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I hate to say it but i bought and promptly returned my M9... the Wifi and CPU are just too under-powered.
Wanted to use it as my primary music device .... Deezer caching was taking an absolute age, took over 24 hours for Deezer to cache the songs i wanted before i gave up on it, copying to the device via USB was prohibitive for anything other than minor song maintenance.
I know it's only a fairly old dual-core Exynos so it's never going to be lightning but it was just too frustrating for me personally
Dunno if i can justify double the spend to get something with reasonable performance.
Just load your music on the SD card with a card reader. Fast and easy.
Yeah - used an sd reader to put the bulk of the catalog on there - took ages to scan the library tho (5000 songs) and Deezer was just downloading so ridiculously slowly compared to even a 4 year old phone.
It would drive me up the wall continually using the device with the slow UI and response i just couldn't keep it
Sounded great the amount of time i did use it to actually listen to it - definitely noticed the step-up in SQ but i either need to accept the slightly worse SQ from a smartphone or pony up double the amount for a DAP with a newer / faster / more cores CPU
Can I use the headphone balanced out output to feed a amplifier which has two XLR inputs?
Like the loxjie p20 amplifier.
I wish, but no.
Edit: well technically you can but then you’re double amping.
Double amping equals distortion??
Not necessarily but it just adds another potential point of signal quality loss in the chain.
Looking to sell mine if anyone's interested
How old is this battery?
Had it since about launch of the M9. It has sat for a while, during a time when I couldn’t really use a portable.
I recently borrowed a friend's M9 and thought it sounded fantastic. I couldn't get on with the UI though or id snap one up.
Would it be possible to get a similar sounding dac and use it with my phone? I'd be using it with tidal.
I've tried a fiio e17k but it didn't blow me away like the m9 did.
If you are looking for a portable DAC which sounds great, you could try the Hidizs Sonata USB C DAC cable.
They are also rebranded to be found which are the Tempotec Sonata.
Thanks for your reply. I've actually tried one from Amazon. It did increase the volume but I didn't notice much difference in sound quality.
What I liked about the M9 was the detail I could hear and the separate instruments in the music.
You said you were looking for a DAC not amp... Ghehe.
I find it a great piece... Maybe because of bad DAC of my phone.