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Help me decide between Aune x8 magic vs Soncoz la-qxd1

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If someone can help me choose between its two dacs based on the ES9038 saber chipset ( Aune x8 magic vs Soncoz la-qxd1 )?

my setup is :
amp = smsl sp200
headphone = akg k712 pro
dac = smsl m300 mk2,
 

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Why? What's wrong with the gear you have? If you want a better/different sound get another headphone.
 

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It comes down to drivers, QC, firmware support, and analog output voltage to your amp. The M300MkII should be in the same league. Pick the one that does not click/pop, has the most updated driver support and has the least subjective noise from your computer. Are you looking for a ESS dac to just switch it up? The Sonoz looks better off measurements, and its cheaper.

I'd recommend that you save up and get better headphones, or say try a different sound signature, just to switch it up, depending on the music you listen to. Then work back starting with the amp you are using. There are better amps than the SP200 now, under $400. The dac is fine, unless you don't fancy SMSL for whatever reason.
 
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It comes down to drivers, QC, firmware support, and analog output voltage to your amp. The M300MkII should be in the same league. Pick the one that does not click/pop, has the most updated driver support and has the least subjective noise from your computer. Are you looking for a ESS dac to just switch it up? The Sonoz looks better off measurements, and its cheaper.

I'd recommend that you save up and get better headphones, or say try a different sound signature, just to switch it up, depending on the music you listen to. Then work back starting with the amp you are using. There are better amps than the SP200 now, under $400. The dac is fine, unless you don't fancy SMSL for whatever reason.
Why? What's wrong with the gear you have? If you want a better/different sound get another headphone.



I made comparison tests between my smsl m300 mk2 and my Huawei nova 7i phone, all connect with my smsl sp200 amp. I concluded that the nova 7i has a honeyed instrument separation, more detail of the treble and a very good resolution especially in midrange. on the other hand m300 sounds as good but I do not like its presentation in 2.5 d, the treble are a little shy, and above all his midrange gives priority to the voice which is well defined but overshadow the instruments that are with it, the bass is not slamming and is not deteiled. that's why I want something different especially ESS Saber for a budget of $ 300. the best i can find are Aune X8 Magic and Soncoz LA-QXD1. if someone can help me choose between these dac? other suggestions are welcome
 

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Not to make a statement obvious, but did you do the tests volume matched? (Down to 0.1 dB) and blind?
 

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I made comparison tests between my smsl m300 mk2 and my Huawei nova 7i phone, all connect with my smsl sp200 amp. I concluded that the nova 7i has a honeyed instrument separation, more detail of the treble and a very good resolution especially in midrange. on the other hand m300 sounds as good but I do not like its presentation in 2.5 d, the treble are a little shy, and above all his midrange gives priority to the voice which is well defined but overshadow the instruments that are with it, the bass is not slamming and is not deteiled. that's why I want something different especially ESS Saber for a budget of $ 300. the best i can find are Aune X8 Magic and Soncoz LA-QXD1. if someone can help me choose between these dac? other suggestions are welcome
Tough comparison, since you are comparing a phone which is probably playing through the android stack (unless you are using UAPP and a OTG cable) vs a dedicated dac. Either way, the Soncoz would be the better imo, of those two, since at least you can pm the manufacturer here on the board. Aune support is pretty barren for most of their products.

I would also throw in a option for the Allo Revolution Dac, in this price range ($265 with remote). The only bad thing is that it that the Allo uses a uses a micro usb input. Good luck.
 
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