I wonder if I should upgrade my DAC when the JH13 arrive. I had ordered a Fiio E17 but decided to cancel it. I'm using a laptop and I want to have a small DAC, not necessarily portable but small. The Audioquest Dragonfly is interesting (about $70 with promos). Anyone have some recommendations? Prefer USB and neutral
It sounds great out of my Fiio E7, which is not exactly a high-end source.
Luckily that was one of the few comparisons I had time to do with the EPH-100.
TF10 vs EPH-100
The EPH-100 has more subbass and on the whole sounds warmer, more coherent, smoother, and more natural. Its presentation also has better depth/layering.
I'd throw the Vsonic VSD1S and the SteelSeries Flux on your list - the Flux is a bit less expensive and has a built in remote/mic that will work with your Android, and they isolate a bit better than the dynamic Vsonics I've tried with silicone tips. They are certainly on par with one another and can be had sub-$50. The Flux has the smooth-yet-crisp treble and less mid-bass (though more sub-bass) of the two, but the UE600 from what I've read will be more neutral/flat in the bass, more mid-centric and with fairly smooth treble. The bass on the Flux is actually quite pleasant and engaging, all without affecting the midrange. I imagine the UE600 to sound lean compared to these two. I found the balance on the Flux to be a good fit with rock and metal - I've personally not heard the UE600 yet but I suspect they will be similar to my RE-400 which is also mid-focused and best with things like vocals and acoustic, but still performs well for rock IMO. The UE600 may be a bit more refined in some cases like soundstage and clarity. Durability should be good enough on those three for pocket use.
On that note, I'd be interested in a brief comparison of the UE600 with the VSD1S and Flux
Yeah, I think you're spot-on. UE600 is more mid-centric with flatter bass and smoother treble compared to both the Flux and VSD1S. Mids are more prominent compared to the Flux and VSD1S and the overall sound is more lean.
Thanks for your input. I went and ordered the Flux from Amazon since I wanted to lock in on the price of $25 and I can still search since they aren't shipping yet (not in stock). $25 seems like a good price.
If I end up getting something else I can cancel these or keep them and use them with my PS Vita.
I'm leaning towards the UM1 for $70 from Amazon. It is a bit more than I was looking to spend but the reviews are good. Any reason why I shouldn't go with the UM1?
Good call on the $25 Flux. Never tried the UM1 but I like both the Flux and Flux Pro better than the ~$100 Westone 1.
They are warmer, bassier, and sometimes seem to lack a little energy in the highs but on the whole not bad at all. Strengths so far seem to be bass power/depth and soundstaging, plus I love the build quality
I think I need help. This "audiophile thing" is no fun at all.
From an ignorant stand point, which is mine when it comes to audio, my last 4 years are a nightmare.
Here's the deal: I had an RE0, an RE262 and GR07. Only the last one comes close to what I want when it comes to sound signature (which I do not know how to put into technical words): detail specially from guitars, good vocals but don't need to be the focal point, good bass but, again, don't need to be the focal point and detailed drums. The "airy", spacious feeling that the GR07 brought to my ears just made me even more confused, as I started loving to listen to acoustic rock (oh boy, Kiss and Jimmy Page & Robert Plant sound spectacular on the GR07...) and live drums (John Bohan is the best when it comes to hearing every detail from the drums).
So, after this very ignorant description, is is possible to give me opinions regarding the Dunu DN-1000, Rockit 50M and Astrotec AX-7, or any other good brand/model) so that I can hear all types of rock(from 1960 to 2000's) while having guitars and drums in detail and with great separation?
By the way, I do feel the bass on Gr07 are more than enough, but for live concerts, specially guitars, it kind of sounds a little boring.
Sorry for the horrible description of my sound signature, but please, help!
Better to list what you don't like/want improved compared to the GR07. In general, the R-50M and AX7 are both flatter and brighter than the GR07 with more midrange presence and less bass. The DN-1000 so far sounds more v-shaped than the GR07 and has more bass than even the GR07 Bass Edition.