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Obscure Chinese DAPs

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by pekingduck, May 26, 2014.
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  1. pekingduck
    Will update this thread from time to time when new DAPs are announced / leaked.
    Lotoo PAW Gold
     DSD support
     22wh battery
     USB 3.0
     High precision clock
     Powerful amp (500mW @ 32Ω per channel)
     Parametric EQ
     Sapphire glass
     24k-gold plated controls [​IMG] 
     Release date: unknown
    Claimed by the manufacturer to be a 'reference grade' player (and despite the hideous looks), this thing is gonna cost an arm and a leg (think USD $2000 level).
    It's funny because Lotoo was a audio recorder manufacturer and virtually unknown in the head-fi community, and now they want to compete with iRiver...
    P.S.: An interesting tidbit about Lotoo: A while ago HIFIMAN claimed Lotoo copied one of the original designs of the HM901 for one of the products (not this PAW Gold I think). You can read more about this here (Chinese only).
    Review from erji.net: http://erji.net/read.php?tid=1656795
    Opera Consonance Suzanne
    Source: http://opera-consonance.com/products/digital/Suzanne.html
    Full Music Format

    Ready for DSD 2.8M/5.6M.
    Support DFF, FLAC, ALAC, WAV lossless formats.

    Strong Power Supply
    We use the inductors power supply design. Make the headphone amplifier more powerful. 
    Suzanne can drive the high impedance headphone up to 600 ohm.

    Removable battery
    High capacity Li-on battery inside.
    Easy to change the battery.

    Large TF card
    Standard 32GB TF card, up to 128GB.
    Max output power
    >135mW@16 ohm;  >190mW@32 ohm
    Sampling ratePCM up to 32bit/384kHz, DSD up to DSD128(1bit/5.6M)
    Display2.4 inch TFT
    Headphone impedance16 – 600 ohm
    Frequency response20 - 20kHz
    Battery capacity3300mAh (Charging time<4hrs)
    Dimensions24*71*120mm (D*W*H)


    An interesting but lesser known budget DAP from Xuelin of IHIFI960 fame, its equipped with a single WM8740 and comes with two POs with different sound signatures.  According to this review of an engineering sample, the sound is decent but the device suffers from crappy UI.
    It costs RMB 999 and is available in China now.
    QLS QA360
    Head-fi discussion thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/708636/qls-qa360-another-dsd-capable-dap
    Copied from manufacturer's page:
    Check out the QLS's website for pre-order info (see link above)
    Aune M1
    The M1 is a 16/44.1 WAV-only player from Aune (Hifidiy). Comes in two versions: standard and deluxe version.
    AFAIK the only difference between the two versions is the oscillator used.
      Swappable DAC: Comes with PCM1793 at launch,  may support ES9018, ES9023, AD1955, WM8741, TDA1543 in the future.
      Swappable amp card, much like HIFIMAN
      Pretty powerful amp: 700mW@32Ω
      Good battery life: can drive HD650 for 8 hours (volume at 12 o' clock)
      Low-jitter oscillator
      Support SD card up to 32G only (!)
      No hi-res support
    HUM Pervasion
    The Pervasion is a DAP of HUM, a company based in Hong Kong (I think). The Pervasion is equipped with Wolfson WM8741 and a class A amp section but doesn't support hi-res music. Volume is digitally controlled by WM8741.
    OS: Android
    Battery life: 6 hours (WAV)
    Screen: 4.3 inch IPS, 800 x 480
    Connectivity: WIFI, Bluetooth
    Storage: 8G of internal storage and Micro SD
    Format: ALAC, FLAC, WAV, AIFF, AAC, MP3, APE of 16bit/44.1 - 48kHz
    Input/Output: 3.5mm PO and LO
    Dimension: 118 x 66.6 x 13.8 mm
    Price is HKD $2680 (around USD $350). Availability is unknown.
    More pics: http://www.head-fi.org/t/720512/new-obscure-chinese-daps#post_10632691
    Shozy Alien
    The Alien is a DAP without a screen from a virtually unknown company called Shozy. Comes with no internal storage but supports Micro SD up to 32GB. Plays FLAC/WAV up to 24/96. No other specs are known.
    Ships August 1, 2014. Pre-order price is RMB 668 (USD $107) and $838 (USD $141) afterwards.
    Musiland Monitor 04/06 MX
    The latest USB DAC/amp combos from Musiland that double as DAPs 
    Both 04 and 06 support PCM up to 32/384 (WAV, FLAC, APE, MP3) and DSD.
    An interesting feature found on them is a new digital audio transfer protocol called MULINK (developed by Musiland, I suppose. More info here) that is capable of transferring native DSD64 and DSD128 to other MULINK-enabled devices.
    The 06 MX uses PCM1798 for D/A conversion while the 04 MX has a PCM5102A. 
    Product links
    06 MX: http://www.musiland.cn/index.php/Product/show/id/207
    04 MX: http://www.musiland.cn/index.php/Product/show/id/208
    Cayin N6
    Async USB DAC
    A separate D/A chip for DSD decoding.
    Carbon fiber back panel, just like the AK240
    More info will be available on September 15, 2014 and I will update the post accordingly.
    Check out more pictures here
    Luxury and Precision LP5
    From the designer of the Colorfly C4, now working for Luxury and Precision.
    - Supports 32bit audio
    - USB DAC supports 24/192
    - DAC chip: AKM4414
    - RCA digital out
    There will be 2 versions: Gold and Silver.
    Gold vs Silver
    - Internal: 64G vs 32G internal storage
    - Jitter 0.3ps vs 1.5ps
    - Dual vs Single op-amp (1812O)
    - Better caps on the Gold
    - Price: RMB 6999 (USD 1141) vs 4999 (USD 815)
    Not sure if DSD is supported
    More pics here
    Shanling M3
    For those who are not familiar with the company,  Shanling is a HI-FI equipment designer and manufacturer (CD players, amps) based in Shenzhen, China.
    An interesting thing about the design is the volume control which doubles as a control wheel. Shanling says the idea came from traditional lighters.
    - DAC chip: Cirrus Logic CS4398
    - Cirrus Logic CS8422 for upsampling
    - AD8610 and BUF634 per channel
    - LPF: ES2664
    - Display: 2.4 inch TFT LED
    - Internal storage: 8G
    - Supports microSD up to 64G
    - Optical out
    - Battery: 3600 maH, playtime up to 9 hours
    - Dimension: 69 x 21 x 125.5 mm
    - Weight:220g
    - Color: black, silver
    It seems the M3 is available now at the Official Shanling Taobao Store for RMB 1980 (USD $323). You can see more pics there.
    Eros H06
    Eros is a sub brand of Aigo, which is a pretty well known manufacturer of an wide array consumer electronic devices such as cameras, MP3 players, GPS, tablets, audio recorders etc.
    The H06 is Eros first DAP (and perhaps the very first product of any kind). Not much is known except that it will have 2 MicroSD card slots.
    Source: http://erji.net/read.php?tid=1715087&fpage=0&toread=&page=1
    Colorfly New DAP
    (Name not yet decided)
    Source: http://erji.net/read.php?tid=1722405
    Specs haven't been published.
  2. CosmicHolyGhost
    I hope it sounds awesome but they made the first business mistake by copying the sexy hm-901 design. LoL
  3. Mimouille
    Very interesting initiative thanks.
  4. KT66
    Opera make some great Amps , I am sure their DAP will be interesting, the top one
    looks like a bad 901 fake
  5. pekingduck
    IHIFI770 and QLS QA360 added.
  6. pekingduck
    Found a review of the PAW Gold with loads of pics from erji.net 
  7. pekingduck
    Unboxing of the PAW Gold: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNzE5MTcwNDgw.html
  8. CJG888
    Opera Consonance have a DAP!?!?

    Must investigate this....
  9. CJG888
    Just looked...

    ...they even have a special in-car DAP (never seen one of those before).

    Must get one for my '90 928GT!

    I'll probably take a pass on the Suzanne (already have a DX50 and iPC+PHA-1, can't really justify another one).

    I'll check this out on my next trip to Beijing.
  10. ClieOS Contributor
    A bit background info - Lotoo is the same company as Infomedia. Lotoo is their consumer brand, where Infomedia is their pro-audio brand. They are known as the OEM for Nagra, the Swiss based company that is known for their pro level portable recorder. In case you still wonder, Nagra is the brand of audio recorder / player they used inside the movie 'Inception' when they go into the dream world.
    Also want to introduce you guys to this: AUNE M1, from HiFiDIY.net: http://bbs.hifidiy.net/thread-924292-1-1.html
    Currently on pre-order (but closed). There are two versions: the standard and the high-end version, priced at around US$120 and US$140
  11. pekingduck
    Thanks! Will add to the first post [​IMG]
  12. EmpJ
    very cool thread for sure! I would be much interested in reading news about the best budget Chinese DAPs, DACs, and AMPs too!
  13. seeteeyou
  14. audionewbi
    ^That is basically a field recorder with all the mic removed. 
    tomscy2000 likes this.
  15. tomscy2000
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