Echobox Explorer Digital Audio Player
Echobox Explorer Digital Audio Player
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A portable digital audio player that looks like a flask, the Echobox Explorer fits comfortably in your pocket for easy use on the go. It’s handcrafted from your choice of wood types and equipped with the highest specs, including the highly regarded TI Burr-Brown 1792 DAC and a powerful 300mW amplifier Read More

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pizzaslut
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Nov 13, 2019
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Android 6 makes this a no go. At leas they could have given 8 for the better battery life and security.
Nov 13, 2019
andrewdavis7
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Nov 13, 2019
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This looks like a hip flask with an iPhone attached.
Nov 13, 2019
JPMFS
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Nov 13, 2019
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I'm deaf in 1 ear does it have a mono setting?
Nov 13, 2019
Whopp
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Oct 30, 2019
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So my explorer arrived this morning. It seems to be dead on arrival. I've left it plugged in for several hours now and it still doesn't turn on.
Oct 30, 2019
Whopp
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Oct 30, 2019
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Update! Finally turned on! The second after I contacted massdrop support. Will let you all know how it sounds once I load up some tunes
Oct 30, 2019
Whopp
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Oct 30, 2019
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Update the second. Doesn't seem to be holding a charge :(
Oct 30, 2019
VinylLover
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Oct 28, 2019
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Anyone know if this will play Amazon Music Unlimited? Assuming it might be okay if plugged in to the wall perpetually, just used as a streamer w/the digital out. Need another option as the iPhone won't output digital audio to a DAC anymore ("this device uses too much power", blah blah).
Oct 28, 2019
EatMyDustbunny
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Oct 28, 2019
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Hey, guys!  😃  PJ, (40) here. I need a favor, please, since I’ve mainly been out of the new gear game for 6 yrs., especially portable gear, however full-size and portable headphones are all current (which I’ll get to later).  This is a fairly long message but you should find it very interesting — heck, you might (I hope) even learn a few things depending on your knowledge of the field — and my background is for all your recommendations of an inexpensive (because I have little money now), yet quality iPhone/iPad (iOS 13.2) compatible, portable DAC/AMP used mainly for traveling but sometimes at home, so it must have Bluetooth (minimum version 4.2 though preferably 5.0) to use with both my iPhone XS Max 512GB (which I can and will be upgrading for free via Apple to the iPhone 11 Pro Max 512GB in Jan/Feb) or my iPad Pro 10.5” Wi-Fi + Cellular 512GB (with mainly the following audio apps: Tidal • Apple Music • SiriusXM with the approximately 1000 satellite and internet music stations) • TuneIn Radio • cable TV channel/movie channel apps like HBOgo, Showtime Anywhere, EPIX, CBS (All Access), CWseed, Spectrum TV, etc. • and the Music Choice app (the cable TV music stations)....but I would prefer a balanced output (connector type not super important as I can make/buy an adapter though Sony had the right idea with their ”Pentaconn” {4.4mm} as it has a ground channel which I prefer, though I always said long before they invented it that for portable use a mini-XLR 5-pin should be used as it won’t accidentally pull out; no need for a 5-pin full size XLR on home amps because the 4-pin has a tab that can connect to your chassis ground {which I implemented into my home amp} but foolishly, rarely any manufacturers do this for almost all my headphones, which I’ll list at the end of this message.  I almost strictly use Audeze phones so I prefer a unit with adequate power and decent, variable gain settings since planars require juice.  In fact, the only phone I might use single-ended (unbalanced) when not used via Bluetooth with its “Headphones Connect” app full of features (which I personally had the Sony software team update in only 2 days to work with iOS 13.2) due to its 3.5mm stereo female input might be my newest, cheapest, and only travel-specific headphone with (Best-of-2019) ANC (Active Noise Cancellation), to get better SQ from it using the portable DAC/Amp (that you guys recommend)!!! _________________________________________ MY BACKSTORY / HOME EQUIPMENT and HEADPHONES (so you’ll know my preferences, and maybe I’ll even teach you a few things, too. 😊): So...... first off, re: a post about this amp that I read and agree with, I SOOOOOOO f*****g hate Micro-USB!!!  I’m a cable builder/researcher (though been on hiatus for a few years now, at least until March/April/May if you have any questions or needs, but right now I’m devoted to my main business).  I have about $15K in soldering stations, irons, tips, related gear, etc. and I refused to build cables with Micro-USB unless someone had desired to pay a shitload more, but none ever asked since my cables and power cords took anywhere from 8-450 hrs. to custom craft by hand (here in the USA, with measurements down to a mere 1/64” / 0.4mm) and uses custom, proprietary coaxial wire and proprietary geometry optimized for balanced cables and cords.  My OF-SPC (Oxygen Free Silver plated Copper) 22awg coaxial wire (19/34 stranded with unique SPC shield braid @ 98% coverage) and both PTFE Solid Teflon Outer Dielectric and FPE Teflon Inner Dielectric is also made here in the USA.  I use a 50 ohm for analog and power, and a 75 ohm for digital.  They both cost $3.33/ft. (per spool at $10K for 3000 ft. / 909m) vs. the cheap $0.12/ft. Chinese or Taiwanese wire you’ll find in 95% of custom cables today that claim to use the pointless, nonsensical process called “OCC”, and if you ask them to show you a certificate of proof stating their manufacturer makes Ohno Continuous Cast wire I guarantee you’ll never see one from anywhere in the Orient other than Japan.)  Since I have 2,200 feet left on the spool that one is 50 ohm for analog and power.  I only have 770 feet left of the 75 ohm for digital and since I bought less of that (1000 ft. initially) it cost more at $3.85/ft.  But they both look identical except the 50 ohm has 98% shield coverage (typically 95%, but mine is custom with a thinner stranded shield braid).  The 75 ohm has a 95% shield coverage required for 75 ohm (but custom made with a thinner stranded shield braid).  My secondary wire used is virtually identical to the coaxial though is not coaxial and just has the conductor with no shield braid and outer PTFE Teflon dielectric, which gets wrapped around the coax wire in a proprietary way which I call Galactic Geometry and Galactic+ Geometry for power cords (as they require four times as much wire to equal 16 awg, which I found to be the perfect gauge for power, though 16 awg is not thick enough for heavy power demands for speakers).  I make sure to use the best plugs (Furutech) that are UL listed for safety and that my design and build methods are as safe as industrial-grade power cords.  I also have many other proprietary methods in my geometries, some strictly for safety that no one else employs and some strictly for aesthetics.  Most, however, are for extreme sonic fidelity.  Through my years of R&D I found the best methods of improvement from cables and cords came by emulating complete phase noise elimination, which normally requires a ton of expensive oscillator circuitry replacements and modding, full-blown word clocks designed solely for audio that cost a small fortune, and also many trial rounds of equipment pairing.  (If you want to know why phase noise is the attribute most critically requiring elimination in order to experience proper staging and “true” high fidelity sound, I’ll be glad to explain but that will be another very long message.)  My Reference Series power cord requires over 250 steps, written in my instruction guide for precise replication.  I performed nearly 3 years of R&D and 107 different cables before I settled on the top two performers.  And I only make two series of audio cables: my gold standard Reveal Series (better than 94% of competitors tested at the same price point, and better than 100% of competitors tested at 1.3x the price point or more), and my Reference Series (far better than 100% of competitors tested at ANY price point, including cords tested up to $55K), which is the apex of aural perfection.  Only the power cords have 4 series including two lower than the others called Harmony and Melody, as each have maximum benefits for certain applications so why pay more for a cord to use on a component when you don’t have to?  That’s why some companies know they can screw you over by having 12 or more lines of cables; placebo occurs even if your brain is just wondering how much better the next model will be!  They know you’ll always be left having the desire to upgrade!  (Again, I am not taking orders now for any cable or power cord builds; I just wanted to share my experience and capabilities.  I am also an authorized dealer for Audeze, Furutech, and Oyaide which I can always help out with. 😉) I’ve been listening to quality headphones since 1992 but never started with components until around 2003-04.  •  I have a very high-end home headphone system; it’s been 6 years now since I fully finished modding and piecing everything together but still outperforms the best systems available today and has no DSD, DXD, MQA or any other modern formats – just a great Sign-Magnitude DAC (which is like implementing an R/2R ladder in a chip) using 8 x PCM1704U-K which were designed almost 20 years ago in 2000 by Burr Brown (later purchased by Texas Instruments), and an extensively modded streamer/transport, making a killer combo, with good ol’ PCM data (via Ethernet or Wi-Fi) to 24/96 maximum S/PDIF conversion (via BNC) to 24/96 @ 8x oversampling maximum conversion with a DSP-programmed-FPGA for processing.  Because the streamer’s digital volume control is processed at 24/96, a 16/44.1 song can be negatively attenuated from 0dB to -23dB with zero loss of quality, still remaining bit perfect.  •  Then there’s the amp: a fully customized AMB Labs Beta22/Sigma22 balanced head amp/dual mono power supply combined with my own PCB designs and custom, dual, CNC-machined full-size-speaker-chassis with 5/8” thick front and rear T-6061 anodized aluminum panels with graphic laser bleaching.  This amplifier not only bests every other headphone amp on the market spec-wise such as a frequency range from DC – 100,000Hz (and with more parts and features than I have time to list), but has such characteristics as 0.01 ohm balanced output impedance, side-mounted overkill heatsinks capable of dissipating 1000W, three electrostatically shielded and potted custom Plitron transformers with one serving auxiliary functions such as input relay switching and front panel custom LED bars to ensure they remain out of the signal path, and an ALPS 4-channel, 24-step stepped attenuator with a tactile, custom designed rotary volume knob and motorized drive system with a chassis design-matched infrared volume-level remote control.  My one-of-a-kind, 105 lb. combined beast cost more to manufacture and build than any other headphone amp on the market sells for at retail; for perspective, it wasn’t much less than my leased 2017 Hyundai Sonata Limited’s sticker price.  If it were a minimum production run of at least fifty dual-chassis amps made for sale (and not just a full production “one-off”), even at $78.5K (which includes the $6.2K Bellatone Reference Series set of three 1m Triad•DC chassis power cables consisting of nine individual cables inside each one for 27 cables in total, and the $850 extruded aluminum remote) I’d have the lowest profit margin of 99% of amps on the market despite its extreme price.  I’ve been told I am “truly nuts” for bringing my dream to life.  But is a passion for one’s hobby insane if you desire the absolute best, especially if the ultimate in extreme fidelity audio and aesthetics matter a great deal?  I don’t think so, because it’s something I’ll never sell and be able to use forever even it requires a repair, and even if I modify it in some way in the future.  What I do think is crazy is when one spends over $200K on a turntable, $25K on a phono preamp, $15K on a tonearm, $9K on a cartridge, and $100K on its rack, for which I have countless reasons why vinyl has been so completely inferior in almost every way to digital since at least the turn of the millennium, give or take a few years before or after.  •  If you haven’t noticed by now I haven’t mentioned the names of my components aside from my own amp and cables because I didn’t want company names and their product’s names to color anyone’s recommendation based on your potential personal bias towards that company or product, so I instead chose to describe them which hopefully tells you enough to determine my preferences.  •  The second to last items in my system, aside from all my own cables and power cords, are an upgraded wall outlet and a high-end power regenerator.  •  Finally, I’ll list my headphones which of course I must name for you to relate to them.  They all have measured frequency range which is concretely objective, but peoples’ descriptions of a headphone’s sound signature is subjective due to multiple factors.  Anyway, on with the list (ordered by price, highest to lowest):
  • • Audeze LCD-4 (custom Blood Wood earcups)
  • • Audeze LCDi4 planar in-ears (plus newest model Cipher cable custom programmed for these)
  • • Audeze LCD-3 (“Cinnamon Bun” wood earcups)
  • • Sennheiser HD800
  • • Audeze EL-8 Ti (includes Cipher cable)
  • • Sennheiser HD650
  • • COMING SOON: Audeze Mobius carbon
  • • Audeze iSine20 (with newest model Cipher cable programmed for these)
  • • Sony WH1000-XM3  (used for traveling due to their excellent Active Noise Cancellation, Bluetooth, Sony Headphone Connect app, Atmospheric pressure optimizer)
(I should also mention that I haven’t listened to my Sennheiser phones ever since I got my LCD-3.) Thank you guys so much for your help with recommendations, and it’s very nice to meet everyone!  — PJ  🙂🙃🙂🙃🙂
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Oct 28, 2019
Marlowe7
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Nov 16, 2019
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GIANTFUNKYMONKEY
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Oct 26, 2019
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I was a backer of their Indiegogo campaign... This company is run by nasty disgusting people...my unit arrived broken, the headphone output had fallen inside. I emailed them to say this, and their response was it doesn't fall under warranty so they won't fix it.. I hadn't even plugged in headphones, I fact I hadn't even turned it on.. They insulted people, backers who waited years, by calling them names, telling the community they were stupid and didn't understand. As mad Dane has put, go to head fi and check it out...I remember mad Dane from the threads....it was carnage. At camjmas if you went up to them and said you were a backer, they ignored you, ignored your questions, and were generally very rude.. Do not buy this piece of crap...at whatever price and don't believe anybody that says this unit is good or gives it more than 1 star, they are lying and probably work for echobox.. This thing isn't worth 99 cents never kind 99 dollars.. Save yourself the time and the aggravation... buy an empty cardboard box, it will play music better than this shyte..
Oct 26, 2019
aanichols51
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Oct 26, 2019
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I want to see quilting and sewing items!
Oct 26, 2019
ColorBlind
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Oct 7, 2019
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let me save some of y’all some time: once you receive it, don’t bother turning it on or charging it or contacting customer service, just use these as paper weights.
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Oct 7, 2019
GIANTFUNKYMONKEY
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Oct 26, 2019
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Exactly.... Although mine has a dock so is a door stop..
Oct 26, 2019
Dmac6419
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Oct 6, 2019
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Specifications
  • DAC: Texas Instruments Burr Brown PCM 1792 – 24/192K Capable; All PCM Formats; DSD Support (DSD to PCM Conversion)
  • Power: Texas Instruments TPA6120A2; 300mW/Channel@32 Ohms; Snr 128 dB
  • Output Impedance: 1 Ohm @ 16 Ohms
  • Output: 3.5mm Stereo; Mini Toslink Optical Out
  • OS: Stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Processor: Rockchip RK3128 Quad Core Processor @ 1.3 GHz
  • RAM: 1 GB DDR3
  • Memory: 64 GB Internal, Micro SD Slot
  • Battery: 4000 mAh, Lithium-Ion
  • Screen: 3.5” LCD
  • Connectivity: Micro USB 2.0; WiFi (802.11 ABGN); Bluetooth 4.1; DLNA
  • Play time: 8 Hours
  • Charging time: 5-6 Hours with DC5V, 2A Input

Oct 6, 2019
Dmac6419
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Oct 6, 2019
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A lot of so called high end DAPS are running on custom android 5 and 6 2019 models,now if someone would write a custom ROM for this it might live up to it's intended potential,I got $99 to waste and 4 days to think about it cause I'm curious like that.
Oct 6, 2019
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