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post #151 of 1153
I would not consider the D4 to be "lower tier". IMO, it is right up there among the best portables in terms of circuit design and SQ. (price notwithstanding)
post #152 of 1153
Anyone compared D4 to either Pico with DAC or iQube V2?
post #153 of 1153
jamato8, I see in your signature that you also have an iBasso D10 and a Predator. Once your D4 is burned in, could you please give your impressions/ranking of how it compares using USB input? (I'll soon be buying one of those, or a pico, to use with Grado SR225s). Cheers.
post #154 of 1153
eucariote, i am choosing btw a pico and D4 as well.
post #155 of 1153
Sigh... I have to decide between this and a Zune pass for the year. I guess I could buy this... and maybe sell it for 20 bucks less once I am done with it (or I decide its better than the pico and sell the pico). Maybe I can get them to send me one for review, as I have owned 5 or 6 of the more popular portable amps. Always worth a try right?
post #156 of 1153
Pico is certainly the safer route because it sounds good and has a reputation here.

Nevertheless, though I am skeptical with this D4 due to my experience with the D10 (it isn't bad per se but the Pico is simply the better unit by quite a margin), I say don't let this stop you folks from getting it. Who knows that the D4 is better than the Pico after all?
post #157 of 1153
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Pico is certainly the safer route because it sounds good and has a reputation here.

Nevertheless, though I am skeptical with this D4 due to my experience with the D10 (it isn't bad per se but the Pico is simply the better unit by quite a margin), I say don't let this stop you folks from getting it. Who knows that the D4 is better than the Pico after all?
I had the same experience with the D10.
post #158 of 1153
Interesting. Did u guys compare the pico to the d10 usb or optical input?
post #159 of 1153
USB input obviously. I'm going with my memories since I don't have the D10 with me now but tonally, the Pico sounded more effortless and organic to my ears. The D10 sounded a bit grainy and steely in the treble, the Pico has none of this.
post #160 of 1153
Very fair.
post #161 of 1153
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USB input obviously. I'm going with my memories since I don't have the D10 with me now but tonally, the Pico sounded more effortless and organic to my ears. The D10 sounded a bit grainy and steely in the treble, the Pico has none of this.
It all depends upon what op amps you used in the D10. I have not heard the Pico but having read some reviews it does appear that the USB section is slightly better but that the optical section of the D10 is a little better when compared to the Pico using the USB input. I myself still prefer optical if given a choice but the D4 has improved over anything else I have heard via USB.

On the D4 the changing of op amps can morph it into a number of different sounds and I have found the amp section to be very dynamic and in the high frequencies, very clean. I also find the fit and finish of the D4 to be excellent with even the volume control knob now being made to iBasso specifications.
post #162 of 1153
Yes I used USB imput too. So I asked iBasso if I could review one, doubt they will let me try it though. I don't see why they would because they have many great people already willing to do it for them.
post #163 of 1153
Just got my D4 today! Took only 2 days to get to me from China. o_o
post #164 of 1153
Using the appropriate Topkits in each, I find that the D10 has a little wider and deeper soundstage, but the D4 bass reaches deeper and is tighter. Overall, the D4 has more impact. It also drives my AKG K-340s to a higher volume level than does the D10. Most likely due to the higher supply voltage.
post #165 of 1153
I'm deciding between this amp and Amp3 Pro(2) player for my Yuin PK1 buds. I would use D4 with my netbook, but it wouldn't be as convenient as Amp3. Do you think that D4 will be much better for PK1-s than Amp3 Pro? So far I haven't gotten decent sound out of my PK1-s unamped.
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