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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post

 

 

Hmm do you turn off the screen? Leaving it on will result in frustration for sure. Generally mine isn't buggy at all. Also have you ever used a Slow2 (AKA Teclast T51? ;) because that UI is so much worse than the DX100 that it isn't funny at all. I mean the DX100 UI isn't the best out there but hey. I really only got 2 more issues that need to be fixed and I'm pretty much happy at that point. 1. The fade in at the beginning of each track upon manually changing tracks needs to go. 2. Playlists need to automatically update and alphabetize instead of only having them show up in the order they are synced. If they fix those two then everything else is just icing on the cake for me ;).

 

If I read correctly you are having some issues with the player cutting the screen on by itself? When you updated to 1.2.7 did you do a factory reset? What I always do is do a factory reset which doesn't delete your music but will restore everything back to 1.2.7 factory settings. If not you are carrying over crap from the previous firmware updates which will contribute to buggy playback and possibly a slower UI. I also clear the Media Storage Process and the Music Player Process and then restart the player, letting it sit for 15 minutes to re-index everything. Should be better after that I think. Also turning off all the superfluous stuff such as WIFI, animation, haptic feedback, tilting screen, etc will help :).

 

You can make things even faster and smoother by rooting the device. I rooted my device with the help of Sorensiim and even messed things up quite a few times being stupid. I can honestly say this device will be hard to brick. You'd be more likely to brick it while installing a firmware update and the power goes out :P. As long as you follow the directions you are safe and the device will be even more responsive and smooth.

 

Regarding smoothness and ease of use; I strictly use playlists to access all of my music. It is the smoothest and fastest method to access music and this is generally universal for most DAPs out there. Feels like an ipod honestly with its smooth and sleek nature. Using this method every single track is organized and in the order I want it to be in ;). Guess I'm a control freak. I have the player screen time out on minimal but generally I turn it off manually so I don't have issues with things changing on their own unless I accidentally shut it on while in my pocket (rarely happens but does happen at times with my T1 amp attached :P).

 

 Also I recommend everyone be careful about accidentally turning up the volume to full blast using the screen. That is an option and very dangerous lol. I blasted myself once and a friend here destroyed his NT6 Custom IEM due to it. So be careful...

 

Not sure if this will be useful to you but I did contribute to the DX100 Faq page which gives full details on how to properly tag your files with mp3 tag to work with the DX100 and most players (on the fly so pretty simple and fast). I also put up a guide there on how to set up your playlists via media monkey on the DX100. Works like a charm :). You'll also find Sorensiims guide here on how to root your DX100 along with some other helpful contributions from various members. Sorry for babbling on figured the more descriptive I am may help you and others. redface.gif

 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/a/ibasso-dx100-faq

Thank you. I poured over the FAQ: very useful. I've linked to it in the review and brought up this thread elsewhere. I think this information is helpful. I wish consumers could get such helpful stuff from the manufacturer, but that probably won't happen any time soon.

 

I may well try rooting the DX100 this week as I have some time between reviews. I love being part of the DX100 community and I'm learning things all the time. 

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Yeah the fact that ibasso is working with us to further improve the UI is very commendable. They have my support 100%. figgie and Sorensiim will prove to be great assets to use all in regards to the UI further improving. Plus ibasso is continuing to work on it and is taking advice from figgie on how to implement the fixes which is great. What really puts the extra frosting on it all is their willingness to release their custom API to both Neutron and Power Amp. That means two very good and pretty much flawless UIs (supporting 24/192) on top of the stock UI available from ibasso and possibly even more :).
 


Edited by lee730 - 12/10/12 at 5:21am
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Originally Posted by Sorensiim View Post

The DX100 has spoiled me - any hint of noise or hiss absolutely disqualifies an amp for me and my 8.A's aren't even that picky. So I'm looking for an amp suitable for (c)iems, absolutely noise free and preferably with a footprint similar to the DX100 so I can stack them. Oh and since it has to actually be an improvement over the already damn good DX100, my choices are somewhat limited.

 

Ahh, who needs money anyway?


I've paired mine up with the RSA SR-71A.  It's just slightly smaller than the DX100.  As I've found with ALL the RSA amps I've used (this is my 3rd), it's fantastic.  Dead silent background, has a better sound stage than the DX100, doesn't add any color, and powers anything you throw at it (I use it with my Heir 4.Ais and Beyer T1s).  The only thing some might consider a downside is no re-chargeable internal battery - it runs off 2 9-volt batteries.  However, with my 4.Ais and using 9-volt Lithium cells, I get over 150 hours on a set of batteries (I haven't run down a set with the T1s, so I don't know how much less it will get on the high gain setting and a little higher volume setting).

 

The RSA SR-71A makes both my 4.Ais and T1s sound better than direct through the DX100...noticeably better.

 

Prior to the SR-71A, I tried the "ALO The Continental V2" paired up with my DX100.  It was a good amp.  It was just a little too "tubey" (warm) for my tastes.  My preferences lean towards flat.  However, if you like a warmer sound, it pairs up nicely with the DX100.  The case length and width dimensions are nearly identical to the DX100.

 

I was recently looking at the Intruder to replace my SR-71A, not because I don't like the SR-71A (I LOVE it), but because I wanted the addition of the DAC. However, having just read the posts about the 16/44.1 limitation, that took it out of the running.

 

Santa asked me to ask this...do you know of any portable amp/DAC combo that is RSA quality/sound with a DAC that will do 24/192 (or at least 24/96) and will drive low and high impedance (the Beyer T1s...this is important to me)?  I really don't want to add a 3rd box to my "portable" setup.

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Thanks for the feedback about the amps, the SR-71B is on my radar as well. I'm a bit confused by your last question, are you looking to add an external DAC to the DX100?
post #9485 of 12672
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Thanks for the feedback about the amps, the SR-71B is on my radar as well. I'm a bit confused by your last question, are you looking to add an external DAC to the DX100?


No, not for the DX100.  I'd like to be able to have an DAC/amp combo that I can use with my DX100 for the amp part, PLUS that I can also use with a laptop as a DAC/amp when I don't have my DX100 with me.  Just asking to hear what others have experienced.  I'm waiting to hear how the Centrance HiFi M8 LX does when it's released.  I've also seen some info about an upcoming AudioQuest Bumblebee.  I think both of these will support 24/192.

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Decisions decisions, thought I had my heart set on the MK3-B from ALO with the LCD-2/DX100 pairing for a portable (more like transportable) critical listening rig......but now this discussion got me thinking about the RSA amps....either way I dun think I could lose heh.  Looks like solid products from RSA.  I totally would pick up a CLAS as well but IMO that company made that product way too limited with the only input options being an iDevice or PC....I'm a full on android user and I find it a bit ridiculous they didn't have some kind of universal digital input like coax or optical.....silly if you ask me....just limited their customers by a large margin no matter how great the DAC sounds.....even went as far to get a classic 7g ipod and an upgraded HD to 240 gigs of storage to use with the CLAS but the deal breaker was when I found out rockbox don't work with it (I refuse to use iTunes and be locked to ALAC).....quite a shame.  But yeah, the DX100 ftw, break in or not it's been phenomenal with the IEM's I've thrown at it....and now the 4ai/3ai are on the way from Heir.....=P  Following Soren's footsteps.

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Gentleman, 

you convinced me I am going to place my order for the DX100 L3000.gif

 

I have 2 questions about "play lists"

 

- I have today 3000 music files well organized under iTune in several play lists, with some file being present in several playlists. This has been a lot of work...   So; is there a way to transfer my iTune library, WITH THE COMPLETE SOPHISTICATED "PLAYLIST STRUCTURE",  to the DX100.  This will save me 100's hours of selection work.

 

 

- As I said, under iTune, the same music files can be present in several different playlist ( slow music,  best off, 80's....).   If I do the same with the DX100, will the file be present only once on the  mass storage or several times ?  In other world, if a 20 Mo music file is present in 3 different playlists, will it take 20 Mo or 60 Mo (3 times) of the precious limited storage space ?

 

 

many thanks in advance for your estimated advices

 

Bertrand


Edited by bmichels - 12/10/12 at 1:50pm
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I've actually been using the MK3 and DX100 for the past several months with the HE-500 and found it to sound very good.  I liked it better with the LCD-2's when I had it.  I just recently traded my MK3 for the Intruder to see if that pairs any better with the HE-500.

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I just had a brief listen on the RX3 tonight and it is great with full size cans but bordering on useless with iems. Even the lowest gain is too high, it's noisy and the volume pot is noisy as hell.

Then there's the SR 71B, but I keep reading it's darker, warmer sounding and my 8.A's are just perfect right now, don't want to add any coloration. I might very well stick with the DX100 as a one-box solution after all...
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I couldn't use the MK3 with iem's at all because of what you posted.  It was strictly used with HE-500's.  I think the DX100 is more than perfect as a one box solution.  The opportunity landed on my lap to trade for the Intruder.  Curious if it will have a black background with iem's and being able to use balanced out with single ended input with DX100 seems too good not to try.  

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Originally Posted by Sorensiim View Post

I just had a brief listen on the RX3 tonight and it is great with full size cans but bordering on useless with iems. Even the lowest gain is too high, it's noisy and the volume pot is noisy as hell.
Then there's the SR 71B, but I keep reading it's darker, warmer sounding and my 8.A's are just perfect right now, don't want to add any coloration. I might very well stick with the DX100 as a one-box solution after all...

It may not be fair to label the SR71B as 'dark', but there is less signal clarity in several key areas, stopping its run on 'sparklieness'. It has a shaped sound and it is very good, but it's a flavour that you may or may not like. 

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Yeah I'd stick to amps like the Pico Slim for the IEM's IMO.....great little amp that sounds great, pretty neutral for the most part too.  But with the dx100, I really dun see much of a point in using amps for IEM's.....I find it hard to imagine a drastic improvement of any kind.  Interesting, so the HE-500 pairs better, I'd have to check since I got those set of cans as well....it seems like the MK3-B is the favorite amongst most people and hence when I was tending toward it.  Maybe I should be considering the RSA stuff as well.

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If you are mainly looking for an amp for IEMs the T1 Tralucent amp is superb. That is my go to combo with my DX100 :).
 

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Incidentally, I will be publishing a review of the T1 and the Lisa 3 this week.

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Originally Posted by shigzeo View Post

Incidentally, I will be publishing a review of the T1 and the Lisa 3 this week.

 

You can't go wrong with either. Although I don't like the DX100/Triad L3 pairing myself. The sound stage is way to big for an IEM IMO. Maybe for full size headphones it will work. But I do like some intimacy in my presentation and I don't get that with this pairing ;). On the DACport LX however it is a marriage made in heaven. Such amazing width and depth with really good transparency thanks to the LX. I thought I was getting the most out of my DACport LX with my other amps but I was wrong. It is even more capable... The dynamics the L3 brings is just scary and breath taking. It just demands your attention and thrusts you into the recording, surrounding you with everything. I hear things on a regular basis I've never heard before. Even tracks I've heard many many times sound completely different. Like a veil has been lifted from the music.


Edited by lee730 - 12/10/12 at 4:22pm
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