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post #12436 of 26207
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Originally Posted by blueangel2323 View Post

Anyone know of a good budget DAC with S/PDIF input? I started a thread in the dedicated source components forum but didn't get many replies. Something along the lines of an ODAC or Modi in terms of sound quality and price, but those only have USB input.

 

FIIO E17

post #12437 of 26207

The iBasso DX50's pricing was posted today:

 

http://www.ibasso.com/en/news/show.asp?ID=116

 

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Update: 07/29/2013
The Screen is changed from 2.31" TFT to 2.4" IPS TFT
The retail price will be in the 235~270USD range.
Estimated launch date: Aug 20th, 2013

 

$235-$270US is a lot less than most people thought it would be priced at. It will be interesting to see how it's SQ compares to the X3 (and the upcoming X5).

post #12438 of 26207
Thread Starter 

Found GOLD at my local library today. Coltrane plays the blues the 2000 reissue. Gotta love libraries. If you guys haven't visited your local libraries they have more music CDs than you would think.Uber rare ones too.. What you do with them borrowed discs? ph34r.gif Is up to you.

post #12439 of 26207
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Originally Posted by Dsnuts View Post

Found GOLD at my local library today. Coltrane plays the blues the 2000 reissue. Gotta love libraries. If you guys haven't visited your local libraries they have more music CDs than you would think.Uber rare ones too.. What you do with them borrowed discs? ph34r.gif Is up to you.

Rip them into .wav files and add them to your collection. Simple. biggrin.gif

post #12440 of 26207
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Originally Posted by blueangel2323 View Post

Anyone know of a good budget DAC with S/PDIF input? I started a thread in the dedicated source components forum but didn't get many replies. Something along the lines of an ODAC or Modi in terms of sound quality and price, but those only have USB input.

 

The Fire Phoenix DAC-02, one of Dsnuts' finds, has optical, coax and USB input for about the same price. However, I do not know if anyone has directly compared this unit to the ODAC or Modi.

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/FIRE-PHOENIX-DAC-02-CS4398-LM4562-MINI-USB-DAC-Headphone-Amplifier-/170696111860?pt=US_Pro_Audio_Amplifiers&hash=item27be47f6f4

 

I thought Kiteki found it.

 

That guy made me buy so much Chinese junk.

 

Most recently he told me to buy the just released Colorfly tablet, and that's is better than any American tablet, with a real gold-plated PCB and high sound quality..................... http://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?spm=a220o.1000855.0.0.f82UZD&id=18693898220&pos=3&uuid=b08f105c-dde2-4833-b032-af014b3f6b5f&scm=1003.3.03054.1_AB-LR32-PR32&acm=03054.1003.1.83.18693898220_1

post #12441 of 26207
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I thought Kiteki found it.

 

That guy made me buy so much Chinese junk.

 

Most recently he told me to buy the just released Colorfly tablet, and that's is better than any American tablet, with a real gold-plated PCB and high sound quality..................... http://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?spm=a220o.1000855.0.0.f82UZD&id=18693898220&pos=3&uuid=b08f105c-dde2-4833-b032-af014b3f6b5f&scm=1003.3.03054.1_AB-LR32-PR32&acm=03054.1003.1.83.18693898220_1

That just reminded me of my own dad.

 

   He kept wanting us to buy some annoying, cheap-looking, Chinese-made Android tablet instead of an iPad mini. We're still undecided on that though. Still, it bugged me that he'd often find some unknown brand with good specs and want to buy it. My mom would often justify the purchase of the iPad with our purchase of two Android tablets last year. the first broke within the first week after purchase - with some white stuff on the screen border. The other had massive instability issues which still continues to this day. They're now both damned to serve as a mere electronic photo frame until their numbers are up.

   Just goes to show that few Chinese brands are up to spec with international quality standards. Gotta love the fact that "God made the world, but everything else is made in China."

   Don't take my previous statement literally - it doesn't take a brain surgeon to know that many, many products are created elsewhere.

post #12442 of 26207
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Originally Posted by Theta Alpha 1 View Post

 

I thought Kiteki found it.

 

That guy made me buy so much Chinese junk.

 

Most recently he told me to buy the just released Colorfly tablet, and that's is better than any American tablet, with a real gold-plated PCB and high sound quality..................... http://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?spm=a220o.1000855.0.0.f82UZD&id=18693898220&pos=3&uuid=b08f105c-dde2-4833-b032-af014b3f6b5f&scm=1003.3.03054.1_AB-LR32-PR32&acm=03054.1003.1.83.18693898220_1

 

That Kiteki guy got banned... is that any indication? lol

It's really a crapshoot with these unknown Chinese products. Once in a while you get a real giant killer (e.g. M-Stage) but a lot of it's crap with either low quality parts or really bad quality control.

post #12443 of 26207
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Originally Posted by Theta Alpha 1 View Post

 

I thought Kiteki found it.

 

That guy made me buy so much Chinese junk.

 

Most recently he told me to buy the just released Colorfly tablet, and that's is better than any American tablet, with a real gold-plated PCB and high sound quality..................... http://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?spm=a220o.1000855.0.0.f82UZD&id=18693898220&pos=3&uuid=b08f105c-dde2-4833-b032-af014b3f6b5f&scm=1003.3.03054.1_AB-LR32-PR32&acm=03054.1003.1.83.18693898220_1

 

I have no idea if Kiteki found the Fire Phoenix first. I do know that Dsnuts purchased this unit and spoke very highly about it. And in fact, as recently as a few weeks ago, he wrote that "it clearly hangs with both my Audinst M2 and my Meridian Explorer."

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/586909/the-discovery-thread-new-jvc-phones-pg787-philips-fidelio-s2-pg-724-basso-pg601/11730#post_9596346

 

Last spring, based on Dsnuts impressions, I also purchased the Fire Phoenix. Currently, I have my PC connected to the optical input and it outputs to a Little Dot headphone amp. IMHO, it is a great little DAC.

post #12444 of 26207
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Found GOLD at my local library today. Coltrane plays the blues the 2000 reissue. Gotta love libraries. If you guys haven't visited your local libraries they have more music CDs than you would think.Uber rare ones too.. What you do with them borrowed discs? ph34r.gif Is up to you.

 

Been using my public library and academic library for years. My academic library has a music library with all the rare Mosaic jazz box sets. Back before I was into ripping I copied them all on to cassettes (for strictly academic purposes of course wink_face.gif). I've revisited many of my favorites for the digital copy. 

 

Unfortunately with any library, lots of use will add fingerprints and annoying scratches to the CD's. Best to clean them well then hope for the best.  

 

Also, I should add that with a good public library, if there is a CD you want to hear, you can always request it. Either they can get it through inter-library loan for you, or they will add a copy of the CD you want to the collection.

 

I love Libraries!

post #12445 of 26207

BASSOS hooked up to RS Hornet through Dragonfly (after extensive burn in):

 

completely different beast than Tenore with new SHAYMAN" strange sense" psytrance tracks from beatport:

 

http://www.beatport.com/artist/shayman/273188

 

sounds like live concert compared to finesse of TENORES  bass is almost too much

but then sweeps me away.  synthesizers laser like and pace and rhythmn more exciting.

definately superior to Tenore for this kind of music.  seems like i will declare Tenore and

Bassos both keepers but for different kinds of music.....Bassos much improved after 100 hr

burn in compared to 50 hrs...bet they will improve with another 100 hrs burn in....


Edited by drbluenewmexico - 7/30/13 at 10:18am
post #12446 of 26207

the non oversampling Muse1543 has a wonderful old style sound, like the way JBL concert equipment sounds, less detailed and more "Musical"

only mod ive done is hooking up a high current/very stable 12 volt battery to it, much better sound than the cheap wall wart.  however the battery

weights about 5 lbs, so not really portable. considering the IFI usb POWER unit to the set up, which has gotten great reviews for clarifying dac

sound and is very portable and well built. but its 199.00...but i love the sound of the MUSE unit, very smooth, especially hooked up to tube amp

like the BRAVO OCEAN...

post #12447 of 26207

i just ordered the IFI power usb power supply to bump up my portable sac performance.  ive been dreaming of such a device for several months now and it appears already designed by IFI! 

careful what you wish for....


Edited by drbluenewmexico - 7/30/13 at 9:56am
post #12448 of 26207
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Originally Posted by thatBeatsguy View Post

That just reminded me of my own dad.

 

   He kept wanting us to buy some annoying, cheap-looking, Chinese-made Android tablet instead of an iPad mini. We're still undecided on that though. Still, it bugged me that he'd often find some unknown brand with good specs and want to buy it. My mom would often justify the purchase of the iPad with our purchase of two Android tablets last year. the first broke within the first week after purchase - with some white stuff on the screen border. The other had massive instability issues which still continues to this day. They're now both damned to serve as a mere electronic photo frame until their numbers are up.

   Just goes to show that few Chinese brands are up to spec with international quality standards. Gotta love the fact that "God made the world, but everything else is made in China."

   Don't take my previous statement literally - it doesn't take a brain surgeon to know that many, many products are created elsewhere.

get the new 2013 nexus 7. way better than the ipad mini 

post #12449 of 26207
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Originally Posted by lilboozy View Post

get the new 2013 nexus 7. way better than the ipad mini 

Not necessarily. I would prefer the Nexus 7, but many cannot live without a metal body, or IOS. It always boils down to preference.

post #12450 of 26207
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Originally Posted by drbluenewmexico View Post

the non oversampling Muse1543 has a wonderful old style sound, like the way JBL concert equipment sounds, less detailed and more "Musical"

 

Yup, I have one of them 1543's, less detailed and quite musical.  I like that sound sometimes since the music doesn't ask for your focus, it's just there.

 

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Originally Posted by blueangel2323 View Post


It's really a crapshoot with these unknown Chinese products. Once in a while you get a real giant killer (e.g. M-Stage) but a lot of it's crap with either low quality parts or really bad quality control.

 

Well actually to be fair I haven't had any issues with any of my Chinese products, except for one which used glue instead of solder, so then I pulled a wire by mistake and it came out of the glue, and then it was a real pain to put that wire connected to other wires back with electrical tape (since I didn't have any solder).

 

When I say "junk" I mean they don't look very good, basic enclosures, and some of them sound different than I expected them to..., of course the low prices mean I can try sooooo many of them which would be impossible with American, European or Japanese products.

 

Right now I'm using a cheap Chinese ES9018 DAC, it's the best sounding one.  ES9018 is considered by many to be the best DAC chip on earth, and I didn't have to pay very much for this really well made DAC.  Of course I had to buy it from the Chinese internet not in English which isn't easy, but hey I'm listening to bliss and heaven. =)

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