Impressions Thread about obscure BUDGET Chinese DAC-AMP (Best finds Reference List)
Jun 3, 2021 at 8:00 PM Post #302 of 310

Dobrescu George

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bro....sincerly....can you not ''spam'' all my threads it begins to be invasive really....this thread isn't even active. I come back and well...depressing a little.

Well, you started a convo about them, I tried my best to keep em going... :)
 
Jun 3, 2021 at 8:06 PM Post #303 of 310

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Well, you started a convo about them, I tried my best to keep em going... :)
lol yeah, i think its just the pic that take too much place lol apart from this i would be ok....anyway, im no boss here...

im more a fan of amping section of XD05+ than DAC, and well, even amp isnt very clean and go higher and higher in THD when we crank the volume...

whats you best amp-dac find under 200$, like...something that sincerly puzzle your mind about price value????
 
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lol yeah, i think its just the pic that take too much place lol apart from this i would be ok....anyway, im no boss here...

im more a fan of amping section of XD05+ than DAC, and well, even amp isnt very clean and go higher and higher in THD when we crank the volume...

whats you best amp-dac find under 200$, like...something that sincerly puzzle your mind about price value????

Only very recently discovered HUD100 MKII . Earmen Sparrow sounded nice, but is right in 200 USD. Shanling UA2 is a top dog, but drains some batt from a phone

I like XD05+ too, but it is a bit narrow in stage for my typical taste.
 
Jun 13, 2021 at 7:40 PM Post #305 of 310

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I have one. Its not good. not powerfull with like 125mW@32ohm. take a WALNUT V2S or Zishan Z2 instead....its more powerfull and can be used as a DAP too. It's smaller but thicker.
I also have one of this model since 2019 and likeit. I m not a very HiFi fan but like good audio. used mailny for my TV audio and the digital TV decoder with a bit trebly audio Useful to check the broadacsters and listen to nice music programs A Samsung TV and AKG 81DJ or 77 are used
 
Jun 22, 2021 at 4:10 AM Post #306 of 310

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Anyone ever heard of the sub-60 USD Bluetooth Desktop DAC/Amp, KGUSS BH3?

Well, for those that are curious, I have it here 😉

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ES9038Q2M
CSR8675 (Bluetooth 5.0; LDAC-capable)
2 x JRC-5532DD
WIMA and Nichicon capacitors

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Initial Sound Impressions:

Warmer than neutral DAC/Amp, if comparing to my neutral-to-bright HUD100 MK2. Midrange is a treat with this one - weightier and more pleasant (fatigue-free). Treble's less harsh and smoother so it is very easy to listen to badly recorded tracks. However, the BH3 does add mid-bass warmth. Will be dependent on preference and needs. Clarity and transparency are adversely affected.

Can't determine yet it's effects, if there are any, on the other aspects of SQ (technicalities and such) as I've only had them for a day. So just the initial signature for now.


Driving Power:

Don't have measurements but have tested them with IEMs and headphones. Currently do not have high impedance earbuds. My usual listening volume is low-medium.

*In clock hands (o' clock). Just estimates as there is no marking.

HIFIMAN HE400se - 9.8
HIFIMAN DEVA - ~8.3
KZ DQ6 - ~7 (exception as it is at medium volume)
Moondrop SSP - ~7.7

*Compared to HUD100 MK2 (bypass, high power). Same order. n/100.

- 29/100
- 17/100
- 1/100
- 8/100

*Please take this with a grain of salt as this was done by ear only

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Does it "open-up" the planar headphones? To an extent, yes.

Is there hiss with rather sensitive IEMs? With the DQ6, hiss manifests at 12 o' clock when not playing anything.

Are the components (op-amp, capacitors, etc.) legit/authentic? I have nooooo idea.

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Forgot to mention - this is a BLUETOOTH DAC/AMP. My phone recognizes it as AAC/SBC/APTX/APTX-HD/LDAC capable. However, for some unknown reason, I can't activate APTX-LL, even through developer options. Bluetooth connection is very stable, without any random disconnections. Distance, as well, and I was able to walk around my house, phone in pocket, without losing connection (will of course depend on device used).

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Build is all metal, even the volume knob (satisfyingly smooth turning). Has rubber feet so the BH3 sliding off your desk is not a problem.
Packaging is nondescript - just a cardboard box with a USB-C cable, antenna and the BH3 itself.

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Op-amp appears to be hot-swappable but I haven't tried removing them from the board. I think it can also function wired through USB-C but that testing will be reserved for another day.

Interestingly, with the DQ6, there is a noticeably big loudness jump from the lowest volume, ~6 o' clock and 7 o'clock. Also perceivable channel imbalance in that "gap" but disappears once you get past said gap. With the other IEMs I have, this phenomenon wasn't observed.


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Bought it here. Check Lazada store for more details.
 
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Jun 27, 2021 at 12:08 PM Post #309 of 310

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My neotek NTK059 amp
Very nice trebly audio
Around 6 hours battery but stops abruptly
Used mostly with digital TV receiver
Used for around 3 years but limited usage
Any opinions here
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Jul 16, 2021 at 10:36 AM Post #310 of 310

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Some good / helpful thoughts here.

Still hunting for $100-200 portable dac/amp for the LCD X's that won't bring "too much" of a compromise.
Of course if could afford an idsd micro, I'd bet that would rock.
 

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