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Radsone EarStudio ES100

Discussion in 'Portable Headphone Amps' started by m4rkw, Dec 12, 2017.
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  1. SteveOliver
    True, but the lid is only held on with 4 small clips I think the lid will pop off if the battery expanded enough to be dangerous, kind of a built-in early warning system. :)
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  2. crazyeva
    thank you for wiping this idea out of my mind completely:)
  3. PiSkyHiFi
    Ages ago a number of people suggested finding a way to activate the phone's voice assistance through this device, it was dismissed I think because this device's purpose was audiophile and this maybe cheapened it's purpose, however I see others are entering the market now with this ability - lots of wireless headphones in particular.

    I think it should be put back up as an option for the further down the road, Siri/Google/Alexa.

    How relevant is this now?
  4. CactusPete23
    Not for me.
  5. RockStar2005
    I saw a review on Amazon where the guy said he thought the ES100 sounded better than even the Da3.
    scotvl likes this.
  6. RockStar2005
    This review claims that ALL smartphones (S9+ is mentioned by name too) are outdone by the ES100 for sound quality and volume except the LG's Quad DAC phones (i.e. V10, V20, V30, V35, G6, G7). So I would say a DEFINITE YES! lol
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  7. RockStar2005
    I can't agree. I don't think LDAC can outdo the performance that the ES100's TWO DACs can. That's just a codec, but these are hardware.
  8. RockStar2005
    This review claims that any of the recent LG phones with the Quad DAC (V10, V20, V30, V35, G6, G7) sound better than the ES100, but ALL other phones don't. So I would go with the LG V30, which I coincidentally have owned for almost a year now and ABSOLUTELY LOVE!! (Make sure to use "Enhanced" and "Sharp" in Quad DAC settings for best sound if you do get it. PM me for more info like best music app, etc.) But for any OTHER phone I would without hesitation buy the ES100. The pro reviews I've read claim it sounds AS GOOD as wired esp if you use LDAC.
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2018
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  9. scotvl
    It may be possible but I'm getting between 10 to 14 hours battery life already over Ldac so I don't know if it's worth the trouble.
  10. Lurk650
    Well, that's also if you prefer the Sabre DAC Chip...I myself find I prefer the AK Chip sound sig
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  11. scotvl
    I pair my ES100 with single dac LG G6 over Ldac and it sounds amazingly detailed accurate and flat, awesome portable combo.
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  12. evanla
    Can someone help me updating the firmware for my earstudio?

    I cannot figure out how to put the device in DPU mode? I have followed the directions completely, but when I run the firmware update program, I get an error message: no connected devices found even though the device is listed in my device list on my computer. Please help!
  13. rkw
    Does the LED turn off, indicating DFU mode? Make sure that you keep the power button pressed and held down while you connect the USB cable.
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  14. RockStar2005
    Yeah you're doin' it right then! The single-DAC LG G6 (aka U.S. version) didn't come with the Quad DAC built into it like the int'l version did, so in your case, the ES100 would be the best way to get high quality audio.

    Very cool! Yes I'd just found about the ES100, and am definitely interested in buying it for my next phone IF it's not an LG. I think it's awesome that it comes with TWO DACs for only $99, and from what I'd read sounds better than the Sabaj Da3, which is also great but I'd talk to ppl on here who said the Da3 sounds better than the AudioQuest DragonFly Red. So if that's true, and this outdoes the Da3, then the ES100 is the new GO-TO amp/DAC IMO.

    So do you think with firm updates Radsone can upgrade the ES100 to handle AptX Adaptive when it comes out next year?? That would ROCK if they did!
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  15. evanla
    I will try, thank you very much for the suggestion!
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