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  1. gstepic

    DX200=Affordable High End Audio. Dual ES9028Pro dacs. AMP1, AMP3, AMP5, AMP7 & AMP8 ***Firmware support now up for AMP9***

    Mine sounds good but not any better than T5P. I think I may have discovered the weak link. I am using a $50 XLR to 2.5mm connector to connect included HD800 S balanced cable to iBasso DX200. I can bet a dedicated high quality cable will make a difference.
  2. gstepic

    DX200=Affordable High End Audio. Dual ES9028Pro dacs. AMP1, AMP3, AMP5, AMP7 & AMP8 ***Firmware support now up for AMP9***

    I also have the t5p 2nd generation and hd800s I have not had any similar problems I think you have to download the driver
  3. gstepic

    DX200=Affordable High End Audio. Dual ES9028Pro dacs. AMP1, AMP3, AMP5, AMP7 & AMP8 ***Firmware support now up for AMP9***

    Just received amp3 and I am surprised how good it sounds right out of the box. Compared to amp1 (comparing balanced headphone out) bass to me definitely sounds a little deeper. I am probably not using correct term but amp3 just seems like more fun listening to same music (more musical?). Not...
  4. gstepic

    Sennheiser HD800 S Impressions Thread (read first post for summary)

    I am a new owner of the Sennheiser HD800 S. I recently purchased the iBasso DX200 and I use the Beyerdynamic T5P 2nd gen for traveling. I am discovering there is so much to learn with high end audio and I am also discovering there always seems to be a way to make what we have even better, and...
  5. gstepic

    DX200=Affordable High End Audio. Dual ES9028Pro dacs. AMP1, AMP3, AMP5, AMP7 & AMP8 ***Firmware support now up for AMP9***

    Yeah, it should have clicked that it did not make any difference which headphone output I used as I did use that cable for much of my burn in. And I was comparing the stock SE 3.5 T5P cable with the LQi VODA/CQ7 balanced cable which I am still burning in. I know nothing about cables so hope LQi...
  6. gstepic

    DX200=Affordable High End Audio. Dual ES9028Pro dacs. AMP1, AMP3, AMP5, AMP7 & AMP8 ***Firmware support now up for AMP9***

    I am curious if each line out needs to be broken in separately. I would not think so but listening to Beyerdynamic T5P 2g is markedly better with balanced cables compared to using SE connection with amp1. Of course the more obvious difference maker is probably the cables (LQi VODA/CQ7) with the...
  7. gstepic

    DX200=Affordable High End Audio. Dual ES9028Pro dacs. AMP1, AMP3, AMP5, AMP7 & AMP8 ***Firmware support now up for AMP9***

    It is still not clear to me what you are getting at. When you are saying it is a waste of quality to use as simple digital transport are you saying if I am using a quality headphone amp then not much difference from using a phone as a music source compared to DX200. I hope you are saying just...
  8. gstepic

    DX200=Affordable High End Audio. Dual ES9028Pro dacs. AMP1, AMP3, AMP5, AMP7 & AMP8 ***Firmware support now up for AMP9***

    Are you saying it is a waste to use DX200 as music source or just a waste to use balanced output as connection? If an external amp totally negates the quality of the DX200 It would kind of make sense because it seems like everyone that talks about using a headphone amp is using a CD player...
  9. gstepic

    DX200=Affordable High End Audio. Dual ES9028Pro dacs. AMP1, AMP3, AMP5, AMP7 & AMP8 ***Firmware support now up for AMP9***

    I think I am understanding how all this works. If I get an external amp it will probably be the Schiit Mjolnir 2 or WA22. I am not sure if this is necessary for best sound but with those two amps I can do a completely balanced chain. The Woo Audio is over what I planned to spend but if really...
  10. gstepic

    DX200=Affordable High End Audio. Dual ES9028Pro dacs. AMP1, AMP3, AMP5, AMP7 & AMP8 ***Firmware support now up for AMP9***

    Thanks, I think I am starting to understand. If I want to experiment to see if I can improve sound or soundstage I can use amp1 with SE out and outboard amp SE in with a connector I will have to purchase. I could use the balanced out of DX200 to connect with a balanced input of an outboard amp...
  11. gstepic

    DX200=Affordable High End Audio. Dual ES9028Pro dacs. AMP1, AMP3, AMP5, AMP7 & AMP8 ***Firmware support now up for AMP9***

    Ok, making more sense now. Just one more question (probably a lie!) concerning the LO for the iBasso amp3. From what I have read the amp3 is a dedicated balanced amp. So if I use the LO to connect to my car 3.5mm line in or an outboard amp that does not have balanced inputs will the DX200 work...
  12. gstepic

    DX200=Affordable High End Audio. Dual ES9028Pro dacs. AMP1, AMP3, AMP5, AMP7 & AMP8 ***Firmware support now up for AMP9***

    My only music system was DX80/Beyerdynamic T5P g2 and I just added DX200 and Sennheiser HD800 S. I just want to see if I can improve on this without exceeding some point of diminishing returns for me (have budgeted $1500 for upgrades) . I am just trying to understand how the signal paths work. I...
  13. gstepic

    DX200=Affordable High End Audio. Dual ES9028Pro dacs. AMP1, AMP3, AMP5, AMP7 & AMP8 ***Firmware support now up for AMP9***

    I have not purchased an amp yet and that is part of my question - if I did get amp3 for DX200 would I need balanced amp and my guess is I do. I am just trying to understand what I need before /I even audition any amps. First step is I need to download and install DAC driver to DX200, assuming...
  14. gstepic

    DX200=Affordable High End Audio. Dual ES9028Pro dacs. AMP1, AMP3, AMP5, AMP7 & AMP8 ***Firmware support now up for AMP9***

    I have not downloaded the DAC driver yet so apparently I do need that and have to run DX200 in DAC mode in order to connect to headphone amp. And obviously I don't need a DAC just to listen to the headphones from the DX200. So am I listing to a digital signal? Or is it analogue because when...
  15. gstepic

    DX200=Affordable High End Audio. Dual ES9028Pro dacs. AMP1, AMP3, AMP5, AMP7 & AMP8 ***Firmware support now up for AMP9***

    I am still trying to learn more about the world of high end audio and figuring out connections is part of my education. If I got the amp3 and did get a headphone amp would I have to get an amp with balanced inputs, my guess is yes. If I stick with the amp1 then I do not need an amp with balanced...
  16. gstepic

    DX200=Affordable High End Audio. Dual ES9028Pro dacs. AMP1, AMP3, AMP5, AMP7 & AMP8 ***Firmware support now up for AMP9***

    Thanks, looking forward to it and just read your DX200 review earlier today. I have been very happy with T5P v2 with DX80 (your review clearly indicated DX200 good match with T5p). Do you think you might be trying the DX200 with Sennheiser HD800 S? I see so many comments where an external amp is...
  17. gstepic

    DX200=Affordable High End Audio. Dual ES9028Pro dacs. AMP1, AMP3, AMP5, AMP7 & AMP8 ***Firmware support now up for AMP9***

    Does the amp3 have more power than the balanced output of amp1? From the specs seems the same but I keep thinking I saw a post where less volume is used plus the description more headroom makes me think more power. I am breaking in DX200 and Sennheiser HD800 S now with amp1. I was worried that I...
  18. gstepic

    DX200=Affordable High End Audio. Dual ES9028Pro dacs. AMP1, AMP3, AMP5, AMP7 & AMP8 ***Firmware support now up for AMP9***

    Finally got new firmware working but still have questions and problems. I kept pestering Paul yesterday and want to give him a break today. Main problem is when in reader mode my computer does not recognize the player, never had this problem with DX80. Also I can only switch USB modes in Mango...
  19. gstepic

    Sennheiser HD800s or HD800 with amp?

    Yep, that is what I did. I am very pleased I will not need an external amp, the iBasso is driving these just fine. My problem now is I have stuff to do and I know I need to break the phones and DAP in but I am enjoying the music so much I keep saying I will get started with my day after the next...
  20. gstepic

    Sennheiser HD800s or HD800 with amp?

    I may not be disappointed with other music as well. I am listening to a country playlist now with them and I am pleased so far. It will only get better as I have 30 minutes break in time with the HD800 S and about 8 hours with the DX200 (recommended 200 hours for break in). I am very happy that...
  21. gstepic

    DX200=Affordable High End Audio. Dual ES9028Pro dacs. AMP1, AMP3, AMP5, AMP7 & AMP8 ***Firmware support now up for AMP9***

    Thanks, looks like I can only update in android mode. Still having problems. When in android mode the part of the screen that states settings is red and when I tap on it nothing happens. Also when going to usb the default was dac so when I hit the usb menu there is a button in red that states...
  22. gstepic

    DX200=Affordable High End Audio. Dual ES9028Pro dacs. AMP1, AMP3, AMP5, AMP7 & AMP8 ***Firmware support now up for AMP9***

    I just received my DX200 and am very frustrated because there was no user guide in the box, just a quick start guide, and I can find any links on the iBasso site. Plenty of links on other sites but learned that lesson. Do I have tp format micro sd card from computer or DX200? I saw where I could...
  23. gstepic

    New Beyerdynamic T5p 2nd generation

    I have been using the T5P g2 with my iBasso DX80 and have really enjoyed this combination. I like all kinds of music and I do enjoy some punch. I have not compared these to anything better than Bose (QC15 and 25) and PSB MAU1. I felt the PSB phones were a step up from the Bose and the T5p hugely...
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