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post #16 of 718
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Just preordered. Seems like a good match up with theHugo, wish it can do playlist though.

 

How much does it cost?

 

Just curious, do you know if there is any indication that the qa360's coax out quality will be superior to that of the go-dab dd limited, solo -db, etc.? Are there are any early impressions on the qa360's coax out quality? Thanks


Edited by zachchen1996 - 5/11/14 at 10:02am
post #17 of 718

< $500. Judging from the disclosed details on their implementation of power supply and circuitry, I'm willing to take a gamble on the coax out SQ. Besides, it can do DoP and even DSD ISO, 128G+ SD card and play time of 8 to 10 hours. Quite amazing that they can do it at this price level, just hope it can also support DSD 128 and can do playlist.

post #18 of 718
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< $500. Judging from the disclosed details on their implementation of power supply and circuitry, I'm willing to take a gamble on the coax out SQ. Besides, it can do DoP and even DSD ISO, 128G+ SD card and play time of 8 to 10 hours. Quite amazing that they can do it at this price level, just hope it can also support DSD 128 and can do playlist.

 

If I live in the US, how can I get one? Because it seems like it is only available from taobao?

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post #20 of 718
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Here you go -

 

http://www.qlshifi.com/en/wzcapi/qa360.htm

 

Oh thanks! Do you know if I can use the QA 360 as an usb to spdif converter for a computer? Or does this device only work by itself?


Edited by zachchen1996 - 5/11/14 at 11:33am
post #21 of 718
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Just preordered. Seems like a good match up with theHugo, wish it can do playlist though.


Congrats!!:beerchug:

post #22 of 718
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QA360 vs HM901 (erji.net) :popcorn:

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QA360 vs HM901 (erji.net) :popcorn:

Wow google translate sucks for Chinese...Anyone understand Chinese want to give us highlights?

post #24 of 718
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Wow google translate sucks for Chinese...Anyone understand Chinese want to give us highlights?

Skimmed through it a few days ago, the few points I picked up:

 

- 901 felt a bit plasticky vs 360 very solid metal chassis with excellent finishing

- 901 UI buggy, not very stable and a bit laggy vs 360 UI simply and basic, more stable and no lag

- Sonic wise, each have it's merits:

  Vocals - 901 more forward, 360 a few rolls back

  Violin - 901 more details/tmbre, 360 silky smooth

  Piano - 360 density better than 901

  Bass extension - 901 goes deeper than 360

 

Mind you though, the author said that the comparison is with the 360 fresh out of the box. After running in ......?!

post #25 of 718

Thanks. Have a silver one on pre-order. This is by far the biggest gamble ever for me as there is almost no data on the device apart from manufacturer stuff (and even that is very thin). 

post #26 of 718

Same here, keeping my fingers crossed :)

post #27 of 718

My 2 cents after auditing Pre-release sample of QA360 at Shanghai for 1hr:  

 

    1, Build quality is actually up there with DX50/90, with slightly better tactile feeling regarding the brushed aluminum finish. But the final product is said to drop the brushed aluminum for a matte finish more inline with Macbook. 

 

    2. UI is bare-bone minimalistic but fortunately without that 'cheap' feeling often accompanied by similar approaches. UI response is top-notch with practically zero delay. Power-on time is most impressive under 3 sec. Playback is organized in folder fashion, which could be a bless or curse. There's no menu within menu fuss to dig around, any function is within 1~2 click away. I personally enjoy the no-UI design. 

 

    3. Sonic wise, I'll just lay a little background to put things in perspective:  I audit with my Fitear F111 and TDK BA200 then briefly tried AKG K3003 and Senn IE800 as well.  I generally enjoy open but calmful sound-signature with a hint of sweetness and I appreciate liquid smooth vocal with rich timbre and a sense of fragility embedded; I'm rather sensitive to any sibilant. To better describe my bias, I prefer X5 sound to DX50/90 by quite some margin.

        With that in mind, I'm rather impressed with QA360's sq during my short audition:

        It's immediately apparent that F111 is over driven by QA360 and doesn't make a good match. So I'll just skip the details. It would be nice if QLS implemented a gain switch as I feel that behavior will exhibit on other low impedance high sensitivity single BA IEMs as well.

        With BA200 however it's a match made in heaven. QA360 sound overall more towards desktop rig with extremely dark background; soundstage is not excessively large but by no mean confined or congested with a nice sense of ambiance. Instrument separation and imaging is accurate yet feels effortless. 

        Bass has the weight of presence and fast transient to pack the details of subtle fade-out;

        Mid is smooth and detailed yet a hair line recessed for my taste making vocal sound slightly less emotionally involved, the timbre and subtle articulation is there, but sound a bit hollow and distant. And more importantly it sounds just fast, not harsh, but a bit too fast and relentless for you to sink into the music. It's more of a personal taste and I'd still describe the tonality as neutral and transparent, and it is perfect for instrument representation. Vocal sibilant exists but doesn't bother me.

        High is well extended and textured, it's bright but not aggressive.

        K3003 & IE800 both pair pretty good with QA360, giving out a healthy, neutral, transparent sound. K3003's BA tweeter unit somehow remedies the flatness of the sound and brings back some delicacy into vocal.

        Other than pairing with F111, I give the sonic performance edge to QA360 comparing to X5. Yet I do think X5 packs just about right amount of coloration to bring more musicality in the mid/high freq range to make it enjoyable non-the-less.  

        Overall I think the QA360 makes a great reference DAP, it has the power to adequately drive most IEM and some low impedance cans. It may not sound 'toxic', but it doesn't break a sweat until it breaks down at the most complex classical music scenes. It always got everything under control and gives you the illusion that it can handle even more.    

post #28 of 718
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Excellent impressions..thanks. Hopefully I'll have an audition sometime this week...

post #29 of 718
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        It may not sound 'toxic', but it doesn't break a sweat until it breaks down at the most complex classical music scenes.

 

Thanks for the impression.  Does that mean it cannot handle complex music ? Could you buy one at the shop now?

post #30 of 718
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 CHG: Not yet, only demo units are available for audition.

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