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Aramaki
Aramaki
@fabio19 Will this be able to drive a Hifiman HE-400i?
fabio19
fabio19
I think so, even if "guiding" it could be different from being able to fully exploit all its potential.
holsen
holsen
Grazie, Thank You, Grazie! We've been waiting for this. I am so close to pulling the trigger on this. It comes down to sound + battery life - why my choice is between M3X for $339 or LP6K for $1200 both look good with the only hold-up on the M3X being output power. I've got 3 fairly efficient Planar IEMs that scale well with power. My current M5s powers them just fine and I never really need to push past 30 - 40 out of 100 but you indicated that sometimes you need to max the volume to get the sound you want. That concerns me a bit. I've got quite a few IMRs - will this little M3X give them the juice they need? Maybe our mutual friend @Xinlisupreme will let you try one of his IMRs with your M3X or maybe he could try your M3X with one of his IMRs? That would be helpful to know because if this little DAP can pull the magic out of them, we have a fairly good idea of how it will scale with others. I'd love you comments. Thanks again for a great review.
fabio19
fabio19
I sold both IMR RHA and IMR HALCYON before taking M3X so I can't help you. With A&K Kann (which however has a different amolification than M3X) he was pushing well. I know that Xinlinsupreme now has PB2s and he could tell you how they go with the Shanling M6 Pro, but it also has a different amplification from M3X.
With M3X I tried: Faerless S8P, DunuSA6, BGMP DM8, Tansio Mirai 5. I must say that except BGMP DM8 at 3/4 of the volume I could very well stop because I still had to push. On the other hand, with the DM8 I got a nice volume run and it still felt loud as with the other 3 but at 3/4 volume.
eclein
eclein
Great review thanks! The micro sdcard slot is loose? Unable to hold card? That’s a serious problem if it breaks right away, can you elaborate more on that?
Ed
Xinlisupreme
Xinlisupreme
fabio19
fabio19
@eclein :
It is not slow. And it closes well. It's just that being plastic you have to handle it with great care when you open it. But it is by no means a problem or a concern as the micro sd does not have to be put on and off every day. In short, the wear of plastic is not a problem.
koyl
koyl
alota
alota
Grazie mille
fabio19
fabio19
Grazie a te per aver letto la recensione....
gadgetgod
gadgetgod
Nice review mate, How is the user interface smoothness? Have you by any chance got any experience with iBasso DX160? If yes is the M3X smoother here?
fabio19
fabio19
Fluidity is good. I am unable to tell you if it is better or worse than iBasso dx160 because I have never tried it. I have iBasso220max, but I don't think it's fair to make a parallel between two daps with such a huge price difference.
holsen
holsen
Thats a good point, that its not fair or realistice to compare the two at 2 completely different price-points, but could you comment on how far apart the SQ is? I mean, is the $1000 difference reflected in what you hear or do you hear a $200 to $300 difference? That's difficult to do and completely subjective, I know. I've been fairly active in the M3X thread and I'm thoroughly impressed with the M3X - Its a good leap forward from the M5S and absolutely kills what was flagship a few years ago. I just bought the Lotoo Paw 6000 and will be able to compare them next week. but I'm already thinking I may be selling it because this little M3X drives my IEMs so well...... while it was burning in, I used in High Gain, but now its plenty driving my IMR RAH & EDP (both planars) and IMR RED (DD + Piezo) even in low gain. In high gain / balanced the battery goes 14 hours and I'm not sure yet how much further is does in lowgain / balanced, but it will be substantially more. That's impressive.
fabio19
fabio19
Yes I agree. For its price M3X is a really nice dap that can compete with more expensive daps.
As an amplification M3X is inferior to A&K KANN and iBasso220max, in my possession, this one is. But the Kann costs € 1000 and the iBasso € 1600 and therefore it is obvious that I do not find it fair to make a comparison. But I must say that despite having the KANN and ibasso220max, I enjoyed and intrigued to listen to M3X that I repeat to myself: I find it really amazing. Especially at the musical level, where it does not pay as much difference with Kann and ibasso220max as it pays in terms of amplification. But I would add that even with slightly more demanding ems the M3X amplification works with sufficient current supply.
J
joaoakio
Great Review! I am looking to buy a DAP, and I am trying to choose between the shanling m3x and the hiby r5 saber. Do you know how they compare? Is the android version something to consider on a DAP?
fabio19
fabio19
I don't know Hiby5 I'm sorry ..... Android is important, it becomes a very very subjective speech. For me no more than tamto. (but it is my personal opinion). For me the primary and essential factor is the reproduction of music files, done with the best quality and the least loss of information possible. Android, Tidal, Spotify etc .... are important in relation to the use you want to make of them. The reactivity, the speed, the fluidity. But in my opinion they always come after the fidelity of the resolution. I own ibasso220max and Dethonray prelude. Two totally different daps, and I must say that on Dethonray I absolutely do not feel the lack of multimedia that instead offers ibasso220max. But I repeat that it is an absolutely subjective judgment.
Alex.Grimm
Alex.Grimm
I have DTR1, if I buy m3x I will hear severe sound degradation ?
fabio19
fabio19
M3X has more body, more heat. A rounder, slightly more analog sound than Dethonray is analytic. M3X is less fast and clear than Dethonray Prelude.
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