Originally Posted by BucketInABucket
How do the Astrotec AX7, Fisher Audio DBA-02 MK2 and Etymotic ER-4P/S sound with the iBasso DX50?
I'm using a pair of reshelled DBA02 mk1, very sensitive and picks up some background noise. Least noticeable on mid gain after spending even more time with it, but will be noticeable if you have sensitive ears like me. The screen also creates some sort of very high pitch sound which will probably be unnoticed by most people, but strangely only when the screen is off. Same thing, least artefacts like these on mid gain.
Sound wise, pretty decent. Typical slightly bright and airy sound with good sound stage (width, depth and height). Separation is great too, but that is very track dependent. For example, Les Mis can give very good imaging and separation even though I have it as a 160kbps mp3. Stronger and tighter bass with the DX50 compared to more mainstream DAPs, but was initially a little too strong for me and gave me headaches at moderate volume. It's not bloated or muddy, just very impactful and still controlled. Got used to the bass now so it feels less "thumpy". Mids are slightly recessed which was usually a little more forward. Highs are still high.
I swapped my left and right cable around and it feels like I managed to bring the MIDs forward and the highs and lows slightly backwards =D does mess up some of the live albums though. It feels like I am standing with or slightly behind the band and facing the audience with them. Not sure if that's just my mind playing tricks on my after I swapped the left and right channels.
On the other hand, some 320mbps pop songs can sound rather confused. My flacs are Ok, but i think it has more to do with the mastering than the compression. Gapless plays fine too.Edited by tak- - 9/24/13 at 6:25pm