There's an app for this?Just confirmed with the app, if you long-press the Volume Up and Down buttons, the Space will cycle through it's filter settings helpfully translated here. The app can also allow you to adjust volume and balance, switch between low and high gain, and turn the light on the device on and off.
iBasso DC04Pro is also well regarded and he tons of settings to play with. Truthear Shio and TempoTec Sonata BHD are also more or less the same but cheaper.I was thinking about buying this due to the measurements, but haven't been about to find many direct comparisons for other aspects.
Does anyone have alternatives within a similar price range (around +$50 less or more) they'd recommend over the Tanchjim Space for its features, sounds quality, reliability, whatever?
I'd like to power nicer IEMs, but also have a Sennheiser 6XXs and would maybe like to buy a HIFI MAN Sundara one day.
It should be enough, at ~88dB listening level on the Sundara I am under 1mW (as reported by the Qudelix) and this does ~150mW out of the balanced output. There are more powerful dongles though, if you are specifically looking for the best dongle for low impedance planars the E1DA 9038S does have particularly high power for a dongle (almost 300mW @32Ω, 400mW @16Ω, @1% THD). Subjectively, I feel it works well with my Edition XS.Would this DAC delivery good results with planar magnetic like Hifiman Sundara?
I think the Qudelix 5K has more power than this, did you mean to say that the other way around?Great performance, nice and modern design - not sure who started it but I find this "exposed PCB" design trend quite attractive. Almost double the output power of Qudelix 5K. Add DSP/EQ to next generation and I will buy 3.
|SE 300Ω||11 mW||23 mW|
|Bal 300Ω||43 mW|
|SE 33Ω||54 mW||85 mW|
|Bal 33Ω||142 mW|
|SE 50Ω||52 mW|
|Bal 50Ω||210 mW|
I think you should have tested this unit whit sensitive IEM's. I was quite dissapointed to discover this much noise. These devices are not commonly used with full size headphones.This is a review, listening test and detailed measurements of the TANCHJIM Space portable DAC and balanced headphone adapter. It was sent to me by the company and costs US $90.
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I like the transparent window so that you can see the insides. There is an LED that lights up there when you reach the maximum volume control using the toggle buttons on the side. Speaking of those, they are some of the nicest ones I have used with very nice feel and action. You have the option of using 3.5 and 4.5mm headphone plugs. A neat, dual cable USB-C cable is provided as you see in the picture.
TANCHJIM Space Measurements
As is typical for this class of devices, the software I use to communicate with them doesn't work well so I can't run all the tests. But let's start with the dashboard that I can run:
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Are you seeing what I am seeing? A portable dongle producing distortion below -130 dB??? Incredible. Going balanced, the output doubles to 4 volts but it would clip so I measured it one notch lower:
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In another measurement I saw, it hadn't clipped so SINAD was improved. I will have to follow up with the company and understand what is going on. Using what we have puts the Space in entirely different class than other dongles, easily matching many desktop DACs:
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Noise performance is superb regardless of class!
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As is multitone:
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There is tiny bit of jitter but otherwise, the response is again desktop class than any dongle:
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The compatibility issue I have with testing causes the noise floor of these sweeps to be about 15 dB higher than they really are. So let's use them for computing max power:
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These are very healthy numbers for a dongle. In case you have different impedance headphone, here is the sweep for that:
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As seen, it gets unhappy around 12 ohm but higher than that works well. Even with 12 ohm, as long as you use an IEM or sensitive headphone, you should be fine.
TANCHJIM Space Listening Test
There just enough power to drive my power hungry Dan Clark Stealth headphone. It could do better but the last two notches on the volume control caused audible distortion. Switching to Sennheiser HD650, the Space had much easier time driving it and produced superb fidelity as long as you stayed away from the last two notches. In that regard, I think the output level was a bit lower than competing dongles that produce clean 4 volts of output.
First a confession: when the company reached out to me a few months ago, I had not heard of them and thought this would be a very low performing device. So I responded that I don't think it would do well. They assured me that it would and showed me measurements that were just hard to believe. They sent me a sample which unfortunately got lost. What you see here is the second sample. As you see, performance is just stunning. Use of dual DACs and excellent engineering has translated into a top of the line desktop class DAC but in a container that is the size of an America quarter! Functionality is excellent with nice tactile volume controls. And the thing manages to look attractive to boot! Other than finding out why it won't produce 4 volts, it is the most perfect headphone adapter I have tested!
It is my pleasure to recommend the TANCHJIM Space dac and headphone amplifier. I will be using it as my everyday adapter for my phone from here on!
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He isn't listening with IEMs, but that's the 50mV test is meant to test and >90dB is class leading on that. This would be a more objective test of it anyway. Might even be the best dongle he has ever measured, if not it's in the ballpark. It beats the dedicated IEM out on the $1,149 RME ADI-2 FS V2 to put in context.I think you should have tested this unit whit sensitive IEM's. I was quite dissapointed to discover this much noise. These devices are not commonly used with full size headphones.
He was specifically asked about that and said he tested the IEM output. Also the V1 of the RME ADI-2 FS was at least at the time of that test, the best ever measured atIt does not. Amir tested the main HP out, not the IEM.
I see. Anyway, while I can hear the background faintly when I connect my Fiio FA7 IEMs to the ADI-2 Pro, I do not hear it with less sensitive IEMs, including the Truther Hexa. On Qudelix 5K, I cannot hear any background noise with the FA7 over USB (over BT, it engages a noise gate in the absense of input signal), so I may conclude that the IEM output of the ADI-2 DAC is even quieter.He was specifically asked about that and said he tested the IEM output. Also the V1 of the RME ADI-2 FS was at least at the time of that test, the best ever measured at 95dB. It was the V2 that was a bit worse at 89dB (still great, but worse).
RME is first class all the way. Isn't it time since we have several units reaching SINAD of 115 or better to have another color in the chart for all of those reaching 115 or better results? Just a suggestion. Also looking forward to the test of the ADC version.audiosciencereview.com
Either way, it's splitting hairs, whether 89dB, 91dB or 95dB, these are all excellent results and there should be no audible hiss whatsoever.
If you can hear it on the ADI-2 Pro, but can't hear it on the Qudelix, how is the ADI-2 DAC (which I presume you don't have) quieter?I see. Anyway, while I can hear the background faintly when I connect my Fiio FA7 IEMs to the ADI-2 Pro, I do not hear it with less sensitive IEMs, including the Truther Hexa. On Qudelix 5K, I cannot hear any background noise with the FA7 over USB (over BT, it engages a noise gate in the abcense of input signal), so I may conclude that the IEM output of the ADI-2 DAC is even quieter.
Right. And likely that is quieter than your ADI-2 Pro. But I don't see how you think that relates to how noisy this Tanchjim Space might be.I was talking about the ADI-2 DAC's IEM output.
I did not make any claim regarding the TanchjimBut I don't see how you think that relates to how noisy this Tanchjim Space might be.
Only as a reference point. In my case, the noise is just a bit over the audibility threshold with my most sensitive IEMs. Also, I think that with this kind of outputs (especially with digital volume control), it's more relevant to measure the absolute noise level into a certain load rather than SNR at set output voltage.I don't see how the IEM noise level of the ADI-2 Pro is relevant.