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iBasso DX120 pure DAP player. Balanced, single ended, line out and 2 micro SD slots. FW 2.9.21 now out!

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by Paul - iBasso, Aug 31, 2018.
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  1. Copland62
    spend a little more and buy the IT01s: it will be a perfect pairing with the DX-120!!
  2. serg7891
    Идеальное сочетание - TFZ Secret Garden.
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  3. vas-tomsk
    Согласен! И ещё TANCHJIM Oxygen.
  4. gmahler2u
    I have issue with balance cable. Im using 2.5 plug. When I plug it into dx120 my right side sometimes come out and not come out...is this cable issue or dap issue? I tried other 2.5 cable same issue.
    But 3.5 is fine...
  5. tokyodan
    I got the DX-120 and I got the excellent Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7b that people are raving about. The DX-120 has a balanced output and my MSR7b has an extra balanced cable (with a 4.4mm male jack so I'd need a $40USD adaptor). Anyway i just wonder how much difference using this extra balanced cables would really make and it it is worth buying that adaptor.

    It iusing a balanced cable a real improvement that anyone can discern? Or is it a "I-think-I-can-hear-a-difference"... an imaginative, self-deception because you shelled out the money and want to believe the money wasn't wasted kind of difference?

    One guy on the MSR7b forum said that all the hype over balanced cable sound quality is bull crap. He said balanced cables are only make sense when the cables are very long or in studios where many cables crisscross over each other.
  6. DaYooper
    Just look at the output power specs and then decide.
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  7. expatriot
    gmahler2u: Make sure it's plugged in all the way. It seems to be a tighter fit than some other connections I have.
  8. MarCo7
    You can find 4.4 -> 2.5 adapters on AliExperss (or other places) cheaper than $40, I ordered from AE for less than $10.
  9. expatriot
    I don't hear any difference in audio QUALITY using balanced, however, the balanced out does provide more power, hence, louder volume. If you have hard to drive earphones/headphones then balanced will help you.
  10. icefalkon
    I've been using balanced and unbalanced SE cables for 20yrs and comparing them. I can say without a doubt in my mind that the cable matters...as does the composition of the cable, the quality of the connections, and the amount of time of burn in for the cable itself. While this is hotly debated in the sound theory threads, I can only speak for myself when saying, yes I hear a difference between balanced and unbalanced SE.
  11. expatriot
    I've been listening for at least as long as you, and I don't doubt your hearing differences. However, I believe as has been proven by frequency testing by Brooko that what your hearing is differences in impedance of the different cables. Frequency displays are not theories, they are fact.
  12. icefalkon
    Brooko is neither a scientist nor a sound engineer. Of course you're entitled to believe what you want, however, I find it amusing when millions of people worldwide attest to something that thousands say isn't true...and it's automatically discarded as a myth.

    Each to their own, enjoy the music.
  13. expatriot
    so a frequency graph that proves it, is a myth in your eyes. Further, no one has to be a scientist or a sound engineer to read a frequency graph. Speaking of perpetrating myths you don't have to look too far. Anyway, I made my point and you made yours, without getting personal. I agree, to each his own, and you enjoy your music too.
  14. icefalkon
    Frequency graphs are easily manipulated and those tests weren't done under pristine conditions. I also question the quality of the cables tested and the properties of the cable composition. Also of question is the amount of time spent in burning in the cables itself. Different material takes different times to "burn in". So if you're going to bring up science, make sure the "data" all fits before touting one guy from Head-fi.org's tests. Just sayin...

    Enjoy the music.
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2019
  15. expatriot
    Please read the posts again, and see who brings up the subject of science!
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