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Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by Paul - iBasso, Aug 3, 2019.
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  1. littlenezt
    THIS !

    the only thing killed this dap for me is just that wifi screeching noise,, i really liked the tonality of this dap and how it looks but till u turn on the wifi,, welcome to laserjet printer simulator.

    @abit above : true, imo it sounds better than zx300. i also use zx300 as my daily dap
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2019
  2. se7en7
    Did you really dislike the Hiby R5?
  3. abitdeef
    No, not at all it's a great dap. But I like the sound better on dx160 :wink: The Sony is just smaller, I'm sure the r5 sounds better than it.

    I like the looks and size of the Sony, plus I do like Sony- It's kind of a nostalgia thing. But they're just outclassed by other manufacturers when it comes to price and value ratio.

    No you'd be nuts to get a nw a105 over r5 practically speaking.
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2019
  4. jamato8 Contributor
    Did you try different channels in the WiFi? I have found this effective on my computers and other equipment when there was an issue.
  5. shady1991
    I dont understand how can you guys clearly say zx300 sounds worse. The sound signature is so different for me its impossible to compare. You can say that dx160 has clearly better treble and sweeter mids but there is no doubt in my mind that zx300 has much better subbass extension and texture. Also zx300 renders soundstage completely differently and while it is definitelly smaller than dx160 soundstage, everything is smaller in the image of sony so there is bigger space in between the instruments and stage is less crowded.
    Anyway I am happy I have both because their sounds complement each other very well, but while dx160 has overal technically cleaner sound there clearly are aspects where zx does better.
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  6. superuser1
    I wonder what colour DAP do the people with the wifi noise have? All of them Blue? :)
  7. se7en7
    Black here,

    Mainly Bluetooth issue but did have WiFi noise on certain channels. But Bluetooth was main protagonist.
  8. superuser1
    Thanks... so are you saying some channels the wifi noise doesn't exist?
  9. se7en7
    Less pronounced would be more accurate
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  10. abitdeef
    I said the dx160 sounds better yes. I say that because for me it's true. I find the sub bass just as good quality wise if not better, but more neutral. I find the layering and space between instruments vast with the dx160.

    I'm using neutron with balanced out. Plus if I want a little heavier weighted lows like the zx300 I can use the peq or mseb. Different strokes for different folks.

    I mean when one says better, that's a subjective- personally opinion. They mean better to them. Everybody favours different sound signatures and has different levels of hearing accuity and ear shapes. There is no better or best, not objectively. Only measurements there.

    And of course what headphones and music you're testing with, gain setting, se out or balanced out etc etc
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2019
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  11. shady1991
    I was not objecting people stating opinions, I just thought it was not that straightforward and I was wondering how everybody easily concludes one is better than the other.

    Anyway, overall I too like dx160 more. As for subbass, no matter what I do with eq, it never has the texture of sony, because with dx the bass is scattered all over my head whereas on zx it is more concentrated on one pleace hence easier to detect details.
  12. Paul - iBasso
    I have forwarded this to our software team. I am not sure what they can do but have given your request to them.

    Have you tried a braided cable or a shielded one? What do you mean by "stripped pattern" on the screen?

    This will be fixed.

    We have worked out a solution to this. It will be available very soon.
    iBasso Stay updated on iBasso at their sponsor page on Head-Fi.
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  13. abitdeef
    Yes of course :) I was just saying it's all personal and subjective. As for the bass I've got no problem pinpointing it in the song at all. What audio player are you using? Are you using balanced?

    I actually find the stage of the zx300 (balanced) to almost have a reverb effect, which I never noticed before but upon comparing with other players I have. Almost like a dsp effect is on.

    This was with direct sound, so that should be impossible. Also my iems are a bit bassy anyways so might be synergy than 300.

    I do think the zx300A is still one of the best non android daps money can buy.
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2019
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  14. karmazynowy
    Is spdif out working for u guys?
  15. shady1991
    I am using Balanced with mango player, because I have this superficial belief that the stock players have the best sound. I checked UAPP now and the bass seems clearer with it actually and imaging gets better also, with the cost of treble becoming harsher.

    Weird thing with zx300 is that Balanced sound changes even if you toggle high gain on SE. I find the subbass to be clear and textured on BA only when high gain is off on SE.
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