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iBasso DX90 Portable Digital Audio Player

Cannot get the device to read SD Card

RickFrank

Pros: None

Cons: No tech support, website seems non functional, cannot read SD card, cannot seem to play an individual track

I just received this device, along with a FiIO X5 to replace my now discontinued iPod classic.   At first I liked this device - smaller, lighter than the FiIO, although only 1 slot.   Shipped without any user guide, however.   I formatted my 128 G SD card and inserted it, connected it to my mac.   I used doubleTwist software (which I had successfully used with the...
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Swiss knife of music
Swiss knife of music

PCM-M10 Portable Digital Recorder

Pros: records and plays back, high sensitivity low-noise microphone pre-amp, fast and high resolution peak level display, separate mic and line input,

Cons: slow limiter, requires careful recording level adjustment, no FLAC playback

Hifiman HM-901 Video Unboxing and Review
Hifiman HM-901 Video Unboxing and Review

HiFiMAN HM-901

Pros: The sound coming out from this device is magical, modular approach with different amp cards

Cons: Buggy UI, Hardware scroll wheel not so responsive, Bulky and gets heated

...well it's not the X5...but...
...well it's not the X5...but...

FiiO X1 Ultraportable Hi-Res DAP

Pros: Great build, improved scrollwheel over X5, better interface than X5

Cons: Not as neutral as the X5, more forward sound signature

687 Results
FiiO X5 High-res Portable Music Player

FiiO X5 High-res Portable Music Player

“     Disclaimer:   This is not my personal DAP, as part of the X5 Preview tour, I only had the chance to evaluate the unit for 10 days to form my opinion. As a preview model, there may be material differences compared to the commercial version - especially in the firmware. The following review is based on my personal needs and tastes using equipment that I personally...” --Barra

100% Positive Reviews
Apple iPod classic 160 GB Silver (7th Generation) NEWEST MODEL

Apple iPod classic 160 GB Silver (7th Generation) NEWEST MODEL

“It's exactly what it says it is. I've tried some great looking, incredibly expensive DAPs - Honestly, in my opinion, a lot of them just add colouration, or EQ, or look pretty. Some of them do perform well, but fall short in many areas. If you just want your music files to be reproduced exactly as they were mastered, with a line-out to pipe your music into any amplification you might...” --White Lotus

100% Positive Reviews
COWON J3 32 GB Portable Media Player (Black)

COWON J3 32 GB Portable Media Player (Black)

“ I love having something no one else has, that’s how I live my life making my own path.  At least that’s how I feel when someone gawks at my J3.  Every third person on earth has an IPOD, nothing to talk about, no fun, typical, average,  yawn.  Now the J3 is a special player in every aspect.  When you pick up this shiny black glossy unit you expect a lead weight. ...” --ZIPUR

88% Positive Reviews
HiSoundAudio RoCoo P

HiSoundAudio RoCoo P

“What i really love about this player is its wide sound stage and sq. Every time i listen to it with my headphones or iem's, it blows me away.  I spent hours of listening to it everyday.   It can drive many iems or headphones because of its built in amp. it has lots of power.   The battery can last 8-10 hours of continuous playback.   The build quality is solid and it...” --arjane

100% Positive Reviews
Colorfly Pocket Hi-fi C4

Colorfly Pocket Hi-fi C4

“ First of all I just want to put a caveat on the User Interface notion. At the end of the day, we are striving for sound and we all do crazy things to get the best, gripes about it are meaningless and in reality just spoils any review and we have all been spoiled by the iPod's UI, but an iPod sounds like a lump of clay, so with that done.   This is mind blowing, I have no idea why...” --Vespertine

92% Positive Reviews
iBasso DX100 Reference DAP

iBasso DX100 Reference DAP

“ When I first received my iBasso DX100, I think I lost a week or so really getting everything to work perfectly, even though I had solid advice from other headfiers (see the FAQ on the player), and even if I went straight to 1.2.7 firmware.   The main things that will take time is that you need to clean all your tags (I thought they were clean, but apparently not DX100 clean). Then...” --Mimouille

100% Positive Reviews
SanDisk Sansa Clip+ 2 GB MP3 Player (Black)

SanDisk Sansa Clip+ 2 GB MP3 Player (Black)

“ Packaging   Sansa Clip+ player. USB interconnect cable to charge via PC and to transfer data. CD installer for Rhapsody. Earbuds.   Pros   It supports a lot of formats, even lossless formats. Very simple interface, easy to understand. Very good music playback. Definitely better than players around and even above it's price...” --koolkat

100% Positive Reviews
Studio V Anniversary Edition

Studio V Anniversary Edition

“EDITED AGAIN 4th DEC - FOLLOWING FIRMWARE ADJUSTMENT Introducing HiSound Audio’s TOTL DAP – The Studio V 3rd Anniversary Edition   Studio V3 A.E. Sonic Joy - V3 A.E. + RS1   After reviewing many of HSA’s earbuds and IEMs lately, my thoughts turned toward buying a new DAP.  My iPod Touch G4 (32 GB) had been getting pretty full, and I’d...” --Brooko

100% Positive Reviews
FiiO X3 Portable Music Player

FiiO X3 Portable Music Player

“Fiio has been around for quite some time, starting with a low cost, entry level amp, the E3.  It became a hot seller, especially with the limited digital audio player (DAP) choices available at the time, and followed-up by the vastly superior E5.  The next several years marked significant growth for Fiio, which has since released many amp and DAC/amps, and finally their first DAPs,...” --average_joe

100% Positive Reviews
Astell & Kern AK120

Astell & Kern AK120

“ I bought this player because I wanted “the best” portable DAP money could buy. Even though I now have a portable experience that rivals or might even surpass my desktop setup, it has not left me without considerable headaches and occasional feelings of buyer’s remorse.   Let’s remember that this is a $1300 product and when you include Canadian duties and taxes I’m in ~$1600! I knew...” --rataplan

82% Positive Reviews
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