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post #31 of 111
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I've used a few "generic" ones that I had laying around, ranging from 4GB to 16GB, and so far no problems. I think one of my 16GB models is a Sandisk - one of the cheaper, basic ones, meant for use with a smartphone.
post #32 of 111

Nice.  Thanks for the info guys.  Do you think Class 10's would work, or best to stick to what they spec?
 

post #33 of 111
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Nice.  Thanks for the info guys.  Do you think Class 10's would work, or best to stick to what they spec?
 

 

I think I used a Class 10 as well as 4 and 2, and all were fine. It probably doesn't matter. 

post #34 of 111

any good reason to get this one over hisound studio v? i have got a studio v and live the batterylife and overall sound. only thing that bothers me is some background noise it has. i use srh940 and soundmagic hp100 on this player.

my music is mostly itunes buyed aac. would be nice to get some advice, if the ihifi960 would be an upgrade for my needs.

post #35 of 111

In terms of any background noise, I just plugged in a 16ohm Denon IEM and the 22ohm Heir Audio 4A and I do not hear any hiss.

 

I don't own the Hisound Studio V so I cannot offer any comparison of sound quality.  But I think it has been mentioned elsewhere that there will be a new Studio V release in the future, specifically an update to the Studio V 3rd Anniversary model.

post #36 of 111

So since my name has been invoked somewhat earlier in this thread, I figure I'll chime in with a few impressions of my own. I bought this unit on the strength of project86's review, and managed to get a very good price on it simply by talking to the recommended ebay seller. The unit arrived in something like 4-5 business days, and was very well packaged, again with the leather case and plethora of accessories. 

 

Out of the box, the firmware is certainly not the most modern, but for what it is supposed to do, I think it suffices. Rockbox would indeed be awesome, but we can't really have everything. Loading files was as simple as drag and drop, though it irks me some that I haven't yet figured out how to get folders to show up in anything but the order in which you transferred them to the device in the first place.

 

That said, as a music playback device, I am exceptionally pleased! The 960 is dead silent with my 1964 Ears V6 customs, which are very sensitive, yet provides a decent amount of travel on the potentiometer before I reach an unlistenable level. I'd say I get from 7pm (0 volume) to 10pm for these customs. With my newly acquired Mad Dogs, you can tell the 960 doesn't put out a tremendous amount of current, as I need to hit close to 2PM on the dial before I reach a happy listening volume. However, the sound of the thing is fantastic. It is a clear step up from my (admittedly FAR cheaper) clip+ in resolution, weight of the music, and spatial placement of instrument/voices. I don't think I'm very good at describing the very subtle nuances, so we'll leave that to John.

 

I have also used the 960 as a transport, slinging optical out to my NFB-1.32 DAC, and I find it to sound every bit as good as the USB32 implementation that Kingwa uses in the DAC. However, if the unit is jostled at all, there is a slight hiccup to the sound, so it's good to leave the player stationary.

 

One other small nuisance I have found is that there is one particular track that plays fine on my computer, but simply causes my 960 to play back white noise. I'm unsure as to why this is the case, and it is only with one track, but I figured I'd bring it up anyway. I haven't tested out SD card functionality yet, but do not anticipate much, if any, problem with it. I'll edit this when I do.

 

In summary, for what I paid, I am perfectly satisfied with this player. It isn't perfect, with some UI and other minor glitches, but I foresee it being a great portable setup for the rather large amount of travel I will be undertaking over the next few months.

post #37 of 111

very beautiful review.

thanks for sharing sir.

post #38 of 111

Great review project! Been looking for a DAP that plays lossless for a while now and been on the fence for an RWAK100. This however seems very promising and ALOT more affordable than the somewhat work-arounded RWAK100. One thing I'm curious about this player is does it have any kind of playlist support? If yes, what options do I have? I take it there is a shuffle all option? Thank you in advance!
 


Edited by esmBOS - 3/25/13 at 1:43pm
post #39 of 111
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Great review project! Been looking for a DAP that plays lossless for a while now and been on the fence for an RWAK100. This however seems very promising and ALOT more affordable than the somewhat work-arounded RWAK100. One thing I'm curious about this player is does it have any kind of playlist support? If yes, what options do I have? I take it there is a shuffle all option? Thank you in advance!
 

Thanks!

 

Playlist support.... hmmm, I'll have to double check. I don't normally do playlists much. There's definitely no support for on-the-fly list creation. But I'll check to see if it supports CUE or what. I'm thinking no... anyone else care to chime in?

 

There is definitely an option to shuffle all tracks though. I use it a lot.

post #40 of 111
Hey folks. I need advice on what to do next.

The 960 now cannot detect the microsd card I have been using since I bought the player. But the card checks out okay in Windows. I can see all the folders and files in Windows, read its contents, write to it etc. But it is now not detected on the 960.

I tried a different card and this other card is detected...
Edited by tkteo - 3/29/13 at 6:02pm
post #41 of 111
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Hey folks. I need advice on what to do next.

The 960 now cannot detect the microsd card I have been using since I bought the player. But the card checks out okay in Windows. I can see all the folders and files in Windows, read its contents, write to it etc. But it is now not detected on the 960.

I tried a different card and this other card is detected...

That's usually from the card being read as defective at some point, remembered and then ignored. Usually from being taken out or in while on. If you can find the folder with this info on the 960 and remove it, it will likely work again but BE CAREFUL. You don't want to be remove some of the OS by mistake.

post #42 of 111
Oh no... this seems quite difficult...
post #43 of 111
A full reformat of the particular microsd card has gotten it detected by the 960. Sheesh if this happens again... (and again....)...
post #44 of 111

It shouldn't if there's no errors in use. That's an easy fix. The other was just as easy if that portion of the player is readily available.

post #45 of 111
I had trouble getting Win7 to install the 960 driver.

The total reformat solved the problem of card detection but I now have to transfer the files back in. Luckily I always have backups.
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