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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. H20Fidelity Contributor

    I have both Studio's, 2nd Edition and 3rd Anv, (x2 units). Considering you own the 3rd my impressions were based on that model.
  2. soundbear
  3. bcarr112281
    It's no problem, Joe! [​IMG] And my thanks again to you and James for letting me be part of the tour--it was a blast! [​IMG]
    I'll be sending you a draft of my review in the coming days.
    Best regards,
  4. Barra
    For anyone that is interested, my X5 review is now up:
    My focus was on sound quality vs. my other DAPs and various headphone and amp pairings. I even added some numbers for perspective.
  5. Negakinu
    My Fiio X5 is off to a new reviewer soon. I'm going to miss her! We had a special chemistry going on... :wink:
  6. Sauntere
    Excellent review, I really appreciate the trouble you went to regarding the different pairings and the sound ranking with your other gear.
    It's clear you put a lot of effort into this.
  7. Barra
    Thanks sauntere, I probably wouldn't have gone to the trouble if it didn't sound so good. [​IMG]
  8. mottykytu

    Been waiting for a true comparation between X5 and DX 50 for so longggggg
  9. YtseJamer
  10. Barra
    I really thought that I had a great setup with the DX50/BH2 stack until I heard what the X5 could do. I guess I am switching teams. [​IMG]
    No problem, when it sounds as good as it does, the review is fun to do.
  11. Barra
    Just added the Fostex TH900 pairing to my X5 review:
  12. Retrias
    X5 can drive the TH900 properly? thats a pretty powerfull amp right there , I wonder what the X7 can actually do
  13. Joe Bloggs Contributor
    Update plans for the X5 :)
  14. reihead
  15. goodvibes
    So I got it today and I can hear what miceblue is referring to. There is bit of a lower treble prominence along with the somewhat heavy lower registers. The upper range does give the impression of detail but I don't hear anything new here. I think it's a good and competitive unit for the money but not the world beater others do. Tried it with AKG K701s, Grado PS500s. JH13s and a couple other IEMs. It worked better with some than others and never any trouble driving any of them or ever sounded bad but it's sig is a bit too noticeable for me and reasonably consistent throughout the phones. It's better with FLAC and wave than compressed formats relative to other players. This one had the FW update so maybe that has something to do with it. I think it's slightly better in hi gain and a hair more transparent with the gapless turned off.  That's not a negative as it's very subtle and been the case with lots of devices clear enough to notice on. 
    This is only after about 15 min of use and unfortunately my situation won't allow me to do a proper review at this time. The building my business is in was sold and We've been notified that we can't stay. Finding a new space will occupy all my free time for a few weeks. I personally prefer the sound of my HiSounds overall though the X5 is better in the low bass and does HiDef. I also thought the AK120 I had better than either with the hm901 tops I've heard so far. The last 2 are close enough that the bulk and build of the 901 made it a non starter for me. 
    Take this all with a grain of salt since I can't give it a true shake down and never heard it with it's original FW that most impressions came from.
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