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Old 09-19-2016, 09:45 PM
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Arrived today, but now I go on the road for several days. I'll take it with me and see how it goes. I've got tidal and about 20 albums on it, so we'll see how it goes. Easy to set up and much better form factor than I expected.

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Speakers/Cables > TAD CR-1 MKII > Verastarr Grand Illusion Statement Copper (1), Gold (1)
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Foundation > Rix Rax > Hoodoo / Amp Stands > Stillpoints ultra SS (8)
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Portables and Cans:

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IEMs > Westone W50, Bose QC20
Amplification > Auralic Taurus
Sources > Auralic Altair, Onkyo DP-X1
IC/SC/PC > Sennheiser Balanced / AQ Yukon XLRs / Shunyata Venom 3 (2) / Black Dragon Balanced
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Old 11-27-2016, 09:32 PM
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Now that you've had the Onkyo for a bit, what are your thoughts?
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Bedroom System (Headphones)
Logitech Squeezebox Touch (w Channel Island PS)-->Centrance DX DAC/Amp. Beyerdynamic T5p (Moon-Audio Black Dragon), Audeze LCD-XC, HiFiMan HE-500

Travel Survival Kit
Astell & Kern AK120-->Centrance Mini-M8 DAC/Amp and ALO Audio Continental (tube) Amp. Shure se535 Ltd with Moon-Audio Silver Dragon wiring, Beyerdynamic T70P with clear Pilot earpads.

Mall Survival Kit (1 wife, 2 daughters: you can only avoid the mall for so long)
AK120, iPod Classic 160, iPod Touch 64-->Ray Samuels Audio Shadow Amp. Shure se535Ltd, Monster Cable Copper Turbine Pro, iPad Mini
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Old 11-27-2016, 10:13 PM
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Glad you asked, as I had planned to write this up, but other audio things got in the way.

Short answer - I love it and it does exactly what I wanted. I find the SQ to be much better than my iPhone (since I use them on the road, that's my primary comparison). I also have the pono, but gave up on it a long time ago, mostly due to the form factor and rudimentary interface (imho).

First, it's an android phone without the phone. So, everything you can do with apps on an android, you can do on this device (like read email and AA, etc). I also have an fm addiction and have favorite stations, and I've downloaded the app for that (and several other favorite apps).

Then, it's a great player. The onkyo app does very well. I've now got loads of lossless files on it and have also integrated it with tidal. I haven't used the EQ very much, but it's there - should you so desire. Sounds terrific and hands down better than my unadulterated phone.

I pair it with my westone W50s in quiet listening (i.e. Hotel rooms and airports on layovers). I also pair it with the Bose QC20s when on the plane (which are the best noise cancelling IEMs I've found (consistent with the reviews I've read)). I just got tired of lugging around headphones for the plane and the qc20s do a serviceable job of noise cancellation without the heft. I haven't tried it with balanced cables out to a good pair of phones yet, but I have spied the cables I'd like when ready to drop the $$. The IEMs sound so good though that I haven't felt a pressing need to do so (yet).

It is a sharp rectangle though - I had to add the leather case as it was just sort of uncomfortable due to the sharp edges. It won't win any second looks from Jonathan I've, but it's nice nonetheless. I LOVE the volume knob - so analog and easy to manipulate. It's a bit big/heavy for a shirt or jacket pocket, but that's fine for me in the way I use it.

It holds two huge storage cards (forget the exact size) - you could put a boatload of music on there. The battery is not great though - does fine for several hours, but if you don't turn it OFF, it won't sleep through the night without exhausting the batteries - which is kind of annoying.

So, for road warriors or those that obsess about these things (of which I am a bit of both), it's highly recommended.
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Sources > PS Audio DirectStream DAC > DirectStream Memory Player > Silenzio by -E- (via Roon/NAS) > Magnum-Dynalab > MD-108T SE / MD-205 > ClearAudio / Innovation / Universal > Lyra / Kleos
Speakers/Cables > TAD CR-1 MKII > Verastarr Grand Illusion Statement Copper (1), Gold (1)
Power > PS Audio P10 (2) / 3 dedicated lines with PowerPorts
Foundation > Rix Rax > Hoodoo / Amp Stands > Stillpoints ultra SS (8)
IC/PC > Power // Verastarr Grand Illusion Statement HC, Grand Illusion Statement > ICs // Verastarr Grand Illusion Signature XLR > Digital // Verastarr Nemesis USB
Other > Audio Desk Systeme Vinyl Cleaner Pro

Portables and Cans:

Cans > Sennheiser 800
IEMs > Westone W50, Bose QC20
Amplification > Auralic Taurus
Sources > Auralic Altair, Onkyo DP-X1
IC/SC/PC > Sennheiser Balanced / AQ Yukon XLRs / Shunyata Venom 3 (2) / Black Dragon Balanced
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Old 02-24-2017, 01:25 PM
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Added a black dragon balanced cable to the Onkyo (to my westone W50s) and it really helped the sound, really, really helped the sound. No surprise that the balanced cable helped, but it was a great improvement. That system is now pretty darn good for hotel rooms (still use the bose QC 20s on the plane for noise cancellation, which work great).
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Main Rig:

Amplification > Accuphase A200 (2) / C3800 > Esoteric E03
Sources > PS Audio DirectStream DAC > DirectStream Memory Player > Silenzio by -E- (via Roon/NAS) > Magnum-Dynalab > MD-108T SE / MD-205 > ClearAudio / Innovation / Universal > Lyra / Kleos
Speakers/Cables > TAD CR-1 MKII > Verastarr Grand Illusion Statement Copper (1), Gold (1)
Power > PS Audio P10 (2) / 3 dedicated lines with PowerPorts
Foundation > Rix Rax > Hoodoo / Amp Stands > Stillpoints ultra SS (8)
IC/PC > Power // Verastarr Grand Illusion Statement HC, Grand Illusion Statement > ICs // Verastarr Grand Illusion Signature XLR > Digital // Verastarr Nemesis USB
Other > Audio Desk Systeme Vinyl Cleaner Pro

Portables and Cans:

Cans > Sennheiser 800
IEMs > Westone W50, Bose QC20
Amplification > Auralic Taurus
Sources > Auralic Altair, Onkyo DP-X1
IC/SC/PC > Sennheiser Balanced / AQ Yukon XLRs / Shunyata Venom 3 (2) / Black Dragon Balanced
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Old 02-24-2017, 08:20 PM
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I run a black dragon cable from the itouch to my oppo portable dac amp and run the only one app as I previously stated

I can hear a large improvement with the dragon over a stock Apple cable. Glad your liking your setup to sounds great.
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Audeze LCD-X Sennheiser hd 800 & Sennheiser hd 700 cans, Woo Audio WA-6SE with Sophia Princess & matched pair of 6GL7/6EM tubes Black Dragon Cable upgrades on the HD700s!

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includes K03, high-end custom built Toshiba core i7 16 gigs Wireworld Platinum USB cable, Ipad mini & Itouch driving media center 20 for full remote control anywhere on property and even via web to have music on when I get home Also can remote control MX150 via web too.

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VPI Classic II running with a Dynavector 20X2-H MC Phono Cartridge

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For living room and outside rear deck is connected to MX150 with (1)Parasound 5250 amp. Oppo 95 , Sony ES777, (2)PPPs,

Speaker system
Builder of custom very high end Dynaudio's 2 Main towers, 1 super tweeter Dynaudio built system above each tower, 4 surrounds all Dynaudio Esoteric drivers 6.5 mids, esoteric dome tweeters, 2 rear surrounds, and a custom 5 speaker 2 7" drivers, 2 3" domes, and a d21 tweeter in the center channel to compliment my 2 300lb custom subs and a JL F212

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Old 04-09-2017, 12:58 PM
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I am looking to get a case for my DP-X1 for carrying around. I've seen, but not held the Onkyo OEM case as well as some running over $100 online (the price doesn't bother me). It's more important that it is durable, usable (can easily access all the controls), is not crazy bulky and relatively easy to hold in my hand. Any recommendations?

Thanks
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Bryston BDP-2-->Bryston BDA-2-->Prima Luna Dialogue Premium Integreted Amp. Oppo BDP-105D. Power: PS Audio P5, WW Silver Electra, WW Aurora. IC: WW Eclipse RCA, WW Equinox RCA. Digital: WW Gold Starlight AES-EBU, WW Platinum Starlight USB

Bedroom System (Headphones)
Logitech Squeezebox Touch (w Channel Island PS)-->Centrance DX DAC/Amp. Beyerdynamic T5p (Moon-Audio Black Dragon), Audeze LCD-XC, HiFiMan HE-500

Travel Survival Kit
Astell & Kern AK120-->Centrance Mini-M8 DAC/Amp and ALO Audio Continental (tube) Amp. Shure se535 Ltd with Moon-Audio Silver Dragon wiring, Beyerdynamic T70P with clear Pilot earpads.

Mall Survival Kit (1 wife, 2 daughters: you can only avoid the mall for so long)
AK120, iPod Classic 160, iPod Touch 64-->Ray Samuels Audio Shadow Amp. Shure se535Ltd, Monster Cable Copper Turbine Pro, iPad Mini
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Old 04-09-2017, 03:01 PM
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I got the one from Japan I. Leather that was about $100. Nearly necessary given the sharp edges of the unit. The
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Main Rig:

Amplification > Accuphase A200 (2) / C3800 > Esoteric E03
Sources > PS Audio DirectStream DAC > DirectStream Memory Player > Silenzio by -E- (via Roon/NAS) > Magnum-Dynalab > MD-108T SE / MD-205 > ClearAudio / Innovation / Universal > Lyra / Kleos
Speakers/Cables > TAD CR-1 MKII > Verastarr Grand Illusion Statement Copper (1), Gold (1)
Power > PS Audio P10 (2) / 3 dedicated lines with PowerPorts
Foundation > Rix Rax > Hoodoo / Amp Stands > Stillpoints ultra SS (8)
IC/PC > Power // Verastarr Grand Illusion Statement HC, Grand Illusion Statement > ICs // Verastarr Grand Illusion Signature XLR > Digital // Verastarr Nemesis USB
Other > Audio Desk Systeme Vinyl Cleaner Pro

Portables and Cans:

Cans > Sennheiser 800
IEMs > Westone W50, Bose QC20
Amplification > Auralic Taurus
Sources > Auralic Altair, Onkyo DP-X1
IC/SC/PC > Sennheiser Balanced / AQ Yukon XLRs / Shunyata Venom 3 (2) / Black Dragon Balanced
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:11 AM
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I purchased my DP-X1a and Shure SE-846 in Japan.
They are my best travel companions.
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:34 PM
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Yep, and now that my power has been out for nearly three days, they have provided my sole source of audio during the evenings.
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Main Rig:

Amplification > Accuphase A200 (2) / C3800 > Esoteric E03
Sources > PS Audio DirectStream DAC > DirectStream Memory Player > Silenzio by -E- (via Roon/NAS) > Magnum-Dynalab > MD-108T SE / MD-205 > ClearAudio / Innovation / Universal > Lyra / Kleos
Speakers/Cables > TAD CR-1 MKII > Verastarr Grand Illusion Statement Copper (1), Gold (1)
Power > PS Audio P10 (2) / 3 dedicated lines with PowerPorts
Foundation > Rix Rax > Hoodoo / Amp Stands > Stillpoints ultra SS (8)
IC/PC > Power // Verastarr Grand Illusion Statement HC, Grand Illusion Statement > ICs // Verastarr Grand Illusion Signature XLR > Digital // Verastarr Nemesis USB
Other > Audio Desk Systeme Vinyl Cleaner Pro

Portables and Cans:

Cans > Sennheiser 800
IEMs > Westone W50, Bose QC20
Amplification > Auralic Taurus
Sources > Auralic Altair, Onkyo DP-X1
IC/SC/PC > Sennheiser Balanced / AQ Yukon XLRs / Shunyata Venom 3 (2) / Black Dragon Balanced
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:43 PM
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I purchased my DP-X1a at Yodobashi, Shinjuku branch.
When I went back to hotel I found something wrong on the screen.
So next day I had to go back to Yodobashi to get a replacement.

I strongly suggest inspecting the quality at the store. The first time turn on will take about 10 min. So please be patient.
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