I've got the X5 now,it's definitely a step down from the 801 . but it's early days
The studio V cannot compare to an ak120, much less a hm901 and i'm guessing hm802, will be trying this on Friday, as well. Very far in fact.
Going from members opinions I trust who both own Studio V and AK120 (or have at the same time), Studio V 3rd Anv cannot better AK120. When you take their price points into consideration so it shouldn't or something would be wrong. Players like X3, DX50, AK100, the Studio can eat up for breakfast, especially the earlier two.
I own x2 Studio V's, while I think they're great players, the battery life is amazing, they're not without a few small issues. The UI (which doesn't bother me) is quite simple, they can hiss with low impedance IEM which make or break a listening experience and your feeling of "owning a complete set up" I find the hiss detracts from this. Also, after many months of use the navigation buttons have begin sinking into the casing losing their spring on one of my units, as you understand those navigation buttons get a real work out due to the cumbersome UI.
Good points: Studio units sound incredibly clear, detailed and have some of the best instrument separation I have heard, but again this depends on your synergy. I have paired IEM with Studio that sound very average or hearing low end roll-off to some extend effecting sub-bass regoins. The Studio's are kind of a freak occurrence in the way they can sound absolutely amazing they hold a real specific timbre or house sound that's rather addictive. but I find it's more so a matter of the correct synergy, possibly more so than many other players I've tried.
Completely agree, instrument separation on the Studios (and Rocco BA) for that matter I haven't heard any better than Hisound, this makes life hard trying other players because this area to me is of huge importance, I have a new standard for it. For example: DX50 to my ears had higher resolution than Studio V (not more detail) however instrument separation on DX50 was poor in comparison, rather poor actually. That was a deal breaker for me on the iBasso, I sold it shortly after. And when I demo X5 soon in coming days I will be listening for the same thing...
I believe X5's being sent tomorrow and may possibly be with me by late this week if not early next week. I mean.....of course I will settle for a little lesser instrument separation, but this area must hold decent posture, mid range samples must not start smearing and going sloppy, I will also be testing for tonality and detail extension with some particular vocal tracks I know very well. If the X5 is worthy I will purchase one. :)
That... is good to hear! I was scared I was going to have to sell my hm801 if the X5 was as good as they where saying!
Yea I'm on that list as well...