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post #1561 of 1915
iBasso is a Chinese DAP manufacturer in Shenzhen. Base on my recent observation on the Chinese audio forums, it is very likely iBasso tunes the FW2.1 to the preference of the local Chinese mass: enclosed, in your face kind of mid presentation who uses multi drivers IEM. (BTW, multi BA drivers IEMs is the current hot trend in China)

I guess all the other "ordinary" people using dynamic driver headphones like us will have to stick with FW2.0.5.
post #1562 of 1915

2.1 is more open than 2.05 and less upper mid prominent. If you have a phone with extra midbass, it's likely allowing that to be known. Then again, I use it as a complete unit and have no idea how it melds with you're particular amp.


Edited by goodvibes - 7/9/14 at 8:33pm
post #1563 of 1915
Thread Starter 

In emails with iBasso they go for an open airy sound with a solid defined bass. They like a natural soundstage. The idea that they want the music in your face is wrong and in my listening, I do not get that in what I am hearing. 

post #1564 of 1915
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Originally Posted by borrego View Post

I guess all the other "ordinary" people using dynamic driver headphones like us will have to stick with FW2.0.5.

 

Its just your preference, I personally prefer FW2.1 with my dynamic driver headphones as well as my BA iems. Not saying FW2.1 is perfect but it does sound very good to me.

post #1565 of 1915
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Originally Posted by vladzakhar View Post
 

Definitely something wrong with your battery. I can squeeze at least 7 hours from mine.

 

Not impressed by need to replace battery on brand new DAP. BTW I bought it from Hongkong eBay seller. Anyway, bad luck, I guess. 

 

It hurts even more when I'm used to get 4 or 5 listening sessions at least 3 hours each without recharge from my old iRiver iHP-140 which has original (11+ years old battery) in it.

 

Apart from that, sonically DX90 HO is a major improvement, event my Edition 9's like it and they are quite picky with the sources. I'm impressed.

 

Now just patiently waiting for Rockbox porting (and new JVC HA-FX850 IEM's).  The V-Moda XS were OK-ish with iHP, but they don't cut my lower bass mustard on DX90. They will go on sale.

post #1566 of 1915
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Originally Posted by Lad27 View Post
 

 

Not impressed by need to replace battery on brand new DAP. BTW I bought it from Hongkong eBay seller. Anyway, bad luck, I guess. 

 

It hurts even more when I'm used to get 4 or 5 listening sessions at least 3 hours each without recharge from my old iRiver iHP-140 which has original (11+ years old battery) in it.

 

Apart from that, sonically DX90 HO is a major improvement, event my Edition 9's like it and they are quite picky with the sources. I'm impressed.

 

Now just patiently waiting for Rockbox porting (and new JVC HA-FX850 IEM's).  The V-Moda XS were OK-ish with iHP, but they don't cut my lower bass mustard on DX90. They will go on sale.

 

Sorry to hear about it mate.

 

Direct from iBasso's really the best. I had nothing but great service from iBasso with my DX100 in the past. I don't know how much you saved from buying from a HK eBay seller but seems it wasn't worth the hassle in the end. In fact the other worry I'd personally have if I were you is if the DX90 is genuinely brand new and not a fake or refurbished. Is ther a serial number? Can you pass that serial number to iBasso to ask them to do a little investigation?

post #1567 of 1915
Just would like to share that this new firmware sounds better with my Shure SE535 straight from HO without amp. Can't wait to try my Dunu DN2000 which will be arriving next week biggrin.gif
post #1568 of 1915
FW 2.0.5 is definity more open, neutral, balanced on LO with volume set at max 255 when pairing with my Corda Classic and Yamaha HPH-MT220. Both my amp and headphones are probably as neutral as possible one can get except may be the Phonitor combo.

I would care little on impression report based on ANY IEM. As an IEM user myself I know just how different tips and insertion depth can make hugh difference on soundstage and tonal balance. Not to mention other variables like bass port tuning and filters.

Again. It is my all individual impression.
Edited by borrego - 7/10/14 at 7:36am
post #1569 of 1915
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Originally Posted by T.R.A.N.C.E. View Post

Its just your preference, I personally prefer FW2.1 with my dynamic driver headphones as well as my BA iems. Not saying FW2.1 is perfect but it does sound very good to me.

Of course it is my "ordinary" preference using LO
post #1570 of 1915

Can someone please upload the FW. 2.1.0 ??? ibasso website down

post #1571 of 1915
Links in the main DX90 thread
post #1572 of 1915
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Originally Posted by Chacalo View Post
 

Can someone please upload the FW. 2.1.0 ??? ibasso website down


Here you go: https://www.oboom.com/HBQKCRSU

post #1573 of 1915
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Chacalo View Post
 

Can someone please upload the FW. 2.1.0 ??? ibasso website down

It appears to be back up now. 

post #1574 of 1915
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post
 

 

Sorry to hear about it mate.

 

Direct from iBasso's really the best. I had nothing but great service from iBasso with my DX100 in the past. I don't know how much you saved from buying from a HK eBay seller but seems it wasn't worth the hassle in the end. In fact the other worry I'd personally have if I were you is if the DX90 is genuinely brand new and not a fake or refurbished. Is ther a serial number? Can you pass that serial number to iBasso to ask them to do a little investigation?

 

I saved a little bit, the seller "seems" to be reputable. DAP looks brand new, packaging and everything looks spot on. I'm thinking that I just have a lemon battery. Its not a big deal to get a new one, just annoying more than anything else.

 

If I find serial No., for peace of mind I'll contact iBasso and see what happens. 

post #1575 of 1915
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Originally Posted by Lad27 View Post
 

 

I saved a little bit, the seller "seems" to be reputable. DAP looks brand new, packaging and everything looks spot on. I'm thinking that I just have a lemon battery. Its not a big deal to get a new one, just annoying more than anything else.

 

If I find serial No., for peace of mind I'll contact iBasso and see what happens. 

I don't think there is serial no. on dx90, but seriously only 3 hours is kind of strange. 

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