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Cheers @gwurb. For a portable DAC I'm happy to spend a bit more as I won't need to buy two now - one for the phone and one for use in the house. 

 

Have a great weekend 

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NBN Don’t get me started!!!!!

Have you received your Meizu HiFi Pro? If so how are you finding it? I ended up buying a preloved Schiit Modi 3.  I’m looking forward to testing it out.

13 hours ago, YippeKiYay said:

I was going to try streaming through the Primare, but it has been playing up the last couple of nights it keeps stuttering. This is more than likely down to my poor internet (yes, I am on the NBN but you wouldn't think so).

Make sure your streamer is connected to your network via gigabit Ethernet cable not WiFi, and that the physical connection continues all the way back to your internet modem. If that's not possible then aim to use 5GHz WiFi not 2.4GHz.

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> What about those Audioquest Dragonfly USB DACs?

 

I've just ordered a Meizu HiFi Pro for portable throwing in my laptop bag, apparently far exceeds the Dragonfly and only about $40USD (A$60). Will see when it arrives.

 

https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/meizu-hifi-pro-usb-c-phone-dongle-dac-review.10423/

 

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On 17/06/2020 at 10:20 PM, navlrac said:

> What about those Audioquest Dragonfly USB DACs?

 

I've just ordered a Meizu HiFi Pro for portable throwing in my laptop bag, apparently far exceeds the Dragonfly and only about $40USD (A$60). Will see when it arrives.

 

https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/meizu-hifi-pro-usb-c-phone-dongle-dac-review.10423/

 

Have you received your Meizu HiFi Pro? If so how are you finding it? I ended up buying a preloved Schiit Modi 3.  I’m looking forward to testing it out.

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> Have you received your Meizu HiFi Pro?

 

So my experiment in best I could get on the cheap resulted in me refusing to pay for courier, and kind of backfired. I took the free delivery option 😣.  With Covid and everything going on, I guess it got put on a ship (or a few).

 

After 4 weeks, the status was arrived in Singapore, after another 3 weeks it has been scanned in Australia today. I can only imagine how long it will take to get to me now, would this week be too optimistic? I'll let you know...

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On 28/07/2020 at 9:10 PM, Little_Joe said:

Yes, you may be waiting a couple of weeks. I’m sure it will be worth the wait.

my Meizu Hifi Pro finally arrived Monday 🙂 and I've had a small amount of time to listen to it.

 

(I'm generally rubbish at critical listening) But I have so far listened only with my old Denon AH-C560R earphones, and my Fostex TR-70 250ohm open headphones.

With the Denon's there was heaps of bass as expected, sounded quite boomy actually, but I normally only use those on the bus or plane where the extra bass helps. Midrange and treble was fine.

 

Switching to the TR-70s, first impression was the sound is great, very transparent and crystal clear (much better than the C560R) and no issue getting enough volume. The Meizu has 2Vpp output I believe so it can drive, 250-300ohm just fine. I felt however the bass was not quite right. At first I thought it was the headphones, but I switched back to my Topping E30 + JDS Atom, and the bass was back. The TR-70s are quite flat without strong bass to start with, so any drop is bass seems quite noticeable. What confirmed this for me was re-reading the Audioscience review https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/meizu-hifi-pro-usb-c-phone-dongle-dac-review.10423/ which noted the same issue with bass in the listening tests.

 

I have some ATH-MSR7B at the office which I'm keen to try out next week, they may do better with their greater bass emphasis than the TR-70.

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I felt however the bass was not quite right.

 

So listened to the Meizu HiFi on my old ATH-M40x from my Android device and I must say it sounded great. No lack of bass which I found on the higher impedance TR-70. Plenty of volume too, way more than I could tolerate anyway. The Meizu is *really* tiny, so its excellent for use with mobile or to keep in laptop bag.

 

In any case, I've started playing with E1DA 9038S G3, which is a lot more competent and a fair bit larger (but still small compared to desktop DAC) and its balanced output, so can only be used on balanced wired headphones. Gave the Meizu + M40x to my wife who's more than happy with the combo!

 

Still waiting on TRRRS connector components from Ali to make up balanced cables for the TR-70 ...

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