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post #1096 of 1612
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I have gone off track as well but can we save this thread for just sound impressions and reviews. The other thread is the best place for discussions of other matters regarding the DX90. 

post #1097 of 1612
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I've always been anal about correctly tagging my files as well...it's a huge pet peeve of mine. tongue.gif   Yes. Gracenote, FreeDB, and other tag DB's will more often than not bork your tags, so I've manually managed my tags for years, especially for any discs that I rip.  And I use various tagging software such as MP3TAG to manage all other files.

I also use a consistent file and folder naming scheme, as much a space permits, such as:

Artist_-_Album_-_Disc#-Track #_Track Name

e.g.  Cowboy_Junkies_-_Trinty_Session_-_01-06_Sweet_Jane



 



With this nomenclature, each Artist's tracks are grouped together by Name and also Album, then by Disc # (for example, if it's a Boxed Set), then consecutive track #'s, and ending with the Track Name.








But I'm not willing to customize my tags in 1000's of files just to conform to iBasso's limitations, when my existing "clean" tags work properly in all the other varied devices that I use, from Mac & Windows computers with various playback software, to iDevices and Android devices. I admit to being an iTunes hater as well, but the UX & UI of the portable iDevices is dificult to match.

To be frank given your particular consistent approach to tagging - I too would be peeved at the current situation.
post #1098 of 1612
So I switched back to 2.0 after a week with 2.0.5.

To my ears the 2.0 has bigger sound.

I will keep the 2.0 for the time being.
post #1099 of 1612
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Originally Posted by jamato8 View Post
 

I have gone off track as well but can we save this thread for just sound impressions and reviews. The other thread is the best place for discussions of other matters regarding the DX90. 


I totally agree with you, time will be better spent giving positive/negative or neutral impressions about the DX90 but just be ready to have a little problem because of the obvious sound changes between firmware upgrades. I guess it's quite healthy otherwise. :beerchug:

post #1100 of 1612

I'm really impressed on how the IE-80 can scale up using the DX90, it pair well and with the bass knob at the minimum, you get more than enough bass, controled, textured and rumbling without losing in clarity ;) 

post #1101 of 1612

Tonight I listened to the DX90 + Arrow 4G + FW2.0.5 + Slow Roll-off setting with my Sony SA-3000 first time. The sound stage, layering and bass details are so natural. No way I will use the Sharp Roll-off setting or going back to FW 2.0. I hope iBasso won't simply go back to the FW 2.0 sound in the next firmware update but offer a choice to keep the FW 2.0.5 sound (or improve on it).


Edited by borrego - 5/28/14 at 5:58am
post #1102 of 1612

They will likely try to keep the best of both. There will likely be a few more FWs before they have settled on something for a while. It's just nice that what they already have a FW that both functions well and sounds good. I would wager that iBasso isn't changing the sound with different codecs or EQ but will be fine tuning by allotment of resources and buffers etc. That it sounds good while they are still more concentrating on function is a nice sign.

post #1103 of 1612
While I don't experience the 2 second cut off problem the other DX90 owners have, I do experience the random track play being "paused" for 1 second, resume, and then "paused" again issue.

I suspect both the 2 seconds cut off and my 1 second pause/resume problems are caused by the less than perfect track read ahead memory algorithm. I don't know how much read buffer memory the DX90 has, the 2 seconds cut off and the play back pause could happen at the moment when DX90 try to predict and read the next few track files into the buffer and could not complete due to slow memory card.
Edited by borrego - 5/28/14 at 6:11am
post #1104 of 1612

My DX90 (FW 2.0.5) also suffers from the -more or less random- 1 second pause/resume problem. I think it's mostly happening when I insert the micro SD card (SanDisk Ultra 64 GB) in the DX90 after copying new music onto the card. It's not a big deal since this isn't always happening. Anyway, it would be fine if this issue could be solved^^

 

EDIT: If the "1 second pause/resume problem" occurs, it is within the first 10 seconds of a track.


Edited by droid23 - 5/28/14 at 8:38am
post #1105 of 1612
I've had that happen on 3 tracks, several times on each track. Replaying the track there has been no problem
post #1106 of 1612

Try to recreate the database by doing a factory reset via recovery mode. Then delete the .audio_data in the SD card before rescanning the SD card.

post #1107 of 1612

For the moment I have never noted the 1 second pause/resume (about 40 hours of listening), I have a 64G Sandisk Classe 10, full of FLAC and also some 24/96 albums.

 

Edit : FW 2.0.5 - FAT32 - Gapless On


Edited by Migou67 - 5/29/14 at 12:38am
post #1108 of 1612
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Originally Posted by droid23 View Post

My DX90 (FW 2.0.5) also suffers from the -more or less random- 1 second pause/resume problem. I think it's mostly happening when I insert the micro SD card (SanDisk Ultra 64 GB) in the DX90 after copying new music onto the card. It's not a big deal since this isn't always happening. Anyway, it would be fine if this issue could be solved^^

EDIT: If the "1 second pause/resume problem" occurs, it is within the first 10 seconds of a track.

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Originally Posted by nc8000 View Post

I've had that happen on 3 tracks, several times on each track. Replaying the track there has been no problem

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Originally Posted by headwhacker View Post

Try to recreate the database by doing a factory reset via recovery mode. Then delete the .audio_data in the SD card before rescanning the SD card.

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Originally Posted by Migou67 View Post

For the moment I have never noted the 1 second pause/resume (about 40 hours of listening), I have a 64G Sandisk Classe 10, full of FLAC and also some 24/96 albums.

This happened to me before.. Try reformating your mSD cards to FAT32 which I did and issue was gone..
post #1109 of 1612

I just received the DX90, and was pleasantly surprised.

 

I sold the DX50 as it had too much hiss with my cIEMs, and I wanted to take the android -> DAC-AMP route.

I'm happy I chose not to use the Galaxy S4 with an external dac, because it's just not very practical.

 

I'm happy to announce that the DX90 has zero hiss with my cIEMs! I also compared the internal dac to the audinst hud-mx1, both routing the LO to the O2.

The hud-mx1 souds slightly warmer, and surprisingly the DX90 actually has slightly better clarity on the busy/crowded passages.

The DX50 simply sounded cold in comparison to the hud-mx1. I actually quite liked its sound, but the DX90 definitely has a slightly more natural sound.

But yeah, it's really quite bonkers that a €350 player has a better sounding DAC than that of a ~€250 desktop soundcard...

 

I'm also loving the new connectors, and the device itself feels a bit more premium to me? 

Maybe it's just the new device feeling...

post #1110 of 1612
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Originally Posted by headwhacker View Post
 

Try to recreate the database by doing a factory reset via recovery mode. Then delete the .audio_data in the SD card before rescanning the SD card.

 

I just did what you suggested. If it still does not fix it then I will try zeppu08's suggestion of formatting the card to FAT32. BTW, my microSD card is a Toshiba class10 64GB card. Thanks!

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