I know it's kinda quiet and possibly a lonely there but you'll,definitely be more "on topic" there.
At it's current state DX50 over Tera player anytime. I don't hang around cool people.
From the discussion so far, i guess iBasso has cleverly made/named the dap as DX90 as a truly step down from DX100.
Every positive aspect of the DX90 is "limited" in some way yet covers a dap segment yet to be filled.
Dual Sabre ESS9018 mk2, but dual dac with less cores than single ESS9018 in DX100
DSD support, but with 8GB internal + 64GB card + OTG (limited to niche users imo)
in iBasso's line up it would be,
and if we stack the rest based on SQ alone ( + / - thereabouts), based on my own experience with those available and impressions gathered, it would look likely to be,
2. AK120 / DX100 / ZX1 / Tera <- crowded
3. X5 / DX90 <- yet to be filled
4. DX50 / AK100
ibasso knows exactly where they want the DX90 to be at.
I'm pretty sure they know where they're going, too.
I'm still dreaming of a DX200... UI of the DX50, DAC implementation from the DX100 and the PB2 as the amp section...
Or maybe a DX75: DX100 DAC implementation with DX50 UI, coax out and analog line out only for use strictly as a source. With no amp section, I guess they should be able to fit dual full SD slots in there.
Ah well, a man can dream...
or a DX-HC100, internals from a DX-100 in a Helena Christensen shaped case...
ow ow ow ... Sorensiim,
we're already losing sleep as it is ...
At least make sure it's the 1995 edition of her then.
And she might be pretty, but hardly pocket-friendly. Now let's get this thread back on track before all the "she could get in my pants" jokes come rolling.
I'm going to send Ibasso an email and ask them to tell me as soon as I can preorder the DX90.
The DX100 to my ear sounds very fine. The HiFiman 901, dual Sabre dacs, to me sound also very fine and natural. Implementation. Right, could be a fantastic dac, tube, transformer, cap, resistor, . . . implement wrong and it doesn't matter. The Sylvania 1929 to 1932 mesh plate balloon tube is beautiful and I have NOS. Design right and I will put it up against anything for a preamp, wrong and you may as well use a Russian 6SN7 copy.
This and the these new Sabres lend themselves very well to portable use now that they draw less current. Lots of onboard goodies to help them operate most effectively. They're not my absolute favorite DAC chip but probably will turn out to be for this format because of this, That said, we have no idea how the DX90 will sound or function yet. It still uses a Rockchip SOC that they likely don't have full coding control over and Ibasso DAPs have all used output coupling caps so far. The 9018K2M also isn't the same as using a standard 9018 DAC. They could have given it a completely different title but are trading on their HiEnd product. It's not just a low current version and has a different topology. That said, It's still a hyperstream DAC with all the important inboard goodies and should be plenty good enough for this use. In fact, it's probably a better choice than it's big brother due to current draw. Using 2 does allow each DAC chip access to more current from their tiny tracks.
Some of these, while cautionary, aren't necessarily bad things but it's also not a slam dunk success just because they're using a great DAC chip (that we haven't actually heard) either.
The Tera does point to the (lack) of importance of parts used. It's using an industrial, not made for
audio, 16 bit DAC and by all reports sounds VG with it's relatively poor frequency response and
high output impedance. The Aniversary 3 is another. It doesn't even have a separate DAC chip
and is often preferred to things that do. I think lay people put to much importance on the bits.
So what do we have here exactly? I read USB Audio Out feature somewhere in the thread I think. Also any sign of higher capacity options?
I am still not convince but still looks interested, I like this project more than DX50 honestly. Never been a Wolfson WM8740 fan anyway.
Any chance of getting a spec list or it is still too early?