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Aune X1S Anniversary Edition DAC/Amp & X7S Amp

Aune X1S Anniversary Edition DAC/Amp & X7S Amp

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I got my x1s from a recent drop and I'm a bit confused because it's not working with my iPhone X using a camera connection kit and giving the error message that the x1s requires too much power. I know this is a desktop DAC intended for home use and it's not designed for travel or anything, but why isn't it working with my iPhone? The x1s is plugged into an outlet which I would think provides 100% of its power. The x1s works with my computer but I was hoping to also use it with my iPhone. I've used lots of portable DACs with my iPhone with a camera connection kit including the Chord Mojo and the Geek Out V2+ Infinity, but I intended to use this desktop DAC with it as well.
patpolk
I think only Aune S6 can be connected to iPhone thru camera connection kit.
katieK
Thanks for the info! I almost went for an S6 drop that was going on at the same time, too. I should have gone for it. However, upon further experimentation I have found that the x1s DOES work with the newer Camera Connection Kit (the one that has both a USB port and a Lightning port for power) if you ALSO plug in a Lightning cable. Weird and not optimal, but at least it works!
What was the price on this? I just need to see if it's much cheaper than off of amazon
andra.andi29
200$
andra.andi29
I didn't know this until the day after the drop was closed, but if you check amazon regularly you may see if as low as $200 there as well. I have also seen it dip to around $220 to $230 a few times as well.
WRT warranty, back 2-3 years ago, an Aune rep made a post that Massdrop was NOT an authorized dealer and that Aune would Not honor any warranty on this unit..... Massdrop, was this ever resolved????
I want some advice as I'm new to audiophile equipment, I'm currently using a Creative Labs x7, my headphones are HE4xx and HD6xx. I do some gaminging and listen to music, would the x1s and x7s be worth it as an upgrade?
how good is this over a Xonar STX 2 ? which has poor driver support ?
Does this drop come often or should I grab it now?
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Ok thank I'll hold off then
roxwow
you should consider Amazon as well, I have seen it as low as $200 on there. Unfortunately for me, that was right after this last drop closed.
Massdrop, what warranty??
Would the Aune x7s be good with the rme adi 2 dac?
Noob question here in case i buy the combo....so i need to put rca in from the xs7 to the audio in from xs1 and connect usb to pc. Then select input usb and connect my 6xx xlr cable to the xs7 and enjoy right?.
3rmac
Almost, you need to plug the RCA's from the x1s line out, to the inputs on the x7s. the rest you had correct, i hope this helps!
How does the X7S compare against Emotiva A-100 (with jumpers on)?
I have a question, I have had people mention that the x7s is not a truly balanced amp when I talk about how much I love the XLR Balanced out sound on it over the trs. My question is this, aside from the inputs what is the difference? I let it get to me so much that I actually purchased a fully balanced dac and amp ( Full Balanced DAC Headphone Amplifier Topping DX7S 2ES9038Q2M 32Bit/768K DSD512 DSD USB Full Balanced DAC Headphone Amplifier) off of Amazon and to be honest, I couldn't hear a difference. I don't know if that is because of the source (Flac files on my pc), my crappy hearing or if it was just due to the brand but even the few times I thought I could hear a difference it was so infrequent that I just figured my mind was playing tricks on me. I eventually wound up selling the topping and just keeping the X7S. Now just to be clear, I did not try any other balanced dac and amp, and I did use the topping dac for testing both amps. The topping dac xlr balanced out to the topping amp balanced in and the RCA left and right to the X7S RCA input. Even not being a "Truly Balanced" amp because of the lack of xlr balanced inputs it seems to do some voodoo that absolutely positively makes it sound as though it is no matter which headphones I put on it. Could anyone please explain why this makes a difference, as I have not been able to find anything online that could explain the importance of the xlr balanced input for balanced output to headphones. Thanx much
ethanchan
using a fully balanced set up shines best when you're sending analog signals in cables like 100ft. Any unwanted noise picked up by your "100 ft antennas" gets eliminated in the balanced amp. the benefit of balanced when using cables that are only a couple feet might be to help eliminate system noise but I'm really not all that sure. that's all I remember.
Michael-Q
Thank you much, I have been reading up on the principles behind balanced connections and will say that your explanation is so much more clearer and to the point. Your time is very much appreciated..
How does this DAC compare to Schiit Multibit?
Will somebody please tell me if the X1S works connected directly to an iOS device thru the camera connection kit or might it need to go thru a powered hub? Aune lists android support, so I’m assuming it’d work for Apple too. Hopefully.
How does the A1S compare to the Monoprice DAC/Amp?
I joined this drop for the x1s but I'm thinking of canceling in order to join the S6 drop. I'm willing to pay the higher price if the upgrade is worth it. Anybody have any thoughts? I have to decide quickly because this drop is almost over!
This or an Aune T1 to pair up with Sennheiser HD6XX?
So I have around USD $200 to spend, on either the X1s, another pair of headphones, or to save it for later. I currently have a K7XX, plugging usually into either my OnePlus 3, my Creative SoundBlaster E3, or occasionally a 2017 iPad. Also a pair of Edifier R1700BT on my desk. The HD58X doesn't ship to my place, so there's that. Any suggestion on whether I should go for these, get another pair of headphones, or if I should save it for later?
Is the X7S warm sound like a tube amp?
Buckaboo
no
Amp noob here. Any insight on whether this'd be good for a pair of Philips X2HRs? I can tell they aren't being put to good use by my motherboard...
Weird, I can't add this to the review section, or find a way to give star ratings, so I'll put this in discussion... This is a review of the X7s with the HD6xx's. I'm lucky, I have a big boy hi-fi. It is a Linn MDSM/2, and I also have an Oppo 105D. In other words I have a couple of world-class DAC units. I have single strands of cable that cost more than this amp. I know that sounds dickish, but all I'm really trying to say that hey, I have a good system, and good ears. I bought the X7s because I wondered if I could improve on what I was getting out of the HDxx's from the 6.5 mm jacks of my two incredible DACs. To make a long story short, when I connect the amp via RCA cables (Linn blacks) to either one of the two DACs, it does make the headphones sound better. More grunt, more slam in the low end, a little bit smoother, just generally more of everything, in a good way. These observations come from using a stock Senn 6.5 mm headphone jack on all three units, the two DACs alone, and then the amp connected to each of the DACs and to my LG v30 via a 3.5mm to RCA adapter, so five different conditions. Presently, my favorite condition is the Oppo into the Aune. It surprises me, the Linn does deliver a little bit more detail, but the Oppo just does a better job at putting out a little bit more sparkle, which I think the 650s need because they're so ....650. Maybe that'll change later as I swap back over to Linn, but I'm really enjoying the Oppo to Aune right now. Linn's concept of how to build a hi-fi is, "source first". So for those of you thinking about whether to buy the combo or the amp alone, if you don't have a good source, think about getting the combo first. It seems many commenters here are saying the amp in the X7s is better. But consensus holds the DAC in the combo is pretty good. Use the combo as a stepping stone, sell it when you get a little bit more money and buy a stand alone DAC, and the X7s. And then keep going in a never-ending upgrade cycle. I'm now almost exclusively using the XLR output on the Aune amp. I got a $45 XLR cable off eBay, it's decent enough with the overall setup value, and I will comment that the XLR cable has increased the output, and the general goodness, of the system. I'm burying the lead here, because my main purpose for writing this review was to speak to the issues several people here are commenting on. I also am having hum/buzz issues with the amp. I bought the above XLR cables for the 650s, and now when I use them this hum is even louder. I get no hum when listening directly via 6.5 mm from either of the excellent DACs. The hum is also much less when listening to the 6.5 mm jack on the Aune. Because of this I'm guessing Aune has some issues either with its board or its power supply. I did an interesting test where I went around my house, turned off everything in the panel except for my hi-fi circuit (and all the hifi equipment), and then listened to see if I could decrease the hum. No improvement. I then turned off everything at the breaker except one of my kitchen splits, plugged in the amp and still had the same amount of hum using both jacks on the amp. Clearly I have some garbage power in my apartment building, which I guess is par for the course given the circuitry in an apartment building. But then I walked 2 m outside my apartment door, and plugged the amp into a dedicated circuit for the fire department. This immaculately grounded, never used circuit, had completely no hum, and was inky black on both the Aune amps 6.5 mm and XLR outputs into the 650s. Another poster here has linked to an improved power supply that Aune is now offering. Given that the rest of my hyper expensive system doesn't exhibit this problem, I'm gonna guess that Aune has made a nice $200 amp, but has some serious compromises in its power supply or other parts of its topology that make this unit susceptible to dirty power. Maybe that's why this different power supply is now on offer on their website. So if you got hum issues with the amp, you're not alone, you're not crazy, it's clearly a shortcoming in this device. I've been kicking around the idea of getting a proper power conditioner for my big boy system, and I've decided that I'm going to take a little plunge you start with something called the PS Audio Dectet. On the rare occasions I use the headphone set up I would like to have this hum issue eliminated, and it probably wouldn't hurt the rest of my system. If nothing else it would provide a decent amount of protection from this noise, and more importantly power surge issues. I'm also going to drop some money on some nice Hubble plugs for my whole hi-fi circuit (sadly not a dedicated line), which people say is also helpful in the never ending search for perfection. I'll try to report back here on if it helps the amp hum in any way. So if you've read this far, yes, buy the amp. I find it amazing that, to my ears, it can improve on the sound from my two spectacular DACs. Both units have dedicated headphone circuitry, and do a great job on their own, but the Aune X7s amp adds just that little bit more. Is it 200 bucks more? Yes. Edit: I now have the Dectet, and the hum wasn't reduced at all. I'm now finally going to organize a proper ground from panel to equipment, and all the other outlets on the circuit. Maybe this sensitivity to crappy power can be viewed as a feature...a power analyser?
Jail4banksters
Thank you for your input -- even though i am probably not buying these, not this time ;w;
Drop not showing the x7s???
Nightf0xx
Yeah it's a bit odd, in checkout all the options involving the X7S have disappeared.
Whether it's a mistake by Massdrop or for some reason the X7S isn't available anymore and they haven't bothered to edit the description who knows?
Which has more power the schiit jotunheim or the aune x7s?
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No particular reason. I guess because a lot of people have the HD 6xx
I wouldn't say its regretful that the X7s isn't balanced. Keep in mind, the Jotunheim is one of, if not the cheapest balanced headphone amplifier available. Personally, I really like the way the X7s is positioned in the market. Most people just want the power of class A & xlr without spending a pretty penny for a fully balanced setup, especially considering most people do not seem to hear a difference anyway.
kxrider85
Fair enough and I agree with everything you said. The X7S is the better value and the benefits of balanced in general are debatable. As an owner of two Fiio, three Xduoo and an Audiogd R2R11, I am a firm believer in the value of chi-fi. Guess I’d have to consider my Hifimans chi-fi as well.
What about warranty for the X7s?
Friend has one and gave me an audition. Acts as a great DAC! Runs my 58x and 990s really well. Also DSD capable. If you told me a week ago about this drop, I would have jumped on it.
How is the X7S compared to the Jotunheim? I need as much power possible for the Argon Mk3.
DominusVobiscum
The X7S is more powerful out of the XLR port, but it’s not truly balanced. The XLR port just gives you more power because there aren’t balanced inputs, unfortunately..
DominusVobiscum
The jotunheim is way more powerful
I don't see the X7S........I have the X1S and I want the amp !
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It’s not balanced you kno, no balanced inputs. The XLR output is just for more power.
Athtel
There seems to be a lot of confusion around the difference between 3 pole mono balanced inputs and a 4 pole stereo balanced output. A balanced input has 3 poles per signal - one ground, and two hot carrying the same signal, but one of them is flipped. By re-flipping the inverted signal and adding it to the positive signal at the end of the run, you can reduce the amount of noise picked up over a long cable run. However, a 4 pole stereo output simply means the right and left signal each have their own ground. Since the x7s has two rca inputs on the back (each with their own ground) it can deliver a truly balanced, 4 pole stereo signal.
My X7S power supply started making a buzzing noise when the amp is turned off. Anyone has this problem?
does anyone get feedback when switching the unit on and off?
FX Audio DAC-X6 DAC/AMP has the same DAC as the D30 for $65, I have it and it sounds great.
J_December_why
It has the same DAC chip ,but not the same implementation. So the measurements might be different. It also doesn't support dsd.
NO WAY FOR X1S - same DAC/AMP specs as my $55 Zorloo ZuperDAC and my $60 ZuperDAC-S, both once on Massdrop. The ZuperDACs power my k712, dt880, HE4xx, and they sound great!! and they can get very very loud. X7S seems worthwhile with the topping D30 DAC - only because Zeos demonstrated the X7S with the T50RPs.