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I have had the EXACT experience and possible solutions from my Sony Xperia Z and GO 1000 (can't remember but i think i said it on the Geek Out thread).

 

But on a blessing in disguise my Xperia Z went dead and had it reimbursed. Now have a Note 3 instead.


Edited by m-i-c-k-e-y - 5/4/15 at 3:54pm
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Originally Posted by m-i-c-k-e-y View Post
 

I have had the EXACT experience and possible solutions from my Sony Xperia Z and GO 1000 (can't remember but i think i said it on the Geek Out thread).

 

But on a blessing in disguise my Xperia Z went dead and had it reimbursed. Now have a Note 3 instead.

Now you can try accessing the ext MicroSD card from the software that was giving you a problem. I forget which it was, but it worked with my Note 3. You running Lollipop or Kitkat on it? Which version number of Android?

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Hi Stan!

 

It WAS and STILL Hiby and Onkyo HF that I have problems accessing my microSD.

 

I have still Android 4.4.2. They haven't released yet an update here in Italy. A bummer that is.

 

Cheers!

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Hi Stan!

 

It WAS and STILL Hiby and Onkyo HF that I have problems accessing my microSD.

 

I have still Android 4.4.2. They haven't released yet an update here in Italy. A bummer that is.

 

Cheers!

The last version of kitkat I used was 4.4.4 and that was for a long time and it worked for me. Now it's Lollipop. I hope you get a good update soon.

 

ciao

post #6680 of 6686
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Would appreciate your input if anyone has experience with Geek Out:

 

Has anybody been able to get the Geek Out to work with Sony Xperia Z series and UAPP without the need for the above procedure, and if so, what kind of tweaks to the phone or UAPP settings were needed?

 

Or with any phone with Android 4.x and UAPP, for that matter?

Yes, I have made it work with Xperia Z2 on Android 4.4.4. UAPP works fine as long as it is the first app you run and Geek Out 450 the first DAC you connect on the phone. No need for power bank or anything.

 

BUT. It is very selective when it comes to earphones.  Connecting the IEMs that came with the phone is OK, if I want to connect my "hi end" IEMs Sony Mh1 I must use the 47Ohm output, not the 0,47Ohm which should in theory be the correct connection for them. Otherwise the connection breaks. 

 

Walkman app can control volume on the Geek, but only when it plays files via the DLNA server (go figure...). Files from the SD card or the phone itself are played in full volume. Hiby App can control volume too. Most of the times. And sometimes, no matter what I do , the connection breaks, there is crackle and pops, and another IEM pair bites the dust.

 

I have practically given up on Geek Out 450 for use with an Android phone. I use now the idsp and miss nothing. The dSp sounds just as good with IEMs on the go, it has no connection issues and you run no danger of frying your IEMs. And it is barely a third of the price of the Geek Out. 

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Me on the other hand I have good experience from Sammys on GO. My Note 3, Note 10.1 (2014ed.) and Tab S 8.4 all worked fine as long its Android 4.4.2 and above.

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Me on the other hand I have good experience from Sammys on GO. My Note 3, Note 10.1 (2014ed.) and Tab S 8.4 all worked fine as long its Android 4.4.2 and above.


No doubt, they are all cellphones/tabs with big batteries and the GO needs a lot of juice for a portable device. 

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Has anybody been able to get the Geek Out to work with Sony Xperia Z series and UAPP without the need for the above procedure, and if so, what kind of tweaks to the phone or UAPP settings were needed?

Or with any phone with Android 4.x and UAPP, for that matter?

Why don't you upgrade to Lollipop? GO720 works great with my Z3c using UAPP, the only thing to remember is to connect the GO to the external power before connecting it to the phone.
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Why don't you upgrade to Lollipop? GO720 works great with my Z3c using UAPP, the only thing to remember is to connect the GO to the external power before connecting it to the phone.


I second that, the Geek Out 100 (IEM) works with the Motorola Nexus 6 running Lollipop, without even the need for any external battery.

 

Requires either the UAPP or Hiby app for anything greater than 16/48 of course. 


Edited by MikeyFresh - Yesterday at 7:06 pm
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Thanks for the proposal and information on your experiences, peter123.

 

I have been a bit wary of the upgrade to Lollipop after one Samsung Galaxy S4+ stopped working with any USB DACs it used to work with earlier, after upgrade from Android 4.4.x to 5.0.x... And several others have had similar problems with various phones.

 

Your comment provides a second data point I have seen of a Sony Xperia Z3 (compact) still working with USB DACs after the Lollipop upgrade, so sooner or later I will have the confidence for the upgrade.

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Originally Posted by kostaszag View Post
 

Yes, I have made it work with Xperia Z2 on Android 4.4.4. ... I have practically given up on Geek Out 450 for use with an Android phone. I use now the idsp and miss nothing. The dSp sounds just as good with IEMs on the go, it has no connection issues and you run no danger of frying your IEMs. And it is barely a third of the price of the Geek Out. 

 

Thanks for sharing your experiences, kostaszag and m-i-c-k-e-y. It seems these are general issues then (as opposed to my specific GO individual having issues). I started browsing the Geek out threads for the information there.

 

I may go with the ODAC with external power instead of GO for now due to the glitches. JDS Labs has an extra small case variant for ODAC that might be good for a small portable stack.

 

In any case, the GO gets so hot that for my use case of keeping it as part of a stack with a external battery in a case would probably not be a too safe option.

 

But the GO does sound very good... Maybe the GO stream when it is available fixes the issues and can be used in a stack.

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