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Old 14-05-2017, 11:12 AM   #1
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DAP for around $500 ?

Hi guys, need some advice here ^^

I currently own a 1964ears Qi (4BA)
And I'm terribly annoyed with my iphone7 and its use of lightning adapter to connect to my in-ears.

So I thought of getting myself a better source.
I've done some research of the products within this price range
Sony NW-A35
iBasso DX80
Fiio X5 3rd Gen
Pioneer xdp-100r
I'm excluding the Onkyo X1 because it seems that they have issue with the 3.5mm jacks ( i use only 3.5mm )

So my question is, between these four devices which one has closest to neutral sound signature? I like things neutral, previously I own westone um1, then um3 ... so i decided just to stick to neutrality as much as possible ^^

Thank you very much in advance
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Old 14-05-2017, 11:58 AM   #2
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Plenue D or M, And the newest pioneer XDR 30, you can head to head fi forum it's better haha! Anyway it's all depends on your view u should go try it, I think Jaben or connect it has them all
Pioneer xdp100r what I see from forums they say it's the flattest
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Old 14-05-2017, 02:30 PM   #3
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To me Sony SQ sound more natural to me.. or you can stack Oppo HA2 which have MFA to your iphone. Within your Budget, best is go for audition .. see which SQ you like
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Old 14-05-2017, 03:40 PM   #4
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Sony A3X is my pick, I tried the Pioneer before.
But DAP with Android isn't that beefy as those with their own OS like Sony.
However A3X does not have Spotify support if not I consider
get Sony MDR-1000X wireless /Sony MDR-1ADAC lightning port
compatible to use with your IPhone.
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Old 14-05-2017, 06:44 PM   #5
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Sony A3X is my pick, I tried the Pioneer before.
But DAP with Android isn't that beefy as those with their own OS like Sony.
However A3X does not have Spotify support if not I consider
get Sony MDR-1000X wireless /Sony MDR-1ADAC lightning port
compatible to use with your IPhone.
Looks like I am not the only one fancy Sony natural SQ..
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Old 14-05-2017, 08:07 PM   #6
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Looks like I am not the only one fancy Sony natural SQ..
You are not alone since we have trained ears.
Headphone/earpiece is also another factor since my
DAP setup mainly consist of Sony headphone as well as DAP.
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Old 14-05-2017, 09:34 PM   #7
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Cayin N3, cheap and better than a useless Fiio i1.
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Old 14-05-2017, 10:29 PM   #8
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just tried the a35 in sony center,
gotta say that I'm really impressed
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Auditioned both sony aw35 and fiio x5 3rd gen.
Personally prefer sony aw35 over fiio x5 3rd gen. fiio was a bit laggy (especially so if you do use spotify on it).

But downside is that sony uses proprietary charging cable
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Old 15-05-2017, 03:06 PM   #10
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Auditioned both sony aw35 and fiio x5 3rd gen.
Personally prefer sony aw35 over fiio x5 3rd gen. fiio was a bit laggy (especially so if you do use spotify on it).

But downside is that sony uses proprietary charging cable
Sony Walkman all along have been using the WM cable.
There is the WM port to USB converter I will not recommend
using it.
If you need to charge just use WM cable, other connection
wise try to use direct cable.

In the past I did try with 3rd party converters and etc. it damage
the motherboard.
That is why I am against trying anything to mod the WM port.
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Sony Walkman all along have been using the WM cable.
There is the WM port to USB converter I will not recommend
using it.
If you need to charge just use WM cable, other connection
wise try to use direct cable.

In the past I did try with 3rd party converters and etc. it damage
the motherboard.
That is why I am against trying anything to mod the WM port.
Direct cables means those after market WM Dock to line out or WM Dock to digital out?
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Old 15-05-2017, 06:46 PM   #12
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Direct cables means those after market WM Dock to line out or WM Dock to digital out?
Yes which there is:





If you wise to use external DAC

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Old 15-05-2017, 07:54 PM   #13
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actually no need play until those cable first lor! if u want just change your UM 3, 2 Pin to those lightning port cables, recently a few company come out with it
https://www.aaw.me/products/capri-ba...ith-hi-res-dac
Singapore Brand :S
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Old 16-05-2017, 01:34 AM   #14
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I saw the sony store at imm had 10% off for nw35 last weekend
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Old 17-05-2017, 09:00 AM   #15
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Hi guys, need some advice here ^^

I currently own a 1964ears Qi (4BA)
And I'm terribly annoyed with my iphone7 and its use of lightning adapter to connect to my in-ears.

So I thought of getting myself a better source.
I've done some research of the products within this price range
Sony NW-A35
iBasso DX80
Fiio X5 3rd Gen
Pioneer xdp-100r
I'm excluding the Onkyo X1 because it seems that they have issue with the 3.5mm jacks ( i use only 3.5mm )

So my question is, between these four devices which one has closest to neutral sound signature? I like things neutral, previously I own westone um1, then um3 ... so i decided just to stick to neutrality as much as possible ^^

Thank you very much in advance
At this price range, you might want to consider LG V20. 2 in 1. V20 SQ can easily beat many if not all mid-range DAP and run rings around some of top-end DAP too.
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