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I also found your post useful! I ordered my DX50 two days ago, hoping to get it in a week or so. I am glad to see you say it has some warmth to it, I really like that in a player, I used to have a Cowon iAudio7 which I felt was fairly warm. I have DN-1000 iem's, they're kind of natural and I hear the DX50 is as well, I am a bit curious as to how they match up, I was scared the combination might provide a tad colder sound so to speak, but people keep saying good things about both components and the combination which is promising. I too am not for that overwhelming bass but I do appreciate both warm and quick bass so it will be interesting to see how they do together on that front.

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You are upsampling red book 16/44 to 24/192?

that is just a waste of memory, it can't sound better, it can easily sound worse.

It definitely sounds much better don't ask me how but i have the redbook 44Khz 16 Bit of a classical sibelius track and the up sampled version.

I have yet again done an A-B comparison and the 44KHz sounds veiled in comparison with less PRAT and detail.  As for the space i don't care drive space

is so cheap.  I care most about the sound quality,  all i can say is that little Wolfson can really sing and retrieve details from my music that i never thought

possible.

 

I've done this upsample experiment on an Arcam DAC, AK120 and now the DX50 and they all sound best when you pass a raw wave at the native sample

rate of the chip.  I can only guess that the upsample of redbook is done on chip and this presents a tiny amount of jitter.  Its not just my ears that have confirmed

this,  but also my friend.  Infact CD upsamples via an AK120 to his Valve AMP,  wiped the floor with his Vinyl deck!!!

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It is very useful and I really appreciate it! :D

 

btw I've been listening my Superlux HD669 through my DX50 for hours! I must say what are you saying are true.

at first glance of hearing(does "glance" work for "hearing"?) it sounds a little bit bright as I'm used to dark-sounding iPod touch gen3->fiio L6->Fiio E11 with bass boost 1. The Fiio E11 tamed my iPod's treble and I perceived the mid-bass boost as well as the recessed high as warm, full bodied sounding. However I was wrong.

Upon listening for hours I found that DX50's low bass are actually good on 1.2.8 firmware! mid is somewhat not recessed like the iPod touch + fiio combo and I have no trouble picking electric guitar from playing my messy, muffled MP3 J-pop songs(instrument overlapping all over the place). I also experience the same kind of body thickness sound like you said, the body is really something that thin sounding cans really fit! now my HD669 sounds much more balanced. I was wrong perceiving that every DAP that reproduce the high really well will always be bright sounding.

 

What I feel lacking from the DX50 is only the vocal, as it feels a little bit laidback, and the sweet female vocal from the E11. Maybe I'm just not used to it yet.

The instrument seperation, detail as well as the soundstage from this little thing is just ridiculous. my iPod and Fiio combo won't be able to sound anywhere as detailed as this thing. I can't imagine how studio V sounds like after listening to this DAP D:

I can confirm this thing sounds warm and good for thin-sounding cans.

 

you drive your Q701 with medium gain setting? that's weird.. because I'm driving my HD669 on high gain because the dynamics are much better, instrument separation, detail and soundstage are much better on this setting too! they sound a little bit over-sibiliant to my ear on high gain though

 

 

I'm loving this DAP to death, the only problems are most of my mp3 song sound less dynamic and refined compared to my loseless songs, the touchscreen are a little bit sensitive to scroll and now I can tell that I have some fake downloaded flacs..

I'm glad to hear you love your DX50!

 

The DX50 powers the q701's reasonably well, medium and high gain both sound great at the same volume level. I keep it on medium gain so that I don't fiddle too much with the switch as I use my dj100's on medium gain as well (Dj100 for portable use and q701 at home when I'm walking around doing stuff) and I alternate between them quite a lot every day.

 

I didn't know the HD669 was hard to drive.

 

I have my dx50 eq'ed as I personally prefer the sound a bit thinner and the vocals a bit more forward than how it sounds at stock.

 

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I also found your post useful! I ordered my DX50 two days ago, hoping to get it in a week or so. I am glad to see you say it has some warmth to it, I really like that in a player, I used to have a Cowon iAudio7 which I felt was fairly warm. I have DN-1000 iem's, they're kind of natural and I hear the DX50 is as well, I am a bit curious as to how they match up, I was scared the combination might provide a tad colder sound so to speak, but people keep saying good things about both components and the combination which is promising. I too am not for that overwhelming bass but I do appreciate both warm and quick bass so it will be interesting to see how they do together on that front.

 

Thanks!

 

If you are looking for a lot of warmth you may be disappointed as it is still close to neutral so keep that in mind but do let me know how they pair :D


Edited by johanchandy - Yesterday at 2:41 pm
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Just ordered a DX50 from amazon - should get here tomorrow. 

 

Not an audiophile per se, although I've been employed as a full time classical musician all my life so I should be able to hear things. Although at 57 years old my ears don't get the high frequencies so well anymore. 

 

I've been using various cheapo devices running Rockbox for around 10 years, mostly in my car, which turns out to be my most consistent music listening spot - thank goodness for high end car audio systems. I decided to try an updated device, and bought a fiio X3, which sounded miles better than the previous devices, but I really didn't get on well with the UI. So I'm hoping the DX50 running rockbox will be a good combination for me!

 

(first post here - hi all!)

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Welcome!

 

It's a good player.  I'm not sure you really NEED Rockbox with it, I found it didn't really add much, sound-wise especially.  The UI of the DX50 is very easy to use, although it does have a few few minor quirks.  A lot of what you get will depend on your iems/phones.  Lots of info here about those as well.

 

Enjoy.

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Just ordered a DX50 from amazon - should get here tomorrow. 



 



Not an audiophile per se, although I've been employed as a full time classical musician all my life so I should be able to hear things. Although at 57 years old my ears don't get the high frequencies so well anymore. 



 



I've been using various cheapo devices running Rockbox for around 10 years, mostly in my car, which turns out to be my most consistent music listening spot - thank goodness for high end car audio systems. I decided to try an updated device, and bought a fiio X3, which sounded miles better than the previous devices, but I really didn't get on well with the UI. So I'm hoping the DX50 running rockbox will be a good combination for me!



 



(first post here - hi all!)


 



DX50's UI is simple enough just for playback. If you have lots of playlist and play around EQ, then Rockbox will be all too familiar for you with DX50. You'll find yourself at home.
Edited by headwhacker - Yesterday at 10:44 pm
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