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post #3616 of 3625

yeah, I was referring to its soundstage. When I switched from DX50 to S:flo 2, everything sounded much wider, more spacious, and I could hear more details from the singer's voice.

I am afraid that I can't do a comparison with a full size headphone since I don't have one, but I can borrow one from the store.( I can do this only on weekend though...) 

 

I think DX50 is decent enough as a portable audio player, the build quality feels solid, its touch screen is very responsive which easily puts S:flo 2 to shame. But I did find some flaws, when I pressed the physical "play" button on its front, it didn't respond immediately as I had expected, the delay of the response was too long for one to be unaware of. Beside this, I also found that it took a bit too long when loading a song from other directory (I was using microSD card and my music was classified by artist, each artist had one folder).

post #3617 of 3625
The dual mono architecture helps with soundstage on the S:Flo. To improve on this its probably a much more expensive player like a Colorfly C4 or an iBasso DX100. Let us know if you get a chance to listen with over the ear headphones.
post #3618 of 3625
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Originally Posted by Sefelt103 View Post

The dual mono architecture helps with soundstage on the S:Flo. To improve on this its probably a much more expensive player like a Colorfly C4 or an iBasso DX100. Let us know if you get a chance to listen with over the ear headphones.

 

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post #3619 of 3625

The T51/S:flo2 TekMOD just sound amazing to my ears, at the moment is my best sounding DAP :etysmile: 

post #3620 of 3625

I have made a comparison of S:Flo 2 and iBasso DX50 today, using Audio Technica ATH-AD1000X, it's a full size open design headphone, I had tried it in another headphones shop with my S:Flo 2 and had been impressed by its attractive female vocal, spacious sound stage.

 

I am afraid that I am not capable of describing the sound properly, and I don't think I have good ears either, so if the following impressions look totally pointless or lame to you, I am sorry!

 

I remember last time when using Westone 3, S:Flo 2 gave me a wider sound stage, the instruments were more separated, and now with AD1000X, these remain the same, I am not quite sure about this, but when I listening to DX50, it's a bit like listening to S:flo 2 with "Normal" EQ, everything sounds to stack together, mixed, when listening to orchestral music, this is more obvious. (I didn't really do a comparison with S:flo 2 in "Normal" EQ setting though, I was using flat "User" setting on S:Flo 2.)

 

I feel that bass on DX50 is more punchy than S:Flo 2 (harder drumbeats)

I also noticed a very clear difference on this song,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OacXUzTNXo

the sound in the beginning sounds very very crispy with S:Flo 2, but sounds plain with DX50.

I am really sorry that this is as much information as I can describe.

 

Again, the test was done with headphone out on both players, and all files I used were 16bit flac, 

 

A side note: In my opinion, for the price of DX50, it is definitely better to get a Hifiman HM-601 LE instead, I have tried it when I first made the comparison of S:flo 2 and DX50 a few weeks ago, and with my Westone 3, HM-601 LE gave me a warmer sound than S:Flo 2, and the vocal sounded more forward, very attractive. And it sounded very detailed as well. Its sound quality was on par with S:Flo 2, and definitely beat DX50.

post #3621 of 3625
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Originally Posted by IINx View Post

I am afraid that I am not capable of describing the sound properly
describing the sound one hears is difficult and probably not very reliable. Thanks anyway for your impressions. It seems like the good old s:flo2 doesn't lose out to these new players.
post #3622 of 3625

A couple years ago, I bought this DAP at the hype, but didn't really like it because of the controls.

It was sitting in my closet since, yet recently I've fallen in love with it because I found two apps that really helped dealing with the files,

one is called mediamonkey, and mp3tag, most of you knew these already. 

But converting my ALAC to FLAC was a pain in the a**, thankfully mediamonkey has auto conversion.

mp3tag helped me converting album artist tag to album tag, so it would display properly in s flo2.

Setting PlayFX to LEQ (Replay Gain) and everything I hated about S flo2 is gone.

The headphone out can easily drive my ER4S without amp. Very glad that I kept it!!!!

post #3623 of 3625

I recently bought some MeElectronics A161p IEMs to replace my broken Monster Turbine Pro Bronze IEMs.  However, when used with the s:flo2 it is like the IEMS are unable to reproduce the sound properly from device.  I should state here that this is definitely not a case of one IEM being inferior to the other.  The difference is massive.  Whole sections of the track are missing - vocals layers of guitars etc.  It's like several tracks have gone from the song and I'm left listening to a couple of instruments instead of the whole thing. 

 

This doesn't happen with any other device - I use an Sony mp3 player and a sansa clip and they're fine.  Just with the s:flo2.  Anyone experience this and know what's causing it and whether there's any solution.

post #3624 of 3625

I know what's causing the problem, the plug!! (that 3.55mm jack) I have experienced the same problem when auditioning in the shop, if your earphones has volume control or microphone on its cable, the plug will have four parts on it (separated by the little black rings), which normal earphones has only three. That is the cause of this problem. The solution is easy, what you need is an extension cable (3.55 to 3.55), connect it between your iem and s:flo 2 and the problem is solved.


Edited by IINx - 2/11/14 at 11:08am
post #3625 of 3625

makes sense, the iems have a microphone.  thanks

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