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post #1216 of 1895
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Originally Posted by Joe Bloggs View Post

What with the resets and firmware updates miceblue and bcarr have put their units through I'm not placing my bets on this one, but I've been asked to remind previewers that there is an equalizer on the X5 and to set it to "Normal" if intending to compare to other players without EQ.

If you know me, you know I'd say have a ball with the EQ, but know and remember what you have done to it...

I verified that the EQ was set to "normal" or whatever the setting is where all the bars are flat while I was doing my listening. ;)

post #1217 of 1895
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Originally Posted by Sauntere View Post
 

Perhaps it's due to the fact that the X5 is delivering something different. Not worse. It comes down to what your reference is.  I find i devices to be flat and lifeless, boring as all get out whilst others swear by them. Like i said... reference point.. 

 

and also don't forget to mention YMMV.  :beerchug: 


Edited by DMinor - 2/15/14 at 10:16pm
post #1218 of 1895

The SE Asia unit arrived this morning intact from Hong Kong. 

 

I've used it a little bit (w/UM Miracle and VSonic GR07 MKI), but I'm not ready to make a final judgment on its sound. However, as far as first impressions go, my thought is that it isn't substantially better than my J3. I swapped out the microSD card from the J3 and listened to the exact same files that I've heard a hundred times. I haven't yet pinned down exactly how they differ in head-fi-speak, but no part of me said "I have to have this!" It was a bit of a bummer because I like Fiio and really want something that smokes the J3 in the sound department. I will say that soundstage is noticeably better, but nothing else stood out at me and left me gobsmacked. These are very early impressions....

 

I'm going to load it up with some high-res files/vinyl rips later and get to know it better. Sometimes things have a way of creeping up on you, sort of like a new set of headphones that your ears just aren't used to yet, so I may yet change my tune. I will send it off to the next person on Friday - I think that will be enough time for me, especially in light of the delay we had due to the lunar new year holiday - this leg of the tour is way behind.

 

I will say that I found the UI to be very easy to use - I had no trouble figuring out how to quickly navigate around the player and get it to do what I wanted. I'm not a playlist junky, so I didn't try to create any and it's just not important to me. I may try seeing what can be done later on, but if you're the type to listen to full albums, I'm confident this UI will be more than sufficient. However, the scroll wheel takes some getting used to. It is very sensitive, but I think it's one of those things that becomes second nature over time even though it may be a bit annoying at first. The player did become a bit warm after just a short while, but nothing to be concerned about.

 

The X5 is built like a tank - you could use it as a weapon in a pinch - it's that sturdy and has enough weight to do some damage. I put it in my shirt pocket and yeah, it felt quite a bit heavier than what I'm used to, but I think I could deal with it - I'll give it a try on my way to work tomorrow, which is my personal litmus test for portability.

 

That's all I've got so far, people. I'll post a more thorough review after myself and the X5 have been cheek to jowl for a substantial amount of time.

post #1219 of 1895
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Originally Posted by doublea71 View Post

However, as far as first impressions go, my thought is that it isn't substantially better than my J3.

Have you considered the upcoming calyx m as an option?

post #1220 of 1895
I find it quite odd that first, there was a wave of people finding the X5 at the level of all the best players (my opinion and I stand by it. I have had several cowon players...not even the same category).

And now there is a second wave finding that is sounds almost worse than an IPC. Not really sure where that comes from, but it is quite interesting to watch.
post #1221 of 1895
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Originally Posted by Mimouille View Post

I find it quite odd that first, there was a wave of people finding the X5 at the level of all the best players (my opinion and I stand by it. I have had several cowon players...not even the same category).

And now there is a second wave finding that is sounds almost worse than an IPC. Not really sure where that comes from, but it is quite interesting to watch.

 

Yep.  Everything 'normal' at head-Fi :D

 

I stand by my review as well.  I'm pretty sure I'll be getting one when they are released.

post #1222 of 1895
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Originally Posted by Brooko View Post
 

 

Yep.  Everything 'normal' at head-Fi :D

 

I stand by my review as well.  I'm pretty sure I'll be getting one when they are released.

+1

 

This trend is fine though. Need differing opinions of course. Reviews are just that, reviews. 

 

The X5's only 'real' con for me on the build would be the inability to stabalize the scroll wheel and click wheel so it doesn't stabalize. 

post #1223 of 1895

You hear any sign of sibilance on your unit Bowei?  Of any of the frequency deviations MiceBlue and others are talking about?

post #1224 of 1895
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Originally Posted by bowei006 View Post
 

+1

 

This trend is fine though. Need differing opinions of course. Reviews are just that, reviews. 

 

The X5's only 'real' con for me on the build would be the inability to stabalize the scroll wheel and click wheel so it doesn't stabalize. 

It's not good for me, i'm confuse now :confused: 

post #1225 of 1895
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Originally Posted by bowei006 View Post

+1

This trend is fine though. Need differing opinions of course. Reviews are just that, reviews. 

The X5's only 'real' con for me on the build would be the inability to stabalize the scroll wheel and click wheel so it doesn't stabalize. 

Bowei can you please explain what you meant by your statement above. I just want to make sure I understand (wheel stabilization)?
Edited by musicheaven - 2/15/14 at 11:46pm
post #1226 of 1895
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Originally Posted by musicheaven View Post

Bowie can you please explain what you meant by your statement above. I just want to make sure I understand (wheel stabilization)?
Bowei just became David Bowie !
post #1227 of 1895
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Originally Posted by Brooko View Post
 

You hear any sign of sibilance on your unit Bowei?  Of any of the frequency deviations MiceBlue and others are talking about?


I also stand by my review. It's ok to have differing opinions though. Just a bit shocking is all :). I didn't hear the X5 as sibilant. It was like the opposite of that really for me. The only times I had issues with certain tracks is well, due to those certain tracks ;)...


Edited by lee730 - 2/15/14 at 11:48pm
post #1228 of 1895
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Originally Posted by Mimouille View Post


Bowei just became David Bowie !

post #1229 of 1895
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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post


I also stand by my review. It's ok to have differing opinions though. Just a bit shocking is all smily_headphones1.gif. I didn't hear the X5 as sibilant. It was like the opposite of that really for me. The only times I had issues with certain tracks is well, due to those certain tracks wink.gif...

 



Precisely Lee - sibilance to me is in the music. There can be headphones that are prone to it also. But a DAP? Even the HSA V3 Anniversary (which is a bit brighter than the X5) shows no sign of sibilance to me.

EDIT - at 46yo - it could be that my ears are shot though biggrin.gif
post #1230 of 1895
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Originally Posted by Mimouille View Post

Bowei just became David Bowie !

Yeah I reverse letters quite often you call this mild dyslexia. wink.gif
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