Originally Posted by nk77
Just noticed the edits - is the impedance (at whatever reference frequency companies use) of the IEMs known? Wondering how it would sound just out of Ipod or Iphone without amping.
Let us know how the Studio V sounds - they had a trade going a few months back. Seems a few people are preferring that DAP to the DX100 - you included Lee? It seems to be slightly more powerful than the Rocoo so should make a difference - although at what specs (frequency response & load/ohms) this rating is given at is unknown so cannot directly compare apart from listening to them.
Actually they are having an introductory offer on the Studio V 3rd ANV. Not sure if its still available. You can try contact Jack Fu from Hisound as see if its still on. He was offering 50% off the new Studio V 3rd ANV in return for a review here on headfi. From a portability standpoint I did much prefer the Studio V to the DX100. However the noticeable hiss on the second generation was the big problem. Now the 3rd ANV is suppose to fix that problem. I'll confirm that for myself once I've received my unit and will keep you posted on it. I did still find the DX100 the overall better DAP for its UI, functions and overall sound. Although for portable listening if the Studio V pairs well with your IEMs the difference isn't night and day when it comes to sound quality. But the actual sound signatures are quite different IMO and I'd say a night and day difference. It really comes down to what you need. The Studio V offers excellent battery life, a sturdy design and a simple UI (a bit quirky but workable). The DX100 offers versatility, power and premium sound at a premium cost. Battery life is not that great. Up to 8 hours in my case.
To my knowledge the Tralucents are 50 26 Ohms so not the easiest to drive out there, plus you consider the x-overs, the BAs and the dynamic drivers and I see this as being harder to drive than your average IEM. The Studio V has an ouput power of 80mW. Your average players tend to be around 17mW to 35mW. So a significant difference in power. The DX100 is around 245mW to my knowledge which is also a significant jump over the Studio V. Ideally you want low output impedance with Sensitive IEMs (less than 1 ohm). The 1Plus2s however aren't the most sensitive and play quite nicely with the T1 amp (which is rated at 8 ohms).
Edit: Sorry folks I stand corrected, the Tralucents are 26 Ohms. My bad :P.
Edited by lee730 - 9/5/12 at 4:02am