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Тo be honest, I cannot compare this player with any other player, because this is my first player, but I can share my personal feeling.I should note that Astell & kern SR25 is just remarkable player! it is very ergonomic, not big, comfortable, and it is very important that it is light. I was faced with the choice of what to choose Fiio M11pro or A & К sr 25, I chose A&K sr 25, because firstly it is 2020 based on Android 9 with a good processor and from the reviews I learned that Astell & Kern has a good reputation, their players with very good build quality. The player never heats up even after long listening. Now with respect to the sound. The sound is clear, and rich, pleasant to the ear, works quietly without interference. even not very clean tracks plays cleanly. This player whit a good amount of power! Screen brightness is very good. I also want to mention one more important aspect, the duration of the battery time, it is perhaps the best of all the players on the market today, you can listen for hours and you do not need to think about the economy of time! I would like to warn you that the body of the player is made of aluminum, although it is light and always cool, but at the same time fragile in terms of the fact that the player has sharp edges, it would be better to keep it in its own case, the case is good! And I would like to say thanks to the Bloomaudio team for the fast delivery! Well done guys!
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It's a nice player but I would not make it my main player. Compared to lets say the I Basso DX 160 or the Hiby R5. One there are no apps. It says Wi-Fi but that's very limited it's only really for downloading updates. The Bluetooth is extremely weak for TWS (True Wireless Headphones) . The O/S is definitely entry-level this thing doesn't even have a clock. I know that's minor but it just shows you how much they cut corners to get the tubes in at a cheaper price. I've also had some problems with mine. I'm not sure if that's with every player but I do have a lot of freezing it plays for an hour or 2 then freezes up. I've also had issues with the file location being lost. You'll be listening to music and all of a sudden there's no file. You have to reload everything. It doesn't take long but it's frustrating.
The plus side is the Bluetooth works really well when pairing it up with the phone. That's the real strength of this thing works great as a DAC for the phone. Also as a line out to a standalone stereo system. There the sound is amazing. The tubes sound really good they give you 2 different sound options plus the solid-state option without the tubes. If you do TWS you can only use solid-state you cannot use the tubes. If you are using as a Bluetooth from the phone you have to use wired headphones. The Bluetooth can only go one way you're either streaming from the phone or you streaming to wireless headphones you cannot do both. So I think this is for an audiophile who already has a really nice player. And has a lot of really nice wired headphones not relying on TWS. For example I have the Hiby R8 it's a fantastic player but it's a little big and bulky to carry around. So this hit the spot it's easy to carry around and I can easily use it with my phone and I do have a micro card so if I'm not in a place to stream I can listen to music on the micro card. So again if you already have a nice player and are looking for something with the tubes sound that is a little cheaper this could work for you. But as a standalone player no way look at the I Basso DX 160, the Hiby R5 or the Fiio M9. All of those players are going to give you a much better all around experience compared to this one.
It has warm and musical sound. I usually listen to balance output but the down side it uses memory instead of streaming music so it acts as a Bluetooth with amplification.
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It's as big as its predecessor (the black label), which is the only real complaint I have about this beast (that, and perhaps maybe the "wish I would have waited for the diablo" factor)... OK fine, I also don't love the fact that I can't power/charge it from the same USB-C port as the connected host (although I do understand the sonic benefit of having them separate).
In short, this thing rivals any desktop DAC/Amp combo I have seen under $1k, and I have yet to find something it doesn't drive with ease (everything from delicate Campfire Audio IEMS up through my Sennheiser HD800s, Audeze LCD-4, Focal Utopia, and the full range of ZMF cans). The 3-position gain switch is fantastic in dealing with the range of power requirements, and the 3D and XBass DSP (? Filters?) give you more options to tweak the spectrum to accommodate whatever you're listening to. Battery life is spectacular (although the status lights could be a little more intuitive), the 1/4" and 4.4mm headphone outs are much welcomed among the sea of other options' 3.5mm / 2.5mm ports - and built-in RCA out allows for the iFi Micro iDSD Signature to work as a preamp for your 2-channel setup. Decoding of (as far as I know) all the high-res formats, although pretty much a given, deserves mention.
Although I'm not going too many places these days, it's nice to have a desktop-worthy DAC/Amp that I can walk around with. I find myself using my Chord Mojo less, and instead reaching for the iFi when I'm not tethered to my Violectric V280. Well done iFi!
The TL/DR summary: this unit is amazing. If you’re on the fence, go for it. You will not regret your purchase.
After deciding to move beyond the limitations of on-board decoding on my devices, I had been making do with a dongle-type DAC, using fairly easy to drive IEMs and headphones. I spent a few months researching various desktop and portable DAC options, and finally dove in when the iFi Micro iDSD Signature was announced. It was love at first listen. If you want to discover new amazing in your favorite tracks, not to mention be blown away by capabilities of your headphones and IEMs, this unit will deliver with flying colors. It also delivers across the spectrum - I’ve been as dazzled by classical tracks and remasters of 70s albums as I have the latest Billie Eilish and Kid Cudi. I don’t remember the last time I’ve had this much fun with my music.
The sound itself is impeccable, and with the various output configuration options (Power Match, the iEMatch, multiple filter options, XBass and 3D audio) you can dial in the perfect sound for whatever you may be listening to. My only challenge has been finding the right power setting with each set of headphones/IEMs to listen at lower volume - the audio can fall off in the left channel when you drop the master volume below about 25%, though this varies with the output power setting.
A month in, I couldn’t be happier - this is an amazing bit of technology in a very portable form factor.