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still curious abut the Zishan DSD SQ vs Xduoo X10, and has the QC issue been resolved?
Cannot tell about the OC situtation - mine is running like a champ after my repair.
A few notes:
- My Zishan has now burned in 400+ hours and 200+ with the new OPA2107. I consider the sound signature now stable.
- It has improved mightly. Part of it is the new op amp, but some smoothness may be also due to the burn-in.
- It has now replaced the iHifi990 at its audio top spot in my portable inventory. Outperforming the iBassos (DX80/90), iHifis (812v2/990), Sansa Clip+, Cowon D2+...
- When fed with PCM its good, but it really gets stellar playing DSD. I suggest you to try it with this DSD256 recording:
it literally blows your socks off. Like being beamed into the concert hall.
What I like:
- Sound quality (OPA2107 mod, I cannot stand the original LME49720, too 'metallic' YMMV)
- Can be modded (roll-able op amp)
- Good run time
- Standby almost needs no battery
- Boot time, press the button and its there. Less than one second.
- DSD playback is sublime and up to DSD256 native (no PCM conversion and it audible!)
What I dislike:
- No gapless.
- No AAC (but not a biggy: I currently convert them with Fre:ac to FLAC, works well)
- Possible build QC issues. I was hit by them but could repair mine, but not everyone has a hot-air rework station for SMD reflow handy)
Yeah the Zishan is seriously good value compared to all other hifi daps I know of, I can easily recommend it to anyone, it beats the pants of many mainstream brand daps costing 3-4x as much. I do consider D200 to sound noticeably better with 16/44, but it just isn't as good value as the feature rich Zishan, which has native DSD, external DAC, and an excellent F7 micro-controller for CPU. Nothing comes close for value, like I said before, the Zishan doesn't compete in it's own price bracket, it competes in 3-4x it's own price bracket if you take it's features and sound together.
Be on the lookout for the D200+ coming out soon, cost CNY1899, has balanced out and native DSD, but only DSD64, the Zishan still has a better CPU than the new D200+... The Zishan is still best value!
Anybody tried a 200GB SD in it? any glitches?
I finally returned my modded Zishan to Ghost DIY shop after a nasty dispute.
I liked the sound a lot during the time it worked, but Mr. Ghost's craftsmanship is very questionable, I don't recommend this upgrade solely for QC reasons.
I probably will buy another stock one from Zishan's official taobao shop:
Will decide after Chord releases its new product.
My 128G SD had glitches, though it was said to be supported.
Interesting, so there is a $20 cheaper model that uses digital volume control and AK4490, instead of AK4495 and analog volume like the slightly pricier version: https://world.taobao.com/item/541533772614.htm
Wait, since when was there an AK4497 dac, why hasn't anyone used this beast!
I believe this was the model that I mentioned I was interested to buy a few pages back mate.
^ Yeah I know, but I hadn't realized they changed the dac for that model.
Ah I see I see. Probably, also justifies the lower pricing perhaps?
I'm really jealous of people that got a Red D200 with AK4497EQ DAC! Only a few VIP's could get one... I want one.
The new product will be released tomorrow at CES2017.
As for Zishan I returned long time ago to eBay seller.Finally got my refund.
Really liked Zishan but QC is a big problem.
Maybe had issues with volume pot after 8-10 of normal use.
I would like another one if QC is solved.
Is it worth saving $20 to get the AK4490 model? Aka Xduoo x10 dac
Will the red one be for sale someday? Or is it just a teaser for VIPs?
you can't really compare zishan and xduoo it wouldn't be fair, as it was mentioned before try it better with 4-5x times higher cost players. one of the things I found annoying about the zishan at the beginning was the endless upgrade options you have. Now I understand that's a great advantage once you understand them, you can customize the sound -including the swappable oamp of your choice- so much that, if you're OK with the other caracteristics of the player, I guess it will be with you for years, not being stuck with one sound and harware configuration until the release of a new player every 8-10 months -as xDuoo and almost any other company does-. Simply amazing keeping in mind what it offers at that price. But to be honest, the d200 is an step up in sound terms I think.