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Good if you want a "V-Shaped" Sound profile; less optimal if you lean to a mode neutral of mid-range oriented sound profile

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Pros: Plenty of bass on reserve

Cons: Perhaps too much of a good thing; bass and high end emphasis can be overpowering

This will be an extremely brief review.  I had these headphones for about 4 days.  The timing was not optimal for me; I was about to head out on vacation when these arrived.  The question was whether I should request an few days of extended listening or just send these alone to the next reviewer.  I opted for speeding the review process along.   Testing apparatus:  I used a FIIO X3 Gen II for most of the listening, and then a X3 Gen I to see what happened when I used hardware tone controls to tame the bass and treble.  I played rock and traditional jazz (Mingus, Miles Davis) on the units.   These headphones are great if you want  a...
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X5 Generation II: Flagship Updated. Top of the FIIO Line Until X7 ships

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Pros: Crisp clear sound, powerful amplification; 2 MicroSDXC slots; Improved Display

Cons: Some features unstable with beta firmware or beta hardware; "lively" sound implies non-linear frequency response

X5 Generation II review                 Introduction:   I was fortunate enough to be in the first wave of the review tour of the X5 Generation II hi fidelity, hi power personal audio playback device.  I did not receive any compensation from FIIO for providing a review other than the loan of the machine for 10 days, and I was responsible for shipping the unit to the next reviewer in line.   The design goal of the X5 was to provide a slightly livelier sound than the original X5, which had a flattish sound according to information provided by FIIO.    Most listeners will be very happy with the high...
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Sets a new standard for portable audio at $200 price point

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Pros: Great sound, Powerful Amp, Useful Features

Cons: Some owners of previous generation may not like UI Features and Other Feature Changes

The X3 2nd Generation is a worthy replacement for the original X3.  At a price point of roughly $200 U.S.; the X3 product line provides a wide range of product features along with a sound that provides a meaningful step up the portable players that most people use nowadays, their mobile phone.  The sound is somewhat more refined than the original X3, with less of the mid bass “bloom” or warmth that is the hallmark of the original X3.        Instrumental articulation is noticeably more crisp; but not to the point of being so analytical that the unit is difficult to use for extended periods of time.  In in fact I would argue that a highlight of the...
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Amazing sound for the price

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Pros: Works with iphones and ipads

Cons: Can't handle 192khz; requires camea connecting kits for use with Apple

I purchased this on Amazon from a vendor that had a combined listing for the older model and newer E07 Andes.  So I received the new model at the old model price and saved about $20.   So that was nice.   But even at $90 this unit is great.  I can use it for getting more volume from the Asus T100 when watching movies on a plane (that was my original reason for buying the machine).  But then I discovered that I can turn my current generation Apple toys until audiophile delivery systems.  Sweet.   I found that a number of apps like nPlayer and VLC will allow internal streaming over the home network of hi res material.  One can also...
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