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Radsone HUD100 DAC/Amp

Radsone HUD100 DAC/Amp

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Radsone developed a strong reputation with the portable ES100 DAC/amp. Now, with the new HUD100, the company brings that same performance to an even smaller form factor Read More

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Would this work well with a Google pixel 2 phone ?
Schorschi
99
Jun 7, 2020
Schorschi
99
Jun 8, 2020
The Dragonfly Black was last updated in 2013. It doesn't do all the decoding the HUD100 does. The HUD100 has more power and uses more phone battery...in terms of sound, there is not much between these dongles. The HUD100 allows for more sound variety with the three filters. This comes handy when pairing with harsh or soft sounding earphones. But if you happy, sound wise, with your Dragonfly, you don't need the HUD100. If you are going for sound only, the $149 ifi hip dac beats any dongle sound wise by far (much bigger headroom, smoother). But it is much bigger and has a consumable battery.
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Hyde
922
Jun 8, 2020
lol oh no I mean I already have both Dragonfly Red and HUD100 and I know I like Dragonfly Red better. But I was just curious as to how it sounds compare to Dragonfly Black (since I don't have one). In the future say if I need to recommend to my friends or something then at least I'd know what to recommend. As for me I mainly just stream off Spotify so all the extra decoding is not applicable to me, so if I can get something that's cheaper and sounds better without all the bells and whistles that would be ideal (say like in the future when I need to upgrade again, for now Dragonfly Red works). But good to know at least sound quality wise Dragonfly Black is close enough. Thanks again for the reply!!!
rumule209
43
Jun 5, 2020
Too late, already pre-ordered the Qudelix 5k.
verifonix
1140
Jun 8, 2020
LGCi
229
Jun 4, 2020
I chose my ES100 MKI for it's balanced output (to take advantage of the dual AK4375A chips) and 10 band EQ; it caused me to retire my Emotiva Big Ego, for listening on the road, through my laptop. Is the HUD100 a true upgrade ?
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Malin
67
Jun 4, 2020
interesting design with tho HP out and that middle button. If it had battery and bit more power, I would have considered it. 52 mW (16 Ω, normal mode) 319 mW (16 Ω, high power mode)
Hyde
922
May 2, 2020
I find if I have the product plugged into the computer, then shut down computer. Turn it on the next day and it won't turn on automatically by itself. I have to manually un-plug and re-plug to get it start again. Meaning I have to do this EVERY DAY when I first turn on the computer, anyone else have this issue?
Radsone_Emily
34
May 8, 2020
Hello @Hyde, HUD100 should automatically turn on when it's connected to the laptop. I saw your review and it seems like you requested for a refund. I'm so sorry that you received a defective product.
Hyde
922
May 8, 2020
It's ok no worries, both Radsone and Drop handled it really well and I was glad at least the problem was resolved quickly. I might try a different unit from Radsone again in the future. :)
verifonix
1140
Apr 14, 2020
Now available direct https://earstudio.store/. $135.99 can be combined with $3 newsletter coupon
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Relaxin
51
Apr 24, 2020
Can we get a price match?
verifonix
1140
Jun 8, 2020
$120 on drop now :D looks like they listened to you Lol
Hyde
922
Apr 7, 2020
I wonder why Drop always bring the product back so fast before people even receive their first batch. I mean it's shipped but I don't see it arrive my door anytime soon given the current state of affair. So unfortunately I can't provide any feedback to people who's looking to join round 2 of this drop. If they would've just pushed this back by 2 weeks or so then it would've make a lot more sense. Oh well...... *shrug*
Double-edged sword - if you and everybody else who got the first round hate it they won't sell anymore. Gotta get while the gettin's good.
Hyde
922
Apr 10, 2020
It's a tough call because even round 1 only sold 25 units..... so they weren't exactly "hot", but I get what you mean though lol.
NEET
8
Apr 7, 2020
hmm... This or the Beam 2, which is believe is even smaller, cheaper than this & it have 2.5mm Balanced.
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Slater91
211
Mar 6, 2020
There's a lot of discussion going on about the HUD100 needing more power. If you do the math, 2.26 mW are actually 319 mW @ 16 Ω - which is quite a lot on a device this small! I quite like the HUD100 and its filters are finally filters that have an audible impact on the sound. The price is in line with the features it offers, in my opinion, though I think it's better placed at $149 than at $179. I published a review on the device which you can read here: https://www.soundphilereview.com/reviews/earstudio-hud100-review-8384/
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Hyde
922
Mar 7, 2020
Yeah I totally agree with you, I think it's suppose to compete with Dragonfly Red ($200) in which case it's a good deal at $149 but at $179 it just seems kind of on-par even though I guess people say HUD100 sounds better. Also doesn't help that if you consider the more recent offerings (SMSL Idea, E1DA 9038S, Hifime S2 ...etc) then those are at least half price compare to Dragonfly Red and HUD100 and about similar size and functions and sound. I think if $149 is their regular price and Drop can get us somewhere in between $100-125 then this would've sold much better than the current number suggests (18 sold at the time I wrote this). EDIT: On a second thought, maybe the MEMS oscillator and Arms Cortex and being able to pack it into such a tiny package cost extra money, so maybeeeeee the price is justified. I did order one so I'll find out later lol. Details outlined on their page: https://www.radsone.com/hud100
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