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NightFoxXIII
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Jul 15, 2020
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Great amp for the price. Could send the correct color?
Way better than expected. Although a minor shipping error, sounds superb and better than expected on mobile and desktop. Also got the BT module. Has a lot of great things despite some negative traits from making this excellent.
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Has a lot of power and some (good and bad) things to note about this:
  • Positives:
  • Bass toggle is good if you like extra warmth on the low-ends (my Beyer DT 990 and Tin T2 Pro doesn't produce much)
  • Has way more power to drive any headphone. For the GAIN toggle, NEVER switch to "HIGH" or the 'max' level. One (default) or two is more than enough to drive any headphone. You also don't need to turn the knob past, say, the "2 o'clock" position
  • If you get the BT-module, it includes a volume casing for the knob which protects it from accidental touching/turning.
  • Can replace OP-amps quite easily (planning on getting a Burson Audio V5i to see how it changes it up. However, the default OP-amp is sufficient enough)
  • You can use a 1/4" jack. (i.e. Don't worry about snapping plugs)
  • Great detail for its pricepoint. (Get it around 220USD when it goes on sale. Regularly 260USD)
  • Solid construction and built like a tank. (It's actually light for how powerful it is)
  • Stupid amount of battery life (13h on USB, 40h on AUX. 40 hours?!?)
  • Plethora of input, filter and sampling rate capabilities.
  • That sticky pad is REALLY sticky. don't need a band like other solutions.
  • Negatives:
  • Using the BT module, it produces pretty good sound, however, it isn't as good as say plugging it in with the USB OTG's (minor thing. But having BT is super convenient)
  • On the BT module, they should have also put pass-thru's for USB-C charging so you can do both the module AND the DAC/AMP
  • Controls on BT-module are kinda awkward. Better to do it on the BT device
  • Boost toggle never really worked for me (I have an 250ohm headphones and seems to drive it just fine. Whatever "THRUST" means in the manual. Leave this setting off)
  • Have to install a driver on PC. (There are some DAC/AMPs that can be run without one. But it's more of a minor annoyance)
  • Shipped in the wrong color. After reading a bunch of reviews, it looks like a lot of people also received the wrong color. Like, what?
  • At very low volumes, balance is way off for anything sensitive (especially IEMs). Gets resolved fairly quickly when tuned just a tad more
  • Included 3.5mm to 1/4" adapter broke after a week of use. Had to grab a new one. Replaced it with an audio quest adapter and works better than before.
Current audio setup/gear for this amp:
  • Google Pixel 2 Xl or PC
  • Music App: USB Audio Player Pro (Android) or MusicBee (Windows)
  • Headphones: Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO (250 ohm) or Tin T2 Pro
Edit: One new finding and a new photo, and adapter broke
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Would recommend to a friend.
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Jul 15, 2020
NightFoxXIII
19
Jun 3, 2021
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Just an update since it's been almost a year using this and suffice to say, it's good but had a problem with battery swelling within a year. It can still be serviced but must contact XDuoo to get the battery replaced plus shipping. I'm still waiting for it to be fixed but something to note before buying this. For audio experience I've tried some opamps and the best portable solution is the Burson Audio V5i Dual. If you don't mind losing portability (or if you can make a custom case) the best opamp is the Sparkos Labs SS3602 since it punches up the fun factor to 11.
Jun 3, 2021
fdobarriga
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Jun 27, 2021
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I soldered the Sparkos SS3602 directly to the board and it fits good. No more rolling, can't get any better than this...
Jun 27, 2021
NightFoxXIII
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Jun 30, 2021
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How did you solve the space problem with the capacitors? And is it still portable?
Jun 30, 2021
fdobarriga
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Jun 30, 2021
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As portable as you can get. By soldering wires to the capacitor terminals, extending them.
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Jun 30, 2021
NightFoxXIII
19
Jul 8, 2021
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Nice. Looks like I'll have to learn how to solder I guess. I kinda liked it's hot swappability....
Jul 8, 2021
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