I'm made my decision. After careful selecting, I decided to go for the DX50. The X1 is said to be as good as the Fuze (Already have it). Also, my J3 is no match for the DX50 (except for battery life). So I'm planning to get the DX50 next month. Is there anything I need to know before getting it?
The iBasso DX50 Thread - Latest firmware: 1.6.0 - Page 1041
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I have had all of those players. The X1 is far better in sound than the Fuze but has problems that caused me to send it back and get the DX50. I had the Cowon J3 and later X7 (which I left on a plane, Doh!) and the DX50 is a natural step for you. The sound is similar though more natural and less processed on the DX50.
The key is to upgrade to the 1.6 firmware which has wonderful sound quality. This is available on the iBasso website. As always take time to play with the settings and get used to the player. It's fairly straight forward and easy to use. The three position gain switch is wonderful and gets the best from your earphones to give them the boost necessary.
You will initially be tempted to have your sound with no EQ as this has a big gain boost. However I find that too full a sound for long (though good on the line out) and got used to not being tempted into always having the EQ off.
Having had all those players if there is anything you want to check or ask 'how can I do that here' - feel free to ask and I'll be glad to help, as will others here.
After installing the 1.6.0 Firmware on the DX50, I was able to use the USB DAC now.
Anyway, You need both the Ibasso Mango Hifi Device AND the Mango Interface.
What I did for my Win 8.1 Pro, x64 system is to simply install the program using the Setup given and if any of the drivers still do not appear, then try to go directly to the x32 or x64 files and manually use the setup within the folder again.
then the normal steps of going to settings and DAC and connecting it.
I LOVE the 1.6.0 FW sound..AWESOME!
I see the Mango HiFi Device in device manager but don't see a reference to the interface. Where should I look for it? So far I have not been able to get the DAC functionality to work. I'm running the 1.6 firmware.
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1. Clean Install:
Simply uninstall what you have installed, by right clicking and uninstall;
Then, go to iBasso website and get the USB -DAC Ver1.0;
Unzip the file, you will see x64, x32 and Setup.
click Setup and after finishing the installation, open Device Manager.
2. If Device Manager shows iBasso Mango Hifi Audio Device under Sound,Video and game controllers , good.
Then check if there is a field (like Sound,Video and Game Controllers) called Mango Device, right under Keyboards for my case;
if there isnt, go back to the extracted folder, and open either x64 or x32 depending on your OS;
then click the Setup WITHIN the x64 or x32.
This SHOULD work, as it is what I did.
3. Plug in the DX50 in 1.6.0 FW in DAC mode, i used usb 3.0 and usb 2.0 ports, both work so that doesn't seem to be the issue.