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$999 Calyx M with DXD + DSD, 64GB + SD + µSD storage

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Digital Out from Calyx M:

Some people ask/complain there is no digital out in M

Calyx M is accomplished of DXD of 32/384 and 128DSD. SPDIF can't handle these hi-rez digital signals so it is useless to have the digital out in Calyx M M

Furthermore, Calyx M has already a decent DAC inside already. We implemented ESS SABRE 9018 K2M very successfully as we did in Calyx Femto.

Load your music into M and simply enjoy it.

Happy listening.
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Raise the bar of Calyx M for the final production.

1. Output impedance: 0 Ohm for the final production without compromise of sound quality, THD and so on.

2. Power rate: 1.254V at 16 Ohm, 98.2mW per channel.

3. Add the buttons of FW and BW.

I guess the subscribers of this fan page like the added features.

Happy Listening.
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Zero-sum game for Calyx M :

For the final production of Calyx M, we decide to delete all the wifi function. Instead, adding a SD-card slot to tht current micro-SD slot. Thus you will have two slots. You can increase memory capacity up to 64G+128G+256G=448G.

Now we have to work hard to change and apply all these for M before shipping the products no later than April.

We are soon preparing taking pre-order.

Happy Listening.
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As expected, the calyx M is using the ES9018K2M --- considering their track record with the ES9018, this is the right choice for a DAP. The key to a good ESS implementation is a low impedance power source and careful power decoupling, which I'm sure they've taken care of.

http://www.calyx.kr

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=678642445512402

https://www.facebook.com/calyxaudio/posts/665471470162833

https://www.facebook.com/calyxaudio/posts/671823692860944

https://www.facebook.com/calyxaudio/posts/674176345959012

https://www.facebook.com/cymbacavum/posts/347559872052443

http://www.andaudio.com/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=118721

http://www.sohmerassoc.com/ces_2014/calyx/Calyx-CES14-Calyx_M.pdf

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/ces-2014-calyx-m-portable-music-player

http://www.hifiplus.com/articles/ces-2014-headphone-earphones-and-related-electronics-part-1/?page=4

Totally speechless if you ask me, let's wait for some reviews / impressions.
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Looks like Sabre implementation
For this price point.. It should be considered as TOTL DAP... Interested
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First pictures on their FB page:

 

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I like the concept.
Is the graphic good?
Why such a big screen unless is for internet.
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The pricing and THD+N measurements feel like a big middle finger directed right at iRiver. Just sayin'. This thing beats the AK120 on features, specs, and price.

 

Well, the output voltage is really low, which may account for the superiority of the THD+N, though, so more evidence is necessary. Calyx has ample experience with ESS chipsets (AFAIK, all of their products use them), however, so I trust that they'll do a good job. Low output voltage isn't a bad thing for IEM users, though.

 

Astell&Kern still has the cleaner and more consistent overall design philosophy, but everyone's tastes are different. I quite like these renders of the Calyx M myself.

 

Too bad I'm not really into "premium" DAPs.

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With something so thin I am more worried about the amp.
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Originally Posted by Mimouille   With something so thin I am more worried about the amp.


Usually, capacitors take up the most space (everything else should be fine with good quality SMD components). I think there's enough room for some nice capacitors to fit, if not quite Sony levels of Sanyo OS-CAP obsessiveness. If you're thinking about how it compares to the HM-901, there's actually a lot of "wasted space" in the 901 to make it modular enough to accept different amp cards and that massive battery.

 

Besides, what's there to worry about? It's not like you're about to run an LCD-3 off that thing. Your 1Plus2 will run fine. :o2smile:

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Usually, capacitors take up the most space (everything else should be fine with good quality SMD components). I think there's enough room for some nice capacitors to fit, if not quite Sony levels of Sanyo OS-CAP obsessiveness. If you're thinking about how it compares to the HM-901, there's actually a lot of "wasted space" in the 901 to make it modular enough to accept different amp cards and that massive battery.

 

Besides, what's there to worry about? It's not like you're about to run an LCD-3 off that thing. Your 1Plus2 will run fine. :o2smile:


Even with iems, I found that brick daps with a true amp (901, DX100) sound better and have more authority than more compact DAPs (AK100 and 120 and the like). The only exception is the Tera, but it still lacks power.

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Originally Posted by Mimouille View Post  Even with iems, I found that brick daps with a true amp (901, DX100) sound better and have more authority than more compact DAPs (AK100 and 120 and the like). The only exception is the Tera, but it still lacks power.


Well, let's hope that Calyx comes through with its speaker pedigree.

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Well, let's hope that Calyx comes through with its speaker pedigree.

Between this and the ZX1, if I find a DAP that is as good as the 901 in terms of SQ or almost as good, but with a great UI and at least 10 hours of battery, I will be happy. And by happy I mean VERY happy. But honestly, once you have heard the 901, it is hard to listen to something that sounds less good.

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Originally Posted by Mimouille View Post  Between this and the ZX1, if I find a DAP that is as good as the 901 in terms of SQ or almost as good, but with a great UI and at least 10 hours of battery, I will be happy. And by happy I mean VERY happy. But honestly, once you have heard the 901, it is hard to listen to something that sounds less good.

 

I've heard the 901 with an RE-600. It does sound excellent, but I've only heard it with the balanced card, so it's not an accurate take on how it sounds in general. I have not heard the IEM card, but I do know it's SMD components all around --- very few "large" components IIRC.

 

Mostly, however, I find the UI and general shape to be quite clunky. It doesn't at all feel like something I'd ever take outdoors. I find the X3 a bit bulky already, so I'm more than willing to sacrifice SQ for portability. This one looks like it's a nice combination of everything. I have my heart set on the NW-F886 already, though (supposed massive inferiority compared to the ZX1 and all). I actually have a special pouch that I use with my messenger bag shoulder strap to carry DAPs in, but it only works with thin DAPs like the iPod Touch and F880.

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Guys, where can I see the features of this DAP?
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@Tom...I hear you...I use the Tera on the go and the 901 mostly at my desk. But the 901 works on the go just fine as it has physical buttons and is quite robust.

@Cosmic, all the features we know of are on the first post.
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Not a single DAP can beat Tera on the go.
Is just amazing !
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Like I need another sub!!

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