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Radsone EarStudio ES100

Discussion in 'Portable Headphone Amps' started by m4rkw, Dec 12, 2017.
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  1. tracyca
  2. tracyca
    It turns eq on but no sound change. On my s10+ it works great.
  3. blockchainhero
    Just ordered this guy along with a lightning to micro-USB cable and a 2.5mm balanced cable for my Sony headphones. Anyone rock this particular combo, and care to share some thoughts? I also want to use in my car (which doesn’t have Bluetooth) with my iPhone. Thanks!
  4. Slater
    Are you using one of the premade profiles, or a custom one?
  5. Slater
    Hmmm, do those usb micro to lightning cables actually work for data? With no “this accessory is not supported” BS? I always thought you had to use the Apple camera connection adapter (or whatever it’s called) to get proper USB connectivity.
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2019
  6. Mr Do Contributor
    Any recommendation for a balanced cable to pair my HD25's with theES100. Looking in the $100 price range or less.
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2019
  7. Obukhov
    Make the es100-2 with multibit 1704 please :D

    Last edited: Sep 24, 2019
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  8. Slater
    So I have a question, and I’m hoping for a non-biased answer.

    A friend is planning on getting the FiiO BTR5, and I think he’d be happy with the ES100 (only because that’s what I have experience with).

    Other than the ES100’s app (which I already told him about), are there any clear advantages of the BTR5 over the ES100? Or some glaring shortcomings with either product?

    He said he prefers the sound of the Sabre DAC chips, which is why he’s leaning towards the BTR5.

    Any input would be appreciated!
  9. Mouseman
    I know it would make the unit thicker, but I'd like to see a switch to 4.4 balanced. I think it would make the jack more durable, plus the unit would already be thicker if they switch to USB-C. That, and move the balanced jack away from the buttons -- that bugs me every time I use it.
  10. progdvd
    IMO there was 2 big drawbacks of fiio btr3, basicly that's why I sold it in favour of ES100.

    1. Noticeable less bass impact on btr3 than ES100 even though LDAC. Now they might have improved the chips on btr5, I didn't test its performance so I cannot really tell.

    2. BT range on btr3 was dreadful. Even with phone in my pocket and btr3 on my shirt belt or even right next to the phone in the pocket I would get cutouts. God forbid if I separated them with my body :frowning2: very, very bad. I'm not talking about occasional stutters, I'm talking about stutters and cutouts every couple of seconds. I could get uninterrupted signal only if I placed both phone and btr3 on the table with clear line of sight. On ES100 I might get occasional stutter but very rarely. While on ifi xdsd literally never, ifi have implemented stellar BT performance into xdsd, its realy second to none.

    Knowing what I know now I would have never bought btr3 then, with its aluminum/metal body. It's just awful for BT connection.
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  11. rkw
    The BTR5 hasn't started shipping yet (should be in the next month or two). Other than looking at specs, comparisons aren't really possible at this time.
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  12. backdrifter
    Not to be a broken record, but the ES100 can't do hi-res through USB, which means it can't do hi-res. The BTR5 can.
  13. Seazer
    Would using this in my car be beneficial vs just plugging in my phone with an aux cord? The increased power from the es100 should mean i dont have to increase my stereo's volume as loud, which lowers the noise floor correct? This benefit should outweigh any quality decreaze from using bluetooth over the aux i would guess
  14. Seazer
    It cant do hi res through usb, meaning it cant do high res through bluetooth either? What do you define as high res? A 16 bit flac? Or are you talking about 24/96 etc high res?
  15. moisespr123
    The USB DAC function is limited to just 16-bit/48Khz. Bluetooth itself goes up to 24bit/96Khz when using LDAC.
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