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FiiO X5 preview world tour--tour members, claim your souvenir for the X5 tour! p.123

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by joe bloggs, Dec 20, 2013.
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  1. miceblue
    Hahaha. Of all the things to ask, you ask about the iPod's wheel. XD

    Yes, there's a plastic cover over it and yes there are air bubbles under it. The plastic cover tends to stick to the wheel, which is what those darker areas are.
  2. PsiCore
    Damn, @miceblue, now I'm confused :/
    I was ready to order the X5, but the sound description got me worried a lot as I'm pretty sensitive to harsh upper range.
    Well, I guess my prehistoric H320 is still the best player for me...
  3. goodvibes
    Umm, he used multiple ear/headphones. There's plenty of VG reviews here and no one complained that they only used 'compatible' phones. Seems that this only happens when one would prefer a different outcome. Take his review and my similar comments (with a completely different set of phones) regarding that slight hardness and added warmth with a grain of salt. Try one for yourself when you can. It's certainly worth a listen.
  4. miceblue
    I think the original poster meant that I wrote in an artsy way, not necessarily beautiful handwriting in a literal sense.

    I did read the posts that were deleted. XD
    I wrote my review in a way that pointed out both objective things and my own personal experiences with the unit. I could have left out the calligraphy-like writing and listed only facts (my usual reviews are more straightforward), but I felt that it didn't reflect my frustrations or personal experiences.

    While I do think there is a lot of hype behind the X5, I had absolutely no intentions to write my review in a way to "rebel" against the hype, if you will. I was just posting my honest experiences even though I'm sure some, or perhaps many, people may not agree with what I experienced.

    Now instead of starting a flame war, or play the pointing game, maybe it would be better if people can suggest ways to improve both my, and others', reviews.

    Negative feedback is good feedback.
  5. DMinor
    Nice write-up tho the X5 seems not your cup of tea. I wish James/Joe would let me have a listen only if a formal review is not required (but I promise to give honest opinions).
    Yeah that ipod click wheel looks distorted due to the air bubbles. Off topic and FYI, you can now upgrade your ipod video to a 480GB mSATA SSD drive using a Rockbox firmware patch provided by @beyondwind, if you care about the big storage. The Apple's OF won't work due to heat issue and UI instability.
    Now should I delete this post in 5 minutes? [​IMG] 
  6. henwell
    I really would not base my purchase decision on one review, there are multiple other reviews that say the X5 has wonderful sound quality. I would give it a listen yourself with your cans and see if it is right for you.
  7. bcarr112281
    And mine, too. My experiences were similar to yours and to those of miceblue. I didn't find the X5 particularly fatiguing--certainly not compared to my Clip+--but I found it generally lacking in fidelity.
    I hope to post my review soon.
  8. newdm
    Sorry for my late response, it's carneval here in Cologne, thats too much alcohol in the last days [​IMG]
    Also thanks for your impressions, with the performance of the O2 I can't go wrong, so I will buy it as my home rig.
    But will also keep an eye on the X5 and DX90.
    I'm looking forward to it...[​IMG]
  9. H20Fidelity Contributor
    My review is now live.


    I hope others enjoy X5 as much as we are on release.
  10. M-13

    Epic review man! One of the best for the X5 I've read so far. Good work! [​IMG]
  11. H20Fidelity Contributor

    Thank you. :) 
  12. doublea71
    I'm going to keep mine brief - I don't see the point in writing another extensive review - I think you and Barra have covered pretty much all the bases with the X5. 
  13. H20Fidelity Contributor

    I find long winded reviews tend to bore readers in most cases, there's a high possibility they'll stop reading. Often if someones  been researching a product already they scroll straight to the sound section anyway of further reviews. I try to create a balance so readers can focus on what's most important without losing their attention. Many mainstream reviews don't go in-depth about sound characteristics, (especially DAPs) so I tried to focus there. I actually found the sound descriptions easier than the UI, design and features. I think, just do what you like doing, make the review express a part of you, not come out like some factory programmed robot. 
  14. goodvibes
    Well done.
  15. Mimouille
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