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DigiZoid ZO a good option for me?

Poll Results: Worth getting the DigiZoid ZO?

 
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post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 

Hey there!

 

First of all, I would like to say I'm not necessarily looking for bass, I already have the bass demons the TFTA 1XB earphones, for on the go, and don't need any bass for it, if anything any less might do lol !

 

Also these are the things that will play out of it:

-TFTA 1XB, with 0 bass settings -> OFF (portable)

-Denon D2000's with bass settings ON (at home)

-Using my D2K's via my Xonar D1 and/or Z-5500 through the ZO's to my D2K's (at home)

 

What I'm looking for is:

-Something cheap

-Something portable, if I ever want to take it around with me - something like the FiiO E7 i found way too bulky

-Something that can give me bass

-Something that gives me an overall good quality SQ

 

I have the FiiO E5 - I plugged it in the other day to my D2K's and they sounded horrible with them - I guess over time they degraded or something?

E5 was BRILLIANT with my C710 and C751's

 

That said when i got my SGS with bass boost (via voodoo control app) - i hardly ever used my E5 from then on, as all it really did is boost the volume and the bass (when switched on)

 

I however want something that will increase SQ so to speak

 

I heard this:

 

 

 

And it sounds like the ZO gives an amazing SQ - I'm I being mislead by that video?

If not, then I think its a great device to increase SQ, be portable, at a reasonable price (used), and gives bass if i want it

 

And also, my main point here is for the D2K's that's why i was hesitating between posting in the amp or headphone section - not sure what is best, but hey - I would love people with the D2K to comment on it, if anything

 

 

Cheers!


Edited by Totally Dubbed - 1/25/12 at 3:52am
post #2 of 26
Thread Starter 

I was told the ZO doesn't give the same thing as what is shown in the video.

 

What I'm looking for is something that cleans the sound, I don't really need an amp or really a bass boost - but wondering if this will change the SQ a little?

post #3 of 26
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Originally Posted by Totally Dubbed View Post

I was told the ZO doesn't give the same thing as what is shown in the video.

 

What I'm looking for is something that cleans the sound, I don't really need an amp or really a bass boost - but wondering if this will change the SQ a little?

 

It won't sound EXACTLY the same as in above video because it depends on the hardware components used in the ZO (especially the amping part) exactly how it'll sound like in practice and I believe the above demo shows what the sound processing SmartVektor does for the music if you'd totally exclude the impact the hardware components themselves have on the signal (well what it would sound like with the most neutral sounding components possible). I've got ZO1, ZO2.1 and ZO2.3, overall I'd say I prefer the sound of ZO2.1 the most as it seems to have slightly different amping config, I'm guessing preamp/opamp + amp config while ZO1 and ZO2.3 I would guess only have 1-stage amping process because ZO2.1 goes slightly louder than ZO1 & 2.3.

 

With the right components used in ZO together with SmartVektor sound they could have something that could sound like a winner despite whatever it would cost IMO. But yea right now it's a very good sounding $100 amp IMO. I also have a FiiO E5 but I never ended up using it because I also thought it sounded worse than not using it (the bass boost mode muddled up the sound, decreasing the midrange detail especially and the other mode lowered the bass response even). I've also had Gary's PA2V2 which I also didn't like and ended up selling it. ZO is the first amp I actually like how it sounds like haha.


Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 1/28/12 at 5:53am
post #4 of 26
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by RPGWiZaRD View Post

 

It won't sound EXACTLY the same as in above video because it depends on the hardware components used in the ZO (especially the amping part) exactly how it'll sound like in practice and I believe the above demo shows what the sound processing SmartVektor does for the music if you'd totally exclude the impact the hardware components themselves have on the signal. I've got ZO1, ZO2.1 and ZO2.3, overall I'd say I prefer the sound of ZO2.1 the most as it seems to have slightly different amping config, I'm guessing preamp/opamp + amp config while ZO1 and ZO2.3 I would guess only have 1-stage amping process because ZO2.1 goes slightly louder than ZO1 & 2.3.

 

With the right components used in ZO together with SmartVektor sound they could have something that could sound like a winner despite whatever it would cost IMO.


Interesting - but you see, this is what gets me:
I have a FiiO E5, and I NEVER user it, as to my ears, all it does is:

-Creates a little hiss

-Gives bass, which i don't need any more (as I can do that via my phone)

-Gives more volume, but again I can do it on my phone

-Is something extra to carry

 

 

So in other words, I'm not looking for, "just an amp", I'm not looking for a "bass booster", I'm looking for something that is like the Vektor technology - which cleans up or adds to the sound

 

My source is my phone, my SGS

post #5 of 26
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Originally Posted by Totally Dubbed View Post


Interesting - but you see, this is what gets me:
I have a FiiO E5, and I NEVER user it, as to my ears, all it does is:

-Creates a little hiss

-Gives bass, which i don't need any more (as I can do that via my phone)

-Gives more volume, but again I can do it on my phone

-Is something extra to carry

 

 

So in other words, I'm not looking for, "just an amp", I'm not looking for a "bass booster", I'm looking for something that is like the Vektor technology - which cleans up or adds to the sound

 

My source is my phone, my SGS


Edited my post after you replied (so typical me), I suggest you re-read the second part. ZO is the first amp I liked what it did with sound quality, FiiO E5 and Gary's PA2V2 sounded like it would only get worse to me but with ZO it was the first amp I thought actually  made me like what I'm hearing more than not using an amp.

 

post #6 of 26
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by RPGWiZaRD View Post


Edited my post after you replied (so typical me), I suggest you re-read the second part. ZO is the first amp I liked what it did with sound quality, FiiO E5 and Gary's PA2V2 sounded like it would only get worse to me but with ZO it was the first amp I thought actually  made me like what I'm hearing more than not using an amp.

 


Don't worry I do it all the time lol :)

 

Ok, so it does add to the SQ, alongside with what it does to the bass and volume, little like the video, possibly not as exaggerated am I correct in saying that?

 

If so, then i find it might be worth for the TFTA 1XB's on the lowest settings, to clear up some of the mids

And really useful for the D2000's as I'll add bass to it + some volume, I find without amping the D2K's sound too low for my deaf ears lol

post #7 of 26
Thread Starter 

Anyone have experience then with the D2K's and the ZO's at all?

Or any amps people have used with their D2K's?

post #8 of 26

I'll vouch for the zo here also! Using it on my pro700mk2's, m50's and hd650's and they sound great. My pro700's shine when the bass boost is turned up on the zo!!

post #9 of 26
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by deviusdragger View Post

I'll vouch for the zo here also! Using it on my pro700mk2's, m50's and hd650's and they sound great. My pro700's shine when the bass boost is turned up on the zo!!


could you explain what it does?
Apart from volume boost and bass, does it add anything more?

 

 

post #10 of 26

it all depends on whaat your comparing it to. I just adds fullness to the sound....and BASS!!!

post #11 of 26
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by deviusdragger View Post

it all depends on whaat your comparing it to. I just adds fullness to the sound....and BASS!!!

 

Would love to hear it now - that fullness is what I'm seeking - not bass nor volume (but they are great add-ons :P)

 

post #12 of 26

Yea "fullness" is a good word. I'd say improved dynamic range and more forward sounding more like, it gets more closer to speaker listening sound, from puny, weak to fullbodied sound, it just feels like mids/highs (not just bass) and everything get more body, not as thin. 


Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 1/30/12 at 1:36am
post #13 of 26
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by RPGWiZaRD View Post

Yea "fullness" is a good word. I'd say improved dynamic range and more forward sounding more like, it gets more closer to speaker listening sound, from puny, weak to fullbodied sound, it just feels like mids/highs and everything get more body, not as thin. 


I've put up the buy thread last night - hopefully I can find something

or else I'll have to go via their site...:/

 

PS RPG:
I'm at work, reading your excellent review atm

 

post #14 of 26

Once you get one, you wont be disappointed!!! I love mine!

 

 

 

 

post #15 of 26

What's up with ZO not being able to buy it from nowhere else but from they official site?! WTF?!  I can't find it nowhere in Europe?! blink.gif

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