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Apr 23, 2024 at 10:29 PM Post #857 of 1,187
The bass has definitely tightened up a bit now. The step up in detail and stage over the m6u is a bit more apparent. Have really enjoyed using with the Volt tonight.
 
Apr 24, 2024 at 9:57 AM Post #858 of 1,187
I was auditioning the se300 for a couple hours 3 days in a row and its an amazing dap. I havent heard the dx260 but the se300 was really really good.
I was comparing it to my sp1000 and i had the u12t back then. The se300 had a very wide soundstage, very comparable to the sp1000 (on some tracks wider on other narrower- probably psychoacustics).
With the u12t, Fostex th610 and Aeon Noire the se300 sounded bit sharper and more digital. The mids/vocals were bit less separated from instruments. On the sp1k there was bit more 3D soundstage and each instrument played in its own buble.
But the bass, overall dynamics and detail were all top notch. I prefered a more organic, warmer and more layered sound of the sp1k but the performance of the se300 was really good. I would say, a typical AK sound, with great definition, timing, rythm and sharp detail. Nothing to complain about.
After having the DC Elite, i would go with the dx260, there is no point in spending such money on source. Your iems/headphones will mainly define the sound. The dx260 and the se300 are comparable when it comes to the power delivery.
I dont want to spoil this thread but my personal advice is to get a used AK sp1000 or sp2000 but if you want a new dap with more power and an open, new Android system and to have a full warranty, just get the dx260 or Fiio M15s (they are probably comparable).
You could also get a DC Elite which is amazing and to my ears at a similar level as the dx320 with a stock amp.
Which DAP under €1000 or even under €1500 that has a sound equal to or very similar to the sound of the Ibasso DC-elite in your opinion and listening experience? I really like the sound of my Elite. I would like to add a DAP with that sound to my collection. Your opinion and that of anyone who wishes to comment will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
 
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Apr 24, 2024 at 10:29 AM Post #859 of 1,187
Which DAP under €1000 or even under €1500 that has a sound equal to or very similar to the sound of the Ibasso DC-elite in your opinion and listening experience? I really like the sound of my Elite. I would like to add a DAP with that sound to my collection. Your opinion and that of anyone who wishes to comment will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Dx320, you can even find one used for around 1k.
 
Apr 24, 2024 at 10:52 AM Post #860 of 1,187
Apr 28, 2024 at 9:07 PM Post #864 of 1,187
DX240 was better than the M6U when I did a head to head and the DX260 is better than the DX260.

My main issue with the M6U was it's lack of refinement (upper treble is a bit harsh, relative to the competition), detail and soundstage aren't as good, and love it or hate it, it has a blunted sort of sound, I personally liked the crisper sounding AKMs (4497 and 4499EQ)

So yes DX260 > M6U


I prefer the word refined :D
I agree. Owning the OG M6 Pro (4497), M8 (4499), and M6 Ultra (4493), the Ultra sounds a bit blunted. I'm going to purchase the new M5 Ultra as well. It's very hard for me to venture outside Shanling AKM. It's a sound presentation I'm very familiar with and thoroughly enjoy. But I still want to get something of a different flavor - undecided, but this 260 might just be it.
 
Apr 28, 2024 at 9:14 PM Post #865 of 1,187
I have had my Dx260 for awhile now. I have to say its way better than my Shanling M7. Bigger soundstage, way better highs, more portable, better battery life.
Can you describe the differences you're hearing in the upper frequencies between the 260 and M7?
 
Apr 29, 2024 at 4:47 PM Post #866 of 1,187
Can you describe the differences you're hearing in the upper frequencies between the 260 and M7?

The Dx260s highs are less harsh and more relaxed but still clearer sounding. Some sounds like cymbals are too much in your face. The Dx260 to me is more neutral sounding and the M7 more fun sounding but maybe too much fun.
 
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Apr 29, 2024 at 4:56 PM Post #867 of 1,187
The Dx260s highs are less harsh and more relaxed but still clearer sounding. Some sounds like cymbals are too much in your face. The Dx260 to me is more neutral sounding and the M7 more fun sounding but maybe too much fun.
Thank You
 
May 1, 2024 at 6:31 AM Post #868 of 1,187
The Dx260s highs are less harsh and more relaxed but still clearer sounding. Some sounds like cymbals are too much in your face. The Dx260 to me is more neutral sounding and the M7 more fun sounding but maybe too much fun.
The Dx260s highs are less harsh and more relaxed but still clearer sounding. Some sounds like cymbals are too much in your face. The Dx260 to me is more neutral sounding and the M7 more fun sounding but maybe too much fun.
I want to find for my meze empyrean headphone a good synergy dap. I have the ibasso dx170 but want to upgrade. You mentioned the M7 but I can’t chose between M7, dx260, M15s
and hiby r8 ( i find a good deal for a r8, in my country)
Plese somebody help me! Which one is the best for empy?
 
May 1, 2024 at 7:06 AM Post #869 of 1,187
I want to find for my meze empyrean headphone a good synergy dap. I have the ibasso dx170 but want to upgrade. You mentioned the M7 but I can’t chose between M7, dx260, M15s
and hiby r8 ( i find a good deal for a r8, in my country)
Plese somebody help me! Which one is the best for empy?

I have not heard the meze empyrean but I would take the Dx260. Its very neutral compared to the M7. Easier to match. And its the smallest and cheapest I think of them all. But there is also the new Fiio M23.
 

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