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ahmadfaizadnan
post Apr 1 2019, 05:17 PM

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QUOTE(kasturiGM @ Apr 1 2019, 10:29 AM)
thanks for the suggestion. for now i could settle with those budget. maybe not the best one, but the best one in that budget.
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try to look for Xduoo x2, fiio m3k or shanling m0. Maybe some chi-fi DAP
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post Apr 2 2019, 08:25 AM

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QUOTE(kasturiGM @ Apr 1 2019, 05:35 PM)
yes, those are what i have in mind. but i have never test them out. i am interested in xduoo x3ii actually. i wonder how it is compared to fiio x3? i have tested out fiio x3 gen 1 before. is gen 2 version better? i even consider dodocool. it is the cheapest amongst them all. i hope the next dap i bought would be a step up to my previous megamini or it would just be a waste.
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Not sure which one is better as I only heard the fiio x3ii out of all you've mentioned and I thought it sounded pretty good. It has good slam and detail with airy representation. Quite good for its price to be honest. Surprisingly enough that there are times I prefer the M0 over the fiio and hiby r3 most (all maybe) of the time.

btw, fiio m3k is another good option.

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post Apr 2 2019, 12:03 PM

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QUOTE(kasturiGM @ Apr 2 2019, 10:16 AM)
yes, i have only tried fiio x3. back then second gen wasn't even out yet but i am impressed with the overall tone and soundstage. so fiio is like my benchmark now. if anything is on par with fiio x3, it is good enough for me. since xduoo is in my budget range and i can get it new, i really hope that it is as good as it claimed. it even got bluetooth. not that i used it often, but it is nice to have one.
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the xduoo has a lot of functionality and if it offers good sound, that's a bargain. I saw one at rm459, but not sure if you can get it under rm300.
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post Apr 2 2019, 03:27 PM

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QUOTE(kasturiGM @ Apr 2 2019, 12:32 PM)
if it sounds on par with the fiio x3, ill definitely take it. it is retailed at rm300++ now. but after reading this review, i have doubt.

https://headfonics.com/2018/07/xduoo-x3ii-review/
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Yeah, Mike Piskor is not a fan of 4490 dac chip. But, I don't think it's bad but personal preferences instead. If you can go for a try, that's better I think.
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post Apr 2 2019, 09:01 PM

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QUOTE(kasturiGM @ Apr 2 2019, 03:43 PM)
i am looking for a unit for a try, but can't find one. i am afraid it will sound like my megamini. it is not that bad too, but since it got no eq and u have to listen as is, it got no room to tweak.
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I see. Have you tried stars picker, amplified or jaben?
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post Apr 3 2019, 11:37 AM

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QUOTE(kasturiGM @ Apr 3 2019, 10:03 AM)
also plan to letgo my megamini. by any chance u know other place to sell than here, mudah, carousell, or facebook?
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Hmmm in Malaysia I am not sure. I use Head-fi but you might wanna consider international shipping.
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post Apr 4 2019, 12:06 AM

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QUOTE(kasturiGM @ Apr 3 2019, 12:09 PM)
i thought of international shipping but not sure it's worth it. not sure about the cost. not sure if it made it there.
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The concern is legit but I think my major concern is just cost and not sure if it's worth it.
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post Apr 4 2019, 09:08 AM

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QUOTE(kasturiGM @ Apr 4 2019, 05:33 AM)
just sold my megamini. now back to sourcing dap  biggrin.gif .

slight change of budget. what's good for 500 ish budget. sony a55 seems like a pretty good deal.
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Congrats! The sony is trusted but I never heard the sound so not sure. Really wanna suggest the hiby r3 but if you use spotify, might not be a good choice
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post Apr 4 2019, 11:04 AM

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QUOTE(kasturiGM @ Apr 4 2019, 10:22 AM)
thanks, i am going to starpicker soon. i am sure to put the hiby on the list.
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post Apr 5 2019, 04:38 PM

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QUOTE(kasturiGM @ Apr 4 2019, 04:57 PM)
agreed...sony fits my budget but doesnt have wifi. m6 way out of budget but using android and has wifi. since m6 is fairly new, it is impossible to find one used.
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it's quite hard to get wifi under rm300. Since you're planning to upgrade, I might as well save some money and get one that could last for long. Just a suggestion biggrin.gif
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post Apr 5 2019, 11:10 PM

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QUOTE(kasturiGM @ Apr 5 2019, 11:05 PM)
i have increased my budget a little bit. to 500 ish. have u heard about acoustic research. ar200. it uses akm4490. class a amp. spec wise, it has the same features as sony a55. but it has balanced output. i wonder if it performs better than the sony.
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the m200 is it? I heard it's super buggy. While it has good specs, there are many complains about the software. Do you know any shop that sell the m200?
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post Apr 6 2019, 10:11 AM

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QUOTE(kasturiGM @ Apr 6 2019, 06:40 AM)
yes. ar m200. and yes, that's what i heard too. the ui is crap. but the sound quality is great. star picker had ar200 before, not sure about now.
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Since you're going to Stars picker, might also worth to audition the m200 if they still have it.

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