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Can't you order it from their website directly?
I can however 2 things stop me:
1. High custom duty after 1st purchase.
2. Possibility of RMA and again high custom duty.
I can't believe there would be customs charges if you had to have it replaced. Are you sure that would happen? You would have already paid those charges when you first purchased it.
Indeed ... the legacy of the brits and their clean trading practices have left the Indian system embroiled in corruption. I double checked... any item that goes out of the country and comes back again, irrespective of whether duty was paid earlier, shall be liable to attract customs duty. Even the 5th time its RMA'd
I don't see how that can be legal. Actually when it is being returned to you it seems like the value would be zero because you are not purchasing it at that point.
Indeed. However its more to do with entry into the territory of India than me having paid at that point in time. These are the vagaries of the so called free trade world.
I haven't maybe tried long enough but I don't find any difference between the sound modes, but filters on the other hand I do.
There are no differences in the sound modes that I could find either. I tried running signals out and looking at them on the oscilloscope- no change at all.
I have only tried Natural and Reference and have no idea if there was a difference. Sticking with Natural because that suits me psychologically
I have looked for sound modes on AK website as it's probably a feature of the AK4495 but found this instead :
Also interesting to see how AH4495 sits in the DAC range
Yes a similar chart has been posted in the Cayin N3 thread which uses the same DAC chip.
The DX120 obviously has 2 sets of buttons on there for the same thing, but only 1 set controls the actual feature. I think the 'sound mode' buttons are obviously some vestigial artifact left over from development, and they've simply left it until they release a redesigned UI in an update. I think some software designer in China is having a chuckle at all these people trying to figure out what these buttons do!
iBasso claims on the DX120 site to have gotten a THD+N of -111 db, using the AK4495. I suppose that would push it towards 4493 territory.
Don't you think iBasso would have eliminated that Sound Mode choice if it was redundant? You might be on to something though... Meanwhile I will stick to my Super Slow Roll Off/ Natural combination.
That's exactly what I'm using too, sounds nice! I think the buttons are kinda like 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it.' So they aren't causing problems, but they are as useful as the 'close door' buttons in an elevator. I wrote Paul a list of things that seemed to be a little wonky with this player, and he said he'd pass it on to the software engineers- this was one of the things I mentioned.
There are a few other things, but I'm not exactly sure if anyone else is having issues. Since Paul didn't send me any fixes, I'm assuming that perhaps these are things they are finding out about as people use the player more.
I'm not sure if I'm the only one, but the equalizer doesn't work when I play DSD files. And there is a lot of noise when switching between DSD and other formats. I think they obviously need to tweak the software a bit more for DSD use. Also, DSD doesn't play at all when I use the Coax Line out.
Given their attention to customer service, I'm pretty confident that this stuff will be resolved. Despite some of the little gripes, I can't imagine a better player that I can afford. The sound is addictive.