Discussion in 'IEMs and Portable Gear' started by shotgunshane, Sep 22, 2019.
Yes, wslee left Radsone to start up Qudelix. He is one of the company founders.
The renderings of the Qudelix show identical button strips on opposite sides, which I thought is bad ergonomics for selecting the desired button by feel without looking.
I commented on Qudelix's Facebook page that they should make the two strips feel different such as adding bumps or ridges. They thought it's a good idea and will look into it. If it happens, you'll have me to thank.
For whatever reason the UP2 has started having this loud beeping noise upon turn on and continues for a few seconds after the voice says your headset is connected. With Andromeda it’s super loud. If I wait a few seconds (10 maybe?) before plugging iems in, it can be avoided.
@Bina, any ideas what’s going on? Also seems to only be connecting via SBC (light is staying blue).
Ignore the SBC comment. The loud start up beeping caused a little paranoia. When putting it into pairing mode and connecting to iOS, I can see it switch from blue to cyan.
This was problem on older firmware, plese update to latest V1.5 firmware and it should get fixed http://en.shanling.com/download/64
Hmm, PC only. I suppose I'm out of luck then.
Unfortunately this Qualcomm app seems to be Windows only.
I thought I’d share a link to ClieOS thread on the small bluetooth receivers: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/the...es-bluetooth-headphone-adapter-thread.906655/
It seems of those we’ve both heard, we seem to be in agreement on many things, so I thought his impressions of other devices might be useful. Surprisingly the new (and cheaper) Hiby W3 seems to be a winner.
Some ES100 advice
I put a couple little drops of clear nail polish (teenage daughters) on the play button, fast forward (or rew, you can pick lol) and vol up. Since play is also power on, having a bump there makes it a lot easier to turn on. I can just push the button with fingertip instead of finger nail.
I put masking tape around the buttons when I did this, to keep to polish out of the cracks, but might not need to do this but I can be anal for things like this.
Makes it much easier to use blind, feeling for the polish bumps. You just need to remember where you put the polish.
I also made the play bump bigger than the ff bump.
Well worth the time to do if you're using regularly.
As an aside, was looking at the W3 last night. Would probably order if I didn't already have a es100. And I've been using my trn bt20 more because I don't have to mess with any wires with them.
I've been meaning to write a little about the new UP4 for a while but well, life has been pretty distracting lately.
Shanling UP4 - $99
Bluetooth 5.0: Qualcomm CSR8675
Codecs: LDAC, HWA LHDC, apt-X HD, apt-X Low Latency, apt-X, AAC and SBC
Chipset: Dual ESS ES9218P Sabre DAC/AMP
Casing: Aluminium frame with glass panels on front and back
Buttons: Single multifunctional wheel
USB DAC: Yes
'Dual Dac' boost mode in single or balanced connection
Volume: 64 steps
Battery: Up to 15 hours single ended, 10 hours balanced, 300 hours standby
Smartphone App: coming soon
For me, this is the best tiny bluetooth receiver I've tried, by far, with some minor caveats.
In comparison to it's smaller sibling, the UP4 sheds the warmish tilt for a more neutral tone.
It's about double the size of the UP2 but still small in the grand scheme of things.
Significantly more powerful than the UP2
Still the somewhat lame clip as the UP2
Low gain and high gain are just ok and I could see someone easily preferring any of the others over it, if just based on regular low or high gain. The reason to buy this thing is for the Dual Dac (Boost) mode. I'm not sure if it is delivering more current in this mode but my modded Periodic Audo Be and the JVC FDX1 sound fantastic on this setting. Superb driver control and dynamics.
While I cannot recommend this thing enough for most iems, particularly dynamic driver iems, Andromeda is just meh from it; this isn't unique to the UP4, Andromeda is often meh from lots of sources/amps.
Since I'm mainly listening to dynamics these days, the UP4 has become my go to for portability with those iems. In dual dac mode, it's in a tier above the others I've tried/owned.
Nice thanks @shotgunshane do you think balanced is important for jvc in addition to the dual dac mode?
I’m using the $79 Dunu cable with the quick change adapters on my FDX1, so I can switch fairly quickly between single ended and balanced. Even so, it’s hard to tell much difference since balanced is immediately louder (and therefore better). Overall I’d say balanced sounds a little more open than single ended in dual dac mode. At the end of the day it’s really the dual dac mode that makes the difference.
Totally agree on the need to tweak for feeling the controls and making them easier to press. I am going to do this.
One More: I am also going to add a bump on the clip...to the end you press on to open it. For orientation's sake.
Glad you like our UP4!
We released our companion app last Friday, so far only for Android http://en.shanling.com/article-CompanionApp.html
And for UP4 we now sell this leather case, which has small strap on the back instead of that plastic clip.
@Bina I see the iOS app is released, however I can’t connect it to my UP devices. Any advice? I’m hoping this doesn’t require firmware update from a PC...
Exactly, it requires firmware update first. And that one still demands Windows.
@shotgunshane I've got a windows box. Send me your UP4 and I'll flash the firmware for you (and get to hear it for myself mwoohahaha).
Just kidding the shipping would be half the price of the unit.
Alright, I braved the outdoor world and marched into a neighbor’s house and updated the firmware on these guys. The iOS app now sees both the UP2 and UP4. Mission accomplished.
I just noticed shure has something thats probably useable with a wider range of IEMs (even though they only say compatible with Shure): https://www.shure.com/nl-NL/producten/accessoires/rmce-tw1
English language link: https://www.shure.com/en-GB/products/accessories/rmce-tw1
Supports only AptX, and AAC (primarily for Apple devices, I guess) but no LDAC: https://pubs.shure.com/guide/TW1/en-US
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