iBasso IT01X vs iBasso IT01S
The IT01X has more sub-bass quantity than the IT01S and it boasts greater extension. The sub-bass reproduction on the IT01X provides extra rumble. The mid-bass on the IT01X has more body than the IT01S and the slam is delivered with additional fullness. The bass decay on the IT01S is quicker due to reduced weight. The bass texture on the IT01X is rendered more smoothly. Each bass note on the IT01X is articulated with a robust hit. The midrange on the IT01X has a touch more warmth than the IT01S. The IT01S has higher transparency level than the IT01X. The lower midrange on the IT01X has more quantity and male vocals are presented with a thicker expression. The upper midrange on the IT01S has greater emphasis and the forwardness provides an intimate female vocals display. The IT01X has a smooth and controlled midrange. For the treble, the IT01X has a little more extension. There is no sibilance and harshness. The amount of air rendered on both is quite similar. The presentation on both is controlled which contributes to a fatigue-free listen. The IT01X presents a touch more sparkle at the top end for extra energy. Lastly, for the soundstage, the IT01S expands more naturally with greater width magnitude. The IT01X has better depth.
iBasso IT01X vs Moondrop Starfield
The IT01X has greater sub-bass quantity than the Starfield and the sub-bass reproduction is able to provide a more impactful rumble. The bass decay on the IT01X is slightly quicker and there is a nimble expression. The bass texture on the IT01X is rendered in a smoother manner. The mid-bass on the IT01X is presented with more body and the slam is delivered with extra punch. Each bass note on the IT01X is articulated with a higher level of authority. The midrange on the IT01X has higher transparency level than the Starfield and there is better details retrieval. Vocals on the IT01X are clear and captivating. The lower midrange on the Starfield has a touch more body than the IT01X but the IT01X presents male vocals with improved clarity. The upper midrange on the Starfield has greater emphasis but there is a more engaging female vocals showing on the IT01X. The IT01X has a midrange with higher level of finesse. For the treble, the IT01X has greater extension and more precise articulation . The IT01X presents more sparkle and there is an airier feeling. The IT01X has an open top end and it has a better balance. The treble expression on the IT01X is detailed and engaging. Lastly, in terms of soundstage, the IT01X has a more natural expansion. The width magnitude on the IT01X is greater and the depth on the IT01X is less closed in.