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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. peter123
    I think the mystery is our different interpretation of "listening fatigue". I've always considered it to be when one can't stand listening to a pair of headphones/IEM's for a longer time for some reason (too shouty, bassy whatever). The lack of deep bass and trebe extension is what causes this for me with the HD650. I actually like the HD58X better for my personal preference.
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  2. Mellowship
    Just a little comment regarding Huawei smartphones and connectivity with the Sonata: just bought a new Mate 20 Pro. Great phone. Firmware D works when it does, but sometimes, when changing apps, i.e. when going from YouTube to Spotify or to Hiby, it disconnects and I have to unplug it and plug it back again. In firmware A, it works flawlessly and even admits phone calls and mic button commands. The sound quality is not as refined in A mode though... still million miles ahead of the analogue dongle!
  3. Mlaihk
    What's the difference between A/C firmware? I know A is Call priority and C is sound priority but that's not saying a whole lot......

    How difference is the sound quality between A and C?
  4. moisespr123
    When I tried those firmwares in a PC, I had to use the A firmware to get both audio and mic to work together. Otherwise, it would enable just sound and the mic would not work if sound was being played back.
  5. Hal Rockwell
    What is the difference between Sonata HD II, S1 and S3?
  6. jasonb
    I'm guessing the S1 and S3 are new models that aren't available yet. The S1 is $20, so it would be a lower end product, the S3 is $60 so it looks like it may be a newer and better version of the Sonata HDII.

    I'm still absolutely loving my Sonata HDII with USB Audio Player Pro with Morphit set to the Harman OE target with my HD650. The Harmon target fills in the sub bass, and makes the top end sound a whole lot more lively. I don't listen very loudly so the Sonata HDII has plenty of power for me. I usually listen between -20 to -12db with the software volume control so there is still plenty of power to spare.
  7. Hal Rockwell
    Maybe S3 is the same thing as Sonata with an upgraded cable?
  8. jasonb
    Maybe. The cable on my HDII is still holding up fine, it looks thin and weak, but it's been fine. I'm super easy on things though, and it never goes in my pocket. I use it with my phone and I'll only use it sitting in a recliner with it sitting on my lap. So it's never been tugged on or anything. If I want something truly portable I use my Sony WH-1000XM2 or my Galaxy Buds. The XM2 I also EQ to the Harmon target, and the Galaxy Buds were designed to follow the Harman IE target. So I get the same basic sound everywhere.
  9. Mellowship
    The S3 has a completely different DAC, so it's going to be a totally new product with a new sound. Let's wait for the first to be tested...
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  10. Hal Rockwell
    When I said "upgraded cable", I didn't necessarily mean something more durable, but something more "audiophile", like silver.
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  11. jasonb
    Am interested, and also interested in the new ibasso dc01 and dc02. I probably won't try either since I'm very happy with the HDII and don't feel that I'm missing anything. I'm still kind of blown away at what the HDII does for the $26 I paid for it.
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2019
  12. Hal Rockwell
    What's iBasso dc02?
  13. jasonb
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  15. jasonb
    The DC01 is balanced, the DC02 is going to be the standard 3.5mm not balanced.
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