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post #1591 of 1744

I've just returned to 2.0 FW and the difference between 2.1 is a night and day. Now I remember why I bought DX90 over DX50 and the fact this DAP has two dac chips. Soundstage again is incredibly vast and has a depth(!). I suspect that in blind test I couldn't distinguish DX90 2.1 of the iphone 5s which despite a worse musicality sounds very simiar to the 2.1. I know how it sounds, it's however my personal opinion.

 

Update

I could swear I hear some micro details with 2.0 I haven't heard with 2.1, WTF? Maybe it's because of different scene creation. Now there is no harshness at all, better separation, better musicality, just another level. ath-a900x gains significantly. I'm just amazed.


Edited by athmospheric - 7/19/14 at 3:03pm
post #1592 of 1744
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jensenchua View Post
 

Tried my DX90>> Violectric V200>>HD800 sounded just incredible, the soundstage is just indescribable~~ jamato8 is time for you to get your hand on HD800!!:biggrin:

Leave me alone! I am happy with what I have. . . . . "right sure you are", the audio demon on my shoulder says. 

post #1593 of 1744
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Originally Posted by jamato8 View Post
 

Leave me alone! I am happy with what I have. . . . . "right sure you are", the audio demon on my shoulder says. 

 

Well, the DX90 >> Hugo >> HD800 is also sublime... just sayin.... the musicality is just incredible~~ ;)  

 

 

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Originally Posted by athmospheric View Post
 

I've just returned to 2.0 FW and the difference between 2.1 is a night and day. Now I remember why I bought DX90 over DX50 and the fact this DAP has two dac chips. Soundstage again is incredibly vast and has a depth(!). I suspect that in blind test I couldn't distinguish DX90 2.1 of the iphone 5s which despite a worse musicality sounds very simiar to the 2.1. I know how it sounds, it's however my personal opinion.

 

Update

I could swear I hear some micro details with 2.0 I haven't heard with 2.1, WTF? Maybe it's because of different scene creation. Now there is no harshness at all, better separation, better musicality, just another level. ath-a900x gains significantly. I'm just amazed.

 

 

I've been staying on 2.0 all along.  Never felt any need to "upgrade" my firmware :)

post #1594 of 1744
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Originally Posted by kkcc View Post
 

 

Well, the DX90 >> Hugo >> HD800 is also sublime... just sayin.... the musicality is just incredible~~ ;)  

You are driving jamato8 crazy:D 

post #1595 of 1744

It happens that there are two almost equivalent threads for DX90, and it also happened that I posted announce of my firmware tweaks into the other one.

 

Please note that, most probably, I will not duplicate my answers, keeping them all in one (aforementioned) thread only.

post #1596 of 1744

Just to check though, when using the Hugo, the DAP is only being used as a source, right? So the DX90 isn't really the reason that it sounds good?

post #1597 of 1744
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Originally Posted by Lurker0 View Post

It happens that there are two almost equivalent threads for DX90, and it also happened that I posted announce of my firmware tweaks into the other one.

Please note that, most probably, I will not duplicate my answers, keeping them all in one (aforementioned) thread only.
No worries, I read both threads:D
post #1598 of 1744

after using the dx90 over two months, i am rather surprised that none of the three firmware varianta can keep up with the precise and clear sound of a Sound Blaster Audigy 4 Pro or a Yamaha CX-1000 preamp (48/16 resultion only). For example, the piano music of Keith Jarrett´s Cologne concert in 96/24 resolution sounds more natural and authentic on both desktop equipments - high fidelty just.

 

Anyway,  i love my dx90 and it´s sound variations - performs much better than the former "more muddy" FiiO X3.

post #1599 of 1744
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Originally Posted by deja-vu View Post
 

after using the dx90 over two months, i am rather surprised that none of the three firmware varianta can keep up with the precise and clear sound of a Sound Blaster Audigy 4 Pro or a Yamaha CX-1000 preamp (48/16 resultion only). For example, the piano music of Keith Jarrett´s Cologne concert in 96/24 resolution sounds more natural and authentic on both desktop equipments - high fidelty just.

 

Anyway,  i love my dx90 and it´s sound variations - performs much better than the former "more muddy" FiiO X3.

I use to have Sound Blaster Audigy 4 and yes is sound amazing, but now I think the Creative sound card is more towards on the gaming sound no more on the Hifi or muisc. Of course the DX90 will sound superior than the X3, the price & the category are not the same.

post #1600 of 1744

hi guyz, why I can not update the firmware to 2.0 from 2.1? 
from 2.1 to 2:05 it can be done and there is no problem

post #1601 of 1744
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Originally Posted by The hitman View Post
 

hi guyz, why I can not update the firmware to 2.0 from 2.1? 
from 2.1 to 2:05 it can be done and there is no problem

There are directions on the 1st page. You need a PC and then download the SW to do it. 

post #1602 of 1744
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Originally Posted by The hitman View Post
 

hi guyz, why I can not update the firmware to 2.0 from 2.1? 
from 2.1 to 2:05 it can be done and there is no problem

 

Not sure why technically that is the case, but that's correct - you can't downgrade the firmware to the original version without using a special tool on Windows (I think it's called RKBatch or something, it's in this thread, probably on front page) and you can't do it at all on a Mac I believe..

post #1603 of 1744

finally i can down to fw 2.0 after using rk batc tool. gonne stay on 2.0 for a while...

thanks warth0g n jamato8

post #1604 of 1744

Rockbox available now for the DX90. Sounds easy to do even for a tech fail like me! I will be trying this soon to see how much the SQ improves. 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/727669/rockbox-for-ibasso-dx90-latest-update-24-07-2014

post #1605 of 1744

Has anyone heard the DX90 with PFE232?

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