- Jun 7, 2013
- Reaction score
- Jun 7, 2013
You browse by artist or album in simple lists. There is album artwork showing on playback so that's nice.Just how primitive are the menus?
I will be interested to hear your feedback about how the optical output performs.
No wheels or shortcuts, you click click click your way around. It's primitive but no complaints about what's actually there, it's all intuitive.
Optical sounds best (and by that I mean smoothest, void of any hardness or treble grain) but there's very little in it compared to coax (that has a subtle glare). If I AB gapless I spot it, if I didn't I would have limited confidence in a blind test.
Using the mini Toslink out of my Macbook Pro the sound is actually quite similar to the Xduoo, and better than USB out of either the Xduoo or Macbook with iDefender. Audibly cleaner, and strangely in a temporal sense too where USB comes off as a bit loose and flabby. Moving the Toslink plug from Macbook to Xduoo everything's just a bit more clear so it does have a benefit compared to a galvanically isolated connection to the computer. For whatever reason I notice it mostly with sounds that are mixed to either side of the middle when AB listening. They are more clearly positioned and just more easily digested with the Xduoo.
I'm pretty happy, it's a nice compact pair and it's the best I've heard from the Mojo. It doesn't floor me with some subjective 'magic', it's just clean, quiet and articulate. Cymbals ring out without grain or fizz and the standout difference for me is that subtle things that I'm used to hearing as a homogenous mass are better separated in width and depth with a more quiet backdrop.
The best transport I've used at length was a battery powered Allo Digione (first version, non signature) and while I can't fault the Xduoo with any sort of specifics I don't think it quite reaches that level of effortless liquidity. But then again not much (nothing?) below $1k does and this one can be used on the go, so I won't complain