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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

    Give it a chance mate, especially if you're coming from the upper mid range boost on 3rd Anv. Give it a good hour or two to adjust. I don't think 15 minutes is enough time to adjust from the Hisound unit because they rather different. Listen for the resolution and staging differences to Studio V.
  2. goodvibes
    I haven't been listening to portables much lately and only did the compare after initial impression. Honestly, I can get a decent impression in a very short time but granted, more is better. I do sound for a living. I also don't have a DAP reference point with the over ears as I've never use them for portable. My reference points are a lot of VG home kit like Naim, Quads and Dynaudio Confidence with recordings I heard being mastered. I've had various Stax models over the years as well. I may be mistaken in my views as admittedly, I don't have time to try to make it work better for me but that's my take. In fairness, I wont do a full review for the reasons you mentioned and my lack of time at the moment. It's going to hogger129 today. I think it's a fine unit but not special for me. Could just be the new FW. There's certainly some capability here.
  3. CosmicHolyGhost
    so you bought the X5 but not going to listen to it? dont understand...
  4. H20Fidelity Contributor

    Ok. [​IMG]

    For me on first listen X5 sounded completely different to at least the Studio's signature, I thought similar to yourself. To be fair it sounded a little warm or relaxed and something was missing in the upper regions, still happens when I switch between them however as I'm learning X5's signature that adjustment period is less than 5 minutes now, it reminds me adapting to a different IEM tonality, where the veil lifts in a short period of time. Although I need to make sure people understand it's because the Studio leans cooler than X5 not because X5 is warm.

    Unlike others I do hear a slight bass emphasis on X5 or it could be just a tighter well powered low end pushing through from the IEM's as has been suggested. For me the main differences between the Studio are refinement, resolution and much blacker background. Though as I've said in the other thread, I like them both for different reasons and they can live side by side.  
  5. goodvibes
    I immediately liked the AK120 and HM901 better than my studio. I don't think anything is missing in the upper regions of the X5. Like I said, similar to miceblue, I found the lower treble a bit prominent along with the extra weight in the bottom. His comment about both warm and bright had me baffled at the time but now I have an understanding. And that said, at the end of the day, it's not so much about imaging, tonality or even the last bit of detail for me, though I really do like HiRes. More if it can get out of the way and let me hear the intent of the performance.The rest doesn't matter if it's not better at that but it has to do a bit right to accomplish that so the other bits generally come along for the ride. I think the unit has it in it but could use some more voicing. Could be the new FW for all I know. It's still a work in progress so any comment should be taken as both, only one opinion and the understanding that things will likely still be changing.
  6. H20Fidelity Contributor

    Fair enough mate. :)
  7. goodvibes
    I'm on the tour and have given a quick listen. Will forward to the next tour member that has time to do it justice. As I said, take my impressions with a grain of salt but they are my impressions. I could sit on it for a bit and get to doing a proper review in a couple of weeks but don't think it's fair to Fiio or the next tour member. Impressions tend too be critical so don't read to much into mine. It's just one of very few less than stellar takes. 
  8. newdm
    Has anyone compared the sound quality of the X5 to the O2 with ODAC?
    I consider to buy the O2/ODAC for my Triple Fi 10, TDK IE800 and Philips X1.
    All of them are quite efficient and don't need much power.
    Since the price of the X5 is not too far away from a O2 with ODAC, it might be an alternative with the advantage of portable usability?
  9. bowei006 Contributor
    No ODAC, but I have O2. None of your headphones though

    Whats your question on specifics?

    Ask and you shall receive
  10. newdm
    Well, the amping power is not so important for me, all of my phones are efficient.
    However, an output with < 1 Ohm should be useful for my the TF10 and other multi-ba iems.
    X5 and O2/ODAC definitely provide this.
    But is there a considerable difference in factors like soundstage and resolution?
    If not, I would go for the X5, since it is similar priced and also portable.
  11. bowei006 Contributor
    Resolution yes, soundstage, only a bit.
    Most of the difference is in detail, clarity, and transparency. All of where the O2 excels past the X5, if we are talking about it from a neutral scale. 
  12. newdm
    That's not the answer I wanted to hear...*g*
    (I hoped for a minor difference in terms of sq, to go with the X5)
    The O2 seems to be a great device, but the X5 is also very temping for it's sound quality combined with portability and a affordable price.
    Well, it will be a hard choice, thanks for your impressions, bowei006.
  13. bowei006 Contributor
    They weren't 'full' impressions but here:
    To read the full C4 review:
    The C4 and O2+CS4398DAC sound very similar. Once you get up in the leagues, stuff starts sounding very similar (yet still different in a minute sense).
    Since we are only talking $300 X5 range here. I'll just post my C4 vs X5 comprisons.
    The full O2 vs X5 one will be up with my formal review as I use the O2 as my bench for these units.
  14. newdm
    Thank you, the comparison with the C4 is very helpful. I will read it attentively
    Yes, I tend to be little sceptical, when it comes to sound difference with pricey gear.
    To be honest, with the Beyer T1, I didn't hear a huge sound difference between a DacMagic and a DVD-Player for under 80 bucks.
    Thats why I considered the X5, DX90 and O2 as a decent entrance solution for me.
  15. Negakinu
    I've got an O2/ODAC setup and will compare it to the X5 in my review. :) There's still a little time to cram that bit in there I think. Didn't even think of comparing them... 
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