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post #91 of 166
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Originally Posted by holeout View Post

Should be receiving mine today tongue_smile.gif

Looking forward to your impressions!
post #92 of 166
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Should be receiving mine today :tongue_smile:


Congrats, sir! really long wait.

 

Look forward to your impressions on the toslink output between AK240 and QA360 feeding Hugo!

post #93 of 166

No offense but it looks like some device from 1960, but I dont mind buying one if is under $600 :)

post #94 of 166

WOW didn;t notice that it was only $530 USD, good deal !

post #95 of 166

Some pics...

 

 

Neatly packaged, nothing fancy but good fit quality 

 

 

 

Red book to DSD64 ran fine with coax and optical out to the Hugo (sorry, no support for hi res flac and DSD128)

 

 

Size is a bit larger than the AK240, about the same as DX100 but thinner

 

 

Sys concept optical cable for AK240/Hugo won't fit as the spacing is much shorter between the i/o

 

 

The silver version QLS matches the look of the Hugo quite well when stacked!

 

 

Volume buttons (right), Button lock and Power switch

 

 

Overall finish quality of the 360 is very high with good tactile feel

 

 

Takes full size SD cards, FAT32 (couldn't read my exfat 128G) 

 

 

First impression:

 

UI - Boots up really fast, very minimalist folder view with sequential/random play, repeat all/folder; scrolling/play control is smooth and instinctive; Text sizes for menu, folders and play info are decent and easily read (much better than Colorfly C4)

 

Questionables - Can't get it to play DSD ISO files yet, may have to try a few more files. Can't find any support for playlist. SD card don't support exfat (may be a problem if playing DSD ISO files larger than 4G). If you copy music files to SD card from Mac, a list of trace files will be show up and will hinder play (suggest to transfer files from Windows or NAS directly). Hi-res flac and DSD 128 not supported.

 

Sound - Tried my AKG3003 from the hp out and drove them nicely despite it's low impedance. I'm inclined to say that over SQ is quite neutral with no perceived emphasis/recess on any particular frequecy range on all outputs.The Hugo sounded a bit better in terms of bass definition and body with the QLS optical output than coax at this point but may change after running in. I'll refrain from comparisons with other players at this point and let it run in for a while. Will report back on other phone pairing impressions and issues that may come up.

post #96 of 166

So that's it, Hugo only does sound better in low range? He can basically rival against the big boys then like AK240, MH901 etc?

post #97 of 166
Thanks @holeout! Can't read exfat is a concern. And what do you mean it doesn't support hi res flac?
post #98 of 166

QLS 360 can only support flac up to 24 bit / 48kHz. For higher sampling frequencies up 192kHz, only wav and aiff are supported.

post #99 of 166
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QLS 360 can only support flac up to 24 bit / 48kHz. For higher sampling frequencies up 192kHz, only wav and aiff are supported.

Yeah, that's right. It's the limitations of the cpu.
post #100 of 166
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QLS 360 can only support flac up to 24 bit / 48kHz. For higher sampling frequencies up 192kHz, only wav and aiff are supported.

Thanks! Didn't know about that. Seems a missed opportunity... oh well...
post #101 of 166
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Yeah, that's right. It's the limitations of the cpu.

Confirm by QLS? Please help a noob out, why it can handle dsd files but not highres flac?
post #102 of 166
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Confirm by QLS? Please help a noob out, why it can handle dsd files but not highres flac?

Clark (QLS founder) confirmed it. Perhaps high res flac requires more processing power to decompress it.

post #103 of 166
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Clark (QLS founder) confirmed it. Perhaps high res flac requires more processing power to decompress it.

 

QLS,

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

:-(

post #104 of 166
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QLS,

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

:-(

 

 

I got the same reaction when I find this out.... really puzzled why oh why!?!

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Edited by seeteeyou - 11/4/14 at 8:10pm
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