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post #61 of 803
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Originally Posted by stozzer123 View Post

Ipod/lod great dont get me wrong, no one can be dissapointed, but at times i can find it a touch fatiguing i have had the c3 playing all day through samson sr850 and not really felt the need to have it off me head.  The ipod lod amp combo will have more power thats a given.  the other things i prefer are C3 is all in one and still sounds great, cost, bulk, charging multi devices and my battery life using a lod on the ipod is horrendous.

 

What phones are you going to be using?

Great. Thanks for the info.
I'll be using my 1964-D CIEM. They are a 22 ohm 120 dB sensitivity phone so it should be no problem powering them straight from the C3.

Sounds like the C3 should pair well with 1964-D then. Smooth DAP/smooth CIEM.

I've always liked my Touch because it's so convenient, but I have been longing for something a little "weightier" in sound. Something with a little more wow factor to it.

post #62 of 803
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Were not talking gigantic chasms of sound difference more tweaks and preferences though.

 

 

 

[---------headphones 50 %------------][---source material 30%---][--mastering 10%][dap 10%]

 

*this is for illustration purposes only.

 

So say the Dap makes 10% of the difference and we break that into a scale of 1-10  we put (and im purely talking about hp out) c4/studio v at 10, clip at 5 as an accepted 'good' sq up to a standard, say then you think the iphones a 6 i would put the c3 at7/7.5 and its more prefered because of the sound sig (warmer than a rocoo brighter than a 601/sony).

 

Not easy to put that point across, with 22 ohm you should be fine and should enjoy using the c3 with the D 

post #63 of 803
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Originally Posted by stozzer123 View Post

Were not talking gigantic chasms of sound difference more tweaks and preferences though.

 

 

 

[---------headphones 50 %------------][---source material 30%---][--mastering 10%][dap 10%]

 

*this is for illustration purposes only.

 

So say the Dap makes 10% of the difference and we break that into a scale of 1-10  we put (and im purely talking about hp out) c4/studio v at 10, clip at 5 as an accepted 'good' sq up to a standard, say then you think the iphones a 6 i would put the c3 at7/7.5 and its more prefered because of the sound sig (warmer than a rocoo brighter than a 601/sony).

 

Not easy to put that point across, with 22 ohm you should be fine and should enjoy using the c3 with the D 


What about space, depth, and separation(obviously w/ different headphones YMMV)?

How did you find those points compared to the ipod?

Sorry for all questions. I do appreciate it...


Edited by RingingEars - 9/5/12 at 11:48am
post #64 of 803
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Originally Posted by stozzer123 View Post

Battery life of the studio v is very appealing despite the price tag, meant to sound great too, although i like a tiny bit more warmth than is advised that it has.

It's a bit thick as well but at least it's one small box and I need to hear it as I like my RoCoo-P but the FW thing can get confusing.  Back to C3 normal_smile%20.gif

post #65 of 803

Just pulled the trigger and ordered one. I hope this ends my long search for a DAP

post #66 of 803

I am searching for a replacement for my Rockboxed iPod 5G 30GB, not that anything is wrong with it but I just want to try out some new options.

I have a ATH-CK10 for portable use. How do you think the colorfly will pair up with my bright CK10s?

Oh, and I forgot to mention that I really like a bit bass heavy sound with good midrange but very smooth higher end. I am allergic to sibilance.

post #67 of 803
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It has been a long time since i have used the ck10 so i would be purely speculating.  However the c3 is not a bright player nor dark like sony or 601 it sits in the middle for me which is the sweet spot and has a lot to do with why i like it, as i previously mentioned it has a slightly mid presentation and I have had no problems at all with sibilance or fatigue from highs.

 

Bass performance is good with sufficient quantity and great quality but shigzeo did point out it rolled of a touch but no more than any other player.  Used with my more bass heavy eph-100 its a dream.

 

Shigzeo's comments:

 

With low Ω earphones. I took the measurements myself and it is typical, at least it doesn't get waffled, but simply and gently falls off after 100Hz.

 

EDIT: sound of C3 is pleasing, for sure, and size is perfect (a bit bigger than the 3rd gen iPod nano 'sumo') and well put together. UI seems okay. If you are used to Cowon players, you know what to expect in terms of bass roll off (minimal, but can be heard in some cases). Low noise floor. Luxury feel. I think it doesn't come with earphones, but here at headfi, that isn't a big deal at all, is it?

 

There is very little hiss and the signal is strong well till near 90% or so for powering external amps.

 

*It is of my opinion that shigzeo experienced the player on old firmware before the release came with the button fix, works well now as demonstrated in the video.

 

 

another user Nikosirus commented: 

 

Got hold of a C3 today. Sounds great. I have had a ridiculous number of music players over the years and I think I'm going to prefer it to anything I've heard except for the HifiMan players and the M6SL. So that's better than anything that I've heard by Cowon, HiSoundAudio, Teclast or iRiver. Just my opinion of course, but what else can I say?

 

If I can level any criticism at it I would say that it's not exactly overly bassy, but I can live with that - particularly if I listen to it with the decidedly bass-heavy Radius DDM. Also It has failed to play a couple of songs, throwing up a 'file error' message. Only a couple mind, and I may yet discover why - you know how some players are ultra-fussy about tagging.

 

Build quality is top drawer and whilst the interface is not the most intuitive you get used to it pretty quickly. Got it super-cheap on eBay from Hong Kong too, and got the fancy Colorfly box, mains charger and PAA-1 earbuds in the package. If nothing else I'd call it a bargain.

 

 

*he later discovered the file error was due to a badly formatted microsd and admits it was no fault of the player


Edited by stozzer123 - 9/5/12 at 3:29pm
post #68 of 803

^^^ I've tried almost everything but the Hifimans and still I haven't heard anything as good as the Cowon players. I am just hoping that Colorfly will change it for me. I really like a lot of things about the sound of RoCoo BA but it was a bit too bright for me and the UI .... no words

post #69 of 803

This thing really looks nice. I really need something smaller as my pocket hasn't been very happy lately. I have just one question - exactly how powerful is it? I won't be driving big cans or anything but I wonder if it can drive decently the ety er4s and the brainwavz b2 without an amp because those are the ones I mainly use and without an amp my samsung galaxy s is pushed closed to its limits.

Also, I do occasionaly use my fiio e11, so is the headphone-out signal clean enough?


Edited by kova4a - 9/6/12 at 7:41am
post #70 of 803
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B2 is fine, as per use in the review, Ety's as mentioned are out on loan so would only be speculating.  With regards to impidence i cant fid the technical data anywhere, i have contacted colorfly for clarification.  Sounds good through an amp, like the clip it is very clean signal out hp out so shouldnt pose to much problem on pairing.  I will go into more depth on double amping this thing in a few days, but initially fiio e11 is good and the bass boost is appreciated on certain tracks.  Where this really does shine is with the Digizoid Zo thump thump thump.  The zo to me makes most sound good and it is no different here.

post #71 of 803

OK, thanks. I know it's pushing it to want such a small player to properly driver the er4s. Just one final question as I really pump up the volume when I listen to my b2 - on the volume scale of 40, where is the point when the b2 blows your eardrums?

post #72 of 803
Thread Starter 

i can check for you in a couple of hours and get back to you with a result.  My b2 are boxed for sale though i guess I can pull them out again for a quick volume check.

post #73 of 803

I would appreciate it if you do but only if it's not too bothersome. Either way I'll probably get one as I'm really tempted to try it myself and it's relatively cheap.

post #74 of 803
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Originally Posted by kova4a View Post

This thing really looks nice. I really need something smaller as my pocket hasn't been very happy lately. I have just one question - exactly how powerful is it? I won't be driving big cans or anything but I wonder if it can drive decently the ety er4s and the brainwavz b2 without an amp because those are the ones I mainly use and without an amp my samsung galaxy s is pushed closed to its limits.

Also, I do occasionaly use my fiio e11, so is the headphone-out signal clean enough

 

Exactly my question. How powerful is this baby?

I tried to search for the output power rating for this guy (in mW), but could find any official specs.

post #75 of 803

http://www.ti.com/lit/ds/sles011e/sles011e.pdf chip parameters. Looks like 13mw.


Edited by goodvibes - 9/6/12 at 12:00pm
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