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  1. highfell

    Chord Electronics - Hugo 2 - The Official Thread

    its not transportable but I went retro / vintage hifi and bought a Marantz PM 75 which has the silver crown version of the very famous TDA1541 DAC chip , in its separate DAC input , as well as being a sweet sounding 70w Amp. And do you know, it sounds terrific, really analogue whilst just being...
  2. highfell

    Chord Electronics - Hugo 2 - The Official Thread

    i tend to listen to Hugo2 through stereo speakers. And the Hugo2 gives me an amazing “holographic” sound compared to cheaper Dacs irrespective of the quality of the input of the music ie MP3 or FLAC. So I don’t agree with you. I have had my Hugo2 for over 2 years now. And it still gives me...
  3. highfell

    Chord Electronics - Hugo 2 - The Official Thread

    Beautiful picture with lovely colours and a very nice set up. Quick question though, how does Hugo 2 into your McIntosh compare to using the McIntosh as a DAC/Amp only and also compare to using the Hugo2 as a DAC/amp only ???
  4. highfell

    Android: Neutron Music Player

    @dmitrykos thanks for a great App. Is it possible to play Coaxial out on the Dx200 using your App. If so what settings do I need to change in order to make it happen ? Many thanks
  5. highfell

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

    I read somewhere that from a sound perspective it is better to have the gain on high rather than low. Quick question as regards Amp 9 then , is it better from a sound perspective to have the special Amp 9 gain on or off with IEMS (that don’t necessarily need the special high gain Amp 9)
  6. highfell

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

    I have downloaded the DX200-8.1_1.09.097.zip file. 1. Does it matter it isn’t the OTA file. 2. Do I simply copy the file into a SD Card and follow the system update routine (like I did with the previous AMP 9 upgrade firmware) thanks
  7. highfell

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

    Well you made a good choice. I also bought a used DX200 about three months ago. I didn’t see the value of buying a new DX220 when the key components were the same. I am sure it sounds better but for me not worth the price differential. I also had a DX90 for many years which was a very...
  8. highfell

    DX220 A new view to your music. *** Latest Firmware: 1.19 Local *** Link for User Guide 1st Page. AMP9 Now available! And DC01.

    Hmm - now you have opened up a can of worms for me ........ :) I do have a balanced cable for my Sennheiser 600s, but it has one of the old Ibasso hirose connectors. I am not sure I would prioritise my Shure SE846s even though they are my most expensive headphone compared to my overear ones when...
  9. highfell

    DX220 A new view to your music. *** Latest Firmware: 1.19 Local *** Link for User Guide 1st Page. AMP9 Now available! And DC01.

    Thanks for the further explanation - very clear and helpful. Love your first paragraph- so true
  10. highfell

    DX220 A new view to your music. *** Latest Firmware: 1.19 Local *** Link for User Guide 1st Page. AMP9 Now available! And DC01.

    My bad. I incorrectly assumed it was for connecting to SE headphones Thanks for the update. I was indeed looking to put my single ended cable from my various headphones into an adaptor but I will take your and Whitigir’s earlier advice and sadly not buy the Amp8-EX. It is confusing though...
  11. highfell

    DX220 A new view to your music. *** Latest Firmware: 1.19 Local *** Link for User Guide 1st Page. AMP9 Now available! And DC01.

    I am not looking to go SE to balanced. So is the IBasso 2.5mm balanced to 3.5mm adapter built to work with a Balanced output that isn’t a Balanced - 4 conductor
  12. highfell

    DX220 A new view to your music. *** Latest Firmware: 1.19 Local *** Link for User Guide 1st Page. AMP9 Now available! And DC01.

    “ so unless your headphones aren’t balanced this AMP isn’t for you. ........That’s what I don’t understand. 1. You can go from Balanced to SE - by getting an adaptor from balanced 4.4 to SE 3.5 2. Attach your headphones using your 3.5 normal connector. So why can’t I do that ? (BTW i...
  13. highfell

    DX220 A new view to your music. *** Latest Firmware: 1.19 Local *** Link for User Guide 1st Page. AMP9 Now available! And DC01.

    I realise you know far more about the technicalities than I do, and I am not wishing to challenge you unnecessarily, but Ibasso themselves do a balanced to single ended adaptor ie the CA01 http://ibasso.com/cp_xq_dy.php?id=6027#page1 Doesn’t this mean that if you get the right adaptor , then...
  14. highfell

    DX220 A new view to your music. *** Latest Firmware: 1.19 Local *** Link for User Guide 1st Page. AMP9 Now available! And DC01.

    I agree. I like Neutron a lot and I find it much easier to navigate my music on a SD card. My only issue is that sometimes the DX2xx can get super hot but in the latest release from Neutron this seems to be better, or maybe it’s because I remove the player from its leather case.
  15. highfell

    DX220 A new view to your music. *** Latest Firmware: 1.19 Local *** Link for User Guide 1st Page. AMP9 Now available! And DC01.

    I have the DX200 and AMP9 and really enjoy the combination. It’s very musical and provides good instrument separation. If you want to try other options (but you will need a (cheap) DAP to feed it ), then look at the Chord Mojo or even better the Chord Hugo2. They will provide you with more...
  16. highfell

    DX220 A new view to your music. *** Latest Firmware: 1.19 Local *** Link for User Guide 1st Page. AMP9 Now available! And DC01.

    I like the Neutron player and use their upsampling feature, although it kills battery life and makes my DX209 super hot. In simple terms, what does ALL to DSD actually do and will it make a difference to CD quality 44.1 16Bit flac files
  17. highfell

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

    I have noticed that 24 bit/ 94kHz tracks seem to sound really smooth with the DX200 and AMP9. I would like to try some upsampling software which also ideally has some noise shaping maybe mirroring (to any extent) what Rob Watts has done at Chord. What I am looking for is an offline programme...
  18. highfell

    DX220 A new view to your music. *** Latest Firmware: 1.19 Local *** Link for User Guide 1st Page. AMP9 Now available! And DC01.

    I don’t have a DX220 but do have a recently acquired six month old DX200 with Amp1. I bought the Amp 9 and am absolutely delighted with it. It has a lovely analog signature as well as a crisper & better separation of the instruments. AMP9 makes a significant improvement in the sound compared to...
  19. highfell

    DX220 A new view to your music. *** Latest Firmware: 1.19 Local *** Link for User Guide 1st Page. AMP9 Now available! And DC01.

    Sorry I meant between Hugo and Hugo TT - i’ll Edit my original post
  20. highfell

    DX220 A new view to your music. *** Latest Firmware: 1.19 Local *** Link for User Guide 1st Page. AMP9 Now available! And DC01.

    It seems a bit like Hugo and Hugo TT with the former being portable and the later one being transportable. Having better capacitors and batteries made a big difference
  21. highfell

    DX220 A new view to your music. *** Latest Firmware: 1.19 Local *** Link for User Guide 1st Page. AMP9 Now available! And DC01.

    I have a DX200 and not a DX220 but there is much more activity here on this thread. The sound from the AMP9 is sublime. It manages to combine a really good bass signature, but at the same time you get great sounding euphoric vocals. Acoustic guitars sound so real. And as you write and I have...
  22. highfell

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

    After unboxing and fitting the AMP9, I got a shock as I didn’t hear any sound coming from it to begin with. I think I must have kept my DX200 on by mistake and I assume it needs to be rebooted to recognise the new AMP9. I had a horrible thought that maybe it was broken but all well now though.
  23. highfell

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

    Am just listening to AMP9 now. Initial impressions within the first hour. 1. Sounds glorious, Very mellifluous. Bass is so strong, but the vocals (mids & trebles) are also lovely. Analogue sounding yes, but no mudiness. 2. No issues with volume playing into Sennheiser HD600, Mezes 99 (wow the...
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