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What 2 buy ?? Cowon J3 or iPOD 7G w/ PB1 !??

post #1 of 33
Thread Starter 

My question is exactly what the title says :P Mamba for my ipod 6G or buy a new DAP i.e. S:Flo2 ?

I will be using SRH840,DT150 and Upcoming D7000 and LCD2s.

Thanks
 


Edited by richbass - 7/31/10 at 9:58am
post #2 of 33

Do you understand what you are asking?

 

The iBasso D4 is a portable Amp/DAC combo.

The S:Flo 2 is a DAP.

 

They both have great sound quality (and might be able to power your SRH840 and DT150), but there is not way that either of these will fully power/drive your D7000 or LCD2.

 

Do you plan to use this set-up on the go or at home?

I think that a little more information on what you want/expect will go a long way toward advising you of what to get.

post #3 of 33

So you're asking whether to buy a standalone DAP or...an amp/dac to use out of the computer? Hmm.... if you're always going to be by a computer I'd go with maybe the DAC/amp although I don't know how well the SQ is.... I'm sure it's really good though.

 

I have the s:flo2 and it has a LO to use with amps and stuff though as well...

post #4 of 33

Well you have D7000s and LCD2s.  The answer is obviously both.

post #5 of 33
Thread Starter 

Mamba for ipod 6G or S:Flo2 ?

post #6 of 33

Your question is still unclear. From your last post, it sounds as though you are deciding between the iPod 6G or the s:flo2. Do you already have a Mamba? Or are you debating between an iPod/Mamba setup versus a s:flo2 without an amp? Spell it out for us here or you're going to get several different answers, possibly to the wrong question.


Edited by usf09 - 7/30/10 at 2:12pm
post #7 of 33

I own both. The S:Flo2 is one of the best sounding DAPs there are, and definitely the best price performance of all DAPs over $100. It was a definite improvement over my Cowon S9 and I imagine it would be the same for your iPod. However, the UI is absolutely atrocious, and aside from SQ & the fact that the back smells mellifluous - there is NOTHING good about it. Everything else reeks of low grade construction, terribly thought out design, unrefined UI and software, an atrocious screen, abysmal battery life - everything. else. is. bad.

 

I use the Mamba at home as both a DAC + amp (but never as a portable). It sounds great - even better than the S:Flo2, as expected, of course. The difference however, is more subtle - though more refined, with better decay, and better bass impact. Treble extension is also improved. Note that if you want to use this as a portable, you'll need a LOD, which adds a lot to the price as well as buy your own 9V battery for the Mamba. I've never tried the Mamba as a portable amp, but I imagine it would be similar to the S:Flo2, maybe marginally better. However, it is more expensive, a lot heavier, and far more cumbersome.

 

It really comes down to what you do more - want a nice sounding portable setup that is less hassle or you want the best of performance, but at the cost of a lot of effort. Note that buying the S:Flo2 may allow you to sell your iPod, which allows you to buy the Mamba with the money recuperated :)

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Originally Posted by Vergex2 View Post

I own both. The S:Flo2 is one of the best sounding DAPs there are, and definitely the best price performance of all DAPs over $100. It was a definite improvement over my Cowon S9 and I imagine it would be the same for your iPod. However, the UI is absolutely atrocious, and aside from SQ & the fact that the back smells mellifluous - there is NOTHING good about it. Everything else reeks of low grade construction, terribly thought out design, unrefined UI and software, an atrocious screen, abysmal battery life - everything. else. is. bad.

 

I use the Mamba at home as both a DAC + amp (but never as a portable). It sounds great - even better than the S:Flo2, as expected, of course. The difference however, is more subtle - though more refined, with better decay, and better bass impact. Treble extension is also improved. Note that if you want to use this as a portable, you'll need a LOD, which adds a lot to the price as well as buy your own 9V battery for the Mamba. I've never tried the Mamba as a portable amp, but I imagine it would be similar to the S:Flo2, maybe marginally better. However, it is more expensive, a lot heavier, and far more cumbersome.

 

It really comes down to what you do more - want a nice sounding portable setup that is less hassle or you want the best of performance, but at the cost of a lot of effort. Note that buying the S:Flo2 may allow you to sell your iPod, which allows you to buy the Mamba with the money recuperated :)


Whats this about the back smelling?

 

Are you talking about the Sflo2 HO in your comments or LO?  I don't think your remarks are indicative of the LO.

 

The D4 and Sflo2 use the same DAC as well.

post #9 of 33
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Whats this about the back smelling?

 

Are you talking about the Sflo2 HO in your comments or LO?  I don't think your remarks are indicative of the LO.

 

The D4 and Sflo2 use the same DAC as well.


Headphone out - I haven't used LO much.

 

I realize the D4 and Sflo have the same Wolfson DAC, but the D4 does sound better to my ears.

 

As for back smelling.. don't even question my fetish..

post #10 of 33

My bro has a D4, so I've heard both and the D4 will sound better than the HO of the S:Flo2, despite both having the same DAC. Get the D4 for now. You can always get an S:Flo2 later down the road when you have some spare cash.

post #11 of 33
Thread Starter 

All right then. I got my answer. Mamba will serve me better with my ipod :P

post #12 of 33

I have to agree with the assessment that the S:Flo2 is a fantastic sounding player that will make you want to rip your hair out in clusters.  The UI is beyond awful, the touchscreen has a mind of its own, it feels flimsy and has file transfer issues constantly.  I ended up just biting the bullet and selling off a bunch of my gear to buy an HM-801.  Probably the best decision I have ever made :D
 

post #13 of 33
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Originally Posted by Dev Avidon View Post

I have to agree with the assessment that the S:Flo2 is a fantastic sounding player that will make you want to rip your hair out in clusters.  The UI is beyond awful, the touchscreen has a mind of its own, it feels flimsy and has file transfer issues constantly.  I ended up just biting the bullet and selling off a bunch of my gear to buy an HM-801.  Probably the best decision I have ever made :D
 

Yea that's what a lot of people say lol... I guess I'm lucky; it doesn't really bother me at all anymore... I guess I just grew accustomed to it.... the sound quality it gives me out of the LO makes up for it I guess :)
 

post #14 of 33

x2

 

And what part of the Sflo2 feels flimsy exactly?  Seriously??  Feels more solid than any Sansa or Apple iPod/Touch to me.

post #15 of 33

^That it does. I cracked the bottom black part of the player and it still feels solid to me. 

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