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post #1186 of 1895
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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post
 

 

Hisound players house sound is like doing surgery. If you want to listen to every nuance it will reward you. Not everyone is that into that kinda listening though ;)...

Doing surgery?

post #1187 of 1895

How detailed their players are. It dissects the music.

post #1188 of 1895
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How detailed their players are. It dissects the music.

Ok, lol :D

 

Next time I try one I'll listen to it properly for those details. 

post #1189 of 1895

Listening at high volumes would be a no no on them. There is no need. Listen at low or lower volumes and it will reward you. Also having the right IEMs to pair with it is essential or you won't experience how really good their players are (then again that could be said for a lot of gear ;).

post #1190 of 1895
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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post

Listening at high volumes would be a no no on them. There is no need. Listen at low or lower volumes and it will reward you. Also having the right IEMs to pair with it is essential or you won't experience how really good their players are (then again that could be said for a lot of gear wink.gif.

I think if you're needing to use high volumes on a Studio unit probably a good sign your synergy is incorrect.
post #1191 of 1895
H2OFidelity, I'm looking forward to your impressions on X5, in particular comparison between X5 and Studio V 3rd ANW.
post #1192 of 1895
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Originally Posted by Krismarzyk View Post

H2OFidelity, I'm looking forward to your impressions on X5, in particular comparison between X5 and Studio V 3rd ANW.

I'm quite looking forward to it myself. Shouldn't be to much longer.
post #1193 of 1895
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Originally Posted by H20Fidelity View Post
 


This will be interesting. I have both Studio V and 3rd Anv. X5 coming soon. The areas X5 will need to keep up with both Studio units for me is instrument separation. This is an area I have not heard any other DAP do better than Hisound, if it falls short it becomes rather obvious to me when samples start smearing, usually mostly found in busy passages or choruses of a song when many instruments break out at the same time. One reason I sent DX50 to the never lands was due to weak separation.

 

I just wish the Studio would play high res' music, I should have my X5 on Tuesday (ish), shame my 801 is 

not working, but I will compare and post about Studio-V,3rd, and 601, on their own 

and with Graham Slee Voyager and/or Epiphany O2

 

I am hoping the X5 is clearly better, and would love a single box, high res' player

that is good enough to not need an amp (like the 801) 

post #1194 of 1895

" Probably through the LO though with the T1 amp you'd be cherry. :cool: "

 Got it, my life with the X5 and T1 would be "a bowl of cherries!!" LOL!! :beerchug: 

 

  From my understanding so far, the Studio V  is "brighter" and at times slightly harsh with certain recording/IEMs at loud levels.  The  3rd anniv is much warmer, doesn't border on that bright/harsh line at loud volumes, but as mentioned, both players excel at low volumes.   But both players set the standard for battery life which is quite incredible.   It is so small and portable and built like a tank.   And I agree with Lee and H20 that it also sets a SQ standard, particularly in detail, separation and clarity.   Yet I still love running my T1 thru the headphone out jack on the V and 3rd anniv because there is no true lineout.   My ulitimate would be a V or 3rd anniv  with the T1 amp built in,     

post #1195 of 1895
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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post
 

 

Hisound players house sound is like doing surgery. If you want to listen to every nuance it will reward you. Not everyone is that into that kinda listening though ;)...

The way mine is now, it's got plenty of fill without losing info or space. Not overtly delineated. I'll have the x5 in a week. I'll compare with some 24/48 wav and then step it up to 96 and 192 on the X5. 

post #1196 of 1895
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Originally Posted by goodvibes View Post

 

What type of files are you guys hearing this with? My understanding from the x3 reviews is that the compressed format codecs are weaker than than the lossless ones and something Fiio is working on.

 

Hi, goodvibes -

 

I've used dBpoweramp to transfer the content of my CDs directly to FLAC (compression level 8). I'll be sure to try a few .wav files.

 

Regards,

Brian


Edited by bcarr112281 - 2/15/14 at 8:34pm
post #1197 of 1895

I listened to the tour unit miceblue has last night and I pretty much agree with his opinions. Comparing the X5 to my iPod classic 6g line out with the GR07 BE (which is affected very little by different output impedances) the bass sounded thumpier on the X5, the midrange was thicker, and the treble was softer to my ears. 

post #1198 of 1895

And you prefer the X5?

post #1199 of 1895
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Originally Posted by cattlethief View Post
 

And you prefer the X5?

For listening on the go, sure. I prefer a bit more bass, but I really don't like the soft rolled off treble. It's not rolled off that much so the GR07 BE still sounds pretty sibilant.

 

I don't think I'd ever buy one though because the UI and button layout are much less intuitive than the iPod, IMO. And the lack of playlist support kills it for me, since I have all my music organized by playlist.

post #1200 of 1895
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Originally Posted by miceblue View Post

Well before the M-100, I wanted to give this a quick try before I have to ship it to the next person in the tour:




The X5 definitely has a warm sound next to the JDS Labs C5D or ODAC/O2 combo: the Alpha Dog sounds a bit bassier and less coherent with the X5, but the bass is more fun to listen to. The soundstage as a whole is pretty intimate next to the other two as well, but it has good instrument separation.

Not bad so far: warm and smooth highs, which is what I was expecting from a FiiO product. I didn't really read any of the reviews posted so far to avoid spoiling the experience. XD

In this post you are describing it as being warm and in another you describe it a strident and constrained which is it?

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