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Just got mine in today. So far, no hiccups. SD card loaded up fine, and no freezing yet. Initial impressions are good. Off pure SQ judgments the AK120 is still a few notches above the DX50, but I'm really impressed with this player that costs fractions less. Right now, I feel content. So much so that I'm thinking that the AK120 will be up for sale really soon...

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+1 on The SQ via line out. It is very impressive for a portable (used with a P4). Is anyone else using this combination?
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I wonder how the AK120 can be ahead at least on a technical driving level. The DX50 looks to have a MUCH better headphone output. I suppose the AK120 can interface its DACs better but at the output level, it won't stand up to the DX50. 

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Originally Posted by shigzeo View Post
 

I wonder how the AK120 can be ahead at least on a technical driving level. The DX50 looks to have a MUCH better headphone output. I suppose the AK120 can interface its DACs better but at the output level, it won't stand up to the DX50. 

 

Not sure what you mean by this. Are you talking power here? If you are, that it a moot point for me - I strictly use C/IEM for portable use. 

 

PS - I think the majority of the people who bought the AK120, and DX50 will be using easier to drive portable headphones, or C/IEMs. Could be wrong though...


Edited by Greed - 9/10/13 at 4:05pm
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iBasso said they will have a firmware update tomorrow. 

 

Question, has anyone had trouble with this playing certain Flac's? For some reason it's not playing some of my 24bit flacs. iBasso service had me email them a few of them so they can determine WTF is going on. 

 

I also mentioned that there is no option to manually rescan a SD card without ejecting it and putting it back in. This results in wear and tear on the card. They responded positively ( was surprised ) and said they could implement something to that effect. 

 

also brought up that when using MediaMonkey to load a microSD card, the unit isn't scanning the WHOLE card, it seems to stop or scan way to fast.  I am not sure if that's only happening to me or if you guys are also having the issue.

 

My unit sounds great, other than not playing all my 24bit files. I am using Heir 4Ai's, custom shelled UM3X's, UE900's, and Grado v4 Magnum Woodies, and Senn HD650's with this thing. I am enjoying the sound sig a lot. 

 

We are the guinea pigs and if they iron out these glitches...along with adding the playlist support etc..I think this is a ridiculously good bang for the buck. 

 

I enjoy the sound of this thing just as much as the RWAK100 I have sitting right next to it.

 

Is it a DX100...hell no. But is it like a "iPod"? Um...again...hell no. I had Vinnie's mod on an ass kicking 5.5 Gen along with a FiiO E17 and this little guy kicks it's butt. Hands down.

 

As for the RWAK100 vs this...the RWAK wins in a few areas...but this thing absolutely holds its own.

 

Understand that I don't own $1K + audio devices and frankly if you do...and complain about the sound coming out of this...you need help...leather couch help. It's under $275 USD for gods sake.

 

The RWAK is smoother, the user interface is simplistic and works for me. The DX50...well...she needs help. But again, we're on the first batch. I think to my ears that the RWAK has more "depth" but this thing is damn close. The RWAK is "darker"...the DX50 is "bright" sounding to my ears.

 

I think the built in amp is more than sufficient to drive any cans you throw at it and with the Heir's and the UE900's I don't hear any hiss at all, but strangely with the UM3X's I hear a FAINT hiss in between tracks.

 

The gapless doesn't work, at least not the way it should. Nothing worse than trying to listen to DSOTM (Dark Side of the Moon) with freaking stop/gaps....kills the entire experience. 

 

On the plus side...as I'm sure other guys who are a lot better at reviewing than I am have said..the build quality is great, the size is great, the 3 buttons work great for me, but I also like the RWAK's layout. 

 

Weirdness:

 

Often, when booting the unit up with my 64gb Ultra Sandisk...the unit will freeze and needs to be rebooted.

 

I do not believe the unit is scanning the entire card as a LOT of music simply isn't showing up.

 

If I press Play and Power even for a second, the unit would reboot. That happened yesterday 3 times and then stopped. I have no clue what that was about? 

 


That's it for now. I'm swapping out a 32gb card to see if I get all the music. 

post #891 of 18426
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Originally Posted by Greed View Post
 

Just got mine in today. So far, no hiccups. SD card loaded up fine, and no freezing yet. Initial impressions are good. Off pure SQ judgments the AK120 is still a few notches above the DX50, but I'm really impressed with this player that costs fractions less. Right now, I feel content. So much so that I'm thinking that the AK120 will be up for sale really soon...

 

Just say the AK120 is way overpriced for its sound quality. :wink_face:

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Denon case fits perfectly, with room at top for iems.  Hard foam back inside and nice leather.  Double zip at top allows cable to come through.  Will be flying with this for the next couple of weeks no fear in chucking it in my hand luggage  :)

[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/Ji6xzeW.jpg[/IMG]

 

[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/z63DfKu.jpg[/IMG]

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Originally Posted by icefalkon View Post

 

Is it a DX100...hell no. But is it like a "iPod"? Um...again...hell no. I had Vinnie's mod on an ass kicking 5.5 Gen along with a FiiO E17 and this little guy kicks it's butt. Hands down.

 

 

Are you saying the imod kicks the DX50's ass and the DX50 kicks the imod's butt? :wink_face:

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Originally Posted by CJG888 View Post

+1 on The SQ via line out. It is very impressive for a portable (used with a P4). Is anyone else using this combination?

 

Can peeps post some pics of the line out combo please. I cant get any line out working with the supplied cable at all in any combination but I could well be doing it wrong. Ta

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Where did you get this.
The e Denon case
Edited by howdy - 9/10/13 at 4:20pm
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Definitely sounds good with my MDR1-RNC.

 

New simple flight rig

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Originally Posted by Room40 View Post
 

 

Can peeps post some pics of the line out combo please. I cant get any line out working with the supplied cable at all in any combination but I could well be doing it wrong. Ta

 

There is no supplied line out cable.....there is a mini 3.5mm to RCA that is a coaxial cable and a usb micro b cable......usually any 3.5mm to 3.5mm will work just fine for a line out (assuming your amp has a 3.5mm input.....else it has to be something like a 3.5mm to dual RCA left/right).

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Originally Posted by Greed View Post
 

 

Not sure what you mean by this. Are you talking power here? If you are, that it a moot point for me - I strictly use C/IEM for portable use. 

 

PS - I think the majority of the people who bought the AK120, and DX50 will be using easier to drive portable headphones, or C/IEMs. Could be wrong though...

 

I mean quite literally that the amp (at least on paper) is more powerful, has a lower output impedance, and is made by an amp manufacturer. The DAC and that stuff is up to you, but CIEMs cannot technically be driven as well via the AK120. Portable phones, yes, but with nearly 4Ω output, the AK120 isn't quite as able to put the full resolution of a song into your earphones- unless they are high Ω earphones.

That's not to say that there are not issues with the DX50 output. I have no idea. But iBasso make very good amps and I assume the DX50 is no slouch. I will be reviewing one a bit later so I can chime in from a position of experience. For now, I'm talking about on paper, but on paper, unless lies, nearly always pans out in terms of getting the actual output up to snuff. 

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Iriver should oem the hardware manufacturing to ibasso so that they can focus on Sales and Marketing, Customer Services and firmware development. In the end, everyone goes home with a perfect DAP.
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I presume iBasso uses an EMS in Shenzhen. Heck, even Meier does.

Iriver just have bigger margins :-)
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