I thought it would be better to perform a VS. Why, as the universal law says: “Concepts are meaningful with their opposites” (or something like that)
And my result proves me a right. While X2 is..er..wolf X3 is some dairy animal 🙂
Let’s go into details
Used a +200 hours listened Hifiman He-400s with its stock cable.
Savant – Face Off https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOTXPmXkh_M
The Fat Cats – The Ballad of Julio Gonzales https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcEIDMgPYDU
Nightwish – Over the Hills and Far Away https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8gXzDLNWl8
Le Trio Joubran – Nawwar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVFJ8FpBTNQ
X2’s clarity is better. It must be something with its upper mids level. X3 is clearly behind in that department. Listening Savant Ninür alone made this clear.
Basswise neither of two combatant are strong but while x3 posses a slightly deeper bass X2 is clearly a winner even with Nightwish. Vocals are one step closer to you in X2. In terms of soundstage width X3 has a slight advantage over X2. Lastly when it comes to natural instruments X3 wins the medal 🙂
x2: king of PRAT!, sharp, better at metallic blown instruments. Obviously better at multiplying fun factor of especially electronic music, rnb, hiphop etc. And stage is closer while listening it. + an EQ
x3: king of features! and natural instruments. it can play dsd/64, 24 bit, .cue files, it has DAC filter, gain selection, line out, 2 microsd slots. – an EQ
I can’t say I hated X3. It’s their first attempt at entering Hi-Fi realm. Anyway both are much better than a Clip regarding SQ. But hoped (naturally) it to be much better than X2. If only I had burned X3 like 100 hours to let its SQ settle.