i already posted in the other xs thread but
figured id post here if it helps anyone . i tried my xs on the my commute today (two different types of subways the new and the old trains) in toronto if any torontonians here you know what i mean
on the old trains the everything was louder the wheels screeching the sound of the train moving (oddly there was not one talking or babies crying or anything else
on this trip i normally set my volume at 6 on my fiio e6 amp ( at home listening), i had to set it 10, and even then the wheels screeching and the subway moving sound was coming through
i had to use the eq3 (bass and treble booster) to mitigate the background noise as much as possible because i just didn't want to turn up the volume any more (and wreck my hearing), with no eq the subbass all but disappeared the treble already a bit soft on the top end got cancelled out
so i was basically listening to midbass and vocals (abeit the vocals retained their beautiful lushness) its not the same
it made the bass a a bit too thick for my liking with the overly forward lower treble but anyways.
i felt if your transit system is old fashion, the xs wouldn't be enough to get you through your commute (for example new york transit, id say the xs won't help you much)
however once i transferred out of the old trains to the new ones (everything was quieter, the wheels bumpping and screeching, train moving all quieter)
i was able to lower down to about 7-8 without using any eq (not needed) and most of it came through pretty well (i forget these are on ears, its hard cause i'm use to using iems for so long, especially for commuting)
the subbbass came back (well most of it) the midbass was still punchy as before (still feeling the rhythm without turning up), mids were the same (beautiful) the softer treble was coming through much better than before
and again on this trip on the new trains, no conversations going on around me, no babies crying)
actually in the end there was a couple talking next to me (I heard everything!) the announcements on the overhead for each stop was heard pretty clearly ( if i was perfectly immersed into my music, i probably won't notice. I had to concentrate a bit to hear what stop it was)
so if your transit system in this case is on the quieter end it should be okay!
also i tried these while walking around the busy downtown core of toronto from class to class and from school to school (had to go to a different school for a class, 20 min walk)! same at volume 7 on my fiio e6 no problem! it came through better > on the new subway carts! these xs i feel they thrive in the urban environment! i actually feel they sound better walking around in the streets > at home tbh (it made the warm sound signature more neutral) so the bass became more linear to me
most of the songs i listened to was pop music
i tried some acoustic music and ballads (aside from walking around downtown, the xs didn't isolate enough to really enjoy listening to them, i guess on the new subway carts, i could give them okay recommendation, just okay though)
hope that helps anyone looking at the xs, no one really posted on its isolation yet
oh btw after my commute and my walk (which was about 2 -2.5 hours or so my ears still feel okay! so for comfort especially as an on ear headphone they get a very solid recommendation!