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Aug 20, 2014
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I don`t understand whats up with that "no international shipping" comments by some users?
Quote: "Domestic and international orders will be shipped by Massdrop"
I Joined this drop last time and it should be shipping to EU also! Anyway I got it safe and pretty fast considering overseas transport and customs but even with customs tax I had to pay - I still got it considerably cheaper than anywhere available in EU. I got it with 200$ + 14$ shipping to Estonia.
About player itself - it just amazing and didn`t actually expect so much out of it. NB! To get best sound out of it I really recommend to try it with Sound Unlocked firmware ( https://github.com/dm1try/dx50_sound_unlocked ) with following two settings:
1) FLAC-only + irr OFF + CPU performance default --- more depth towards front/middle and vocals for example more out of headstage. More airy soundstage/imaging and more dynamics.
2) FLAC-only + irr ON + CPU 312kHz --- closer, more intimate and clearer imaging with little more separation in width.
I have tired a lot of custom FW`s including Mega Sound Explosion and its different variations and also rockbox and I personally find Sound Unlocked to be the best sounding and easiest to use. And it basically has two different main sound signatures you could fit with different cans or external speakers. This firmware really turns this player to another level!
Also, I lately did some battery playtime tests and got following result with aftermarket battery (KINPS 3250mAh):
* 12min screen ON time * gain @ mid * vol @ 192 * Piston v2.1 16Ohm IEM * Sound Unlocked 1.3.3 FW @ FLAC-only / irr OFF / CPU - default * screen brightness 50
Total non-stop playtime - 14h 28min
Also I find this DAP to be really great match with Fidelio X1 and Piston V2.1 16Ohm IEM. Best sound comes out @ mid gain imo.
About memory cards - I recommend ADATA Premier 64GB mSDXC UHS-I CL10 which works without problems and is pretty cheap for its capacity, about 27€ in my local PC shop. Some users have had problems with SanDisk cards but this seem to be random and can be due to wrong formatting, fake cards or something like that.
This DAP is worth every penny IMHO and get it while You can! ;)
Aug 20, 2014
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