Rank the DAPs you've heard
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A simple continuation of the famous iem thread, but exclusively for daps.

Mine are: iBasso DX90 >> Cowon i9 > Colorfly C3 > Sansa Fuze > Hisoundaudio Studio V.
 
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1. Sony WM1A
2. Shozy Alien+
3. Astell and kern ak380
4. Cayin N5II
5. Shozy Alien Gold
6. Colorfly C10
7. Astell and Kern ak300
8. Pono Player
9. Questyle QP1R
10. Astell and Kern ak70
11. Pioneer xdp100r
12. Cowon Plenue P1
13. Sony x1050
14. Apple Ipod Touch (1st gen)
15. Cowon S9
16. Samsung P2
17. Sandisk Sansa Clip+
18. Samsung Z5
19. Sandisk m250
 
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1. Sony WM1A
2. Shozy Alien+
3. Astell and kern ak380
4. Cayin N5II
5. Shozy Alien Gold
6. Colorfly C10
7. Astell and Kern ak300
8. Pono Player
9. Questyle QP1R
10. Astell and Kern ak70
11. Pioneer xdp100r
12. Cowon Plenue P1
13. Sony x1050
14. Apple Ipod Touch (1st gen)
15. Cowon S9
16. Samsung P2
17. Sandisk Sansa Clip+
18. Samsung Z5
19. Sandisk m250
Was that the ak70 mk1 or mk2?
 
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1. Sony WM1A
2. Shozy Alien+
3. Astell and kern ak380
4. Cayin N5II
5. Shozy Alien Gold
6. Colorfly C10
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19. Sandisk m250
Hi,
I’m new to DAP.
Are you ranking them? So Shozy has two in your top 5 list?

Thanks!
 
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Hi,
I’m new to DAP.
Are you ranking them? So Shozy has two in your top 5 list?

Thanks!
Yes, this is my ranking based on sound quality alone. Shozy daps are really good in that regard with very organic and engaging sound.

They are extremely barebones however when it comes to usability. Alien gold doesnt even have a screen and has high noise floor which is audible with low impedence iems.

Alien+ has a screen and audible noise problem is resolved but it's still hard to use. For example you can't fast forward track, only skip to next song and battery last around 4 hours.
 
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Yes, this is my ranking based on sound quality alone. Shozy daps are really good in that regard with very organic and engaging sound.

They are extremely barebones however when it comes to usability. Alien gold doesnt even have a screen and has high noise floor which is audible with low impedence iems.

Alien+ has a screen and audible noise problem is resolved but it's still hard to use. For example you can't fast forward track, only skip to next song and battery last around 4 hours.
How far behind would you say the ak70 is to the qp1r?
 
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How far behind would you say the ak70 is to the qp1r?
Depends on synergy of your headphones with qp1r or if you can live with it's strange sound.

Ak70 is smooth, warmish and full bodied with good but not great technicalities like resolution, dynamics etc.

QP1R has better technicalities but midrange is very in your face, bass is emphasized and kinda slow. The soundstage feels unnatural with clearly marked borders so you feels like youre always sitting in the same room.
 
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1. Onkyo DP-S1
2. ZTE Axon 7 (Yep, it is a Smartphone)
3. iRiver H120
4. iPod Nano 6th gen.
5. iPod Classic 5th gen.
 
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