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post #721 of 1751
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Originally Posted by Sorensiim View Post

Last week I finally got a nice DAC for my active speakers: The Audiolab M-DAC, a $1000+ ESS 9018 desktop DAC that won several awards last year. Plugging my CIEMs into the (suprisingly capable) headphone output, the first thing that struck me was how similar to the DX90 it sounded. When I have the time I'll do a comparison with the DX90 and the M-DAC both hooked up to my PB2 just to see if the $429 DX90 really keeps up with a $1000+ desktop unit.

Hi soren, what ciems will you be using on the comparison?
post #722 of 1751

I already stated  clearly the difference it did with the sennheisers a few posts back.It has nothing to do with personal preference.Anyway, we are talking apples to oranges since apart from the dap we do not have the same equipment.The fact that you are satisfied with dx90 alone  for all your equipment is great.Besides I thought this thread was about giving your impressions.Thats what i did as honest as i could.Perhaps someone who has the same equipment without an amp and feels something is missing can benefit by going to a store and demoing himself.

post #723 of 1751
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I do hope you are using audiophile-grade electrical tape...

 

 

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True audiophile right here guys. ;)

You can get the 96khz 24 bit tape on Ebay!

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You can get the 96khz 24 bit tape on Ebay!


No thanks, I'm going to be patient and wait for Pono Tape.

post #725 of 1751
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Originally Posted by Sorensiim View Post

Last week I finally got a nice DAC for my active speakers: The Audiolab M-DAC, a $1000+ ESS 9018 desktop DAC that won several awards last year. Plugging my CIEMs into the (suprisingly capable) headphone output, the first thing that struck me was how similar to the DX90 it sounded. When I have the time I'll do a comparison with the DX90 and the M-DAC both hooked up to my PB2 just to see if the $429 DX90 really keeps up with a $1000+ desktop unit.

Someone is getting some fancy stuff wink.gif

I was thinking of doing the same but target the Oppo HA-1 when it'll come out, also an ESS 9018 Dac. We'll see if I am going to go there.

Let us know how this combo pans out. beerchug.gif
post #726 of 1751

How does this thing compare to the DX100? I really love the the sound of the 100, but the UI is pretty frustrating (slow, clunky navagation, playlist management sucks)-clearly not fitting of a product costing as much as it does, and the battery time sucks too (I listen to 256 AAC).


Edited by dcfac73 - 5/5/14 at 8:49am
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No one knows.
post #728 of 1751
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How does this thing compare to the DX100?

 

 

Read onwards from this post:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/697035/ibasso-dx90-dual-sabre-es9018k2m-new-amp-section-review-imforation-1st-page/4500#post_10514557

post #729 of 1751

I bought the DX90 from a local dealer, after failing a bid on a used HDP-R10 last week from yahoo.jp

 

Also received my Yamaha EPH-100 today from mail. So I have got 2 new toys trying out tonight :->

 

I would say the DX90 does sound very nice, with the same sound signature of my Audio-gd NFB-1. I would say the DX90 amp section is good enough to drive low impedance IEM, but does not have enough voltage swing to drive high impedance ear bug like my 150ohm PK1 clone. The gain switch make just a bit of volume difference when driving the PK1 clone.

 

The quality improvement through LINE OUT to the Arrow 4G amp is quite obvious. The PK1 comes alive, and there are much better instrument separation, layering and sound stage with the EPH-100.

 

And yes, the EPH-100 is a good match (with or without the Arrow 4G) with the DX90. Very good dynamic!

 

Will do more burn-in to both the DX90 and EPH-100 to see if the amp section will improve, but I won't expect any major improvement. I also think -75db channel separation is kind of low for the amp section given its dual mono design.

Overall I am very happy with the DX90, as I already expected to use it with the Arrow 4G before purchase.


Edited by borrego - 5/5/14 at 10:36am
post #730 of 1751
Have passed the 400 hour mark (has essentially been playing 24 hours a day for nearly 3 weeks, on loop with the IsoTek burn in cd when not listening to music). At a hotel enjoying DX90 with Tzar350, no problem driving this 350 ohm beast but has to be high gain and about 220 on the volume. Dont think I have heard them better than this.

Am listening to a 60s or 70s live radio broadcast of Mozarts Magic Flute with Boston Phil from Tanglewood and I'm there in one of the front rows. This is a monster detail rig, almost too much for this recording.
Edited by nc8000 - 5/5/14 at 1:48pm
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post #732 of 1751

What the...? All i can say is that there is no bigger compliment i can give to this dap,as i already said in the sennheiser thread,other than the ie800 sound like a $5000 home system with a quality amp.The other daps didn't even come close to utilising 50% of the ie800 capabilities.To think i was considering selling them before i bought dx90...

post #733 of 1751
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I would say the DX90 does sound very nice, with the same sound signature of my Audio-gd NFB-1. I would say the DX90 amp section is good enough to drive low impedance IEM, but does not have enough voltage swing to drive high impedance ear bug like my 150ohm PK1 clone. The gain switch make just a bit of volume difference when driving the PK1 clone.





Doesn't seem to make sense. Are you talking about Yuin PK1?
post #734 of 1751
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Originally Posted by borrego View Post

 

I would say the DX90 does sound very nice, with the same sound signature of my Audio-gd NFB-1. I would say the DX90 amp section is good enough to drive low impedance IEM, but does not have enough voltage swing to drive high impedance ear bug like my 150ohm PK1 clone. The gain switch make just a bit of volume difference when driving the PK1 clone.


 


Doesn't seem to make sense. Are you talking about Yuin PK1?

 

Yes, I was referring to the PK1. What I meant "does not have enough voltage swing" was not saying there was no sound or stupidly low volume. I was referring to the sound being congested and lack of dynamic. Switching to LINE OUT + Arrow 4G to drive the PK1 makes a big difference (bigger difference than compare to drive the EPH-100 with the Arrow 4G

post #735 of 1751

Same here.

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