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Radsone EarStudio ES100

Discussion in 'Portable Headphone Amps' started by m4rkw, Dec 12, 2017.
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  1. zolom
    Is there a possibility that my ES100 significantly deplets my phone battery while connected idle to bluetooth, without playing anything?
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2018
  2. monsieurfromag3
    It won't deplete battery anymore than a standard BT headset, no. But there may be a process running in the background you're not aware of. Have you tried the usual - ES100 restart, phone restart?
  3. monsieurfromag3
    Dude, when I read your comment my first thought was, come on, there's a $500 detail monster with ten times the weight and size versus an ultra-portable $100 device capable of the best BT possible transmission. It's not a knock on the ES100 to admit it's below the Mojo at what the Mojo does best. So I just went through the same playlist I used to audition the Mojo a few days ago. I still think the Mojo is a step above - fuller, with a better handle on explosive dynamics, more detail. The ES100 sounds softer, probably by design, even a tad veiled by comparison. But it's a closer race than I envisioned in my mind. The Radsone is one of those devices that has you doubting the worth of any upgrade. Is such-and-such really worth 5x, 10x more to me? Can I justify the footprint on my desk? Is it truly more enjoyable? It's a rare device that will have me say yes. For instance I listened to the Astell&Kern Acro L1000, a 1000€ device. Apart from its ability to drive desktop speakers, there is literally nothing it does better than the Earstudio - and quite a few things it does worse.
    Looks like I'll have to go listen to the Mojo again :smirk:
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  4. Lurk650
    Lol I restarted my phone and the whole time the song was still playing. That is not normal at all. The phone was off and music was still coming through.
  5. SubMash
    Apparently, you had the second device connected to ES100 which was playing it. Happens.
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  6. Lurk650
    There is no second device lol. I only have my phone connected to the ES100. Nice guess though.
  7. tuckers
    I agree with you, the ES100 hits ways above it's price class. My main rig is iBasso DX200 with Amp5, and I am finding that I am rarely wanting to pull it out and play it. It is better, but the ES100 is just4 very satisfying. Plus I like the ES100's EQ better.

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  8. zerolight
    Cheers. Revisiting Sharp today. Any benefit to going balanced with my K10s?
  9. Lurk650
    Sharp is the only reasonable option? LMAO. Go with what your ear your likes not what people tell you is better, Zero.
  10. bavinck
    Trying sharp too. I do think something extra is present up top compared to the default filter. I will give it a week, but I think i like it.
  11. smorgar
    I agree with this. Have been using slow roll-off up until one or two weeks ago. Sharp is my favorite but as zerolight said; sometimes it gets shouty.

    @zerolight: regarding going balanced, I just did with my HD25 and it helped with better Dynamics, wider airier and more precise soundstage and imaging. It got me those few extra % and I won't ever regret this upgrade with the es100. Can't speak for other DAPs though.
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  12. Darkestred
    Agreed. It's definitely not better than the mojo. That almost sounded liquid with my setup. However, the radsone does sound very good.
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  13. SubMash
    Setup EQ to what your ear likes. Keep filter sharp. Other filters make aliasing and skew FR.

    Impulse response of slow filter doesn't matter - your ear can't hear it. HF drop you can hear for sure. If you like that - use EQ.
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2018
  14. SubMash
    Balanced is technically better from all perspectives - FR, crosstalk, emi and ground noise cancelling. But you might not pass blind test to hear a difference except higher volume.
  15. Luap123

    No one thinks this would be a feature worth implementing? I belong to those who constantly have to adjust volume. And I find it somewhat cumbersome to adjust volume on the device it self. So I have to unlock my phone and go to the app every time Wouldn't it be cool to be able to change analog volume from android lock screen by just pulling down the status bar?
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