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post #1516 of 3032

Did a listen to settings yesterday. New battery makes the smoother character of slow roll fall nicely into place. I use it, slow roll, med gain and phase inverted when possible (rotate the pins on my customs). The phase inversion is a non-issue for most as many phones are already inverted and it's a subtle change. GR10, DB2s, Heir 4a, SM64, NVX, R-50, Fit ear, BA200. T-Peos, UE700, TF10, UE900, GR07, some Westones etc. are all inverted or sometimes inverted. (just checked some of Rin's graphs). In these cases the DX90 would set them right if it is inverted. To be clear, the DX90 has not been measured as inverted, just my sonic impression which could be influenced by tonality.

 

I slightly prefer med gain as it's a bit more delineated for me while still having good flow. I think the slow filter works well with it. The rounder high gain position may be better if you are using a silver cable etc, or just prefer it:smile: but I like med with my jh13s and hybrid cable. Low gain sounds a little tight to me but there will likely be scenarios where it will also be a good choice. I quite liked the extra presence of the new FW when it came out and was somewhat ??? when it was reported that the next one would again get closer to the original character. With the Samsung battery, I think it may work out well if that proves to be the case. Looks like the improvement and FW ride with the DX90 is turning out to be a smooth one.:ksc75smile: 


Edited by goodvibes - 6/26/14 at 2:44pm
post #1517 of 3032
Just curious if anyone is pairing this with a fitear f111? And any impressions?
post #1518 of 3032

Someone has commented that he likes his Ety 4s so probably a fine match.

post #1519 of 3032
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Originally Posted by mejoshua View Post

Just curious if anyone is pairing this with a fitear f111? And any impressions?
I have the F111 and they sound great with the DX90, but to me all my IEMs sound good with the DX90. I have PFE 232, zero audio Tenor, westone 3 , I had the FX850.
They all sound good , but they all sound different . The 232 has the most detail but could be a Little bright at times depending on music, the F111 are the most musical, the others fall in between these 2.
Edited by che15 - 7/3/14 at 6:07am
post #1520 of 3032
Can I just check that you're using stock cables for the f111s? Because I was using spc cables but they sounded congested, like everything is a little overbearing as compared to stock... Using BTG audio's starlight btw... So now I'm listening to stock cables
post #1521 of 3032
I am using a cooper whiplash cable with mine , the cable still burning in , so far I like it quite a bit. The stock cable sounds good too.
post #1522 of 3032
Officially my post on here so bear with me..From everything that I read I ended up purchasing a DX90 to upgrade from my 6th Gen Ipod. I've had it for about 3 days now so burn in is still fresh. I'm quite happy with what I hear. My current headphones are the SE530s. I'm looking for an upgrade and have been considering the 846 and others. Possibly the Roxanne's. Then their are the 334 Dita Answers Nt6 Pro and SE 5 way. Obviously some choices. I'd prefer a non CIEM only because of resale but not set on that. Any experience or words of wisdom on this pairing would be much appreciated. Thanks!
post #1523 of 3032
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Officially my post on here so bear with me..From everything that I read I ended up purchasing a DX90 to upgrade from my 6th Gen Ipod. I've had it for about 3 days now so burn in is still fresh. I'm quite happy with what I hear. My current headphones are the SE530s. I'm looking for an upgrade and have been considering the 846 and others. Possibly the Roxanne's. Then their are the 334 Dita Answers Nt6 Pro and SE 5 way. Obviously some choices. I'd prefer a non CIEM only because of resale but not set on that. Any experience or words of wisdom on this pairing would be much appreciated. Thanks!

Welcome to Headfi. There is a lot of great information on all types of gear, as you have read, and some great help from members. A fun place to hang out. 

post #1524 of 3032
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The problem is that I have no intention of buying an amplifier to drive a headphone easy as the SR60, it makes no sense...
A bit of a necro quote, but something I see time and time again, which puzzles me...

If we take audio, and place the analogies into the car world, I would say that the chain would be...

Player (source) = car
Music = fuel
Amplification = tyres
IEMs / headphones = the road surface

...Now, you can consider the headphone out of your source as 'stock' / road tyres (which, to be fair, on a high end car, will not be 'rubbish'), fine for going down the highway at 60mph, however - never going to be great for going around a lap of the Nurburgring... That is where the amplification comes in in my mind...

likewise, the source files - if not of an adequate quality will make that car, in my continuing analogy a bit sluggish / lumpy... - All surprisingly relevant if you think about it, and - going back to the point of the post I quoted, even something as (in head-fi terms) lowly as a pair of SR60s, which can be driven by pretty much anything - will still garner improvements from a little bit of amplification...

The additional golden rule - which I see people trip over all the time, is not to think about external amplification as adding more power - if anything, since getting higher end amplification, I personally have turned the volume down!
post #1525 of 3032
Is anyone following the mods that member DOC2008 is doing on the DX50 firmware? Seems pretty interesting. Maybe a lot can be done to improve the the DX90 sound too.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/679473/the-ibasso-dx50-thread-latest-firmware-1-5-0/13320#post_10584354
Edited by marcswede - 6/29/14 at 3:24am
post #1526 of 3032
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Originally Posted by Duncan View Post

If we take audio, and place the analogies into the car world, I would say that the chain would be...

Player (source) = car
Music = fuel
Amplification = tyres
IEMs / headphones = the road surface

 

The problem with the above analogy is that it appears to place FAR too much importance on the player and amplification.     The reality is that the differences between the cheapest to the most expensive amps or DAPs are far, far, smaller than the difference between various headphones.

post #1527 of 3032

True but it's weak link philosophy. If your phones are up to it, DAPs are still a big deal.

post #1528 of 3032
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True but it's weak link philosophy. If your phones are up to it, DAPs are still a big deal.

 

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The problem with the above analogy is that it appears to place FAR too much importance on the player and amplification.     The reality is that the differences between the cheapest to the most expensive amps or DAPs are far, far, smaller than the difference between various headphones.

Not to mention that you might get bad synergy. Although if the earphones are fairly neutral you would not really have this problem.

My audinst-hud mx1 sounds surprisingly warm compared to the dx90/dx50. Really not sure if you could still call this warmness neutral. It's really quite apparent.

post #1529 of 3032
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Originally Posted by kantana View Post
 

... it was certainly better than my Galaxy S4 or iPhone 5...

 

I own an iPhone 4s and a pair of Shure SE 425. I searched on the web to understand what kind of improvements (if any) I would get upgrading from the iPhone to the iBasso DX90 and I got unconsistent info: somebody says yes, somebody says no (mainly due to the quality of the Shure's).

What's your opinion?
Thanks, regard 

post #1530 of 3032
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Originally Posted by solomare View Post
 

I own an iPhone 4s and a pair of Shure SE 425. I searched on the web to understand what kind of improvements (if any) I would get upgrading from the iPhone to the iBasso DX90 and I got unconsistent info: somebody says yes, somebody says no (mainly due to the quality of the Shure's).

What's your opinion?
Thanks, regard 

definitely a big leap imho.

you can get better interpretation of instrument sound, better separations, bigger/wider soundstage

iphones are basically natural but it lack of power to represent a completeness of a recordings.

a decent iem will definitely give you a good leap but decent dap is the one that can bring you to a whole new level

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