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This is one of those things where I wish instead of describing how fantastic the Doppios sound I could just throw the source I am using them with to my friends. Here take a listen for yourself. Lol. My ICAN and my DX90. They sound great with just the DX90 but throw the ICAN in between and it sounds like heaven has opened it's gates. Just amazing detail clarity and resolivng sound that is unique to the Doppios. Astounding really.. I am more than a happy camper with the ICAN. It literaly jumps the SQ for every source for every headphone and earphone. I was using my SRH1540 with them the other day using my NFB-5s dual WM8741 as a source.

This has to be my absolute best sounding source to headphone chain combo I own.. The lush nature of the SRH1540 added with the authority of the ICAN and the musical nature of dual WM8741s. This mixture of sound and performance set a new bench mark for me and 4 hours later I found myself wondering if it can get any better.
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Oh by the way Dr blue. If you havent tried the new custom firmware form Lurker0.. You need to install his version of the 2.1 international firmware on your DX90.

For anyone that owns the DX90..Seriously it is the best sounding firmware I have heard to date.
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Oh by the way Dr blue. If you havent tried the new custom firmware form Lurker0.. You need to install his version of the 2.1 international firmware on your DX90.

For anyone that owns the DX90..Seriously it is the best sounding firmware I have heard to date.

where do i find that Lurker0 firmware for the DX90? haven't upgraded it since it came, will this upgrade still work?

thanks for the tips, appreciate it!

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Originally Posted by drbluenewmexico View Post
 

where do i find that Lurker0 firmware for the DX90? haven't upgraded it since it came, will this upgrade still work?

thanks for the tips, appreciate it!

http://www.head-fi.org/t/697035/ibasso-dx90-dual-sabre-1st-page-to-reformat-latest-fw-download-general-information/7350#post_10744272 The download link is on this post.

 

Unzip this image and throw it in your DX90 drive instead of your card.  Once installed.. Go into settings, advanced. Update firmware.. Click on update firmware. Let it install and it will shut off. Once back on go back into your settings, advanced.  Reset.. Reset your DX90. It will erase all your previous settings.

 

Simple as this. You will have a modded firmware that optimizes the DX90 from fonts. Speed. Sound.

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Hi everyone, I am looking for an upgrade from my re0. I seek more detail, more bass and subbass and maybe livelier vocals. From what i read it is narrowed down to ZA doppios and TE-05. What would be the better choice? Any other suggestions are also welcome ( a friend will be returning from japan in 2 weeks so things at amazon.jp would be easier for me to get)

 

To be clear, i dont expect to get basshead levels of bass. I just want it to be more pronounced. Clarity and detail are more important for me.


Edited by ZGant - 8/2/14 at 3:11am
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Originally Posted by drbluenewmexico View Post

 
where do i find that Lurker0 firmware for the DX90? haven't upgraded it since it came, will this upgrade still work?
thanks for the tips, appreciate it!
http://www.head-fi.org/t/697035/ibasso-dx90-dual-sabre-1st-page-to-reformat-latest-fw-download-general-information/7350#post_10744272 The download link is on this post.

Unzip this image and throw it in your DX90 drive instead of your card.  Once installed.. Go into settings, advanced. Update firmware.. Click on update firmware. Let it install and it will shut off. Once back on go back into your settings, advanced.  Reset.. Reset your DX90. It will erase all your previous settings.

Simple as this. You will have a modded firmware that optimizes the DX90 from fonts. Speed. Sound.
[/quote

Thanks for the link, been reading about the Lurker0 firmware on disjointed email updates from the thread, was curious about it and wanted to try it, will download it soon. Really like the DX90, been using it at home through Ray Samuels HR-2.
Speaking of amps, still thinking about the iFi-the one you have isn't a portable though, right? That would be the nano, I believe. Also wondering if you (or anyone else, for that matter), have heard it and one of the Ray Samuel portables, say, the Mustang, and have any comparisons? The RS stuff is considerably more dinero, but I do see them for sale in the For Sale thread here for comparable amounts.

DOGWALK DISCOVERY TIME: (by not so much popular demand...)

Got a fabulous LP-Henry-Butler-Steven Bernstein and the Hot 9...New Orleans meets early big band, absolutely fabulous. And the LP comes with a card that allows you to get the album downloaded for free, not as MP3, not as FLAC, but as a WAV file!!!! Listening to it now, through Geek Out 1k->Shure 1540, it's a glorious, want to get up and dance around the house kind of sound (but, Butler has chops on the piano that are amazing, if you just want to listen).



(went to see this band at theJazz Standard, though next night)

One more...if you're into fusion, this pianist is mind numbingly good (in a good way...)

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Originally Posted by Dsnuts View Post
 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/697035/ibasso-dx90-dual-sabre-1st-page-to-reformat-latest-fw-download-general-information/7350#post_10744272 The download link is on this post.

 

Unzip this image and throw it in your DX90 drive instead of your card.  Once installed.. Go into settings, advanced. Update firmware.. Click on update firmware. Let it install and it will shut off. Once back on go back into your settings, advanced.  Reset.. Reset your DX90. It will erase all your previous settings.

 

Simple as this. You will have a modded firmware that optimizes the DX90 from fonts. Speed. Sound.

Thanks for the link and upgrade instructions.  i am downloading right now, and will install it asap. I'm excited!  what

a treat to improve the sound and functionality of the already great DX90!!!! MANY thanks..

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http://www.head-fi.org/t/697035/ibasso-dx90-dual-sabre-1st-page-to-reformat-latest-fw-download-general-information/7350#post_10744272 The download link is on this post.

Unzip this image and throw it in your DX90 drive instead of your card.  Once installed.. Go into settings, advanced. Update firmware.. Click on update firmware. Let it install and it will shut off. Once back on go back into your settings, advanced.  Reset.. Reset your DX90. It will erase all your previous settings.

Simple as this. You will have a modded firmware that optimizes the DX90 from fonts. Speed. Sound.
[/quote

Thanks for the link, been reading about the Lurker0 firmware on disjointed email updates from the thread, was curious about it and wanted to try it, will download it soon. Really like the DX90, been using it at home through Ray Samuels HR-2.
Speaking of amps, still thinking about the iFi-the one you have isn't a portable though, right? That would be the nano, I believe. Also wondering if you (or anyone else, for that matter), have heard it and one of the Ray Samuel portables, say, the Mustang, and have any comparisons? The RS stuff is considerably more dinero, but I do see them for sale in the For Sale thread here for comparable amounts.

DOGWALK DISCOVERY TIME: (by not so much popular demand...)

Got a fabulous LP-Henry-Butler-Steven Bernstein and the Hot 9...New Orleans meets early big band, absolutely fabulous. And the LP comes with a card that allows you to get the album downloaded for free, not as MP3, not as FLAC, but as a WAV file!!!! Listening to it now, through Geek Out 1k->Shure 1540, it's a glorious, want to get up and dance around the house kind of sound (but, Butler has chops on the piano that are amazing, if you just want to listen).



(went to see this band at theJazz Standard, though next night)

One more...if you're into fusion, this pianist is mind numbingly good (in a good way...)

GREAT DOGWALK discoveries doctor jazz!  WOOF WOOF WOOF!  more please!!!!!

re RS portable gear: haven't heard Ifi hp amp DS has, but all of my RS amps have great depth and power and clarity that transcends all the other portable amp and amp dacs i have. love to get a RAPTOR someday, although not portable..and they all have lifetime warranty!!  RAY is a gentleman also and has great customer service and deserves all of our support!! he once sent me a unit on my birthday before i paid for it because it was my birthday i ordered it on! 


Edited by drbluenewmexico - 8/2/14 at 9:27am
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Originally Posted by Dsnuts View Post

Oh by the way Dr blue. If you havent tried the new custom firmware form Lurker0.. You need to install his version of the 2.1 international firmware on your DX90.

For anyone that owns the DX90..Seriously it is the best sounding firmware I have heard to date.
this sounds great. Installed last nite. This and asg2.5 and im content
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Attempted the installation, copied the file on to the main drive, but when I updated firmware, it didn't reboot. Shut it off and turned it on myself. System info just says V2.1.0 (I haven't updated software since I got it, think that means I had 2.0). Any way to tell if I have this on the DX90?
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Originally Posted by doctorjazz View Post

Attempted the installation, copied the file on to the main drive, but when I updated firmware, it didn't reboot. Shut it off and turned it on myself. System info just says V2.1.0 (I haven't updated software since I got it, think that means I had 2.0). Any way to tell if I have this on the DX90?

the system info tab under advanced settings should give you the current firmware numbers.  did you press reset after you rebooted the dx90?

i got the iBasso 2.1 version from their website loaded, which plays fine, but i haven't been able to get my machine to recognize the International

custom 2.1 yet.  well, its a new day, i will try again this morning.!!  good luck!

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Here is a copy of my review of the DJE1500

 

Over the years I have owned and reviewed a number of IEM's and headphones, being a positive person my reviews generally err on the side of generosity. This IEM forced me to go back through my reviews and adjust my ratings. The overall package and sound of the DJE1500 required it to be separated from everything else or I wouldn't be doing it justice. It is the first 5 star rating I have ever given. Now this doesn't mean I might not hear another IEM that is better but as of now it is the best dynamic based IEM I have heard, PERIOD... Now having said that I want to remind everyone that it is the perfect IEM sound for me not everyone else. For people wanting massive bass these won't do, similarly for those who love bright, or detail above all else again this IEM will not meet your needs. But for anyone wanting a good healthy dose of ALL OF THE ABOVE I think you might find the DJE1500 fits the bill.

 

 

Accessories:

As far as accessories goes you get the standard combinations of silicone single flange tips, and one set of Comply tips with the wax catcher. While the included tips work I am not a huge fan of Comply tips and found the bullet shape of the default tips not super suited for my ears. So I ended up testing Sony hybrid or UE wide mouth tips with great success. The Sony tip will give you a darker more subdued midrange and treble sound compared to the original tips while the UE tip allows more midrange and treble detail through.

 

This IEM uses the same detachable cable system as Shure, UE900, and several other manufacturers which will allow for cheap 3rd party cable replacements or expensive high end cable alternatives. Personally I have tried the UE900 blue iPhone cable and a Samsung S4/5 Android cable successfully but both reduced the treble detail detracting from the IEM sound, but may be perfect for anyone who find treble energy to tiring. In regards to the original cable, it offers a slightly to long a cable for portable use but is manageable due to it's extremely soft cloth covering and soft easy to manage memory wire section, it looks damn near perfect for the intended DJ audience. I have to say the quality of this cable out ways any length or non mic qualms I have. It sounds fantastic and works well on my home desktop rig as well as off my LG G2 phone. Microphonics are not perfect but above average in my opinion. The original cable may never have to be "upgraded" for users looking for just a straight stereo connection. I have actually ordered a $90 upgrade Samsung Android cable in the hopes I can get the same quality of sound as the original cable while having the controls and mic on my phone because I couldn't accept the difference in quality from my existing 3rd party cables vs the original.

 

 

 

Design

 

One thing I really find cool about this IEM is it's ability to transform from an over ear to a regular down ear IEM. It accomplishes this through a dial that allows you to adjust where the cable is positioned in regards to the IEM's shape. Here are some pictures of the various positions.

 

 

   

 

Sound

 

So how does it sound? In one word FANTASTIC!

 

I have owned a plethora of high end IEM's over the years ranging from the Sennheiser IE8, UE Triple-fi 10, UE900, Earsonics SM3, Sony MDR 7550, Sony EX1000, Sony XBA-H1/H3, Sony XBA3, and more. Almost all of these have been sold by me because of one short coming or another that just started to bother me. Some had great detail but were two fatiguing or lacked bass presence, others had amazing sound stages but at the expense of the midrange, some had almst everything right sonically but were ergonomically challenging or susceptible to wind noise while out and about.

The DJE1500 has managed to fit almost every single check mark I want in an IEM and where it falls down simple manageable 3rd party accessories can address the problem.

 

Bass - The bass in these is north of neutral but in a very expansive and enjoyable way. It does not just have massive bass slam which can be fatiguing and it manages to have great texture and decay so other instruments like Cello's, bass guitars, and the lowest registers of a piano sound wonderful while still making drums sound awesome. The only music I find the bass a bit over cooked is electronic sub bass. The bass of the DJE1500 is not overly mid-bass or sub-bass oriented but fairly linear albeit slightly boosted over the other ranges.

 

Midrange - The midrange is nicely neutral to maybe ever so slightly forward. Tip choice can affect the upper midrange though. When using UE tips for example some artists who strongly enunciate S's can come across as borderline sibilant but with the default tips or the Sony hybrids this is not an issue. I find the midrange to be engaging and detailed but never so detailed or analytical as to be boring.

 

Treble - The treble is clear and detailed especially with the UE tips but never fatiguing in my experience. I love how instruments like cymbals are reproduced. They have nice sizzle and crash without becoming strident or shouty. The treble is about in the same place audibly as the midrange.

 

Sound Stage and imaging - The sound stage and imaging of this headphone is simply off the charts. It is in the same range as the best Sony IEM's and the IE8 but without the veiled midrange of the IE8 or the wind noise and quirky ergonomic issues of the Sony's and the IE8. I was continually amazed at how drawn into classical music I was with these. The sound stage was nice and broad with good depth and fantastic instrument placement. I was similarly impressed with well done classic rock, jazz, Celtic, and other genres. This IEM reminded me why I like this area so much.

 

Final Thoughts

 

This IEM while not necessarily better than the IEM's I have mentioned has for me struck the best balance of detail, sonic signature, imaging, sound stage, ergonomics,  build quality, and after market component options to get a perfect 5 star rating. In regards to the Sony IEM's in particular this IEM sounds the closest to the MDR-7550 but with deeper harder hitting bass and better treble, a perfect blend between the EX1000 and the 7550. When I bought the Sony XBA-H1 and H3 I was hoping both would be what the DJE1500 ultimately is in this regard.

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^

Good stuff, and my interest is raising on those Pions but is still holding out for the VSonic VSD5s. :ksc75smile:

 

If they were like under $100 i might cop a set but i am even more picky these days with my IEMs so for $150 they better blow my mind off (which i doubt it will from your impressions). haha 

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Great review @dweaver! You definitely have piqued my interest. I'm not sure that "bass north of neutral" would work for me, but I'm gonna keep my eyes open for them anyway. Thanks!
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They are bassy out of the box but it settles down quite a bit after a few days. I have never had an IEM that sounds so good for classical. The bass is stunning for kettle drums and cellos.

Aside from some music that I think has overly enhanced bass I find these to just sound full for most of my music. They may be a bit north of neutral in the bass but not at the expense of the rest of the music. The only people who will have to think hard about this IEM are people who really prefer neutral to bass light signatures.

Compared to the Mikros 90 with the pinhole mod I would say the 1500 is slightly harder hitting and slightly deeper sounding, so north but not lots north. It really does fall somewhere in between the MDR7550 and EX1000.
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