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Old 25th April 2012, 10:19 PM   #81
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$829 - ouch. Also looks to be overkill coz says its running Android and supports WiFi and Bluetooth.
not really, not cheap, but theres a fair bit packed in there and the case is all magnesium alloy and gorilla glass, so that wouldnt be cheap, these guys make a pretty decent portable headphone amp and this one will swing a fair bit of voltage like +/-15v from memory (dont quote me on that). its running a modified version of android with their own audio engine and custom player, not the standard audio player. this allows the 24/192 in flac or wav.

what does that mean? I have no idea what you mean there, my computer supports those too... doesnt make it unsuitable.

wifi can be turned on and off at will, most will use the SD slot or onboard memory, but still cool to be able to stream radio or from your computer and transfer/share files that way. many things about it I would do differently, but I wouldnt necessarily say its overpriced and its a few steps ahead of anything else like it. for instance given they control everything and its all in the one package, I would definitely be running with a synchronous clock, but they arent.

they have to sell into a niche market and customers expect a certain feature set, so there will for sure be some creeping featurism, but you just turn what you dont need off

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I agree there's a fair bit packed in there, just sayin' that for what Scott's looking for (a Swatch) it does rather look like a Tudor.
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Old 27th April 2012, 04:04 AM   #84
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OK, I started to reply to RS's posts, but I realised that I'm just lapsing back into a confrontational paradigm. I've made my suggestions and I'm going to leave it at that.

Scott

What I'm thinking is a 4-momentary-pushbutton device with a small monochrome dot-matrix display. The buttons would function as follows:-

1) Toggle on/off. Playback to resume at the point where left off. There may be some complications arising when the card is replaced.

2) Toggle display/playback between directory (album) and directory contents (tracks).

3) Cycle forward through albums/tracks.

4) Restart album/track, or cycle backward if pressed twice quickly.

Display to blank after a delay.

One sample rate, 2496. Wav format.

SDHC supported, micro slot.

User to be responsible for maintaining directory structure under WinXP or greater using a standard card reader. Only one layer of directories. FAT32. It's probably easier if the contents are contiguous, so it may be preferable to blank and rewrite the whole disk.

USB port for power only.

What DAC do you want? Device dimensions? Audio connectors? To drive what impedance to what voltage? Endurance? Any particular clock you like?
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Old 27th April 2012, 02:41 PM   #87
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OK, I started to reply to RS's posts, but I realised that I'm just lapsing back into a confrontational paradigm. I've made my suggestions and I'm going to leave it at that.

Scott

What I'm thinking is a 4-momentary-pushbutton device with a small monochrome dot-matrix display. The buttons would function as follows:-

1) Toggle on/off. Playback to resume at the point where left off. There may be some complications arising when the card is replaced.

2) Toggle display/playback between directory (album) and directory contents (tracks).

3) Cycle forward through albums/tracks.

4) Restart album/track, or cycle backward if pressed twice quickly.

Display to blank after a delay.

One sample rate, 2496. Wav format.

SDHC supported, micro slot.

User to be responsible for maintaining directory structure under WinXP or greater using a standard card reader. Only one layer of directories. FAT32. It's probably easier if the contents are contiguous, so it may be preferable to blank and rewrite the whole disk.

USB port for power only.

What DAC do you want? Device dimensions? Audio connectors? To drive what impedance to what voltage? Endurance? Any particular clock you like?
Sounds good, I'm sure you know best on the particulars. I prefer simply using my HD-600 headphones, even an iPod shuffle drives them (quite a silly sight).

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I'm afraid you'll have to offer a bit more encouragement than that. If I thought there was any real enthusiasm to have the device I might make the effort, but I'm happy with 16/44k1 and avoiding software volume control. I don't need portable.
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I'm afraid you'll have to offer a bit more encouragement than that. If I thought there was any real enthusiasm to have the device I might make the effort, but I'm happy with 16/44k1 and avoiding software volume control. I don't need portable.
You're confusing me, at best I would only count as one unit. I admit my enthusiasm wanes at the thought of paying for a one off custom job.
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Scott, did you look at the ibasso DX100 that android based SD player with the ES9018 dac I linked? if running hd600 you'll need a bit more voltage swing than just about any portable out there has by itself without adding a portable amp. it does 24/192 and has more than enough swing for your purposes.
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