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  1. dpastern

    Connecting Chord Mojo to iBasso DX220 (using the Chord as a DAC)

    If I have read the DX220 manual correctly, I simply use the coax cable that came with it and plug it into the SPDIF output on the DX220 and into the coax input on the Chord. Plug my headphones into the chord's headphone outputs. and, voila. Is this correct? Cheers, Dave
  2. dpastern

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

    Nope, amp 1 (stock amp) and CCA C10 IEMs - when the unit is working, the combo sounds fantastic. I've tried Sennheiser HD600 in the DX220 and had the same sound quality issues. I have a cheaper pair of Sennheisers too (can't remember the model) and the same sound issue happens with them. It's...
  3. dpastern

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

    Thanks! what about the iBasso 2.5mm balanced to 4.4mm balanced adaptor? Since it's made by iBasso, I presume that it's OK to use with amp8? On a different note, has anyone had their DX220 unit simply forget about the microSD card in Mango player? When I pressed on music ==> artists, the...
  4. dpastern

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

    Can't test it. The ear cushions on the 540s are badly worn, and unfortunately, covered in dust and dust mites. I have replacement ear cushions, but I'm not confident to do it myself. The issue is the dust and dust mites. The last time I wore them, I had an allergic reaction that lasted 3...
  5. dpastern

    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 confirm - they look very similar to my eyes. Excellent! There's a really expensive case on Ebay (Brand: Dignis), but it's a bit pricey for my liking. I mean, when a case is 1/7 of the price of the DAP... Anyway - reading through the manual bit by bit and it says that you can...
  6. dpastern

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

    Yes, it was a typo, meant DX220! I have corrected this now. full size headphones at home, the CCA C10 IEMs when out and about. I was thinking of getting the amp 8 & 9. I will admit, the 9 was first on my list, but I didn't realise that it was so low powered, so will go the 8 first and then...
  7. dpastern

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

    The amp modularity sold it on me. I also wanted a more holographic soundstage. I'm reading praises for both amp 8 and amp 9 (and even amp 7) - amp 9 makes me very curious since it apparently has a micro valve (tube) in it and I prefer valve amplification to solid state (actually, I prefer...
  8. dpastern

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

    Well, the DX220 is sound like a better long term solution for me. Just been talking via live chat to a trusted retailer and he thinks the DX220 is a bit warmer and more detailed than the Fiio M11 and the M11 is pretty similar sounding to my AK 120 II unit. So, it looks like the M11 would be...
  9. dpastern

    [FiiO M11] Android 7.0, 2.5/3.5/4.4 Powerful Output, Exynos 7872, Dual AK4493 DAC chips, 3GB RAM, WiFi, Two-way LDAC

    yeah my bad on that, I didn't even think of the firmware issue with older MBPS, but very good point. With that said, they are very old machines now - my MBP mid 2009 wasn't able to go to mojave (at least, not without hacking it). The M11 was a lot newer on release so it's a bit of a different...
  10. dpastern

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

    So, you believe the DX220 is better than the Fiio M11? How did they compare on vocals/bass and detail? I'm looking to upgrade my DAP (from an AK 120 II) but can't demo the M11 or DX220 and compare to my AK DAP. I'm yet to compare the specs of the M11 to the DX220 either to see what the...
  11. dpastern

    [FiiO M11] Android 7.0, 2.5/3.5/4.4 Powerful Output, Exynos 7872, Dual AK4493 DAC chips, 3GB RAM, WiFi, Two-way LDAC

    that's disappointing. I mean, most Android phones get updated to newer versions of the Android OS... edit: meant phone NOT watch
  12. dpastern

    AK120 II vs Fiio M11

    After reading many reviews on the M11 unit on Amazon, I think I'll pass. It seems sound quality is pretty off with this unit, reliability is very poor and post sales support is absolutely woeful. Will save my pennies for a iBasso DX220 methinks.
  13. dpastern

    AK120 II vs Fiio M11

    Is there any improvement to be had from the Fiio M11 (non-pro) from a SQ point of view? My AK 120 II is getting on now and obviously won't last forever (the on/off button is already "sticky" and non-responsive sometimes). The Fiio has a larger, better screen, which is a boon for an old...
  14. dpastern

    Ghentaudio Cables - Impressions & Opinions. (First impressions & pictures in!)

    Has anyone else had issues receiving cables from Ghent in the past 4 weeks? Mailed on 6th May, hasn't even hit Australia yet according to tracking...the first cable I ordered took 11 days to get from China to Australia (which is on the slow side as it is!). I'm starting to think that...
  15. dpastern

    Getting earbuds onto a new IEM...how the hell do you do it?

    Yes, that is what I mean, sorry, I know nothing about IEMs or what parts are named what. I tried brute force, wriggling, hard surface, just couldn't get it on. The earbud's diameter looks way too small to fit on the nozzle - by my eyes a goold 2mm or so, but I realise that it's made from a...
  16. dpastern

    Getting earbuds onto a new IEM...how the hell do you do it?

    So, I'm totally new to IEMs, thought I'd see what the fuss is about and try a cheaper pair, so bought a pair of CCA C10s after much reading on the net... They've arrived, look great, but one of the earbuds has fallen off as I was taking it out of the packaging. I spent near 20 minutes of utter...
  17. dpastern

    Chord Mojo DAC-amp ☆★►FAQ in 3rd post!◄★☆

    The cable feels well built to me - solid and looks well built. I don't have any other optical cables to compare it to. It's prolly 8-9mm thick at a guess does coil but doesn't kink. I wouldn't call it thin. On a side note, is there some kinda pro tip on how to insert the optical cable into...
  18. dpastern

    Are Super High End DAPs Really Worthy?

    I think a lot of the super expensive DAPs (above the 1k price range) are simply playing on the gullible who 'have to have the best". It's much like expensive cables - psycho- suggestive acoustics that has no real basis other than in psychology and manipulation of the mind into thinking it's...
  19. dpastern

    Chord Mojo DAC-amp ☆★►FAQ in 3rd post!◄★☆

    I don't think any of the cases are worth that sort of money to be honest. But...when they all charge this much, there's not much you can do.
  20. dpastern

    Chord Mojo DAC-amp ☆★►FAQ in 3rd post!◄★☆

    Will this Ghent cable do the job of connecting the Chord Mojo to my SACD player's coax output? http://ghentaudio.com/part/e06.html looking at the Chord Mojo manual it says: The Ghent page says the 3.5mm cable is mono, does it have to be stereo, or is mono OK? And, it doesn't mention SPDIF...
  21. dpastern

    Chord Mojo DAC-amp ☆★►FAQ in 3rd post!◄★☆

    ahh. I'm only familiar with optical and 16/44.1 from my old DPA DAC. Have never used optical for anything else in the past. Chord c-lite 3.5mm to optical cable. I'm off to Ghent's to find a 3.5mm to coaxial cable to order lol. Unless someone can recommend something in a similar price range...
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