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Advanced Sound Accessport Lightning DAC/Amp

Advanced Sound Accessport Lightning DAC/Amp

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Mine arrived 5 days ago. I’ve got to say my unit has ZERO hissing / background noise. I assume they have made all the necessary tweaks based on early unit reviews. Considering the small footprint, dynamics and practicality, I highly recommend this product.
Don't waste your money, find another that's built better. I was one of the original funders for this product on Kickstarter. After the long wait time during production, imagine my disappointment when the headphone jack is loose, in-line audio controls work 50% of the time, and firmware updates through their app do not work. Often, the device is not even detected by my phone to perform an update. Trust me on this and look elsewhere.
TristanA
You may be experiencing a defective unit from our first batch. I do appreciate supporting us to kickstart the Accessport and please allow us to rectify your issue. I've sent a note to our support team so that we will arrange a replacement unit. The symptoms you are describing should not be happening. You can send an email to support@adv-sound.com.
I received mine and the headphone jack is really loose. If you barely tug on it, it falls out. I can only use it sitting down because if I put my phone in my jacket, it comes out. It is literally unusable.
joshuawas
You should not be experiencing such issue. I've sent a note to our support team. Please send an email to support@adv-sound.com. Our support team will take care of your case.
Testing with B&W P7’s. Decent. I found reasonable improvement in instrument seperation. Layering was noticably better. Mid bass was slightly more defined. No issues with the jack falling out. Seemed like a snug fit. It did seem like it did not drive the headphones as strongly as the Apple adapter.
Don’t waste your money. No Improvement in audio over apple‘s basic lightning / 3.5mm. Headphone jack falls out with any movement, so unless you plan on keeping completely still at all times, you will become unplugged incessantly.
If you you find one for $9.95 go ahead.
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Ok it’s insulting to tell me to try multiple jacks - did the product description state “only works with some 3.5mm But you won’t know which until laborious trial-and-error?”
Still falls out, by the way, or cuts out. Sennheiser hd280 and grado and some old sony that came with a Walkman and the Apple buds
Oh, and the audio on the unit now cuts in and out even when holding the jack in place. And sometimes when I’m lucky I’ll hit play and hear a high pitched squeal until it’s unplugged.
NYBear
I apologize if my response sounded like that. There was no implication that Accessport would work with only some 3.5mm jack. It should work with all 3.5mm jack. If you are continuing to experience issues, we can replace your unit. We have a warranty procedure to follow and it begins with you emailing support@adv-sound.com with description of your issues and your purchase receipt.
Complete crap. I haven’t hooked did this up and recorded from it yet so I haven’t ran it through any spectral analyzer and haven’t measured decibel output versus regular output from my phone, but at most this might give a perceived volume boost which is enough to fool most people into thinking something sounds better. There was absolutely no better sound stage, no increased frequency range nothing. anything I’ve read positive about this thing, and it could just be this model but regardless, is utter BS.
WILLxLOVE
The sound quality / scale will depend on the receiver used. What earphones / headphones have you tried with Accessport?
Stupid question does this work Ike the the Fiio dac. Where it Can convert my 3.5 headphone jack into my IPhone X lightning port. So I can use my Beat Headphones?
This makes me so happy. I've wanted to get this for a while now!
Backed this when it was a Kickstarter, nice to see it on here. Quality product imo
FiletCrouton
Could you give a review from your PoV? Do you use IEMs or Cans?
Thanks
Rithrade
I got these primarily to charge my phone and be able to listen to music at the same time. Unfortunately I don't get to use them much now but with my LZA4's the audio came in a bit louder and sounded great.
I just loaded some 24bit to test but I can't find my regular adapter. Will update whenever I find it and can compare.
Anyone knows if these drive the Pinnacle P1/PX okay, or Sennheiser HD600/650/6XX well enough?
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Ok the MFI sold me. Just joined the Drop. I also downloaded the App. So to update the Firmware. I just plug the unit into the iPhone while the app is open and it will Automatically update. .
Nyfan03
To update firmware, you can plug in the Accessport to your iphone, then launch the App. The App will check which version of firmware is on your Accessport, and display an option to update to the latest firmware if it isn’t up to date. You also have an option to opt out of firmware update if you wish to.
I received mine today. I tried it out with my earbuds that came with my iphone 6+ on some sample tunes and it does boast a few db increase overall. In addition, the highs are much brighter as well as the mids. There is not much impact but then again the earbuds aren't the greatest IEM. I can't wait to go home and plug in my AKG 7xx to test this out and see what it sounds like. I do agree the noise floor is real even with just the basic IEMs.
However, for this price, it's a very good investment and purchase.
Just got mine (as in ten minutes ago). The sound quality is awesome, but the noise floor is a real problem. I'm using a pair of Westone ES50 CIEMs, and there was background hiss from the second I plugged them in – even with nothing playing.
I did download the app and updated to 1.1.6. I had a faint hope that the app would allow me to select a high or low mode, but it is simply for f/w updates.
Also: a negative surprise; there's no microphone pass-through. I have an MMX cable with a "bump in the wire' microphone for phone calls. No connectivity...
One positive, two negatives. Unhappy panda.
RichardKaufmann
Hi Richard, the microphone should be functional if you have an in-line remote/mic on your IEM cable. Can you specify the type of cable (make and model) you are using so that we can understand the issue you are experiencing? Additionally, the Accessport has an external headphone amplifier to drive more power hungry headphones. This makes a low impedance, high sensitive IEM like ES50 to pick up some noise. We are evaluating if it would be possible to implement low gain setting via APP update. We will keep you posted in case such change can be done. Thanks for your feedback. -Peter
RichardKaufmann
If the noise floor is a problem, I would pass on those. Even with improved sound quality, I can no stand with background hiss!
If you own an iPhone just buy this thing! I prefer it to my dragonfly black just for convenience sake. you MUST download the accompanying app to get the best out of this tho. Advanced Sound by ADVSOUND, Inc. in the App Store. DO NOT PASS THIS UP!!!!
Whatwhat77
From what I understand you don't need the appstore app anymore.
Hi! I bought two Accessports (lightning + USB-C) on Kickstarter, January 5th 2017 (yes, one year and two months ago!!), and I've only received lightning version. No news about USB-C version. Could you please tell me what are you going to do with it?. A refund, will you ever send it to buyers, will you reply to waiting buyers emails.... ?. Thank you!
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Thank you for your reply and explanations. Hope we can enjoy USB-C Accessport soon. Anyway, and considering that more than one year has passed since we backed your project on Kickstarter, maybe you should pay more attention to backers (better communication, more frequent updates, etc.), or even offer the choice to get a partial refund...
nitramnavi
We have been very consistent in communication on our Kickstarter comments section. Plus, send us a message on Kickstarter or via support@adv-sound.com if you do want refund for Kickstarter pledge for USB-C Accessport.
Looks like null-audio is selling cheaper and shipping is free with free shipping code.
I am not very confident in this company. I bought it on a kickstarter campaign, one of the two I bought won't update and the company has been unresponsive.
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It STILL doesn't update. I have V1.1.3 and my unit is stuck at 10% for the update. It's stuck and says: "Updating, do not unplug device" and it can sit here forever if I let it.
MitchRusso
Hi Mitch, please try unplugging Accessport, terminating the app, and try going through update process again. If it gets stuck again, try few more times. If you aren’t able to update the firmware after few more tries, send an email to support@adv-sound.com so we can go through RMA process to get your unit fixed/replaced -Peter
I was under the impression that the Lightning Audio Module (LAM) was limited to 24-bit 48KHz, so the information about this supporting up to 96KHz is incorrect surely?
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So this claim is nothing more than a marketing gimmick...
Everythingcollector
Depends on what you consider to be high-resolution playback. If you don't consider 24/48 to be high-resolution lossless and only consider 24/96+ to be one, then I suppose it would be a marketing gimmick for you.
Quick note: this thing works, there was a hiss but it went away. HOWEVER, you can't use it on the go: the wire frays in your pocket or with movement to the point that it stops working entirely. Home use is fine.
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austin1908
Hello Austin, you should not be having such issue. It may be that the particular unit is experiencing a disconnect inside wire. Please send an email out to support@adv-sound.com about this. I've alerted the customer service team. -Peter
scutts
Will do!
There is an audible hiss when using these with most IEMs. I made a post about it on Reddit in a review in which I tried at least 10 different, popular IEMs. The sound is neutral overall but no better sounding than the Apple adapter. There is audible distortion in the bass at higher volumes when using an Aeon Closed. For reference, the standard Apple Headphone Adapter had no audible distortion with the Aeon or audible hiss with IEMs. I concluded it wasn't worth the money unless you really needed to drive super sensitive IEMs while charging your phone, and didn't care about the hiss. EDIT: I understand the Aeons require a dedicated amp to get the most out of them. I tested them with the Accessport purely out of curiosity.
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My current favorite is the iFi micro iDSD Black Label. It's not advertised as "works with iOS" but I use it with my iPhone 7 Plus multiple times a week with no issues. Just requires the Apple CCK (Camera Connection Kit) adapter or the iPAD CCK (which allows you to charge and play music at the same time). Uses 2 Burr Brown DACs - or one dual core - not sure which. Has a 1/4" headphone out with up to 4W of power as well as RCA Line/Pre Outs. Also has 3.5mm Line input to be used as an amp. Sound is mostly neutral with a slight gravity towards warm. Treble is refined but highly detailed. This is essentially a desktop DAC/Amp that can be portable. It will power your most sensitive IEMs or your hardest-to-drive headphones.
The newly released FiiO Q5 is also excellent. Thoughts are all based on using it with the stock AM3A amp module or DAC Line Out to a HeadAmp Gilmore Lite MK2: It has a more portable size and shape than the iDSD BL but it has bluetooth built in. It has a slightly warm and smooth sound with good detail retrieval. It uses dual AK4490 DAC chips. It is made for iOS and PC. It comes with all the cables required to connect it to a PC, android phone, or iPhone including a lightning to micro-usb cable which is pretty cool (no need for an adapter). The AM3A amp module that comes in the box has a 3.5mm SE out and 2.5mm balanced out. With exception of the RCAs of the iDSD BL, the Q5 has the most connectivity options with USB in, Line In, Optical In, Coax In, Bluetooth In, Line Out, headphone out, and balanced headphone out. This has the "smoothest" sound of the 3.
The Oppo HA-2SE is another nice device. It is made for iOS. It uses a ESS Sabre Reference ES9028-Q2M DAC chip. The sound is very neutral with a gravity towards cool and bright. I have found it exhibits what has been referred to as ESS Glare or Sabre Glare. You can look that up on your own if you'd like but it essentially (and unintentially) adds a little "extra" to the treble. It's hard for me to describe. It has a 3.5mm SE headphone out and Line Out/In. This bests the Q5 in terms of detail retrieval but I personally prefer the sound of the Q5. It has the most portable form factor of these three only beating the Q5 because it is thinner.
Other thoughts: Build quality on all three is excellent as is sound quality (with each being a bit different). The iDSD BL and HA-2SE can be used as power bricks if you need to charge your phone in a pinch. The Q5 cannot do this. The HA-2SE is the only one that can charge your phone while playing music. All three can be used with PC (with driver installation) and iOS. The Q5 and HA-2SE are marketed as 'Made for iOS' while the iDSD BL is not. You'll have to do your own research on battery life for each because I don't know it off the top of my head. The iDSD BL is the only one that has a decent bass boost (if you use that sort of thing). The Q5 and HA-2SE have sub-par bass boost functionality. The HA-2SE doesn't need an adapter to connect to iOS devices as it has a USB-A female connection built in: you can use any standard USB lightning cable. Source: I own all three.
Hope this helps!
This is what you’re looking for.
Maybe my ears have issues hearing but my Sennheiser momentums don't hear a difference with these. Only thing these have got going for them is the warranty, being able to charge while I use the phone and a decent bass boost (to me anyway, sometimes a little overpowering though). The momentums have earbleeding trebles to the point where I have to set the iPhone's native EQ to reduced trebles to be happier with it. The trebles were not improved when with or without the Accessport. I'm aware the momentums aren't great though. Am in the market for better IEMs eventually.
xAlice
Hi Alice; What is your price limit on better quality IEMs?
Looking for a rock solid lightning charge+dac adapter. I've tried the Auxillite from Indigogo, total fail. Just got a "Baseus For Lightning Charger & Aux Audio 2 in 1 USB Cable" from AliExpress and it seems decent so far. Some times I have to plug it in a second time to avoid the "accessory not supported" message. Really like it's form factor though, single cable on my desk for audio and charging.
Considering this one or the Belkin one next maybe?
jrunsvold
I think I would prefer an MFi USB A host and add my own lightning cable. Haven't seen anything like that though.
Power output: 40 mW (16 ohms) Amplification: Up to 300 ohms
are you joking? 40 mW at 16 ohms will just barely drive most IEMs and even then not well. I also cannot imagine the DAC is much better than that in the iphone itself.
Uzuzu
Any recommendations? I like a slightly more emphasized bass that isn't overpowering and without the cringing trebles like on the sennheisers. Preferably one with a charge port :(
xAlice
Ah I don't use a DAP because I don't listen to music outside of home, sorry.
DragonFly Red over this. Other price but also other world. Connect it throught USB female to lightning and let the Music play...
DanielFerrer
This is what I switched to recently. Much better than the AccessPort in sound quality and durability at a much different price point. I was part of the Kickstarter campaign for the AccessPort and can easily say it wasn’t worth the $30 I did pay, which is less than the price is on Massdrop now. It is probably the wire durability. As far as adapters, Apple offers more than one. The (larger) camera adapter is recommend by AudioQuest as the smaller USB to lightning adapter does have some hissing/popping issues with the DragonFly products. On the up side it has a port to accept a another lighning cable if you want to charge and listen to music at the same time.
DPDough
totally agree on the USB to Lighting adapter... the camera adapter is the one to go.
I can attest that this is pretty much garbage. Q/C is not good and I have burned through 3-4 of these that all stop working after a week or so. Customer service is good though and they do a good job with swapping defective products.
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That sucks. It was the cable for me as well.
I already have the Fiio, it is just bulky and annoying to keep charged. I ordered this and hopefully mine last longer than a few months.