Originally Posted by lee730
Then I doubt its anything to do with quality control. Most likely some of us can hear it and others can't. Nothing new there.
But are you suggesting that it's our hearing that is at fault? We all have different hearing preferences, our age and shape of our pinna all affect it, however distortion is not preferential the same way as more bass is. We should all hear differences in sound signatures and especially additional distortion. If a sound signature changes, we should all hear a difference. If there's added distortion, then we should all definitely hear a difference (of course, based on how audible it is).
I grew up with music. My dad is a professional jazz musician and I play multiple instruments since the age of 5. I've compete in Eistedfodds and musical talent shows and performed many times on stage. I write, record and mix my own music. I'd comfortably say that I have the ability to listen critically.
So to suggest that I don't hear a difference because I can't or am not able to is a little mind boggling to me.
This seems to be a polarizing issue. Some like the new update and others really don't. There has to be a difference between what we're getting to create such concrete opinions on whether it's good or bad. That's all I'm getting at.
Lee, have you written to iBasso about this update? Maybe someone with the crappy sounding 1.2.3 update can send theirs in and see if it still sounds the same when they get it back after iBasso check it over? iBasso, afterall, are still a small Chinese company. Unique quality control issues are very possible.