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post #16 of 145
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So it sounds like you are still liking the unit as you spend more time with it.  That's really good to hear.  I must admit, I was a hesitant to buy a DAP from a company that doesn't seem to have a big presence in the U.S.  But from what I read, it seemed like the 960 was in exactly the niche I was looking for; excellent sound & build quality but not an $800+ price tag.

 

 I'm thinking about picking up a Schiit Lyr, which I believe only has analog inputs. So no digital output for me yet, but good to have the flexibility. And actually, I have a Kingrex T-20U at work, so I'm going to try the 960 into that instead of using the computer as the source.  I can go into the T20U with a USB connection, but not sure how would I get out of the 960 with USB. There must be a converter or wire that can take the digital output from the 960 and put it thru a USB connection on the other end.  Anyway, the 960 shipped fast from China, and should be here early next week.  Can't wait!

 

 

Yep, I still enjoy it. A few tweaks to the UI, support for hi-res files, and this might be close to the perfect DAP. Of course, that would necessarily raise the price as it would require a more potent processor.

 

I don't think there's anything out there to convert an SPDIF signal to USB. Or if there was, it would probably be more expensive than it was worth in this scenario.

post #17 of 145

Seems like the perfect companion for the JH-3a and/or PP6. About time there was an affordable digital out dap. Been waiting on the fiio x3 for ever - seems like this is the way to go.

Nice review as always mate.

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Seems like the perfect companion for the JH-3a and/or PP6. About time there was an affordable digital out dap. Been waiting on the fiio x3 for ever - seems like this is the way to go.

Nice review as always mate.

 

 

Thanks! 

 

I agree, and I still don't understand why more companies aren't doing this. It can't add that much to the cost of a DAP to add digital out.... heck, I'd be happy with a pure transport unit. Something in a Cowon J3, iPod Touch format but with just optical out, and/or MHL USB, for connecting to one of the many portable DAC/amp units out there. I wouldn't even need a built in headphone jack. 

 

Can someone make that for me please?

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Thanks! 

 

I agree, and I still don't understand why more companies aren't doing this. It can't add that much to the cost of a DAP to add digital out.... heck, I'd be happy with a pure transport unit. Something in a Cowon J3, iPod Touch format but with just optical out, and/or MHL USB, for connecting to one of the many portable DAC/amp units out there. I wouldn't even need a built in headphone jack. 

 

Can someone make that for me please?

Exactly - a small quality pure transport dap would be perfect. Concentrating on top quality clocking, jitter reduction & efficient UI. Optical,coax & usb out - omg I want it!! Pairing with a hi-end dac/amp like the intruder, International, etc,etc, and it would blow almost anything portable out of the water and completely customisable.  I can't believe it still hasn't been made.

The way things are going though - hopefully just a matter of time.

post #20 of 145

Anymore user's impressions on this iHifi960 DAP?

post #21 of 145
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User allyl just got one and mentioned how he enjoys it. Maybe we can get him to give his thoughts once he has some more experience with it. 

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Thanks. I came across HK_sends thread on unboxing the iHiFi960 as well. I will send him a PM.
 

post #23 of 145

I've had mine for a couple weeks now and I've gotta say, I am really loving this thing. I know it's not really a fair fight, but the only thing I have to compare the 960 to is my iPod Classic and, well, there just is no comparison. I haven't sat down and compared the 960 and the iPod side by side with the same recording, but there isn't really a need to.  Listening to the 960 is a totally different experience, especially on high quality recordings.  Instruments are distinct and clear and have depth. You can hear where they are located in the room/on the stage. 

 

Like project86 says in his review, the unit has a very solid feel to it.  I keep forgetting to toggle the on/off switch to the off position, so my battery has a tendency to run down. And, it took me about a week to get the thing to stop talking to me in Chinese, but eventually I figured out how to change settings to English.  UI is basic but functional.

 

All in all, I am extremely happy with the 960.  I lack perspective as to what other portable DAPs sound & feel like.  However, I can say that the 960 has brought listening to a new level for me. Thanks for pointing me in its direction, project86.  Most appreciated. Now, time to go out and get some new cans :>)

post #24 of 145

I always liked your review of insanely obscure player reviews, it gives you a wider choice in selecting our gear

post #25 of 145

I am in utter disbelief. After reading you guy's opinions on this iHiFi960, I decided to take the plunge and place an order via the seller that project86 recommended. I did that yesterday. The package arrived today!!!

post #26 of 145
Give us what you think about it later on then, after you try to take it around asa portable rig
post #27 of 145

I am first thinking of finding an appropriate pouch for it. Say, something like a camera pouch. It's bigger than the Sony MW1 BT receiver and Hisoundaudio N3 that I currently use.

post #28 of 145
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I am in utter disbelief. After reading you guy's opinions on this iHiFi960, I decided to take the plunge and place an order via the seller that project86 recommended. I did that yesterday. The package arrived today!!!

 

Yep, good seller, always ships very fast.

 

It amazes me that he can get me a sub $500 product shipped to the other side of the world in 3 days, but sometimes I spend thousands on a domestic product and it takes 5 days to get halfway across the country. 

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Has anybody used a micro SD card with this unit yet? Any particular brand that didn't work with the unit?

post #30 of 145

I will be able to try using a Transcend class 4 32GB, a Toshiba class 2 8GB and possibly Sandisk class 6 or 10 32GB over the next few days. Update you as and when.

 

Update: okay with Toshiba class 2 8GB.


Edited by tkteo - 3/13/13 at 7:39pm
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