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  1. Earbones

    Chord Mojo 2: Speculation Thread

    Here’s hoping! 🍻 Agreed re. Microsoft. The point I was making is that doing an OS from scratch is difficult, even for them. And I completely agree with you regarding the challenges of getting the streaming services to create an app for a new OS were a DAP maker to actually get one off the...
  2. Earbones

    Chord Mojo 2: Speculation Thread

    I agree with you about Android completely. Not bad when implemented in a modern phone, but these DAP manufacturers taking janky old versions and then modding it… terrible idea. But developing their own software ain’t gonna happen, in my opinion. Remember the Windows phone? Few do. Microsoft...
  3. Earbones

    Chord Mojo 2: Speculation Thread

    I (very briefly) owned the SR25 as well. Great SQ, but I had issues getting things set up, so returned it within the month. Funnily enough, the one DAP I own that has never given me any issues (yet) is the Fiio M11 Plus LTD… why funny? Because at the end of the day, I’m not that huge a fan of...
  4. Earbones

    Chord Mojo 2: Speculation Thread

    Believe me, I get the simplicity point. That said, I would submit that while DAPs are certainly simple on paper, having owned many, they are not. They are small-scale releases by niche companies running relatively ancient versions of Android, and that makes them just as buggy and prone to...
  5. Earbones

    Chord Mojo 2: Speculation Thread

    Not sure you’re understanding the gist of my question, probably my fault… re-reading it, I wasn’t as clear as I could have been. So we know that with Apple Music being run on Android OS, if an SD card reader is present, you have the option to download onto an SD card, and furthermore, if it is...
  6. Earbones

    Chord Mojo 2: Speculation Thread

    Regarding getting lossless streaming music onto a theoretical Mojo 2 with SD card… Most DAPs have internal storage and an SD card slot… When you go to download music from a streaming app (including Apple Music) for offline listening, it will give you the choice to download it to the internal...
  7. Earbones

    Chord Mojo 2: Speculation Thread

    Well, like I said- keeps the thread interesting, ha ha!
  8. Earbones

    Chord Mojo 2: Speculation Thread

    Re-reading some posts, and I caught this… Why exactly do you like the term Mojo classic, Rob? Was that perhaps a clue? We have all assumed this new device is a direct successor -and presumably also a replacement for- the Mojo. But what if it’s not? What if Chord intends to continue...
  9. Earbones

    Effect Audio launches the Axiom IEM

    So I said what I said, and it was nice and snarky, and honestly I do think there is some green-washing here. But that said, everybody makes mistakes… I don’t think one ill-thought-out marketing move should sink a new IEM. Maybe I’m just philosophical tonight (little too much wine), but it...
  10. Earbones

    Effect Audio launches the Axiom IEM

    Cable company sells $2400 IEM with no cable. Because “sustainability”.
  11. Earbones

    Chord Mojo 2: Speculation Thread

    Nice. I had the LP W2 as well, ended up returning mine. I think it did many things better than the S1, particularly from a technical aspect, but I just enjoyed the tonality of the S1 slightly more, so for me, that kind of evened things out between the two… The tiebreaker was the W2’s...
  12. Earbones

    Chord Mojo 2: Speculation Thread

    With respect, a lot of the guys who keep insisting that the Poly is “so much more than just Bluetooth” perhaps don’t understand just how simple to implement the Poly’s functions are in 2021. Back in 2017, it was most likely separate Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips/cards, but there are plenty of duals...
  13. Earbones

    Chord Mojo 2: Speculation Thread

    The phone point is well taken, but then we must also acknowledge the difference between a phone and a boutique audio device. While most modern jobs require one to have a smart phone (and I am not speaking tech or corporate… even plumbers could not go back to the days before customers could text...
  14. Earbones

    Chord Mojo 2: Speculation Thread

    Woo hoooo!! Never been happier to have been wrong! That said, I still don’t think it will be identical to those leaked images from earlier in the thread. I’d bet that was a prototype. Look at the pic of the rear… the cutout for the USB-C port not only appears to extend below the base of the...
  15. Earbones

    HiBy R6 2020 User Impressions

    I guess Amazon Music can be added to the list. And that, gentlemen, is the last straw for me.
  16. Earbones

    HiBy R6 2020 User Impressions

    I am just full of questions nobody has the answer to apparently LOL. Okay, here’s an easy one… on the R6 2020 there are four buttons on the left side of the case. The large top one is power/wake-up of course. Then below that are three identical smaller buttons. The top and bottom of those are...
  17. Earbones

    HiBy R6 2020 User Impressions

    So guys, the retailer says folks have been having luck downloading the firmware to a computer and then copying it to the R6 2020 via USB link. Unfortunately, the instructions HiBy released for this are in Mandarin, which I don’t speak, and the person who could translate for me just had to...
  18. Earbones

    HiBy R6 2020 User Impressions

    Apologies if this has been discussed… how are people in the US getting the firmware updated on their R6 2020s? Or are they? I just perpetually get a pop-up message stating: “Tips Currently there is no network, please check the network status...
  19. Earbones

    Chord Mojo 2: Speculation Thread

    I’m inclined to agree.
  20. Earbones

    Hello from Hapa Audio: New Sponsor

    Very pretty stuff! And an interesting design for the IEM cables… Does that colored core house cable as well, or is it like a nylon “dummy” core that the signal-carrying cables are woven around?.. Sort of like a reverse sleeving construction?
  21. Earbones

    [FiiO M11 Plus LTD] THXAAA-78/Android 10.0, 2.5/3.5/4.4 Powerful Output/4.4 LO output, Dual AK4497 DAC chips, 4GB RAM,64G Flash

    Thanks for that! Fiio also responded to an inquiry email I sent them, and confirmed that apps without their own decoding libraries are unaffected by SRC… Unfortunately, when I sent them a second query about specific app compatibility, it was bad news for Amazon Music HD users (myself...
  22. Earbones

    [FiiO M11 Plus LTD] THXAAA-78/Android 10.0, 2.5/3.5/4.4 Powerful Output/4.4 LO output, Dual AK4497 DAC chips, 4GB RAM,64G Flash

    Guys, doing a deep dive on the M11 Plus LTD, and I have to say, I’m getting a bit suspicious. I know that some here (in answer to my earlier question about this) have stated that the player is capable of rendering streaming tracks bit-perfectly, but how exactly is that known? I can’t find...
  23. Earbones

    [FiiO M11 Plus LTD] THXAAA-78/Android 10.0, 2.5/3.5/4.4 Powerful Output/4.4 LO output, Dual AK4497 DAC chips, 4GB RAM,64G Flash

    Well, I just pulled the trigger on the M11 Plus LTD. I’m excited to hear what this thing can do. Can one create multiple EQ templates and store them, so as to easily switch between various IEMs?
  24. Earbones

    [FiiO M11 Plus LTD] THXAAA-78/Android 10.0, 2.5/3.5/4.4 Powerful Output/4.4 LO output, Dual AK4497 DAC chips, 4GB RAM,64G Flash

    Can anyone confirm one way or the other if the M11 Plus LTD is able to circumvent Android’s inherent hi-Rez playback restrictions, and play/download bit-perfect tracks from streaming services such as Amazon HD etc?
  25. Earbones

    The Official 64 Audio Thread | apex & tia Technologies

    I actually owned the A12T and U12T at the same time, and did quite a bit of A/B listening. In short, they sound identical. I did get very slightly deeper bass with the U12T than the custom, but then again, the reason I had the universal at the same time was because my customs just didn’t end up...
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