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post #61 of 222

I don't know there would be any improvement however if you just 'want' a better one, can't go wrong with monoprice.com 

 

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=103&cp_id=10303&cs_id=1030302&p_id=5446&seq=1&format=2

 

post #62 of 222

OK, so whats the output impedance on this?  If it is >1ohm like most everything iBasso that's around 10ohms count me out.

post #63 of 222
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Originally Posted by Anaxilus View Post

OK, so whats the output impedance on this?  If it is >1ohm like most everything iBasso that's around 10ohms count me out.


Here are all the specs from the user's manual. Output impedance as such isn't listed?

 

 

Specifications:

Power Source:Built-in 4.2V Li-polymer batteries or USB power supply

Frequency Response: 17Hz~20 KHz +/- 0.5dB (DAC) 17Hz~100 KHz -0.5dB (AMP)

Signal to Noise Ratio:97dB (DAC), 102dB (Amp)

Crosstalk: 93dB (DAC) 98dB (AMP)

Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.006%@1kHz/0dB (DAC) 0.012%@1kHz/0dB (AMP)

Output power:Up to 95mW+95mW into 32Ω

Gain: +3dB/ +10dB (AMP)

Battery Life: 30 Hours Battery Charge Time: 1.5 Hours

External Power supply: 5V DC

Recommended Headphone Impedance: 8~300Ω

Case dimension: 2W x 3.2L x 0.8H (inch) 55W x 79L x 11H (mm)

Weight: 60g or 2.1oz

post #64 of 222
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Originally Posted by Anathallo View Post

Digital is digital is digital, no?


Evidently NO as I have bought a new Monster Cable High Speed USB Mini Cable (1.5ft @ $24.99)Screen shot 2011-09-08 at 5.11.46 PM.png

and am hearing a difference with it vs. the generic cable that came with the iBasso D-Zero. Hmm!

 

Bass is definitely deeper & tighter, the midrange is more pristine, sweeter, deeper, and the upper

range is more extended and there's more going on dynamically. The stock cords sounds quite flat

in comparison. Oh yeah. It's getting better as I play it longer.

 

Sorry. But there is a difference. Try it an see for yourself.

post #65 of 222
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Originally Posted by vinylrules View Post


Here are all the specs from the user's manual. Output impedance as such isn't listed?

 

 

Specifications:

Power Source:Built-in 4.2V Li-polymer batteries or USB power supply

Frequency Response: 17Hz~20 KHz +/- 0.5dB (DAC) 17Hz~100 KHz -0.5dB (AMP)

Signal to Noise Ratio:97dB (DAC), 102dB (Amp)

Crosstalk: 93dB (DAC) 98dB (AMP)

Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.006%@1kHz/0dB (DAC) 0.012%@1kHz/0dB (AMP)

Output power:Up to 95mW+95mW into 32Ω

Gain: +3dB/ +10dB (AMP)

Battery Life: 30 Hours Battery Charge Time: 1.5 Hours

External Power supply: 5V DC

Recommended Headphone Impedance: 8~300Ω

Case dimension: 2W x 3.2L x 0.8H (inch) 55W x 79L x 11H (mm)

Weight: 60g or 2.1oz


 

No offense, I can read their website.  This is not an answer to my question.  You're like the 6th person on Head-fi to link a spec sheet completely unrelated to what I was asking.  Nothing personal and I appreciate the help attempt but it's getting freaking annoying.  Yes, no output impedance listed which is probably the third most important spec for any source or amp.  I'm beginning to think many manufacturers are deliberately concealing this info.

 

I apologize if that came off a bit gruff.  Just venting.  biggrin.gif

post #66 of 222
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Originally Posted by eclipes View Post

ok this dzero is tempting...... i dont know if I should give up on the T3, someone please compare ahhhhhh. I am so tempted to order this.


I enjoyed the T3 when I had it (gave it to a friend as a gift), if you do not need a DAC then stay with the T3 and use the money to buy music!

 



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Originally Posted by Anaxilus View Post




 

No offense, I can read their website.  This is not an answer to my question.  You're like the 6th person on Head-fi to link a spec sheet completely unrelated to what I was asking.  Nothing personal and I appreciate the help attempt but it's getting freaking annoying.  Yes, no output impedance listed which is probably the third most important spec for any source or amp.  I'm beginning to think many manufacturers are deliberately concealing this info.

 

I apologize if that came off a bit gruff.  Just venting.  biggrin.gif



I have sent iBasso an email asking for the output impedance of the amp via the 1/8" plug. Hope to hear from them soon.

post #67 of 222

i am pretty sure its placebo.....
 

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Originally Posted by vinylrules View Post


Evidently NO as I have bought a new Monster Cable High Speed USB Mini Cable (1.5ft @ $24.99)Screen shot 2011-09-08 at 5.11.46 PM.png

and am hearing a difference with it vs. the generic cable that came with the iBasso D-Zero. Hmm!

 

Bass is definitely deeper & tighter, the midrange is more pristine, sweeter, deeper, and the upper

range is more extended and there's more going on dynamically. The stock cords sounds quite flat

in comparison. Oh yeah. It's getting better as I play it longer.

 

Sorry. But there is a difference. Try it an see for yourself.



 

post #68 of 222

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Originally Posted by eclipes View Post

i am pretty sure its placebo.....
 



 


Uhhh nope. Not placebo I assure you. USB cables effect sound in a *huge* way my friend. I have done many blind tests before with other experienced listeners and full size USB DAC's on a high-end loudspeaker rig and the outcome, at least with experienced listeners, is pretty undeniable and quite repeatable. Only reason I first questioned here with the D-Zero was because I'd never used a Mini USB type cable but technically I shouldn't have doubted this as my experience with USB cables, though goes against logic, dictates as much.

 

By the way the same goes with coax digital cables out of a high-end transports feeding full size DACs. This is not a matter of "if" it will change the sound, but by how much.

 

But if so skeptical why not try for it and find out for yourself?

post #69 of 222


 

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Originally Posted by Anaxilus View Post




 

No offense, I can read their website.  This is not an answer to my question.  You're like the 6th person on Head-fi to link a spec sheet completely unrelated to what I was asking.  Nothing personal and I appreciate the help attempt but it's getting freaking annoying.  Yes, no output impedance listed which is probably the third most important spec for any source or amp.  I'm beginning to think many manufacturers are deliberately concealing this info.

 

I apologize if that came off a bit gruff.  Just venting.  biggrin.gif


Hahahaha! LOL  Yeah I was going to say you were being pretty crabby! LOL  Well I am glad "mrarroyo" has got it under control.

 

post #70 of 222
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Originally Posted by eclipes View Post

i am pretty sure its placebo.....
 



 


Since reading to assertion I have carrying out blind tests of the two Mini USB cables and I am hearing the difference time and time again (and choosing the Monster as my preference) so this can not possibly be a "placebo effect". The Monster is just more layered, relaxed, smooth and three dimensional.

post #71 of 222

iBasso responded and it is 10 ohms. I do not know what it means from a technical point of view. What I do know is that a large numberr of cans all of different impedance sound GREAT!


Edited by mrarroyo - 9/9/11 at 11:52am
post #72 of 222

I am not calling you a liar, because I don't have your ears, and maybe I shouldn't be asking this because we shouldn't derail the conversation on the D0, but if the 1's and 0's are getting to the DAC, what's the difference?  You can't hear digital, so the DAC is doing all the work to convey the music to your ears.  What difference does it make what the transport of the 1's and 0's is?

 

I mean no offence, and my background is extremely limited on sound science, so I will concede that I may be 100% wrong, but it just seems odd that a digital transport over such a short distance would impact sound quality BEFORE the signal is even converted to analog.

 

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Originally Posted by vinylrules View Post




Since reading to assertion I have carrying out blind tests of the two Mini USB cables and I am hearing the difference time and time again (and choosing the Monster as my preference) so this can not possibly be a "placebo effect". The Monster is just more layered, relaxed, smooth and three dimensional.



 

post #73 of 222

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Originally Posted by vinylrules View Post

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Uhhh nope. Not placebo I assure you. USB cables effect sound in a *huge* way my friend. I have done many blind tests before with other experienced listeners and full size USB DAC's on a high-end loudspeaker rig and the outcome, at least with experienced listeners, is pretty undeniable and quite repeatable. Only reason I first questioned here with the D-Zero was because I'd never used a Mini USB type cable but technically I shouldn't have doubted this as my experience with USB cables, though goes against logic, dictates as much.

 

By the way the same goes with coax digital cables out of a high-end transports feeding full size DACs. This is not a matter of "if" it will change the sound, but by how much.

 

But if so skeptical why not try for it and find out for yourself?


Congratulations, you have audiophile Golden Ears. I don't think anyone should ever argue with select few that have such ears, because the rest of the population just can't hear what these people can. Unfortunately I don't have golden ears and what's more quite poor vision, so I guess I will get satisfied with cheap knock-off USB cables that come with different equipment and whichever HDMI cable Monoprice has for sale.
 

 

post #74 of 222

 

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Originally Posted by Anathallo View Post

I am not calling you a liar, because I don't have your ears, and maybe I shouldn't be asking this because we shouldn't derail the conversation on the D0, but if the 1's and 0's are getting to the DAC, what's the difference?  You can't hear digital, so the DAC is doing all the work to convey the music to your ears.  What difference does it make what the transport of the 1's and 0's is?

 

I mean no offence, and my background is extremely limited on sound science, so I will concede that I may be 100% wrong, but it just seems odd that a digital transport over such a short distance would impact sound quality BEFORE the signal is even converted to analog.

 



 


Check out the Sound Science forum and you'll see that digital transport isn't quite that simple because of the transfer mode that USB DACs use. It is possible to lose packets and they aren't resent like in a normal data transfer. For the most part you just need a well made cable and EM shielding. Beyond that, whether there is an audible difference and how much you get back into controversy.

 

post #75 of 222
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Originally Posted by mrarroyo View Post

iBasso responded and it is 10 ohms. I do not know what it means from a technical point of view. What I do know is that a large numberr of cans all of different impedance sound GREAT!


That's surprisingly high. 

 

Output impedance mainly affects the damping factor, though it's also a factor in power transfer.  

 

In very general terms, you want a relatively high damping factor in order to control the driver and prevent excessive ringing. On the other hand, you don't want to overdamp either. Whatever the magic number is, that's anyone's guess and would be a factor of the particular amp/headphone combo. (though I suppose if one had the proper measuring equipment it could be determined, going purely by graphs and numbers)

 


Edited by Armaegis - 9/9/11 at 1:56pm
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