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Hidizs Sonata HD DAC cable - new tiny and mighty DAC&AMP

Discussion in 'Portable Headphone Amps' started by IryxBRO, May 25, 2018.
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  1. Mellowship
    Hi. Honor 8 with Emui 8 here. No problems.
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  2. rad7
    Thank you!
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  3. Mellowship
    Forgot to mention, but the battery will drain slightly faster with the sonata connected.
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  4. rad7
    Thank you for mentioning this. That is a concern for me as my phone already seems to be a bit struggling in the battery department. I wish there is a way to listen & charge at the same time like we see in Advanced Accessport Dac/Amp. EarstudioES100 seems like a much better option especially since it has the bluetooth option too, but unfortunately it is also 3 times more expensive.
  5. BigDave
    I still have not heard anything back from Hidizs. Surely they must be back from New Year holidays by now? Anyone else having issues contacting them? My sonata is still fried and is not recognized by my computer. I tried again on my phone and it just gives me a crackly mess of sound. I have tried it on other devices and the same thing. Will not even be recognised on computers.
  6. PlantsmanTX
    If you're on Facebook, you could try sending them a message there.
  7. moisespr123
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  8. Mellowship
    The sonata has been pretty roughed but those cable connections didn't keep me from worrying me from time to time. So I just modded it.


    Reversible reinforcement of the cable. Wrapped in ptfe tape, then covered with shoestring and finished with retractable.
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  9. Lifted Andreas
    That's a lovely mod.

    I'm personally not worried about the cable itself, but the black paint on the jack side of the cable has started rubbing off in places though.
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  11. mysiak
    I went through the whole topic, but I'm a bit confused about a couple of points. I have Xiaomi Mi A1 phone which has absolutely terribly noisy headphone output with sensitive headphones. So despite having 3.5mm jack on the phone and capable of driving my 250ohm Beyerdynamic DT990pro, I'm looking for a noiseless USB-C DAC/AMP dongle. Sonata is receiving mixed reviews, some claim that they are completely silent, others that hissing noise can be heard. So..

    1. how is the hissing noise with low impedance and highly sensitive IEMs (Etymotic research for example)? Any owners with such combination?
    2. I don't call much, but I use volume/play buttons on the headphones very often, do they work with every type of firmware? I can unplug the DAC to make a call, but find buttons essential and a must have.
    3. I am not really interested in USB Audio locking, extremely high volume output and want to hear my notifications, in such case I need to keep firmware A, correct?
    4. Is there audible difference between different firmwares when playing streamed music/videos (Google music, youtube,..)? To my understanding it matters only with USB Audio lock and high res files, which I don't plan to use yet.

    I can still use my phone's headphone output for higher impedance headphones, but I basically can't stand it with IEMs. Maybe I need to look at another dongles..?

    Thanks in advance guys.
  12. dude30003
    I have a xiaomi mi a2 and the sound quality with spotify is much much better than the stock output. I use A firmware and still get notifications, remote works etc. No difference between A and C firmwares for me. D sounds a bit better I guess. I only have sensitive IEMs though and never tried anything with high impedance.

    Also in terms if dongles I think this is the best you can get. The next level is an external dac/amp.
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2019
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  13. mysiak
    Thanks, I ordered one - got some coupon on Aliexpress, so it was a no-brainer for 22eur. :) I will try different firmware versions just for the sake of comparison, but as long as the headphone output doesn't hiss and I can use my headset buttons, it'll be a win for me even with the "non musical" D firmware.
  14. Zeus1017
    Hey could anyone please guide me through the setup process of Sonata HD with UAPP on android? I have firmware D installed. First of all should I change Internal audio driver to original or Hires? Secondly what settings should I change in the Usb audio option? Lastly if I select bit perfect streaming, software volume control doesn't work and I can't control my volume in the app but when I deactivate bit perfect volume control works. I would be really glad if you could guide me through the setup. :)
  15. jameson71
    I have a pair of Etymotics HF3 that I use with my Sonata HD and as far as I can tell there is absolutely no background hiss at all. I have tried to listen for it but can hear none.
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