DAP talk (formerly best DAPs 2015)

Discussion in 'IEMs and Portable Gear' started by zerodeefex, Oct 8, 2015.

  1. ambiphile

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    What is a good budget DAP around $100? I just want a dedicated DAP that sounds better than my current phone. I have shortlisted 4 DAPs - Fiio M3 Pro, Fiio M7, Shanling Q1, Hiby R2, and LG V20. Are there any other DAPs I should consider?

    I heard there are little, if any, sound differences between various DAPs at this price. Is that true? If that is the case, Fiio M7 seems to be the best option as it has the best battery life. I will be only using it to drive my easy-to-drive IEMs and Koss KPH30i.
     
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    I'm pleased with my Q1. It's warm, relatively spacious, punchy, small and the battery goes forever.
     
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    Thank you.
     
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    @Bill-P would you mind sharing your thoughts with the NW-A105? I'd be really interested in your insight as you've used both the ZX300 and the TOTLs. I wish I could have edited the previous post to properly tag but for some reason it does not let me.
    You've mentioned it a while back and I've been curious how they'd compare.
     
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    After months of research reading reviews and observing, I determined that the Shanling M8 has the best sound quality of reasonably priced DAPS. To me, a reasonably TOTL Flagship DAP is under $2000.00. I was able to purchase my M8 for much less than $2000. It is also the DAP used by most of the members whose reviews and comments I respect here and at the other forum. I am aware that compared to my HiBy R6 2020 it will be sort of slow and clunky, but I am willing to put up with that for better sound quality.
    The M8 arrives today and I am going to give it around 300 hours of break in as recommended. I will update this post a few times along the way.
     
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    Try a full reset and format as soon as you receive it. It helped fix the sluggish UI on my M6 and has been quite fluid since then. Perhaps it might work on the M8 too.
     
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    Thanks EagleWings!!
     
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    what are people's thoughts on the Lotoo PAW 6000? I'm looking for something to pair with the Andromeda 2020... something smooth, organic, and non-fatiguing that will maximize the cohesiveness, separation, and detail capabilities of the Andromeda. I'm currently using a Chord Mojo driven by an xDuoo X10T II, and this combo is no slouch but I do know it gets better.

    out of curiosity, how much does one have to spend to get into the 'desktop DAC replacement' category? I wouldn't mind clearing up some desk space.
     
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    I hated the P6K with Andro-- it sounded flat & lifeless and it hissed like a sumbitch. IMHO it's worth spending the extra $$ and getting a Shanling M8. It's got an inky black background with my Andromeda 2020 (which greatly aids in separation, detail etc.) and is my favorite source for it so far.
     
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    After a bit of reading, the M8 sounds perfect. That's probably gonna be the one. Cheers and thanks for the tip.
     
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    Right on man...be sure to drop some impressions here when you have it :). I bought the P6K largely because I wanted the PAW S1 in DAP form...the P6K was not that, but once I'd heard the M8 I knew I'd found even more than I'd been looking for.
     
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    For anybody getting M8, let me know if you will need some advice or if you will have questions.
     
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    Hi Bina, Sorry for being off topic hope you can share your impressions of the UA2 Dongle and where it stands in your product lineup. I have previously used M0 and is the UA2 an upgarde over it SQ wise?
     
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    No idea. Just stumbled across this in a HF thread.
     
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    Very cool stuff nonetheless. Thanks!
     

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