to do so actually. There a specific driver we need?
hahaha, well I wanted to make sure you get those ironed out and the player ready for release, we got to keep you busy fixing those bugs.