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post #1486 of 1895
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Has anyone compared the sound quality of the X5 to the O2 with ODAC?

I consider to buy the O2/ODAC for my Triple Fi 10, TDK IE800 and Philips X1.
All of them are quite efficient and don't need much power.

Since the price of the X5 is not too far away from a O2 with ODAC, it might be an alternative with the advantage of portable usability?
I have the ODAC/O2 and I did a comparison with the X5. For portable use, yeah the X5 would be better, but the ODAC/O2 sound way more transparent to me. The X5 sounds coloured in a direct comparison: more bass, slight treble roll-off, funky upper-midrange/lower treble thingamabob, narrow soundstage.


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I haven't been listening to portables much lately and only did the compare after initial impression. Honestly, I can get a decent impression in a very short time but granted, more is better. I do sound for a living. I also don't have a DAP reference point with the over ears as I've never use them for portable. My reference points are a lot of VG home kit like Naim, Quads and Dynaudio Confidence with recordings I heard being mastered. I've had various Stax models over the years as well. I may be mistaken in my views as admittedly, I don't have time to try to make it work better for me but that's my take. In fairness, I wont do a full review for the reasons you mentioned and my lack of time at the moment. It's going to hogger129 today. I think it's a fine unit but just not special for me. Could just be the new FW. There's certainly some capability here.
Ok. smile.gif


For me on first listen X5 sounded completely different to at least the Studio's signature, I thought similar to yourself. To be fair it sounded a little warm or relaxed and something was missing in the upper regions, still happens when I switch between them however as I'm learning X5's signature that adjustment period is less than 5 minutes now, it reminds me adapting to a different IEM tonality, where the veil lifts in a short period of time. Although I need to make sure people understand it's because the Studio leans cooler than X5 not because X5 is warm.


Unlike others I do hear a slight bass emphasis on X5 or it could be just a tighter well powered low end pushing through from the IEM's as has been suggested. For me the main differences between the Studio are refinement, resolution and much blacker background. Though as I've said in the other thread, I like them both for different reasons and they can live side by side.  
I hear a bass emphasis too. The X5's DAC portion adds some warmth compared to all the other DACs I have at hand.
post #1487 of 1895
Well I guess it takes trained ears to hear some of the nuances you hear goodvibes, because I could not detect a hair of difference between gapless on and off in terms of transparency. I do find the 901 tad more refined, but not impressed by the AK120.
post #1488 of 1895
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This one [the X5] had the FW update so maybe that has something to do with it.

 

I could be mistaken, but I'm reasonably certain the sound signatures of 1.0 and 1.1 are identical.

post #1489 of 1895

Could be. I only heard 1.1. It's on it's way to the next guy.

post #1490 of 1895
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Well I guess it takes trained ears to hear some of the nuances you hear goodvibes, because I could not detect a hair of difference between gapless on and off in terms of transparency. I do find the 901 tad more refined, but not impressed by the AK120.

 The gapless is very subtle and better than most. When it comes to preference, to each his own.:smile:


Edited by goodvibes - 3/1/14 at 12:32am
post #1491 of 1895

OK, now album after artist as you guys need. X5 will supports this feature when it is global launch. 

 

post #1492 of 1895

Great news, James! Thanks for that!

 

I can't read schiit of what's written there, but I believe in you. :D

post #1493 of 1895
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Great news, James! Thanks for that!

 

I can't read schiit of what's written there, but I believe in you. :D

 

I believe there are quite a lots of member in here can read and write Chinese, and the artist ( 周杰伦 Jay Chou ) is the famous star singer in China, Hong Kong and Taiwang.

post #1494 of 1895

That wheel's so sexyyy  :eek: :eek: :eek:
James Can u give me a price and will it come together with X5 at the end of March 

post #1495 of 1895
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OK, now album after artist as you guys need. X5 will supports this feature when it is global launch. 

Thumbs up! Thanks

post #1496 of 1895
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Originally Posted by JamesFiiO View Post
 

OK, now album after artist as you guys need. X5 will supports this feature when it is global launch. 

 

 

Fantastic! This will make library browsing so much better. I keep using the X5's file browser now. 

post #1497 of 1895
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OK, now album after artist as you guys need. X5 will supports this feature when it is global launch. 

 


Thank you for listening to our feedback.  This was the one thing keeping me from making the X5 my next DAP.  I now will buy a X5 as soon as it is released in the United States.

post #1498 of 1895
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Originally Posted by JamesFiiO View Post
 

OK, now album after artist as you guys need. X5 will supports this feature when it is global launch. 

 

That's a great idea, offer custom scroll wheel decals! :L3000:  Make them textured too which will help when using the wheel.

 

Cheers!:beerchug:

-HK sends 

post #1499 of 1895
Speaking of Jay Chou, his 2007 live concert tour album froze on me.




Good song though.

post #1500 of 1895

Am testing the X5 now; current impression is great sound but the UI needs more work >_<

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