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Walnut Hi-Fi V2 WAV (& MP3) Player by wt - :ok_hand: screenless budget killer combo DAP/Amp :ok_hand:

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by vapman, Dec 8, 2016.
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  1. BloodyPenguin Contributor

    These are the same microSD cards that I use in all my DAPs though.  Well see if the other brands make a difference over time with the Walnut.  I have all types of microSD cards to try. 
  2. vapman
    It does sound like an issue with the player itself. It is possible it's something weird and temperamental like a weak solder joint. I remember someone in the Zishan thread had that problem and fixed it by redoing the solder on one part. Might be tricky to spot if this is the case. If you have trouble figuring it out, I know you have some good cameras [​IMG] so take a nice high-res photo and slap it up here.
  3. nick n
    if it is a card reader joint you might have to take bottom-of-pcb shots :)
  4. BloodyPenguin Contributor
    I will keep you updated as things progress.

    BTW, the microSD card I just threw in there had only MP3s, it is playing clean so far, with no pops or anything between tracks, even with the Tags still on there.
  5. Sempenyi
    what is the best opamp for walnut sofar ? (to increase the details)
  6. flamesofarctica
    It's here :-D I've fought through the layers of packing tape and it's now charging!

    I thought I'd missed out on the microSD but it was already in the player. Packed separately are the charge cable, 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable and microSD to USB converter gadget. Great package, insane considering the price.

    The Walnut itself looks way nicer than I thought it would... just waiting for that light to change colour so I can give it a go, as the listening is what really counts. Hovering over it like a maniac. What's the saying, 'a watched Walnut never charges?'
  7. musicday
    Congratulations,still waiting for mine.The postman must forgot where i live :grin:
  8. Ruben123
    me too, mines already 6 days in the country!! Still not delivered and the postman's already been here today.
  9. flamesofarctica
    Enjoy the anticipation because based on my initial listening, I think you're going to like it :-D

    So far I've tried briefly with the Monk+ buds and my Superlux HD681's (over ears), and tried it as an amp from my Hidizs AP60 (again with the Monks).

    VERY initial impressions, please bear that in mind, it's only been charged up for an hour or so! Also I have absolutely no high-end stuff to compare with, and I've not listened to an album straight through yet, maximum a couple of tracks from each!! Lastly, I'm not that great on describing this kind of stuff. Right that's the small print :wink:

    - Loving how it sounds with the Monks so far. Tried a bit of Delain (Moonbathers album), plus some of the last Blind Guardian album, and a spot of Eagles (Hell Freezes Over). Delain sounded wonderful. First track of the Blind Guardian album is quite a messy production and can be hard listening I've found, it can sound cluttered and unengaging through the wrong setup. It sounds best on earbuds to me. On the Walnut / Monk+ combo, it sounds as good as I've heard it. The Eagles album sounds nice as well (although thats such a good production I've never heard it sound otherwise).

    - The Hidizs AP60 isn't reputed to be a powerful player in itself and has no line out, so I had to use the earphone socket. On minimum volume on the Walnut, I could only have the Hidizs on less than half volume before I felt I was safe to have the Monks in my ears, so line out would be scary anyway! This thing has some power. This makes me optimistic for when my TY HP650 and Zen2 arrive, as otherwise I have nothing to really drive these to potential.

    - It drives the HD681's with ease and I don't want to say too much too soon, but it's the first time I've really liked how the 681's sound. With tracks from Kasabian, Magnum, Justin Timberlake and Manowar (ok my tastes vary!) it sounds totally addictive. Would be interested for someone else to try this combo to see what they think, as that would be a hell of a cheap budget setup for someone who prefers over-ears, as would the Walnut/Monk+ combo for earbud fans.

    I can honestly say so far, that @vapman appears to have recommended a bit of a gem here.

    Edit addition, about an hour later: PWEI if anyone remembers them from the late 80s / very early 90s (singer was Clint Mansell who now does film soundtrack stuff). Just listening to the Cure for Sanity album. This is another tricky production, can vary wildly depending on setup, and is sounding very nice indeed! I'm recalling the 90s with my Technics amp and Mission speakers. To me, that's a good thing :-D
    vapman and nick n like this.
  10. groucho69
    Looks like mine is leaving Malaysia today. Heavy sigh.
  11. vapman
    Hope you get yours soon groucho! And yes I agree the Walnut is spectactular with both VE Monks and pretty much any hard to drive headphones I try on it. I almost wish I had some HE-400 again
  12. musicday
    Who wants to discuss the Walnut V2 music player on Wassapp feel free to PM.
    I am thinking of making a group where all we can talk easily about this player.
  13. vapman

    Dont have whatsapp currently but i would join if you made this!
  14. musicday
    Well, I was thinking about this for a while.It will be so much easier to discuss about this player,and we can exchange ideas on how to modify it.Will be so much quicker then here.I think this is an original idea.
  15. fajrinandro

    Count me in if you made it
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