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Originally Posted by eke2k6 View Post
 

I figure this is as good a place to post this.

 

Thanks to a few friends, I have the Sony ZX1, Hifiman HM901, Hisound Studio V 3rd anv, and the Fiio X5 coming in. The first 3 should be arriving today, and the X5 will follow early next week.

 

I plan on doing an extensive writeup comparing the sound of each to my iPhone 4, which I consider one of the best DAPs I've owned, as well as my rockboxed iPod Classic 6th gen hooked up to the Tralucent T1 and a prototype wood amp.


Very nice, I've been contemplating doing a shootout on my YT involving my own Studio V and AK player vs the X5. Problem being I have no idea who to see to get a review X5 unit :mad:

post #977 of 1303

eke, I am also interested about your opinions on all the daps you listed. Would you mind posting here or at least providing link here to read your opinions, once they are published and done I mean?

post #978 of 1303
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Originally Posted by AmberOzL View Post
 

eke, I am also interested about your opinions on all the daps you listed. Would you mind posting here or at least providing link here to read your opinions, once they are published and done I mean?

 

Will do.

post #979 of 1303
Denon Audio is a great free app.
Theres some excellent free and paid apps for os idevices. I use flacplayer app.


Denon Audio app
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post #980 of 1303
Quote:
Originally Posted by eke2k6 View Post
 

I figure this is as good a place to post this.

 

Thanks to a few friends, I have the Sony ZX1, Hifiman HM901, Hisound Studio V 3rd anv, and the Fiio X5 coming in. The first 3 should be arriving today, and the X5 will follow early next week.

 

I plan on doing an extensive writeup comparing the sound of each to my iPhone 4, which I consider one of the best DAPs I've owned, as well as my rockboxed iPod Classic 6th gen hooked up to the Tralucent T1 and a prototype wood amp.

Looking forward to the dapfest impressions.

post #981 of 1303

ATTN: In order to decrease demand for our Tera-Player we will double the prices for the world's finest portable music player in the near future, which means we will phase over from regular pricing (EUR 1680,- Std. Tera / EUR 1920,- STEALTH) to junior pricing (EUR 3360,- for the Standard Tera-Player and EUR 3840,- for the STEALTH Tera-Player).

You can still place orders for the old (regular) price however either way, should consider a significant waiting time!

As the date of the price-change is not yet known, there will be no countdown this time and the switch-over can occur every day (please check with us, when you order your Tera).

We would very much appreciate at least 'some' competition in the market of high-end portable music players, because we can only supply a tiny fraction of music lovers world-wide.

2014 model Tera-Player; Increased audio-RAM-buffer-size (2x) for better compatibility with slow access SDHC cards when playing hi-res 24/192 kHz wav files. Added support for Sandisk-Ultra and -Extreme cards. A novel random algorithm (introduced late 2013). Rubber dampers installed in both phono jacks for improved ruggedness. Warranty for 2014 models: 6 years for original purchaser.

 

post #982 of 1303

That's for real!   

 

http://www.tera-player.com/

 


Edited by zilch0md - 3/8/14 at 3:03pm
post #983 of 1303
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Originally Posted by DigitalFreak View Post


I was hoping that eventually the fans would  get tired and move along but weeks after the release of the player they're still going strong. Makes me wonder if these people don't have anything else better to do such as enjoy good music. I can only imagine what the impressions thread of the soon to be released DX90 will be like. From what I understand the DX90 will utilize the exact same OS as the DX50.

LOL you just don't get it - that is precisely why the thread is so long. The DX50 produces a great sound.
post #984 of 1303
Maybe I'm the only one, but I didn't like the sound out of the DX50. The interface was pretty meh too...accidental touching of folders when trying to simply scroll through a list of folders was frustrating as heck.
post #985 of 1303

You definitely are not alone. The DX50 is by far the most frustrating purchase since I joined this hobby. The UI definitely was not for me.

post #986 of 1303

DX50 to my ears had technical ability no stronger than an iPod 5.5G, areas such as separation (which are noticeably weak) and soundstage narrow. What tricks people into thinking DX50 sounds good is it does have the single aspect of decent resolution "if" you pump the amp section hard (use high volumes), but what's the point if the musics smearing and losing coherency? I had to lift the volume quite high to get good detail extension my Rocco BA could do idling, This is why not long after release many members starting finding drastic improvements adding an amp to DX50, and so it came to be everyone started buying amps to use the player from line out.

There's even a thread in the portable amps section seeking to find the 'perfect amp" which arose not long after DX50 release, almost every photo you see of DX50 in the pictures thread has an amp tied to it, very rarely do you see it used as a stand alone player. I know some members who sold their iBasso because they found the $100 Colorfly C3 superior, having owned C3 for over a year I know exactly why they did that. My DX50 was gone shortly after purchase for a few reasons, I would of been willing to live with the bugs and UI if the sound was good enough though it really wasn't. Yet after all this time my Colorfly C3 stays, I've never thought of selling it.

My opinion doesn't come from reading user experiences, it comes from hands on experiences, as you can see the list of sources on my profile.


Edited by H20Fidelity - 3/8/14 at 4:39pm
post #987 of 1303
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Originally Posted by keepitsimple View Post

ATTN: In order to decrease demand for our Tera-Player we will double the prices for the world's finest portable music player in the near future, which means we will phase over from regular pricing (EUR 1680,- Std. Tera / EUR 1920,- STEALTH) to junior pricing (EUR 3360,- for the Standard Tera-Player and EUR 3840,- for the STEALTH Tera-Player).


You can still place orders for the old (regular) price however either way, should consider a significant waiting time!


As the date of the price-change is not yet known, there will be no countdown this time and the switch-over can occur every day (please check with us, when you order your Tera).


We would very much appreciate at least 'some' competition in the market of high-end portable music players, because we can only supply a tiny fraction of music lovers world-wide.


2014 model Tera-Player; Increased audio-RAM-buffer-size (2x) for better compatibility with slow access SDHC cards when playing hi-res 24/192 kHz wav files. Added support for Sandisk-Ultra and -Extreme cards. A novel random algorithm (introduced late 2013). Rubber dampers installed in both phono jacks for improved ruggedness. Warranty for 2014 models: 6 years for original purchaser.




It seems everytime a DAP comes out that reaches a price close of the Terra (AK240) Charles ups the price of Terra.
post #988 of 1303

He's such a troll ;)...

post #989 of 1303

These two lovelies just arrived, but the ZX1 and X5 are delayed until next week,

 

 

I just loaded up some music to these DAPs and did some listening. I'm actually more impressed with the Studio V 3rd Anv when it comes to SQ. That was unexpected.

 

There's some more stuff I want to add, but I'll leave it for the write-up.

post #990 of 1303

I figured you'd put it down based on your last experience with the other Hisound player.

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