Πέμπτη 8 Σεπτεμβρίου 2022

Inkax HiFI model


 Just in short again this time with the hope to do some more response analysis later

This is the inverse of the so famous V monk model . The mode  can be found very easily in  the local market from the local importer and distributor . Though very cheap at price just 8.5  Eu i is the biggest model in its category. Tested with the Sound magic  10 E (norm for the type) its curve shows increase above the 1 kHz without getting too sibilant . The sponges increase the  basses towards the AKG DJ 81 curve giving a nice U response  sound

In contrast  the V monk kill the higher frequencies

I have used these Inkax models for more than 1 year and i am very impressed with is operation and the audio quality . The only problem us that the twin line divider can shorten the cable

as in the photo above there is also a pause button . the joints on the twin cable part can be easily broken if there is some higher stress


Τετάρτη 6 Ιουλίου 2022

Supereye aka Benjie M6: short technical review

An old player used only as auxiliary and by my daughter for a short time till she  skipped to her first smartphone two years ago  . I also replaced over the Ruizu which finally didn't fit to me  with its trebly sound and poor radio quality.  

Notice : I always use  my AKG81 DJ or the JBL T500  headphones while testing any model.


Notice that the Benjie is the same model with Supereye with the top control buttons operating the typical English way : left operations in the right panel and vice versa See the photo above!

Relatively heavy for its size, it  can mean that it uses a aluminum case with around 120 gr of weight 

In short i can assure that it can use that it fully supports 32 GB of RAM  and as advertised it can support up to to 128 GB. The new ram i use is 32GB  that covers all the previous RAM with more material . 

Most directories include between 800-1100 files . Changing folders and  scrolling into files in such giga folders while playing music, can temporarily freeze playback. With around 70  files on screen scrolling in 10 seconds it is the fastest scrolling i can think so far.Chinese Greek and Thai file names are supported. Also the ID3 info.

various applications : folder view ,pic view , ebook , mic recording, radio and settings 


Among the supported file are MP3, WMA 9.x , OGG,APE, FLAC  and MP4. WMA 10 is NOT supported  DSD are NOT recognized. Hi-res FLAC neither

Bluetooth  is selectable from the menu. I only once used this operation but i m not interested to use it . The playing time drops to around 8 hours (non-confirmed but referred in the op manual )

Stereo FM radio with good audio quality and ability to record in WAV mode only .  Listen to a  recording: https://app.box.com/s/dp6mq4k3fi5qtl6f24yo593z04pagb16

Mine Supereye version scans in reverse with up button scanning downwards the band ie from 108 to 88 MHz!  it stops once a strong station is found. 

Some nice operations with possible differences from the original Benjie (unless its is on M8 )

  • vol up and down : increases /decreases volume , 
  • vol up or down longer time : next/ previous song 

Volume is shown in a circle levels up to 9 are OK for normalized songs.

Audio quality is very close to the Nintaus with the only difference in the bass (<2 db)

Max time used : near to 27 hours : Tested with 70 files of 1 hr long , in 3 formats  MP3 WMA  at vol 9 level played continuously till its battery drained.  

Rate: 4.5/5

Addition: 

A few vlogs in youtube that show its operation

 


Σάββατο 4 Ιουνίου 2022

V-monks !

 Finally the cheapest of all earphones tested! 


After receiving a very impressive review with price below the 10 USD i was very such impressed with this article.A few more articles also shown good reviews and finally i decided to buy for a test

The parcel received in less than one moth via ebay and received in around 20 days from the in laws home. I had together with  me the ALG81 DJ and after opening the parcel i immediately tested i with a Shortwave radio of good audio quality and later with mine auxiliary HiFI player . the Amoi.

On the PL330 radio the sound was a bit more bassy with a bit lower treble  but it is  somehow annoying

On the Amoi and a Q3 recorder and MP3 player the sound is a bit better.

From what I understood the problem lies in the audio curve. Comparing to the 81DJs curve , the Monks has some better tuning to the higher parts of bassy range and lower gain on  the higher highs. Comparing with  other earphones as my  favorite Inkax HiFi or Music , well usable for smartphones  there is a huge difference on the trebles side

Spatiality : the earphones have excellent spatiality as with the DJ81 



Second minimal problem: after long time of using them my right ear was annoyed . I also tried to use the sponges but I didn’t manage to put them over their housing The hole is too small …. After 5 tries I desisted continuing…

IN the other side I liked very much that this is the fist time there is an earphone that reaches the spatiality  the volume and the near linearity of the sound that goes a little under a semipro model as DJ81 ! 4.5/5



my typical way to test head- and earphones 

update : testing monks with AKG77 
Being once in the main home i cross tested monks with AKG77. The sound of AKG77 was quite better with sharper audio .listening was in sequence than parallel
To get in more detail: 
1.monks are a bit bassier  as compared with DJ81 , on the 'higher' bass band 
2.The highest highs are a bit reduced  comparing to the 77
 


Κυριακή 29 Μαΐου 2022

XDuoo X2 mini - review

 


Its a long time forgotten blog to make 

As you can see all my posts are referring to low and middle class mp3 models. keeping some money for reserve i was for very long time into looking for a  good model of higher class ie audiophile model; I finally rested into the XDuoo X2S an entry level audiophile model Aas far as i know this brand is well reputable in the audiophile market for their valve  amplifiers and other related HIfi equipment

The 2S is around 55 -65 Eu in ebay from China and found via France at 60 plus courier shipping at 12 EU Quite good price and quite  fast delivery service in just 7 days to Middle Greece. 

 

I  shot it a few days after receiving it but lost the opportunity to blog it due to other reasons. This is  the top view of the player. Unfortunately it is very small . much smaller from what i could expect 




Very simplistic design and controls comparing to my Amoi or even to the more complex Nintaus/SHMCI .  


and  VERY small !


And  the volume control!

For its size it is quite bulky . 3 times thicker than expected. 


Three  interesting  photos: There is support of Greek Chinese and Thai scripts !