Originally Posted by WayTooCrazy
I'm reading through these threads like...
Me as well actually
i'm just having fun
Originally Posted by Mars Explorer
You just admitted your headphones are warm. I rest my case.
The astellkern AK70 is definitely smooth and warm, and the Opus #1 is warm, the X5 III is neutral.
I have songs that have sharp brittle cold tones in the top end, and on X5 III they sound as cold and sharp and brittle as they've ever been.
I'll say it again, and I stand by it... the X5 III is cold and neutral, and displays all rough&sharp textures in the music without softening them, therefore it is not smooth, and most certainly isn't warm.
Well, 99C is clearly warm and smooth by default, but the textures are vivid, details are incredible, and the dynamics are very good. But they are both warm and smooth.
I do add some treble to them, around 18 - 21 dB of treble at times to give myself a kick of treble
I still enjoy them in their native sound a lot, sometimes I just need a kick to get me going and I'm one to love cold and sharp top ends. I think that AK70 might be even smoother and warmer than X5-3, but that doesn't make X5-3 neutral or warm, and the top end is the smoothest there is.
If you're talking about texture quality, X5-3 is a heaven. This is something to really love about it, how clear the textures are. If you dislike the textures of some songs, better find better songs, a DAP should resolve the textures as good as it can, and FiiO did a great job here. The textures are awesome, no matter how you look at it.
For the record, my EQ curve for 99C
Edited by Dobrescu George - 4/21/17 at 9:51am