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  1. Sound86

    Topping MX5, A new device?

    I am really looking forward to some measurements. I was rather unhappy with my SMSL DA-9 because of QC issues and the need for a dedicated DAC. An all in one solution would be ideal for me, if it measures well. MX5 should fit the bill, espacially since I dont need the output power of the AO200...
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    Looking for active BT speakers sub 300€

    Hey folks, I could use some help. Recently I bought two Amazon Echo (latest version, not the dot) for use in my outside pavilion. The idea was a pair of simple speakers for background music while at the same time the option to interact with Alexa and my smart home. Well the sound (even for this...
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    SMSL DA-9 stuck on "S.M.S.L" boot screen (won't power on)

    I tried the fix and it didnt work. Fun sidenote however, the remote stopped working after that too. Now I have to start it by unplugging the power cord and can only control it with the volume knob. SMSL really failed with this one :/
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    S.M.S.L Tabebuia

    Just a very quick feedback on my Tabebuia. Ive had the Tabebuia together with a SMSL DA-9 for a few weeks now and used it occasionally (setup as a 3rd setup, in my RV). I also used a Khadas Toneboard some of the time and feed it HiRes music from amazon music HD. Now I dont specialize in desktop...
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    SMSL DA-9 stuck on "S.M.S.L" boot screen (won't power on)

    Yeah its nice to have and sorely missing on most bluetooth enabled amps. Though I wonder if the internal DAC is any good or even supports HiRes audio. In the end I will buy another DAC anyway. I have my eyes on a Hidizs S9 Pro for balanced TRRS connection to the SMSL
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    SMSL DA-9 stuck on "S.M.S.L" boot screen (won't power on)

    Ah dont feel sorry, the DA-9 was on my radar anyway and the sound quality (when it works) is rather nice. The AO200 is in my shopping card now too. It seems to be just a better DA-9 (faulty or not) and I might order one as soon as a discount is available.
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    SMSL DA-9 stuck on "S.M.S.L" boot screen (won't power on)

    Just stumbled on this. I have a DA-9 from DUDO Audio store on Ali and experience the exact same issue. Using bluetooth for now and yeah display on lowest brightness. I turn it on via the front knob, since the remote is still packaged. After unplugging power and restarting it works though. Kind...
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    Is it possible that the sound from the new Hiby R6 is much better than it's R3 Saber sibling?

    Pondering the same question right now. Ordered the DA-9 recently and also have some other DACs lying around. Id like to downsize to one unit I can play my music from everywhere. R3 Pro looks pretty good with TRRS balanced and is much more affordable than the SU-9.
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    Magnepan LRS Speaker Review

    From my experience with used market planars, and that goes for all planar speakers, is that they have rather high prices compared to conventional designs. I dont see why that would be any different with the LRS and for now in Europe the LRS prices are around ~1000 USD.
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    Magnepan LRS Speaker Review

    True. Ive been following the used market for a while now. In Europe the prices for a new pair arent quite as competitive as in the US, so I havent pulled the trigger yet. From what I have heard on Youtube people liked the smaller Hegels a lot, H90 or the newer H95, and I might give that a shot...
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    Magnepan LRS Speaker Review

    I had Magnepan MMG years ago, which I loved a lot. My first real audiophile kinda modern speakers and my first planars as well. I then swapped them to Martin Logan Aerius, which I did not enjoy, then after that Magnepan 2.6, which I didnt like either. I was actually considering buying LRS...
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    S.M.S.L Tabebuia

    Yeah WXA-50 has quite a lot of settings you can (and should) tweak Guess I will just use my Sabaj A10 together with the Khadas Toneboard for now and do some reading along the way. Then I will probably end up spending way more than I initially intended. Welcome to the audiophile world :-D...
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    S.M.S.L Tabebuia

    Huh interesting. With LDAC enabled I might reconsider. Size, amp measurements and the fact its SMSL too are all good arguments.
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    Nubert nuConnect ampX Streaming Amp Review

    Oh gosh, I was just looking for compact alternatives to the Yamaha WXA-50 and found a comparison on areadvd (german hifi and avr magazine) and even though I know areadvd is your run of the mill voodoo hifi people I actually thought for about an hour the Ampx could be the best thing since the...
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    S.M.S.L Tabebuia

    Im pretty much settled on Class-D (hence the WXA-50 plan). I mostly play music from a tidal hifi sub (with USB audio player pro on android). LDAC might be acceptable, but I believe the DA-9 only supports low res Aptx. So I would probably need another DAC if I go that route. Now I could use the...
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    S.M.S.L Tabebuia

    Yeah I would like the new SMSL DA-9 for that, espacially because the amp section measures so well. But sadly the units internal DAC can only process bluetooth, but Id rather like Wifi integration and maybe USB. So I would have to buy and place another unit on top, which I am loath to do. I...
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    New SMSL all-in-one amplifier?

    I just wished they would give their DA-9 Wifi or at the very least a USB-In at the back. At the price point of the VMV series there is just too much decent competition and the same will probably be true for the new A2.
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    S.M.S.L Tabebuia

    Yeah exactly, but then again people mentioned them not having much bass, which is okay for me generally (main system has Magnepans right now) and in an RV I cant have boomy sound. Its more for background music during the day and some listening at night if I feel like it. Right now I am using a...
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    S.M.S.L Tabebuia

    I was looking for a small affordable yet hifi-ish speaker for my RV. I was considering the Soundartist LS3/5A and also KEF LSX. In the end I ordered the Tabebuia, because I liked SMSL from their very first SA50 and was just curious what they would do with a speaker. I am planning on pairing it...
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    Mark Levinson Fake Copies

    Dartzeel NHB-268 Would really like to know how this one performs. That I would call a proper knock-off by all appearances :D
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