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post #1996 of 2176
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Originally Posted by olddude View Post
 

More like lessmoneythanIhadbeforedude.  Though I'm certainly looking forward to getting the amp tomorrow.  I've even bought low profile Dual Lock for it.  BTW, I had my C3 attached to my C&C BH using the Chinese-supplied rubber bands and I was having trouble with my signal-in cable on the BH- It would lose the right channel and I'd have to reseat it fairly often.  Once I used Dual Lock (the thicker stuff) on the pair instead of the bands, that issue went away.  I'm thinking the tight bands torqued the BH case somehow and caused the issue.  Pretty sturdy case, you wouldn't (well, I wouldn't) think it could twist enough to affect the seating of the cable (a thick silver-plated one, not the skinny stock one).  But the issue disappeared as soon as I used the Dual Lock and no matter how much I jiggle the cable, I can't replicate what was happening fairly frequently before.  


When using bands I like to use these anti slip mats between the devices. I cut them to shape with some sciccors then place a layer bettwen DAP/Amp. Makes it nice and soft and prevents the player slipping or amp sliding around.  http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/200854301442?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

Dual lock does the same thing though. I don't think I have a photo of C5 / C3. Maybe on my phone in bad quality. 

Yep..

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post #1997 of 2176

 

I was using the wider bands that came with either the C3 or the BH, can't recall which.  Got some regular Dual Lock at Staples for about $5 and attached the two using it,.  They seemed very secure, looked nice (but there was a wide gap between the units), and certainly resolved what I thought was a flaw in the Line-In port of the BH.  I'll use the low profile stuff when the C5 comes, now that I see how well it works.  I carry the setup in a small ammo bag attached via belt loops.  Since I listen to it when I walk, this keeps strain off it and the cable, and I can easily reach in and change volume/change tracks.  That was the main issue I had with the C3, changing volume was way too complicated to do on the fly every song or two/when needed.  The BH has the knob, and the C5 has what seems to be a nice dial.  

 

And will you PLEASE stop talking about expensive stuff I don't have.  I looked up your IEMs.  Stop it.  For the love of god!!

 

I actually still really like my TF10s.  But, you know, there is always that thought that...  No!  No!!


Edited by olddude - 2/4/14 at 9:48pm
post #1998 of 2176
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Originally Posted by olddude View Post
 

 

I was using the wider bands that came with either the C3 or the BH, can't recall which.  Got some regular Dual Lock at Staples for about $5 and attached the two using it,.  They seemed very secure, looked nice (but there was a wide gap between the units), and certainly resolved what I thought was a flaw in the Line-In port of the BH.  I'll use the low profile stuff when the C5 comes, now that I see how well it works.  I carry the setup in a small ammo bag attached via belt loops.  Since I listen to it when I walk, this keeps strain off it and the cable, and I can easily reach in and change volume/change tracks.  That was the main issue I had with the C3, changing volume was way too complicated to do on the fly every song or two/when needed.  The BH has the knob, and the C5 has what seems to be a nice dial.  

 

And will you PLEASE stop talking about expensive stuff I don't have.  I looked up your IEMs.  Stop it.  For the love of god!!

 

I actually still really like my TF10s.  But, you know, there is always that thought that...  No!  No!!



This is what happens when you hang around Head-fi to long.

Believe it or not I originally came here looking for x1 $50 earphone so I could casually listen to music at night while laying down. Spending over $200 on an earphone was something I wouldn't of considered. Then you break the $200, barrier, branch out further to $300 and so on. The rest is history just like what could of been in my bank account.

Consider  DN-1000 for $200 and try a hybrid, I rate the Dunu a nice upgrade from TF10. ;)
 

post #1999 of 2176

I'm looking into getting one of these to replace my Clip+.

 

Looking at an earlier review, folders are sorted by last modified date.  Is that still the case?  If it is, I think this player would do my head in as I'd never find anything.

 

And is it easy to browse through sub-folders?

 

Thanks

post #2000 of 2176

You can sort the folder w/alpha.  Last date just means you need to stick all into a folder (mine is named zzzzz) and then remove them again.  Your alpha order is restored.  I don't use sub-folders, just a folder for each set of files.

post #2001 of 2176
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Originally Posted by H20Fidelity View Post
 



This is what happens when you hang around Head-fi to long.

Believe it or not I originally came here looking for x1 $50 earphone so I could casually listen to music at night while laying down. Spending over $200 on an earphone was something I wouldn't of considered. Then you break the $200, barrier, branch out further to $300 and so on. The rest is history just like what could of been in my bank account.

Consider  DN-1000 for $200 and try a hybrid, I rate the Dunu a nice upgrade from TF10. ;)
 

Got the C5, sounds great.  Clear, no sound between tracks at all, running it with Gain on with no Bass Boost.  Lots of space in the soundstage, not just left/right but area volume as well.  Bigger physically than the BH, but the C3 looks nice Dual Locked to the top of it (got the black one, the red one was just too... red).   The volume control is a dream, really nice slow transition up/down.  There had been lots of negative comment about it, but they must have changed it, as it's great.

 

Took a look at the DN's, look nice.  But still loving the TF's.  I had looked at the Kef IEMs (same price as the DN's), as I love Kef speakers for clarity and neutrality.  If I ever get a chance to try them....  :)  

 

If I ever find an audiologist that isn't trying to charge me $150 for ear casts, I might go for customs.  As it is, I'm ok for a while.

post #2002 of 2176
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Originally Posted by olddude View Post
 

Got the C5, sounds great.  Clear, no sound between tracks at all, running it with Gain on with no Bass Boost.  Lots of space in the soundstage, not just left/right but area volume as well.  Bigger physically than the BH, but the C3 looks nice Dual Locked to the top of it (got the black one, the red one was just too... red).   The volume control is a dream, really nice slow transition up/down.  There had been lots of negative comment about it, but they must have changed it, as it's great.

 

Took a look at the DN's, look nice.  But still loving the TF's.  I had looked at the Kef IEMs (same price as the DN's), as I love Kef speakers for clarity and neutrality.  If I ever get a chance to try them....  :)  

 

If I ever find an audiologist that isn't trying to charge me $150 for ear casts, I might go for customs.  As it is, I'm ok for a while.


Great, glad to hear you're enjoying it! ;)

post #2003 of 2176
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Originally Posted by olddude View Post

Got the C5, sounds great.  Clear, no sound between tracks at all, running it with Gain on with no Bass Boost.  Lots of space in the soundstage, not just left/right but area volume as well.  Bigger physically than the BH, but the C3 looks nice Dual Locked to the top of it (got the black one, the red one was just too... red).   The volume control is a dream, really nice slow transition up/down.  There had been lots of negative comment about it, but they must have changed it, as it's great.

Took a look at the DN's, look nice.  But still loving the TF's.  I had looked at the Kef IEMs (same price as the DN's), as I love Kef speakers for clarity and neutrality.  If I ever get a chance to try them....  smily_headphones1.gif  

If I ever find an audiologist that isn't trying to charge me $150 for ear casts, I might go for customs.  As it is, I'm ok for a while.

Congratulations on the C5, it will serve you well!
post #2004 of 2176
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Originally Posted by olddude View Post

Got the C5, sounds great.  Clear, no sound between tracks at all, running it with Gain on with no Bass Boost.  Lots of space in the soundstage, not just left/right but area volume as well.  Bigger physically than the BH, but the C3 looks nice Dual Locked to the top of it (got the black one, the red one was just too... red).   The volume control is a dream, really nice slow transition up/down.  There had been lots of negative comment about it, but they must have changed it, as it's great.

Took a look at the DN's, look nice.  But still loving the TF's.  I had looked at the Kef IEMs (same price as the DN's), as I love Kef speakers for clarity and neutrality.  If I ever get a chance to try them....  smily_headphones1.gif  

If I ever find an audiologist that isn't trying to charge me $150 for ear casts, I might go for customs.  As it is, I'm ok for a while.
Haha, well, you're easily persuaded. smily_headphones1.gif
Glad to hear it turned out well for you, because you bought that C5 awfully quick!
post #2005 of 2176

Get a silicon case for the C3, and you'll have no problem with movement when banded to an amp. It's also a good place to store spare cards, plus with a screen protectotor it keeps the device as new, so good for selling on.

post #2006 of 2176

Thanks very much olddude

 

Just been reading about the lack of gapless and the cue sheet workaround.  Not a deal breaker but would be nice for it to support gapless natively.

 

Final questions (I think):

a) does this play ogg vorbis (I only use Ogg)?

b) is this a significant upgrade to a clip+?

 

Thanks


Edited by mrsmr2 - 2/8/14 at 11:27am
post #2007 of 2176
It is a upgrade in SQ. And add an amp like the BH or C5, and it is a big upgrade in SQ (and I really like my clip zip).

It is a big downgrade in functionality though to the rockboxed clip, so you really are getting the C3 for the SQ.
post #2008 of 2176

"Support audio formats: WAV, APE, FLAC, MP3, WMA" is what the website reports.  VERY minimalistic gui and functions, I use separate folders for each file set (loose WAV or FLAC, or a single WAV + Cue).  This is not going to function like an iPod in terms of ease of use.  Very small display, very simple controls, you can play one folder at a time.  HOWEVER, the sound is fantastic.  That is what it is all about.  I had to re-rip my CDs, put them into named folders, and then put them in the internal 8gb HD or on a 64gb chip.  I suppose you could convert your music files if you so wished.  

 

You give up ease of use and playlists for incredible sound.  I had the C&C BH amp hooked to the C3, which costs about what the C3 costs.  For $200 + I had a wonderful player pumping out great sounds.  When I went up to the C5 amp ($200), the sound quality went up exponentially (more than I even hoped for).  

 

You have to be clear that ease of use is lessened from what you are used to, and quality of sound goes up (maybe way up) from what you are used to.  It's a choice.

post #2009 of 2176

I can live with no playlists and just playing files in folders (although I do miss being able to just play all of my songs in shuffle/random order). But, I would probably be happy with the C3/BH combo indefinitely (due to the SQ) if it weren't for the fact that:

(a) I'd prefer some buttons. Buttons are good for operation by feel. And I am always accidentally switching tracks etc on the C3 touch screen. And I find it really hard to lock the sucker. Etc.

(b) lack of auto-resume.

(c) lack of auto-shutoff.

(d) lack of ability to "play next folder".

 

So, I keep my eyes open. But in no rush due to how happy I am with the SQ.

 

If the X5 price ever gets down to $250 though, watch out! I wouldn't complain having a single unit DAP like the X5 that most likely sounds as good or better than the C3/BH combo. Oh, and ability to support 2 micro SD cards won't hurt either :)


Edited by waynes world - 2/8/14 at 3:35pm
post #2010 of 2176

I have been having issues with my C3 as it does not seem to read my 64gb sandisk. My Dx50 gives me the whole 64gbs, but if I put it in my C3 it only gives me 32gb. I formatted several times and keep getting the same out come. Also does the JDS C5 improve with burn in...just wondering.

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