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post #976 of 983

I don't understand the hype in ud120. It uses the same dac chip found in fiio e10k and their price are about the same.

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Fiio uses obsoleted pcm5102 vs. Pcm5102a although they appear to be equivalent spec wise. Implementation of course could result in significant difference. Hugely impressed with my FIIO Mont Blanc for price so doubt you'd go wrong either way ....

http://www.ti.com/product/pcm5102
post #978 of 983

Been using my ud120 at work with my JDS C5 amp + Grado IGI's for about a month and a half now. Sounds absolutely fantastic. Lots of people seem to not like the IGI's, but to each their own.

post #979 of 983

They would sound totally different since the digital implementations are very different at least in terms of their filtering choices.

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Originally Posted by BeatsWork View Post

Fiio uses obsoleted pcm5102 vs. Pcm5102a although they appear to be equivalent spec wise. Implementation of course could result in significant difference. Hugely impressed with my FIIO Mont Blanc for price so doubt you'd go wrong either way ....

http://www.ti.com/product/pcm5102

I see. Anyone know either fiio e10k or ud120 has better sound quality? I found a deal here. http://www.ebay.com.sg/itm/FiiO-E10K-OLYMPUS-2-All-New-Improved-Performance-USB-DAC-Headphone-Amplifier-/380996075576?pt=US_Sound_Card_External&hash=item58b522c038  I have checked with other head fiers. It's a reliable seller.

 

Which sells fiio e10k for usd 80. The stoner acoustics emailed me saying the shipping charges had recently increased and the total cost for ud120[including shipping fee] would be usd 79 for me. When I'm just living in Singapore[just next to Malaysia!!] :(

 

The build quality for e10k seems better and a headphone jack is available to plug ur headphones in seems pretty good deal. But im willing to give up on that if sound quality in ud120 is noticeable better.


Edited by kaiteck - 12/15/14 at 6:07pm
post #981 of 983
PCM5102A is what the E10K uses, Google tells me (did the old ones use the PCM5102?). Which is a pretty nice DAC package.
Unless you really need the tiny package of the UD120, I would pick the E10K. You get a much nicer build quality, for only a few bucks more.
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Originally Posted by HotIce View Post

PCM5102A is what the E10K uses, Google tells me (did the old ones use the PCM5102?). Which is a pretty nice DAC package.
Unless you really need the tiny package of the UD120, I would pick the E10K. You get a much nicer build quality, for only a few bucks more.

its just one buck more to be exact lol. Ok thanks I got ud120 off my list.

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Originally Posted by kaiteck View Post
 

I see. Anyone know either fiio e10k or ud120 has better sound quality? I found a deal here. http://www.ebay.com.sg/itm/FiiO-E10K-OLYMPUS-2-All-New-Improved-Performance-USB-DAC-Headphone-Amplifier-/380996075576?pt=US_Sound_Card_External&hash=item58b522c038  I have checked with other head fiers. It's a reliable seller.

 

Which sells fiio e10k for usd 80. The stoner acoustics emailed me saying the shipping charges had recently increased and the total cost for ud120[including shipping fee] would be usd 79 for me. When I'm just living in Singapore[just next to Malaysia!!] :(

 

The build quality for e10k seems better and a headphone jack is available to plug ur headphones in seems pretty good deal. But im willing to give up on that if sound quality in ud120 is noticeable better.

I may be pointing out the obvious but UD120 is a DAC only and is not meant to drive HP directly whereas e10k is a DAC and Amp. I have no experience with e10k but Stoner was aiming for top performance in a no frills wrapper. It easily holds it's own against DACs costing considerably more.  If you're looking for top performance and already have an amp personally I'd go for Stoner.  If you want all in one solution go for e10k.

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