Radsone Earstudio ES100 MK2 DAC/Amp
Radsone Earstudio ES100 MK2 DAC/Amp
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Pocket-sized and engineered for performance, the second-generation Radsone Earstudio ES100 MK2 Bluetooth DAC/amp delivers impressive digital-to-audio conversion for Bluetooth devices. It's built with two high-quality AK4375a DACs and has both a 3.5-millimeter unbalanced output and a 2.5-millimeter balanced output Read More

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LewisDaly
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Jul 27, 2020
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I have three of these in use between the car, the house and the workshop. Is there a way to rename them so I can more easily identify which is which in my Bluetooth list?
Jul 27, 2020
MLiberty
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Jul 30, 2020
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That should be in your device's Bluetooth settings. I have a bunch of Bluetooth stuff and just change the name in the settings of my phone, like bimmer, Toyota, house, living room; whatever.
Jul 30, 2020
LewisDaly
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Aug 1, 2020
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Thank you for the reply. I have an iPhone and I don’t see any options to rename them anywhere within the Bluetooth device list.
Aug 1, 2020
Sanzin
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Jul 26, 2020
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It doesn't have USB c in 2020. Doesn't list "micro" just "USB cable:. Thats dodgy marketing to unsuspecting buyers wanting current standards.
Jul 26, 2020
legaceez
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Jul 28, 2020
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Drop is known for doing that with USB listings as they know it's a selling point but to be fair this product came out about 3 years ago. Yea true USB-C has been out for a while but it's been slow to be adopted because of the extra price and engineering involved. But yea if they don't list USB-C specifically, always assume micro because trust me if it were C then they'd want to point it out.
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Jul 28, 2020
chancelucky
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Jul 26, 2020
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I have the original Radsone Ear Studio and liked it a lot, but it got really glitchy (kept dropping the signal) over time. My understanding is that the Version 2 is electronically similar to the original version, but has a better case, clip, and buttons. I recently picked up a Qudelix, designed by the guy who created the Ear Studio, and it's a significant improvement both in terms of sound and reliability. It's about twenty dollars more, but I'd recommend the Qudelix unless you just can't wait for the software to get more refined.
Jul 26, 2020
BangNaraj
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Jul 26, 2020
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Couldn't agree more. I own 2 of these (ES100) and even bought my girlfriend one. It's an amazing little thing but I can't recommend it now that the Qudelix 5k exists. The 5k is a step up in every aspect apart from the maturity of the app.
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Jul 26, 2020
CrashNBurn
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Jul 27, 2020
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Wow. The Qudelix even looks sharp.
Jul 27, 2020
John_Titor
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Jul 26, 2020
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This or the Topping NX4 Dxd?
Jul 26, 2020
Dmac6419
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Jul 26, 2020
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I own the original and the Topping NX4 Dxd? if size is not a problem toppings for sure,you want small ear studio
Jul 26, 2020
Bob3600
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Jul 6, 2020
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I think the Astell & Kern XB10 has a much better sound!!
Jul 6, 2020
Bob3600
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Jul 27, 2020
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Sound is what moves me!!
Jul 27, 2020
Rambler
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Jul 28, 2020
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Ha, indeed.
Jul 28, 2020
Carlstrickkett
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May 3, 2020
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Can the ear studio drive 300 ohm 6xx headphones
May 3, 2020
dcofficehack
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May 13, 2020
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I am a heavy user of the Mk1. It drives my HD650s fine. Am listening to it now. Frankly it's one of my favorite things, as I can use it as a wired DAC/AMP, or even just as a wired DAC connected to my Magni, or a BT dac/amp, It does all of these things well. The mic also means that if someone calls I can take the call without having to do anything. It all just works.
May 13, 2020
Bob3600
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Jun 6, 2020
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Hello, Maybe you can help me. Do you need to download Drivers if using a PC?? Windows 10. Mine is being delivered today and I want to be prepared to sell it LOL. I have NEVER had any luck with downloading drivers. Thanks!!!
Jun 6, 2020
raz-0
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Apr 29, 2020
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I bought this on my own a while ago after my bluewave get got run through the washing machine (it eventually came back to life BTW, but it took a while). It is my go to bluetooth dongle for my IEMs at this point. Out of the box it is somewhat dull sounding, especially compared to the bluewave get. But it has a much quieter noise floor than the get. With enough fiddling with eq and settings, you can get a sound pretty close to the get. The get is smaller, but has less battery life. The controls on the get feel nicer, but the flimsy feeling controls on the ES100 actually hold up to use and abuse better. It's got pretty good range compared to the competition, but not as good as some over ear BT headphones. It is pretty solid at dealing with interference, and you can fiddle with the buffer in settings to make it gloss over more issues or less via buffering. The biggest con IMO, and you can read people here complaining about it, is charging it. First, there's the people complaining that it doesn't really charge to 100%. That is correct, and it is in the manual. It aims for the sweet spot of maximizing the lithium battery life. I don't think I have ever seen mine go above 100%. However, that's not all that is going into people's complaints. The designers put in behaviors so you can operate it in headless mode as a DAC via USB. But the logic doesn't know the difference between a charging cable and one with data it seems. And whenever you disconnect USB, it goes into an active loop waiting to pair. Once you unplug it from charging, unless you are using it immediately you need to hold down power long enough to switch the blinking green ring to a a red ring and then off. this is poorly documented in the manual, and before I figure this out, I often charged it up the night before, put it away, and hit the gym the next morning only to find 65% power. It's aggravating, but once you know the issue, pretty easy to control. Another gotcha for wasting power is the app. In general you shouldn't need to run the app if you aren't fiddling with settings as they are saved on the device. If you do, at least on iOS, yo ahve to be careful about exiting the app prior to shutting down or it the app will just re-pair with it when it is in focus, which it will be prior to killing the app. So either turn it off via the app and kill the app, or kill the app and use the power button second. In addition, how fast you chew through the battery is VERY dependent on the settings you choose. However, if you max everything the app warns you is energy inefficient, you can bring it down to about 6hours and change. Other cons: -the clip is bulky and near useless. With the weight of a cord hanging off it, it is not going to hold very well. So mine mostly goes in a pocket. It's a clip for letting you hook it on a belt or to keep it from hiding in your pocket, but trying to say put it on the collar of a pullover is going to fail. -the LED for the mode is dim. works great in the dark, in sunlight, not so much. -feels cheap. Other Pros: -versatile sound profile -pretty solid app. -works well with all my IEMs without a dongle.
Apr 29, 2020
TumbleSteak
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Apr 29, 2020
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Has anyone had any experience connecting one of these to a bluetooth transmitter connected to a stereo or Nintendo Switch? Will this work or does it need to be paired with a phone? For instance something similar to this: https://drop.com/buy/mee-audio-connect-t1-bluetooth-tv-transmitter Or this: http://www.gulikit.com/article_read_215.html
Apr 29, 2020
hyperlinked
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May 4, 2020
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These should pair with anything that pairs with BT Audio. It pairs just fine with any computer.
May 4, 2020
TumbleSteak
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May 4, 2020
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I've paired them to both a computer and a phone, I was wondering about other devices. On both the computer and the phone, I have to use that device to find and pair the ES100. I was wondering if this would work with a transmitter that doesn't have any kind of find and pair input, screen, or functionality.
May 4, 2020
NoobTato
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Apr 28, 2020
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This can be used for Bluetooth IEMs right?
Apr 28, 2020
Krogers85
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Apr 28, 2020
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I don’t think so. You plug in either a 2.5 or 3.5 jack into the device and use Bluetooth to connect to either a phone or computer. It essentially allows you to convert an analog pair of headphones into a Bluetooth pair.
Apr 28, 2020
njgphotography
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Apr 28, 2020
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Correct - this is a bluetooth TX/RX and headphone amp to use with wired stereo headphones (either balanced/4-conductor 2.5mm or unbalanced 3.5mm) for use with either a phone or PC, or you can use it as a USB DAC plugged into a phone or PC via USB cable.
Apr 28, 2020
markubiler
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Apr 28, 2020
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Still 0 response by the manufacturer regarding all the issues. Not a good sign. Gonna skip this round. Hopefully there's some answers before they do another round on drop.
Apr 28, 2020
njgphotography
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Apr 28, 2020
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See my previous experience with their customer service here: https://drop.com/buy/radsone-earstudio-es100/talk/2447299
Apr 28, 2020
njgphotography
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Apr 28, 2020
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