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DX90, DX50, X5, X3...How much of a difference with CIEMs?

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Hi all,

I know that all these varies on their DAC chip and their implementation. But after reading eke's thread about the various DAPs, I think the overall consensus is that while there are differences, it is quite small and we are splitting hairs.

So i 'm going to just focus on the amp section. Currently I'm rocking a set of GR07 MKII, and a UM Merlin straight out of my phone after my previous Creative DAP died on me. So I'm in the market for a new DAP. As much as possible, I will like to avoid carrying a brick out with me. The DX 50/90 form factor is just about the biggest I will go.

Based on the 4 DAPs I listed, are they sufficient to bring out the details in my two IEMs? I don't for see myself getting portable or full size cans in the near future since the shape of my head/ears makes it a pain to wear even with ultra padded pads.

The idea I'm floating now is that if all four are equally competent at driving IEMs, I'll go with the cheaper option of X3 or DX50. Especially now that their respective upgrades are in the market, both of them can be found for cheap.

Perhaps someone can just rattle off something about each player's amp section, I can then make an informed choice.

Thanks all!
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Thread Starter 

Anyone?

 

Somewhere in the reviews, the X5 and X3 seem to share a comparable amp section (both care capable of churning out plenty of power). Their difference lies in their DAC section. Only DX50 and DX90 differ on both DAC and amp section. I'm getting confused by it all..

post #3 of 4

Try to hear them all. For me, I can't hear any difference between these 4 DAC's. I have AM6 HiRez CIEM.

post #4 of 4
The dx50 and x3 have the same DAC but different amps. Since these 2 are cheap now that they have been out awhile I think you would enjoy the DX50 more. The sound is amazing the way they implemented it and the touch screen makes it easier to navigate. I have them all and like them with different headphones. I have the GR07be and they sounded great with the DX50 plus with the dx50 there is a lot of different fw's to download plus rockbox.
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