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Radsone EarStudio ES100

Discussion in 'Portable Headphone Amps' started by m4rkw, Dec 12, 2017.
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  1. C_Lindbergh
    I didn't mean a metal case, more like an aluminum frame/buttons with glas back/front... Like a top tier smartphone.

    8-10 hours is enough most times, but with battery degradation I rather have a bit extra

    LED: I really like that the BTR3's LED changes color depending on the BT codec

    USB C is a no brainer for any devices released this year and beyond, another micro USB B would be laughable.

    Wireless charghing: I didn't think much about wireless charghing until i tried it myself, its so convenient, also with most flagships of 2019 will feature reverse wireless charging, which could be a life saver on long trips for stuff like BT dac/smart watches/ BT headphones.

    I wouldn't mind to pay a bit extra for all these features considering Radsones awesome track record with everything from SQ to firmware updates.

    I'm also thinking about an improved ambient mode, like todays BT headphones, but obviously it will be much harder since the mics wont be outside of both ears.
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2019
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  2. TooPoorForHiFi
    Anyone here own a ES100 and LG V30?
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2019
  3. monsieurfromag3
    I do! What did you want to know? If it’s about SQ this is what I wrote on the previous page literally, sorry for the self-quote:
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  4. WilliamLeonhart
    Have you gotten any issues with the V30? LG's track records in the department has not been stellar...

    I share the same findings with you on SQ. The ES100 leans more on the relaxing side. In direct comparison with my Hiby R3 I find the R3 to be more analytical.
  5. ClieOS Contributor
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  6. TooPoorForHiFi
    Yes In 2.5mm Balanced Mode specifically.

    Thanks for the insight. :beerchug:
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  7. monsieurfromag3
    No issue whatsoever with the V30+ in 15 months, a good thing since I imported it from Hong Kong so I would have to pay for repairs I think. Software support has been great, integrating the very few things that remained to be integrated such as LDAC support. Well, everything apart from the gain mode switch...

    I don't know the Hibys, I sold my Pioneer DAP and have kept away from dedicated DAPs ever since getting the V30 but I'm not surprised by your impression since they went with a Sabre DAC. Not sure what the amp section uses though, those TI amps paired ubiquitously with the 9018 Sabre DACs have gone a long way towards generalizing the notion of the Sabre devices sounding overly bright. The newer Sabre DACs, like the one in the R3, and the associated (or integrated) amps seem better balanced.

    Ah damn, sorry can't help with that, as all of my gear is swapped constantly between the ES100, the V30 and my 1/4"-jack-only desktop amp, I haven't re-cabled anything to 2.5mm balanced.
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  8. TooPoorForHiFi
    Stupid question but any idea if the ES100 Output more Power than the FiiO K3? in Balanced 2.5mm Mode?
  9. waynes world
    Sweeeet! I presume the smabat (balanced I see) sounds all right off of the es100?
  10. ClieOS Contributor
    They are excellent together.
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  11. Pricklyears101
    Nice. I did the same for my EX600. Helps alot especially since my LG V20 only has 5 band eq to tame the treble and eq is disabled when 24bit audio is played. It can connect simultaneously to my mac mini and i can take it out for jogging without worrying about wires all over the place.

    Btw how's this setup in comparison to using the cipher cable if i may ask?
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  12. zeppu08
    Anyone tried to compare the 2.5 balance radsone vs 3.5 SE of btr3 connected to iphone? Is there a difference in sound or will i be still benefiting from the es100 even connected to an iphone?

  13. rkw
    They would both connect to an iPhone with AAC Bluetooth. The difference would be in the headphone amp section. The ES100 2.5 balanced output can drive a headphone with much more power. Whether you would gain a benefit from more power depends the headphones. In theory, a balanced circuit also has benefits of lower noise and better channel separation, but these are very subtle.
  14. zeppu08
    Actually will use it with a iems.. just wondering if its worth it to go balance vs btr3’s SE even on AAC on both. Well thanks on your insights.
  15. redrol
    Im interested to know if anyone has an LG G7 and can compare with the ES100 in balanced mode. THANKS!
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