Originally Posted by Joe Bloggs
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.
Oh, trust me, I've checked and rechecked the EQ. Yes, it's "Normal." :)
I'm inclined to that agree with miceblue that there may be a problem with the X5's amp section. Even on high gain I've had to turn up the volume to hear quieter passages comfortably; I must often set it to 94 or higher. It's not an adjustment I'm accustomed to with my stereo equipment, and I don't recall needing to do so with my Clip+, either. Keep in mind that my headphones, the Shure SRH840, are only 44 ohms.
Originally Posted by Sauntere
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..
I suspect the average iDevice user [read: non-headfier!] has little concept of good fidelity. Low bit-rate MP3s seem fine; what could possibly be missing? Yet I'd wager some Apple devotees would be astonished to hear their music reproduced on a truly high-quality system. (I am not necessarily suggesting they'd switch--convenience usually trumps excellence.)
I admire Fiio's ethos. James and his team strike me as a rare breed, and I've wanted to support them. I was optimistic that they had learned from any mistakes, and I was looking forward to hearing such an apparently high-end DAC as the PCM1792. My expectation was that the X5 would be a quality device, one that would output my tracks accurately, naturally, and engagingly. Based on early Head-Fi feedback, I took it for granted that the X5's audio would approach the quality of sound produced by my essentially entry-level audiophile component rig. (Heck, I thought the X5 might be better, since I've learned one can often hear more musical detail through headphones than loudspeakers.)
Instead, the X5's sound tends to remind me of an old, worn audio cassette tape. Not totally, to be sure, but it's my overall impression of many of the X5's sonic characteristics.
I dearly hope my unit is defective. . . .
Originally Posted by goodvibes
This may sound odd to you but try compression level 'O' on flac encoding.
I've loaded several of the same tracks as uncompressed .wav files, but the problems persist. Still, I appreciate your suggestion, and I'll try it if I get the chance.
Originally Posted by Andykong
. . . I only used 16/644.1 FLAC to achieve all these because our music library are 99% Red Book CD rips only, so if the different only make sense in 24/96, it is not relevant to our practical usage.
I'm with you: "high-res" isn't relevant to me, either.
Edited by bcarr112281 - 2/17/14 at 11:09pm