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post #346 of 3032

So the DX90 can be used as a USB DAC or not?

post #347 of 3032
Not yet but presumably in the future
post #348 of 3032
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So the DX90 can be used as a USB DAC or not?


I think that question has been asked on every page of this thread?

post #349 of 3032
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I have the both Hugo and the Dx90 and yes, the DX90 is very, very good and it fells like he is the little brother of the Hugo...but it´s not the same level.

How cute, Hugo's little brother.  :p

 

What makes it not the same level?  What is about the 90 lacking for it to be on the same level?

post #350 of 3032
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How cute, Hugo's little brother.  :p

 

What makes it not the same level?  What is about the 90 lacking for it to be on the same level?


...too cheap :k701smile:

post #351 of 3032
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...too cheap :k701smile:


...haha....for it´s price, the dx90 is a bargain. :dt880smile:

 

The Hugo is a huge step up, both in price (!) and overall presentation of the music. Yesterday i used the hugo and later switch to the dx90 and i noticed that

the dx90 excels in details and bass, but it can´t reach the imaging and overall presentation of the Hugo by far. The Hugo can compete with desktop systems, the

dx90 is a fantastic mobile-player.

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I own both the Hugo and the DX90 and for me, I feel the DX90 is not far removed. The soundstage is as precise, there is great layering on both and dynamics is credible on both. The Hugo has a little more refinement and is incredibly natural sounding. To me, there is no huge jump in sound, just differences in a few areas. Is it a 2000 dollar difference, I don't think so but the Hugo is very enjoyable to use and offers so many possibilities in a home system or on the go. 

post #353 of 3032

I'm glad to hear that the DX90 does not get absolutely crushed by the Hugo.

 

Honestly, I would find that kind of hard to believe if someone said it. Ignoring the price difference, the sound coming from the DX90 is just incredible and is on par with $1000 desktop rigs I've had in the past (except for raw power).

 

The fake Ibasso dealer from Vietnam was kind of funny. It's not everyday I get to be called an "implant". :veryevil: (I'm also glad I own the X5 at the same time so that I have no doubt in my mind this guys is dead wrong).

post #354 of 3032

guys how well does the bass play on dx90, i was about to buy the x5 but when i read it lacks in bass and warmth i backed out.

 

I look for a more warm sound sig and nice bass punch, I will use it in my car and also in home with my mad dog headphones

 

also which hugo are u all talking about


Edited by Sound Eq - 4/20/14 at 2:46pm
post #355 of 3032
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Originally Posted by hykhleif View Post
 

guys how well does the bass play on dx90, i was about to buy the x5 but when i read it lacks in bass and warmth i backed out.

 

I look for a more warm sound sig and nice bass punch, I will use it in my car and also in home with my mad dog headphones

 

 

I haven't heard DX90 but my experience of DX100 tells me that iBasso are more interested in clarity and (relative)-neutrality than they are in 'warmth' of sound.

 

Fiio X3 or HM-801 might suit you better, if you like warm sound

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by hykhleif View Post
 

 

 

... which hugo are u all talking about

 

 

That is the Chord Hugo

 

(It's a portable DAC-Amp, not a DAP)

 

 

also see here:

 

http://soundnews.ro/2014/03/13/chord-hugo-review/


Edited by Mython - 4/20/14 at 3:07pm
post #356 of 3032

I just saw the listing for the DX90 on Amazon is now showing only 18 left in stock. Here is the link again:
http://amzn.to/1nuuZ1G

 

My DX90 that I ordered from this dealer on Amazon on Friday will arrive tomorrow, Monday, according to the tracking on USPS. And that was with the free standard shipping, not expedited, so they seem to ship promptly. I am looking forward to hearing it.


Edited by Nirmalanow - 4/20/14 at 3:23pm
post #357 of 3032
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Originally Posted by doublea71 View Post
 

 Is there anything suspect about a line-out with adjustable volume? This seemed to be an issue for a few people regarding the AK240 (I remember some grumbling about it not being a 'true' line-out, iirc. I don't know anything about this, but surely somebody can chime in with some facts.

The AK240 only has a HO and no dedicated LO but if it's clean enough, it shouldn't matter. iBasso feel they can get a better LO by dedicating one that doesn't need to be low impedance or required to have high current. It's a different path than the HO. That it adjust with V only means that the V control is likely part of the DAC. I believe that turning it up all the way defeats and bypasses the V control and gives as pure a LO as is possible. With how the V control is likely implemented, turning it down shouldn't affect it either but it's easy to make sure.:smile:

post #358 of 3032
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Originally Posted by hykhleif View Post

guys how well does the bass play on dx90, i was about to buy the x5 but when i read it lacks in bass and warmth i backed out.

I look for a more warm sound sig and nice bass punch, I will use it in my car and also in home with my mad dog headphones

also which hugo are u all talking about

You just described what you are after, to me the DX90 bass just truly shines but what's nice is it does not loose anything elsewhere on the frequency band, everything is crystal clear and detailed, they have done a wonderful job implementing the amp around the double dacs. I am a bit fastidious about the features I want to see when the sq is right there. Once the USB DAC is going to work, I'll be very happy. Now I don't want to put the X5 down, I like it's signature, to me it felt more like a neutral dap, it's strength are the mid/highs absolutely wonderful with the vocals, specially female. It's the first dap I felt I was moving into reference territory, however the DX90 on the bass feels rich, if that's your fancy.
post #359 of 3032
Thread Starter 

I have been playing some DSD, which is converted to 24/88, and they do great on the dX90. The detail is there and I don't hear much loss compared to the same file being played by my dsd player. 

post #360 of 3032
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Originally Posted by jamato8 View Post
 

I have been playing some DSD, which is converted to 24/88, and they do great on the dX90. The detail is there and I don't hear much loss compared to the same file being played by my dsd player. 

 

With only 1 card slot available, I personally would not even consider playing DSD on the DX90, anyway (USB DAC mode may be a different matter).

 

DSD files are just insanely large :eek:

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