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JDS Labs C5D Reviews

miceblue

A Fantastic Portable DAC/Amp Combo!

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Pros: Fairly transparent sound, triple bass-boost switch, re-programmable, form factor, iOS/Android compatible, little/no channel imbalance

Cons: Battery life, slightly confusing modes of operation, a bit fatiguing

This was provided to me from JDS Labs as a free review unit, so I need to give a big, big, big thank you to JDS Labs for their generosity! You might be able to see in the photos that my unit has some blemishes in the aluminum case. These will not appear in normal units. Since Head-Fi doesn't display the rating details from the reviewer, but rather the community average, here are my ratings: Value - 4.5/5 Audio Quality - 4.5/5 Quality - 5/5 Design - 4/5 I still wonder what the differences are between the Audio Quality, Quality, and Design criteria... Anyway, onwards to the review! Value At $250 USD, the C5D offers good sound quality while still having a lot of applications of...
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TheGame21x

Your Best Friend On-The-Go

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Pros: Transparent amplification, transparent 20 ENOB DAC performance, Great Build, Works with iOS and Android,

Cons: No dedicated line out from the DAC without sacrificing analog input, Battery life is a bit short

  I’d like to thank John Seaber and the folks at JDS Labs for the C5D loaner unit.   Accessories The C5D ships with a 1.5 foot USB mini-B cable, a set of four rubber stick-on feet and an instruction manual. A Spartan lineup, to be sure, but it gets the job done. Design and Build Quality Identical to the C5 in shape and size, though with a couple of added features, including a switch around back to allow the C5D to charge from a connected USB source or run strictly from battery power and a two-stage bass boost switch on the front with two boost options, instead of the single boost option in the original version of the C5.   Though I thought the switch that allows...
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