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Looking at QP1R, it does seem that it uses a lot of good capacitors. Do we have better picture of DP-X1 circuitry or more info about it board ?
Did you make this Subhakar?
Yep! Couldn't resist!
Well, you could have resisted, but you decided not to. I like it! Power To The People.
Hmm, shall I listen to Metallica 'Metallica' 24/96, Metallica 'Through the Never 16/44.1, Deftones' Koi No Yokan' 24/96, or Burial...
So much to listen to...
Dual Sabre DAC chips, dual BTL amps, SE & balanced, DSD & MQA, open Android OS, tank-like build, dual SD slots, sexy volume knob, 100+ EQ settings, colourful album display, 720p resolution, bloody 75mW/150mW output, SnapDragon, 2GB RAM, streaming, Aptx Bluetoothness - all this for what? $620?!! If this isn't power to people, what is, boys?!
I bought yesterday from Amazon Japan using Tenso. But I don't know if is immediately available or not (because all is in Japanese hehehhehe). But it is ok. I can wait.
When I bought my first decent Headphones I auditioned Kef 500s, Senns and many other similar priced phones, and since, the PM3s. Very nearly bought Kefs, nice and musical, but the PM3 is just so relaxed it took all the thrill of music away for me. Lovely and pure midrange, but I want a drum to sound attacking. I know many like them so its all personal taste, but do audition them unless you know you want a warm cosy sound. Not for rock!
If you love music and you own an Onkyo DP-X1 PLAY BURIAL ON IT NOW!
The layers, speed, articulation, sense of space, authority, I can go on.
Burial and HECQ are two very difficult pieces of musical art to reproduce, but I truly have found a new, greater way of getting more detail and organic synergy.
My CEntrance HiFi-M8 was the first to provide real oomph and power for such music by the aforementioned artists. It is still a true workforce.
The iFi Audio Retro Stereo 50 DAC/amp built on that but introduced richness and harmonics to all my music (it is THE best pairing for AKG K 712/7XX, 65th Annie's), but a little too powerful; overload of power and dynamics caused some fatigue.
Now, in SE for my AKG K 712, they require a lot of juice. The Onkyo DP-X1 in unbalanced single ended mode does not provide enough power to hone in the last part of dynamics for artists such as Burial or HECQ. It is, however, quiet listenable (even with gain set to high plus near max volume).
What the Onkyo DP-X1 can do in SE is, without that last push of dynamics, fulfill your world with truly awe inspiring sonics. Each layer of Burial's Kindred and Loner tracks from 'Street Halo EP/Kindred EP is incredibly delineated; the player has actually speed to not smear the multiple layers or different sounds together. Recorded rain now sounds REAL, the aura of the music envelops you, the high hats of the drums is sweet with great decay. Bass is incredible, goes very low (deep into low frequencies) and has pretty good amplitude (boom), but it's not as dynamic or loud as I'd like. Then again, this IS the first time I'm hearing these tracks where the bass doesn't sound like a separate engine; the entire musical frequency range is now coherent as one voice, a single piece of evolving art.
I am truly gobsmacked.
I can only imagine what a modified pair of balanced AKG K 712 headphones would sound like, nevermind that my Audeze EL8 closed back headphones will become balanced (waiting on getting it fixed and waiting on cable re-termination).
If the iFi Audio Retro Stereo 50 was the best pairing for the AKG K 712 headphones and it's variants, the Onkyo DP-X1 is the second. It is not being overloaded, I only realise now that is how I was using them.
A single word is how I would sum up the Onkyo DP-X1; crystalline. <3
A mesmerising evening of music.
It also looks drop dead GORGEOUS!
Though I didn't detect much SQ difference, I do go between the player on with WiFi and Stand Alone Mode*. More testing required.
(*SAM: turn screen, wireless signals off; use side buttons for play/pause, track forward or rewind. Deactivating SAM is as simple as pressing the power button and get the screen on).
Well, the new firmware update today did not fix the WiFi problem introduced in the previous update. I still cannot connect to the 5 GHz network on my Asus RT-AC68U router.
Don't live in Essex by any chance? Would live to hear this before going ahead with QP1R purchase.
Haha, I have a pair of K10s. Just built my balanced cable to take advantage of the DP-X1. Too bad it won't be in my hands for a month or so (opted for slow EMS to try to avoid some customs charges -- always get hit by UPS and Fedex).
Hey sq3rjick, thank you for the reputation on my earlier post.
In a past life I tried to study software engineer but due to some...horrific...incidences at university I dropped out.
Even so, I still have some knowledge on API and fundamentals of computing.
One of my talents that, in real life, has been told to myself numerous times, is my ability to take seriously heavy, very technical topics and explain in layman's terms what's going on.
I'm not exactly perfect, and I do get things wrong, but I genuinely care to help, to a fault at times.
(Probably why I was a complaints agent at an insurance company for a year and a half. Left in May last year WOOOOOOOOO PAAAARRRTTTTYYY!).
Believe it or not, I am a super shy forum user (look at my poor record over the years on here; I'm a lurker!), but I was very impassioned to learn, understand, advice and help others and myself about something I think is revelatory in our crazy audio niche.
I am, therefore, very humbled by your remarks.