Not sure how much better Fiio E17's DAC section is than D3's, but E17's amp section should be better.
Edited by zzffnn - 5/13/12 at 10:30am
ah ok. will toslink spdif cable work for D3 + E17? I'm guessing not, now... So, D3's coaxial digital out will bypass both it's DAC and Amp?
where can I get a super short coax/toslink cable?
is the D3 as loud as the J3? Can you download Poweramp for the D3? No way to get Google Market/Play whatsoever? Can't even install apks? I don't care about any other app aside from Poweramp... I doubt even the updated interface on the D3 is as good as Poweramp... does it at least have a lock screen player?
any guidance would be appreciated :)
hopefully I don't need something like this: http://www.amazon.com/Digital-Optical-Toslink-Coaxial-Converter/dp/B000I98ZQY
EDIT: Actually, E17 has coaxial in--perfect :D
hmm just got my D3 and at least in the car, the sound is not anywhere close to being as clean as the J3 was. Could it be because I accidentally left Wifi on?
I hope so.......
Even with headphones it's still not sounding as good..... .i'll try listening to other tracks..... :( Other people have said that the EQ settings for J3 will sound the exact same on the D3, while others say they sound different. I agree it sounds different D:
Anyone have some recommended eq settings? The one I liked the best was actually the one that was most popular on the korean website naver.com..
interesting, I just dropped $900 into a new pc so I woun't be finding out how good or bad it is for a while but I WILL find out
Welcome to Headfi, Nozomi.
I do not have a Cowon D3, but I have been wanting to streaming flac music from a NAS. I have a thread for this topic here (feel free to ask the question there as someone else may help): http://www.head-fi.org/t/620238/streaming-flac-to-iphone-ipad-or-android-portables/30
MY GUESS is that D3 can output digital from the music streamed from NAS. As to your questions 1 and 2, I think the answer is yes. No clue about your other questions.
Keep in mind though, as the CPU of D3 is not very fast and its stock Android version is quite low. Samsung Galaxy S III or IOS products may work as alternatives.
Cross-post from the FiiO E17 thread, as the D3 is responsible for more the positive outcome than the amp anyway...
For what it's worth...
I'm never going back to [Source -> analog headphone or line-out -> E17 line-in], since getting my Cowon D3 and its proprietary A/V cable that I bought to drive the E17. It enables me to stream digital from most any type of files [preferably FLAC] to the E17 via a S/PDIF coax. And better still I was so very happy to discover the digital EQ and BBE+ effects performed in the Wolfrom DAC are all in effect over the coax out [i.e. the pre 'AC' part of the monolithic Wolfrom DAC] ; based on the block diagram of the DAC chip I thought the S/PDIF out was before the effects section but that proved not the case. So I can use the semi-parametric EQ of the D3 to do fine tuning that may be needed for the phones I'm using @ the time, but leave the overall treble/bass tonality 'finishing' of the sound to the E17.
I use the D3/E17 combo w/my Focal Spirit One headphones the most, which I think is a very overlooked headphone but IMO is the most engaging & do-all / capable headphone that is brought alive with small tweeks of the D3's digital semi-parametric EQ, some JetAudio enhancements, and the E17's power. Simply amazing "crisp -to- head shaking" sound from the whole package and quality music tracks like FLACS of the whole re-mastered Steely Dan collection, or of say a 2-channel PCM rip of the Cream @ the Royal Albert Hall DVD, or board recordings of concerts mastered and sold by the artists. I don't think I've ever had the "I'm @ the concert' experience from headphones like i have now; especially given at least one set of FLACs I have is from when i was @ the concert and I can compare what I hear now to what I heard there when live. And the E17 plays a vital role in achieving that. Anyone in the NYC area is welcome to hear what has me so over the moon @ the upcoming meet in Bablyon.
I need to figure out how to migrate the DLNA app that came on my Droid3 over to the D3 and I'll let ya know. Downloaded apps are easy as I can just copy over the install image, but I don't know if I can get at the pre-installed apps images.