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post #11266 of 12530
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Originally Posted by kanashimoo View Post

Hi,

I've had my DX100 for a year now. I've been using it with the Unique Melody Miracle.


I have a few issues.

 

1) The battery life doesn't even last 5 hours now. Screen off, blank drive (so no background processes). Any help?

 

2) Sometimes playback gets strange. A problem I couldn't solve easily was when there would be intermittent random pauses for a second or two a few times an hour. Any help here?

 


Version 1.37 firmware.

Thanks.

 

As for the battery, I got this from the DX100 FAQ - http://www.head-fi.org/a/ibasso-dx100-faq

 

 

Getting the best from the battery

 

Keep wifi and bluetooth switched off unless you need them

 

Disable "Background data" option - this can be found in the "Accounts & sync settings" section from the Settings page'

 

you maybe want to root your DX100 and freeze suggested processes - also found in the FAQ  

also, try to calibrate your battery 

post #11267 of 12530

My DX100 arrived yesterday, a week and a day after I placed the order.  For years I've been listening to a Cowon J3 with PL50 IEMs. Recently I bought a pair of FitEar F111s which I thought paired very nicely with the J3. Wonderful sound, or so I thought until I plugged the F111s into the DX100.

 

I listen almost exclusively to classical music and the improvement with the DX100 over the J3 was quite noticeble. The most obvious was the bass extension and control.  This shows up in tracks that don't have deep bass ( i.e. Schubert's String Quintet) as stronger character, mainly in the lower registers.

 

But I was really shocked when I put on some CSN. The difference was dramatic, so much more well defined bass, greater attack in the guitar playing, and a pleasent filling out of the voices. It sounded like a different recording. There was so much going on that I had never heard before I was amazed. Not just little stuff like hearing them softly talk to each other but dramatic differences in the playing.

 

Needless to say I've very pleased. The DX100/F111 combo provides the same kind of engaging, enlivening listening I used to enjoy with my Stax CD94/CDA94 combo.  The downside is that now I have more recordings that are less enjoyable to listen to due to the poor quality of the recordings.  It's not surprising on the more compressed MP3s, but a flac of a nice performance of Beethoven's 4th Piano concerto sounded fairly lifeless compared to well-recorded pieces.

 

OTOH, I can't wait to hear what a good hi-res recording sounds like.

 

I did run into one very annoying glitch. There's a loud, sharp pop a few seconds after the DX100 is turned on.  It's shocking to the ear,  I have to remember to no put the IEMs in until after turning it on.  Is this a common occurence and can anything be done about it?

 

O.

post #11268 of 12530
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Originally Posted by Omphalopsychite View Post

My DX100 arrived yesterday, a week and a day after I placed the order.  For years I've been listening to a Cowon J3 with PL50 IEMs. Recently I bought a pair of FitEar F111s which I thought paired very nicely with the J3. Wonderful sound, or so I thought until I plugged the F111s into the DX100.

 

I listen almost exclusively to classical music and the improvement with the DX100 over the J3 was quite noticeble. The most obvious was the bass extension and control.  This shows up in tracks that don't have deep bass ( i.e. Schubert's String Quintet) as stronger character, mainly in the lower registers.

 

But I was really shocked when I put on some CSN. The difference was dramatic, so much more well defined bass, greater attack in the guitar playing, and a pleasent filling out of the voices. It sounded like a different recording. There was so much going on that I had never heard before I was amazed. Not just little stuff like hearing them softly talk to each other but dramatic differences in the playing.

 

Needless to say I've very pleased. The DX100/F111 combo provides the same kind of engaging, enlivening listening I used to enjoy with my Stax CD94/CDA94 combo.  The downside is that now I have more recordings that are less enjoyable to listen to due to the poor quality of the recordings.  It's not surprising on the more compressed MP3s, but a flac of a nice performance of Beethoven's 4th Piano concerto sounded fairly lifeless compared to well-recorded pieces.

 

OTOH, I can't wait to hear what a good hi-res recording sounds like.

 

I did run into one very annoying glitch. There's a loud, sharp pop a few seconds after the DX100 is turned on.  It's shocking to the ear,  I have to remember to no put the IEMs in until after turning it on.  Is this a common occurence and can anything be done about it?

 

O.

 

 

That, to me, is what a truly high end amplifier section can do.  The first place you notice it is in the bass.

 

That's why I simply can't understand why some people think they need to pair the DX100 with an external amp.  The amp section in the DX100 is absolutely stellar!

 

Oh well, to each his own I suppose...

 

Congrats on the new toy! beerchug.gif

post #11269 of 12530
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Originally Posted by nelamvr6 View Post

 

 

That, to me, is what a truly high end amplifier section can do.  The first place you notice it is in the bass.

 

That's why I simply can't understand why some people think they need to pair the DX100 with an external amp.  The amp section in the DX100 is absolutely stellar!

 

Oh well, to each his own I suppose...

 

Congrats on the new toy! beerchug.gif

Different Amp's sound better to the ear with different headphones when paired with the DX100. But the DX100 already has a fantastic amp, and there really is no need for an external amp unless you want a specific sound signature. I prefer the O2 for most of my IEM's and headphones.


Edited by Poetic - 4/16/13 at 5:53pm
post #11270 of 12530
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Originally Posted by Omphalopsychite View Post

I did run into one very annoying glitch. There's a loud, sharp pop a few seconds after the DX100 is turned on.  It's shocking to the ear,  I have to remember to no put the IEMs in until after turning it on.  Is this a common occurence and can anything be done about it?

 

O.

 

The pop is normal.  Most DX100 users have learned to plug in their IEM's after that pop from the amp. 

post #11271 of 12530
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Originally Posted by wolfen68 View Post

 

The pop is normal.  Most DX100 users have learned to plug in their IEM's after that pop from the amp. 

 

Thanks Wolfen.  It does surprise me that such an expensive and overall outstanding product would have such an annoying glitch.  Hopefully it won't take me too long to learn...

post #11272 of 12530
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Originally Posted by xnuthecaveman View Post

 

As for the battery, I got this from the DX100 FAQ - http://www.head-fi.org/a/ibasso-dx100-faq

 

 

Getting the best from the battery

 

Keep wifi and bluetooth switched off unless you need them

 

Disable "Background data" option - this can be found in the "Accounts & sync settings" section from the Settings page'

 

you maybe want to root your DX100 and freeze suggested processes - also found in the FAQ  

also, try to calibrate your battery 


Hm, thanks for that.

I've always had Wifi and bluetooth off, though. And since I have no programs and no internet I don't see how its possible to sync (but I guess it still might check?) Disabled that and I'll see how it goes tomorrow.

 

But yeah, after being away from Headfi for a while and seeing how iBasso screwed their customers with the R10, basically just giving them the finger is very discouraging. When I pay top dollar, I expect a top grade product, or at least a way to upgrade to the new revision.

post #11273 of 12530
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Originally Posted by wolfen68 View Post
The pop is normal.  Most DX100 users have learned to plug in their IEM's after that pop from the amp. 

One way to get rid of the pop is to use a delay switch, which would take more room, or a capacitor in the signal path to block the DC offset. The cap will add its own sound so they chose to leave it out and the relay also has contacts as well as requiring the room for it.

post #11274 of 12530

Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 4 is one of the recordings that just didn't cut it when played on the DX100/F111.  It's one of my favorite concertos and I was curious about hi-res sound so I bought a a 24/192 recording by Mackerras/Pizarro. Although I'm not enthralled with the performance (I fondly remember the Ivan Morevitz CD) the sound was just incredible. The textures and voices were so much clearer, lifelike, and with more detail than I've never heard before in a recording. 

 

Still curious, I bought the CD version on the 3rd movement for comparison. It sounds good but was like looking at a good reproduction of a Van Gogh painting instead of the real painting. Everything's a bit less well defined and vivid.

 

This poses a dilemma. Not all works have hi-res recordings, and even less for exceptional performances.  It's a hard choice between an exceptional performance and exceptional sound.

 

Then there's the problem of storage. The files are huge,  about 1.3 GB per concerto.  The movement I got is 10x larger on the 24/192 than CD qual.  I could fill up cards real fast. 

 

The design Micro SD slot is another weakness on DX100. The card isn't guided in cleanly like on other devices I've had and the card easily skews and jams. I don't relish swapping cards all the time.

post #11275 of 12530
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Originally Posted by jamato8 View Post

One way to get rid of the pop is to use a delay switch, which would take more room, or a capacitor in the signal path to block the DC offset. The cap will add its own sound so they chose to leave it out and the relay also has contacts as well as requiring the room for it.

 

Thanks for the info, hard to imagine that there's not a solution that preserves sound quality.

 

I've noticed when switching tracks there's a very short replay of the previous track (I think) and some little crackles and pops.  Somewhat annoying while listening, hopefully future firmware can clean up stuff like this.  However I'll live with it for the absolutely incredible sound the DX100 is capable of.

post #11276 of 12530
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Omphalopsychite View Post

Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 4 is one of the recordings that just didn't cut it when played on the DX100/F111.  It's one of my favorite concertos and I was curious about hi-res sound so I bought a a 24/192 recording by Mackerras/Pizarro. Although I'm not enthralled with the performance (I fondly remember the Ivan Morevitz CD) the sound was just incredible. The textures and voices were so much clearer, lifelike, and with more detail than I've never heard before in a recording. 

 

Still curious, I bought the CD version on the 3rd movement for comparison. It sounds good but was like looking at a good reproduction of a Van Gogh painting instead of the real painting. Everything's a bit less well defined and vivid.

 

This poses a dilemma. Not all works have hi-res recordings, and even less for exceptional performances.  It's a hard choice between an exceptional performance and exceptional sound.

 

Then there's the problem of storage. The files are huge,  about 1.3 GB per concerto.  The movement I got is 10x larger on the 24/192 than CD qual.  I could fill up cards real fast. 

 

The design Micro SD slot is another weakness on DX100. The card isn't guided in cleanly like on other devices I've had and the card easily skews and jams. I don't relish swapping cards all the time.

I use the 64gb (x3) cards and get enough of the hi rez and other formats. I have never had a problem with the insertion of the micro sd card. Do you mean yours doesn't go straight in but can move side to side? 

post #11277 of 12530
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Originally Posted by Omphalopsychite View Post

 

Thanks for the info, hard to imagine that there's not a solution that preserves sound quality.

 

I've noticed when switching tracks there's a very short replay of the previous track (I think) and some little crackles and pops.  Somewhat annoying while listening, hopefully future firmware can clean up stuff like this.  However I'll live with it for the absolutely incredible sound the DX100 is capable of.

The DX100 has its quirks, but all is forgiven when the music plays.

 

As for stellar recordings of stellar performances, I trust that you already own this one? https://www.hdtracks.com/index.php?file=catalogdetail&valbum_code=HD602527585901

 

Don't let the fact that it was recorded in 1975 fool you. You will be able to pinpoint the people in the audience clearing their throats. Sure, it's jazz improv piano, not classical, but I personally believe that anyone with an opinion on recording quality needs to own that recording.

 

I have another suggestion if you want to hear a spectacularly well made live recording but it would be mellow acoustic rock...

post #11278 of 12530
Thread Starter 

I just got my RSA 71b back from being updated. I am using the DX100 as a source and the combo, driving my balanced headphones is very fine. Very transparent and dynamic. Obviously, well maybe not, the bass quality is substantial and absolutely controlled. The DX100 makes an super source and of  course, not too shabby a all in one. :^) After an hour of both warming up, all I can say is, WOW!


Edited by jamato8 - 4/17/13 at 1:28pm
post #11279 of 12530
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Originally Posted by jamato8 View Post

I just got my RSA 71b back from being updated. I am using the DX100 as a source and the combo, driving my balanced headphones is very fine. Very transparent and dynamic. Obviously, well maybe not, the bass quality is substantial and absolutely controlled. The DX100 makes an super source and of  course, not too shabby a all in one. :^) After an hour of both warming up, all I can say is, WOW!

Good to hear...I'm looking forward to getting my SR71B Rev. 2 and trying it out with the DX100 and DB-1. 

post #11280 of 12530
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Originally Posted by Omphalopsychite View Post

This poses a dilemma. Not all works have hi-res recordings, and even less for exceptional performances.  It's a hard choice between an exceptional performance and exceptional sound.

 

Then there's the problem of storage. The files are huge,  about 1.3 GB per concerto.  The movement I got is 10x larger on the 24/192 than CD qual.  I could fill up cards real fast. 

 

 

I've read and confirmed myself that 24/192 is (seems to be) overkill and 24/96 sounds just as good. 24/96 files are almost half the size of 24/192. That's where I comprimise.

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