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  1. Victorfabius

    E1DA USB DAC's - 9038 ( all ) - Power Dac (PDV2) - HP Toy

    E1DA also has a website where you can inquire about purchase and you might get it for cheaper than Ali, since you're skipping the retailer. It's interesting. I'm wondering how it is in real-world use before I go about purchasing one. One of my concerns is how much power it draws and whether it...
  2. Victorfabius

    Introducing the LCD-i3

    Or if in Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Anker-USB-C-Lightning-Audio-Adapter/dp/B07R6MKJZH/
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    Introducing the LCD-i3

    As far as I’m aware, the Cipher cable has only come with the lightning termination. This version doesn’t look like a new addition, either, but rather an inclusion of an existing product, likely the V.2 cable, if I’m not mistaken. Plus, since Anker made a $35(USD) lightning to USB-C adapter...
  4. Victorfabius

    [FiiO Q5s Type C ‖ Q5s] Bluetooth DSD-capable Amplifier,AK4493x2,768k/32bit

    That's kind of what I have envisioned for the Q5s for myself. Will have to see about putting my Topping products up for sale. Not that there's anything wrong with Topping, I just don't need a dedicated desktop DAC and haven't used the NX4 DSD for months. I'm also appreciative of Bluetooth 5.0...
  5. Victorfabius

    [FiiO Q5s Type C ‖ Q5s] Bluetooth DSD-capable Amplifier,AK4493x2,768k/32bit

    Q5S seems to have been released. Looks like a pretty fine device with AM3E and a particularly interesting device with the AM3D. Much as I enjoy the Toppong NX4 DSD (a great device in and of itself), I may have to move some items to get me the Q5S. Glad to see it's finally here.
  6. Victorfabius

    Dragonfly COBALT vs.............Discussions

    If I'm not mistaken, the Sabaj DA3 consumes 5 times the power of the DFB, and one of the benefits of the DFC is it's lower power consumption. Even if it works with iOS or Android, it might not be a good portable solution. I think the DA3 does work with some Android phones, and I haven't yet...
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    Audioquests new Dragonfly Cobalt @TTVJAudio.com

    There were a couple of price spikes for the DFR, as per camelcamelcamel (https://camelcamelcamel.com/AudioQuest-DragonFly-Red-Headphone-Amplifier/product/B01DFMV4NQ) but it's been relatively steady for the past 18 months. In terms of Cobalt hiss on the Cobalt, I'd imagine it's be similar to the...
  8. Victorfabius

    IMR R2 Aten Thread

    I'm looking forward to seeing some news on these as well. I'm particularly interested in these because they're open back, and I'm hoping these can be my go-to at work. @warriorpoet thanks for starting the thread!
  9. Victorfabius

    [FiiO Q5s Type C ‖ Q5s] Bluetooth DSD-capable Amplifier,AK4493x2,768k/32bit

    FiiO doesn't have that problem per se, it's more an issue of variation of pin outs on USB-C ports from different manufacturers. Part of why I'm hoping Apple gets their smartphones with USB-C instead of lightning, because I suspect this move will help bring a more standard configuration. Though I...
  10. Victorfabius

    Introducing CL2 Planar (Impressions Thread)

    Agreed. Admittedly, it took me some time and much testing to figure out for myself. One of the things I noticed in my own, personal usage, is that AptX-HD maintained a more stable connection than LDAC. I do find AptX as listenable as AAC as a codec. It's been working ok for me with the Flares...
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    Introducing CL2 Planar (Impressions Thread)

    There is a positive takeaway if I may elucidate: there is a very fervent fanbase for the CL2. @antdroid has it right in two ways when he says it's a both a polarizing IEM and a tuning that some really enjoy (and some don't). To me, this means that there's quite a few vocal supporters, and I...
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    Introducing CL2 Planar (Impressions Thread)

    FYI Amazon US is having a 31% off sale on the CL2. Sold by Amazon. It's around $621 + tax new. Just in case anyone is interested.
  13. Victorfabius

    iPod Touch 7th Generation (2019)

    Sort of like how a Corolla is seriously behind a Ferrari or a Tesla. Totally different products for different people in different markets. I don't think it's quite fair to compare the iPod, which is not a dedicated music player, to items that are dedicated music players. I would be surprised if...
  14. Victorfabius

    iBasso DX120 pure DAP player. Balanced, single ended, line out and 2 micro SD slots. FW 2.9.21 now out!

    I can't A/B right now to tell you the difference, if I can even spot it. What I can say is that I still have an old FiiO X5II laying around. I sent the DX120 in for repair, and I haven't brought out the FiiO because I don't want to have to wait for the library to update. To me, iBasso DX120 tops...
  15. Victorfabius

    iBasso DX120 pure DAP player. Balanced, single ended, line out and 2 micro SD slots. FW 2.9.21 now out!

    Unless I misread the info, the X5II has more power. DX120 has a better UI (in my opinion), scans a library faster, has quick charging capability and longer battery life. Unless you need more power than what the X5II gets you, there's little benefit to the A5 (it's a damn fine amp, for what it's...
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    iBasso DX120 pure DAP player. Balanced, single ended, line out and 2 micro SD slots. FW 2.9.21 now out!

    Yes, OnePlus has their own proprietary charging technology that is not compatible with the DX120. OnePlus calls it "Dash Charge" and it only works as a fast charger for OnePlus phones.
  17. Victorfabius

    Campfire Audio IO

    Holy smokes, that's an awesome response and the pics are good quality on my screen! That's extremely helpful, by the way. Not the answer I was hoping for, because it looks like it's going to hit the same spot in my ear that caused pain with the Andromeda. Ah well. Still, the Io is one snazzy...
  18. Victorfabius

    iBasso DX120 pure DAP player. Balanced, single ended, line out and 2 micro SD slots. FW 2.9.21 now out!

    That's the battery life I would expect. Out of curiosity, what's your typical volume level on the DX120, and is that SE or balanced?
  19. Victorfabius

    Introducing CL2 Planar (Impressions Thread)

    FYI, it's ok to source me: I'm perfectly fine accepting credit and detriment where deserved. I was horrified - HORRIFIED! - that the cover popped off (as in, I had to take at least half an hour to compose myself back to normal; I mean, how would I feel if that happened to me? @szore was a true...
  20. Victorfabius

    IPhone X to amp

    iOS 12+ requires you to unlock your iPhone to use a USB accessory. Check that and then max out the volume on the iPhone and control volume from the amp. That's the best I have to offer, so I hope it works.
  21. Victorfabius

    DAP for streaming (Spotify, Tidal, ...)

    Understand that I don't have Spotify, so I cannot say with 100% certainty that the following allow for offline support, but the Hiby R6 is probably the best solution from a sound/stable perspective. The R6 Pro has some benefits, such as lower output impedance, and if you're a 4.4mm balanced...
  22. Victorfabius

    FlaresPro/FlaresGold by Flare Audio

    Ok, so I greatly appreciate what Flare Audio has done. The Golds are my favorite* universal IEM, and they have top notch post-purchase customer ssupport. I'm still having a difficult time justifying purchase of the 2HD in a vacuum. They're sticking with a formula of changing the housing to...
  23. Victorfabius

    Alclair Electro 6-Driver Electrostatic Hybrid Custom In-Ear Monitor

    After about the first 20 hours or so of use, I can say that either the Alclair Electro opened up a bit to get some nice treble air or - and this is much more likely - I just started noticing it a bit more after hitting it with a greater variation of music. Damn, this is one fine IEM. I know my...
  24. Victorfabius

    Alclair Electro 6-Driver Electrostatic Hybrid Custom In-Ear Monitor

    If anyone want to send me a KSE to compare, I'd gladly jump at the chance. Though I think @Deezel177 already did this.
  25. Victorfabius

    Alclair Electro 6-Driver Electrostatic Hybrid Custom In-Ear Monitor

    The wait is over. This bad boy arrived today. I'm still learning how to get these comfortably into my ear - fatigue/pressure sets in quickly. At least I can listen to a full album without much issue. So, for the IEM (this and talking about the Beyerdynamic Xelento - it was a complex...
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