Well between this thread and the other giant one, you guys have convinced me to pull the trigger on the DX-90. Thanks...I think, LOL!
Unfortunately, I pulled the trigger on Amazon VERY early this morning (PST) before I had read about the availability on mp4nation with the Free Brainwavz R3's. Oh well, at least I squeaked in just before the Amazon seller raised the price to $470 and added shipping charges!
When I get the DX-90 I'll leave my impressions here after I've had a fair bit of time with it. I'm coming from my GNote II and a 160gb iPod Classic paired with some cheap Sony earbuds so I'm sure it will be a slight improvement!
My home rig is a recent-model Audio-gd NFB-28 with the TCXO upgrades (new hi-res/DSD-capable USB driver) paired with Beyerdynamic T1 balanced, but I also have a SE adapter, so I'll compare to that setup and also try the T1's with the DX-90 and see how they go. I also have the Grado SR-125i and Beyerdynamic DT-880 250-ohm to try.
To go truly portable with the DX-90, I'll obviously want some good IEMs! So I guess this is the best place to ask for recommendations on some decent quality IEMs or CIEMs that will pair nicely with the DX-90.
Since I have the T1's, I'm not looking to drop BIG money...maybe ~$350 or so. Looking for the best IEMs I can get that are Neutral/Accurate, with Excellent Detail, Air, Imaging/Staging, and Fast/Clean Bass, but not too bright or fatiguing in the highs...am I asking too much??? LOL. Oh, and extended listening COMFORT is crucial as well. I'd really appreciate ANY further recommendations, but I will take a look back through the thread for the previously-mentioned IEMs and do more research. Thanks!
Side Note: I also ordered the 128GB Sandisk microSDXC card on Amazon more than a month ago and still haven't received it. Originally ordered it to go into my Galaxy Note II or Note 8.0 3G, but will most likely use it in the DX-90 now...if I ever get the mSD card!
Side Note 2: I'm really looking forward to auditioning the DX-90 with a local San Diego artist's CD that I recently discovered. If you guys haven't heard of Steph Johnson/The Steph Johnson Trio, I HIGHLY recommend that you pick up her new CD, "Nature Girl". Steph is a jazz singer/guitarist and joins an outstanding double bass player and drummer on this album. If you like Diana Krall, Ella F., Jacintha, Casandra Wilson, etc, you will LOVE this CD. Even if you don't love this genre, I promise it will be one of the best Demo CDs to test/show off your system at the Head-Fi meets.
It is my new #1 Sound Quality Reference and Demo disc, no joke...absolutely amazing recording! Just as a background reference, I am a former jazz drummer and alto/tenor saxophonist of over 15 years, so I have a decent idea of accurate reproduction when I hear it.
The physical CD disc is not yet available thru regular channels, unfortunately...that must be why Steph is still relatively "unknown". But you can order the "Nature Girl" CD disc at Steph Johnson's web site, which also has links to iTunes and CDbaby Downloads. There is also a HD YouTube video of the first track from her album to preview before buying on her web site at
w w w DOT stephjohnsonband DOT com
If you'd like to get a copy of the actual CD disc, click the "Donate" button on her home page or email her...she will respond personally to your email, and you will receive the CD directly from Steph! And FYI, it's not a burned CD-R in a generic jewel case, it is a professionally pressed CD with a great Hard Cover and Liner Notes, etc.
Normally, I would not plug an artist like this here, but I honestly feel that you guys & gals ABSOLUTELY NEED to hear this artist and her latest CD...it is that good. (As another reference, I am comparing this CD to 1000's that I own from Mappleshade, FIM, MFSL, Chesky, Telarc, Mercury Living Presence, Opus3, ECM, B&W, etc, as well as Hi-Res downloads from HD Tracks, Sound Liason, Qobuz, etc). The detail, clarity, imaging...EVERYTHING is stellar...you are "in the room with the performers" and IMHO every track is a gem, not just 2 or 3! She performs some EXCELLENT covers, and OUTSTANDING originals as well. Anyway...
...sorry for the long post! Please recommend some great IEMs/CIEMs to pair with my soon-to-arrive DX-90.
Edited by bbfoto - 4/21/14 at 8:40pm