use LO Not HO. better results and should prevent clipping at high volumes.
I agree now that 1.2.7 is a bit less bright than 1.2.6 although it wasn't initially obvious with the Heaven VI. I believe this now because I pulled out my Flat4 Kaede, a bright IEM which I found myself using less with the DX50 circa 1.2.5 / 1.2.6, and they are sounding very good with 1.2.7. Also listening with the Kaede, the analog tape hiss at the beginning of Genesis' Lamb Lies Down on Broadway is reduced a bit compared to 1.2.6. (Someone on here was complaining that 1.2.7 has less treble but more hiss. That's not likely. )
There have been some complaints that 1.2.7 is muddy or lacks detail. I really disagree with this. Amp'ed from the LO, it is very crisp. However, reduction of treble can make the perception of detail diminish. This should not be confused with an actual reduction.
It is going to be a matter of taste. I am not a fan of bright and I think that 1.2.7 is doing everything well. I am of course interested to see what decoder changes get randomly paired with future FW updates. It can only open new possibilities.
Happy new year, everyone!
this is exactly what i am thinking of 1.2.7
The Shadow is a small amp designed for IEM's, and to me is very neutral. It really keeps the soundstage open, with no frequency range more emphasized than another IMO. Full bass, smooth mids, and a nice smooth but crisp treble. Imaging on it is great. Every thing seems to be placed where it should be. Coming previously from a Fiio E11 to that, it was a huge upgrade in terms of SQ. I'm a fan of a very balanced, neutral sound, and for me it fits the bill perfectly for portable use. It uses a rechargeable battery that is built in, and the battery life is phenomenal. I would guess I get around 80hrs from one charge. I have yet for the battery to go dead on me, I've only charged it a handful of times in the few months that I've had it.
The Hornet is a bit bigger, and is powered by a single 9v battery. I have a rechargeable in there, and the power adapter charges the battery when installed. It has 3 gain settings, and can drive some of the more difficult cans from what I've been told. The HD700's aren't very hard to drive, but definitely benefit from a good amp. The sound is a bit warmer than the Shadow, and to me, the soundstage is slightly narrower, but by a very small margin, and is still very good IMO. Still a very smooth midrange, a full bass, but the high's are more on the warm-ish side, but not muddied at all. It pairs wonderfully with my HD700's, which are infamous for their slightly bright treble due to some spikes in the 5K and 10K areas.
I'm not great at describing the sounds I guess as I type this, I just go by what my ears like :) Admittedly, I haven't heard a large range of different amps, so I don't have much to compare them to. I originally bought the Shadow based off of others descriptions of the sound, and by Ray's track record of customer service and the small size of the amp for portable use. It impressed me quite a bit, and when I wanted an amp to use with my HD700's around the house, I actually picked the Hornet up from another member on the forums here and was just as happy with the Hornet as I originally was with the Shadow. I would love to try some of RSA's desktop amps with my HD700's, but they are a bit more than I'm willing to pay at this moment, as I'm working on upgrading my home theater audio setup now with new speakers and separate preamp/processor and amp.
Hopefully I answered your question, and if you have more, I will try to answer the best I can.
Guys can I ask do many dx50 folk use a usb flash drive with the otg cable to play music? I got a flash drive last week and loaded it up with some music...Obviously the dx50 has to power the flash drive,but im just wondering how long do folks seem to be getting out of the battery if they are playing music from the usb drive? If im playing mine with music from there,I would have to charge my dx50 up twice a day since I added the drive.. Beforehand I was only using the internal memory and a micro sd card...
Odd, I get none. On live performances that continue from one song to the next no problem and on regular recordings, I don't hear a gap. FLAC, ALAC, WAV.
I checked three or four of my albums (all flac) and 1.2.7 gapless worked just fine. You might try a factory reset to see if it resolves the problem. Good luck!
i agree with this. not one of my gapless albums (320 mp3) play as intended. on 1.2.7 or any of the other firmwares. fed up.
I sometimes do get a tiny gap with my MP3s but it was the same with earlier pre-1.2.6 FWs. The 'fix' we refer to was to return to this imperfect but highly serviceable gapless mode from the cross fade misadventure of 1.2.6.
I have no problems with gapless in 1.2.7 although further improvement will of course be welcome. I sounds like it might be doing even better with FLAC.