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Radsone EarStudio ES100

Discussion in 'Portable Headphone Amps' started by m4rkw, Dec 12, 2017.
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  1. Lurk650
    Makes sense. I never stray far.
  2. stuck limo
    My Samsung S7 still has the Samsung HD option, but I have zero idea which devices actually use it. It'd be nice if Samsung eventually is forced/chooses to implement AptX-HD.
  3. waynes world
    I have the S7 as well. It has Samsung HD? Cool! What is that lol?

    I personally am completely happy with LDAC, and don't find it drains my battery that fast, so I can happily survive with it (and without APTX-HD).
    Last edited: May 24, 2019
  4. ClieOS Contributor
    Something Samsung played around and probably planned as a competing alternative to aptX and LDAC, but just like Sony LDAC on its early days, it only works on very selected Samsung gears and now it seems Samsung have been abandoned the whole thing.
  5. monsieurfromag3
    Nice new avatar there.
  6. Lubisco
    hello ,I am lookig for a similar cable for the Same reason ...could you please send me a link to buy it? ThNKS
  7. waynes world
    Thanks! That's our new golden lab puppy Noah... although I like to call him "The Beast" (he's gaining about a pound per day), or "The Land Shark" (he's stealthy, yet fast and somewhat destructive lol).
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  8. Pro-Jules

    I ordered it from @ClieOS
  9. Pro-Jules
    I lost my ES100 with some Etymotic ER4-XR iems with Snugs custom molds.

    TWICE! (And it's still lost)

    I can't find the nerve to buy them all back again ($$$) but I can't live without the ES100 so I am ordering another one.
  10. LTDJ
    Out of curiosity did they managed to make you a good pair of custom sleeves? My experience with them was frankly embarrassing, for them not for me. ACS on the other hand were always fantastic, it's a shame they decided to stop making sleeves.
  11. Pro-Jules
    They were great.

    I got 2 sets both fine.
  12. LTDJ
    Luck you, I had 3 I think, all unusable.
  13. skeptical
  14. monsieurfromag3
    I auditioned Shanling’s up2 at the Paris Sound Days (think Canjam). It sounded like one of the most interesting upcoming contenders to the ES100. Also Shanling threw down the gauntlet on the up2 thread when they stated they would rather focus on implementing single-ended very well rather than going balanced for the sake of it.

    Challenge accepted! Went the ES100.

    Well, Radsone wins as far as I’m concerned. The up2 sounds fine. A bit bassier, a bit more V-shaped in general, and it will be slightly less expensive ($70/80). But with my IMR R1 the overall sound was a bit less controlled; the all-plastic unit doesn’t make a better impression than the ES100, nor is it smaller (it’s a rectangle like the ES100, but lengthier and narrower); Shanling's friendly rep told me there would be an app with a few controls “and maybe EQ” - I understand it will be a shadow of what Radsone have managed software-wise; plus it’s single-ended only, I'm not sure of the specs but it won't drive hungry headphones as well.

    The most intriguing alternative on the horizon for me remains Aëdle’s Eole. I received their VK-X recently, itself a great alternative to the better wireless headphones out there. It supports aptX HD and LDAC, and goes for clarity, with an impressive top-end but there's plenty right going on across the entire frequency range. Sort of an "audiophile" tuning that you wouldn't expect from wireless hp, but very musical. Completely different from Sony's WH-1000XM3 which sports more of a "consumer" signature, though very accomplished and improved relatively to the early iterations.
    I talked to Aëdle's CEO on their booth, he told me they ran into a myriad snags and issues while designing the VK-X (I was actually bringing back my unit which needs servicing!) but they have learnt a lot and are all the more confident the Eole will turn out great.

    Cheers guys!
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  15. Broquen
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