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By billy_boolean, Senior Member on 19th August 2019, 02:40 AM
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Hi Guys,

Let's talk about the external DAC.
Afordable, or not...

I don't want to use wireless solution for several reason but this is not the point here.

My favorite :
Ibasso DC01
Unfirtunatielly not compatible with Samsung Galaxy devices. Wiring of the USB-C connector is not fully respected by Samsung.
Some says that it will work on some European devices (Exynos).

It will be soon available as unbalanced under reference ibasso DC02.
Same issue ?

Sonata HD cable II
Review here
I've read everything and anything on this one. I don't know what to think about it. More over it's unbalanced.
Clone from Tempotec
http://www.tempotec.com.cn/en/2-Prod...taHD/index.htm
19th August 2019, 11:31 AM |#2  
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I have the Ibasso DAC and will be disappointed if this will not work with the Note 10. I have the Sonata and the Cozoy as well so will be trying them on the N10+ too. I prefer to use the iBasso for the Balanced connection. Does this mean it doesn't work with the Note9? My wife has this phone. I will try the Ibasso on that tonight.
19th August 2019, 04:36 PM |#3  
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Originally Posted by billy_boolean

Hi Guys,



My favorite :
Ibasso DC01
Unfirtunatielly not compatible with Samsung Galaxy devices. Wiring of the USB-C connector is not fully respected by Samsung.
Some says that it will work on some European devices (Exynos).


Review here
I've read everything and anything on this one. I don't know what to think about it. More over it's unbalanced.

I just tried the Ibasso DC-01 with my wife's Note9 (Qualcomm CPU). I have used it with PowerAmp and Tidal and it seems to be working fine.
Can I clarify that the Ibasso has not been working with Samsung phones or just with the Note 10?
I have ordered the Note 10+, but have assumed that the Ibasso will work with the N10+ as well.
19th August 2019, 07:34 PM |#4  
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I just tried the Ibasso DC-01 with my wife's Note9 (Qualcomm CPU). I have used it with PowerAmp and Tidal and it seems to be working fine.
Can I clarify that the Ibasso has not been working with Samsung phones or just with the Note 10?
I have ordered the Note 10+, but have assumed that the Ibasso will work with the N10+ as well.

It seems that they have issue with S9 S10 N9 and N10.
Not all devices are impacted.
See attachment.

Regarding ibasso, a French test website said to have had the problem with 50% of devices. Including S9 S10 and Note9.
Samsun was able to solve the problem via software for other DACs, but they can not do it for ibasso.
This French website advice to test the ibasso before buying.
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20th August 2019, 01:35 AM |#5  
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I came across this usb dac by Dunu at a hifi show recently. Looks similar to the Ibasso, but was unbalanced. I did not catch the model number. I think it will be released soon as well
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20th August 2019, 08:11 AM |#6  
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Originally Posted by billy_boolean

Hi Guys,

Let's talk about the external DAC.
Afordable, or not...

I don't want to use wireless solution for several reason but this is not the point here.

My favorite :
Ibasso DC01
Unfirtunatielly not compatible with Samsung Galaxy devices. Wiring of the USB-C connector is not fully respected by Samsung.
Some says that it will work on some European devices (Exynos).

It will be soon available as unbalanced under reference ibasso DC02.
Same issue ?

Sonata HD cable II
Review here
I've read everything and anything on this one. I don't know what to think about it. More over it's unbalanced.

Few months ago I purchased TempoTec Sonata HD Hi-Res dongle from Amazon and actually was the first person to review them. Basically it is the same as Hidizs, just re-branded. Actually Hidizs was selling the TempoTec dongle. I asked them what is the difference between your Hidizs and TempoTec, their reply was "basically same thing..." The reason I went with TempoTec, as it was $19.99 and Hidizs that time was $29.99. Now Hidizs went over $40, not cool

Manufacturer's website: http://www.tempotec.com.cn/en/2-Prod...taHD/index.htm
Aliexpress link for TempoTec dongle: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/3289...5128.subject_0
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21st August 2019, 05:52 PM |#7  
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Re: ibasso DC-01
I finally got the N10+ (Qualcomm) today

Have managed to try out the ibasso dc-01 dac this evening.
Crossing fingers, but so far no issues with it on the N10+.

I have used Power-Amp, Tidal and UAP Pro and all the apps have behaved with the dac.

Haven't encountered anything unusual.
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21st August 2019, 06:17 PM |#8  
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Originally Posted by jawis

I finally got the N10+ (Qualcomm) today

Have managed to try out the ibasso dc-01 dac this evening.
Crossing fingers, but so far no issues with it on the N10+.

I have used Power-Amp, Tidal and UAP Pro and all the apps have behaved with the dac.

Haven't encountered anything unusual.

Good news !
No battery drain ?

have you installed the ibasso application to manage the volume ?
21st August 2019, 06:53 PM |#9  
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Good news !
No battery drain ?

have you installed the ibasso application to manage the volume ?

Not noticed battery drain, but perhaps will see how it is tomorrow after a full charge and spend the day with it.

I have not installed any ibasso app, but have volume control with the N10.
I had to set hardware volume with UAPpro and volume works in bit perfect mode fine. Listening to Tidal with UAPpro as I type. Been great so far.
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26th August 2019, 02:53 PM |#10  
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First thing first, I am not an audiophile!
Instead of paying the Type-C to 3.5mm Adapter for SS (no stock here anyway), bought the iBasso dc02
- plug and play as expected, no issue
- volume is louder, and clearer
- RHA T20
- Have not tried the iBasso UAC

Tested on:
Samsung Note10+ (Samsung Music Player)
Huawei Honor Note 10 (VLC)

Time to trash the Type C to 3.5mm adapter!
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4th October 2019, 09:21 PM |#11  
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i got the Ibasso DC02 for my note 10+ exynos and it didn't work ... audio came out from the phone speakers and the Ibasso UAC doesn't see it either ...
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