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QLS QA360 Music Player

QLS QA360 Music Player

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qa360 MOD please..... :D 300 USD will sale like hotcakes.
I love to see massdrop offer the QA360 MOD. Please......
Just updated firmware to Version APP-1.4.08 (01-21-2015). Didn't even know there is a firmware update until now.
For those who don't know either, you can go to this link:
http://en.qlshifi.com/hifi/Download.htm
Warning- be careful not to download the version with the "-WAV" in the firmware filename. This is for playing .wav file only. I made the mistake and couldn't play any of my AIFF file. I've to reload with the correct APP version to get it back to work.
There is a QA360 User manual to download in case you need it. It has instruction on how to update the firmware.
Love this player so far. While not as detail as the Grace Design x Massdrop m9XX DAC/Amp I recently bought from MassDrop, it is a close second.
Is this unit really limited to FLAC files sampled at 48 kHz or lower? Or is that just a typo?
buahaha
For those of you who joined the first drop, how do you like this player so far?
It looks like a really cool piece of kit but there are a lack of reviews on the darn thing.
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The player does understand folders but only one level. So you can't, for example, create folders for genres and then have bands/groups underneath. I have been going folder by folder and haven't tried shuffle. Will do so and get back to you, but I suspect you are right about the big folder. The UI is really rudimentary at best.
Im torn between this and C4. Care to help sir?
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Expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 6/8 or sooner if something comes up.
It’s a go! Thanks to all of you for being a part of this successful drop. We have submitted the group’s order with the vendor for the QLS QA360 Music Player. They are currently preparing the shipment and once we receive it at our warehouse in New Jersey, we’ll separate everything into individual orders and send them out to you! We expect your orders will be in transit from our warehouse by 6/10.
In the meantime, we’ll do everything we can to update you on information we receive from the vendor about your order status so you know the location of your order throughout the process.
Thanks again for being a part of this community! You can expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 5/29.
I'm in. The audio quality at this price is difficult to get elsewhere.
Wow... SACD ISO?! That's awesome. I have a FIIO X5, this is the first time I've even considered for an instant upgrading that. But maybe newer firmware will support SACD ISO on the FIIO? I still haven't forgiven Oppo for giving me a firmware update that took that support away. My feelings aren't quite strong enough to want to hack it... yet.
Hey guys. After doing some reading on the head-fi thread, it seems that this player has different PCB versions? Does anyone know what version PCB the model shipping has and if its the latest one? Thanks!
i use a folder structure on the dx90, but this device only does folders 2 deep. won't work for me.
Can be had from many sources for $570. I might be interested if 4 others jump on this--but the reviews about the extremely poor UI have me thinking maybe not...
mokofoko
Its UI is extremely simple but get the jobs done! I prefer this over some fancy UI that laggish in operation like CalyxM.
I currently love mine :) And I can answer any questions.
Ps: its putting ibasso dx90 into shame. Or x5. Just listen the same song at each one..An ex dx90 fan says that ;)
Mahir
Well it is significantly more expensive...?
This is just a bit under the used price of an AK120
GL1TCH3D
It is significantly cheaper if you consider the daps they compare this to. Plus it has all the benefits of a multi outputted dap. Headphone, Line, Optical, Coaxial outs in the same device and the support to add an IR controller thus enabling it to be controlled from a distance.
Wait, this DOESN'T support 24-192 in FLAC?? That's crazy (FLAC: 16/24 bit, 44.1 kHz ~ 48 kHz, compression level 0 ~ 8)
lexs
Yes, but it supports DSF, DIFF, SACD ISO and high res WAV & AIFF.
bahamot
thats good... BUT all my hires is in FAC because its easy, smaller, tagg-able etc etc. maybe im missing something but i think there is no excuse / reason to NOT support Hi Res audio in Flac ? To only support up to 48-24 is insane for a codec which they dont even have to pay a licence for. The day you can use Hir Res Wav/DFF etc etc on a DAP is A, when the capacity is a minimum of 2 TB and B, you get more than 8 hours battery !! :)
I prefer this DAP over Calyx M. To mod, this DAP doesn't have DAC feature (that is acting as external DAC for other transport).
I like this player based on what i've read, i have an x5, i like my sansa clips, i can't pull the trigger due to the price and lack of reviews, but i like the specs, nice they use a full size sd card, i believe sandisk makes a 512 gig sd , but i don't know if it will work in this player. i'll have to wait and learn more.
nikoLives
Personally when I was trying the prototype of this product in store when I was still in China, I believed it support 128G SDXC. From the official website of QLS, they said they would develop their software in future to make 256G sd card possible to use on this player
"Keeping it simple by only supporting the simplest SD media cards, the QA360 provides the best price for the truest of audiophiles. "
It supports SDXC up to 128GB, according to the spec list on the main page, which is _ANY_ SD card that physically fits in the device. I don't know what the quoted sentence is trying to say, but as-written it's pretty meaningless at best, and outright self-contradictory at worst. How about getting people that actually understand the products to write the copy?
Anonymouse
Well... translation issue. The original text in Chinese tries to says that,
they believe the best sound could only be achieved by keeping things simple, so they only kept the most important features, and cut down those which could jeopardize SQ. Also, simplicity keeps price down.
meh
BiffsBiz
You cant be an audiophile just because you know how to read through some posts ╮(-_-)╭
Please don't be negative unless you tried it first.
I read several reviews on Taiwanese websites. I found a few people saying that they audit 901, x5, qa360 at the same time and found qa360 the most preferable... People in China, Taiwan, and Japan have easy access to these products at a store. They can audit things before paying. It is not true in North America. I know here reading is the major route of knowing these stuff. But experience worth a thousand words.
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BiffsBiz
I'd never heard of this product before seeing it listed here. . I'm just copying every comment from those who have heard it and written in English (broadly defined) so that those interested here have some actual feedback from people who have used it. I don't appreciate being accused of having some kind of agenda
Lolz looks like Bogart is trying too hard. Are you working or are they paying you to say theses things ? why do you care if people don't like it ? Too me this is way to expensive lacks many features. Fiio has done it for me. Their players are priced right have many features i want and they add more by updating their software more often them some of the so called "high end daps" cough *overpriced*cough with shotty OS's.
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Acidtrip69
I am simply reprinting ALL available comments since people were rightly complaining that there is very little information available about this new product. It is interesting that the people who " don't like it" have not heard it, while all of the people who have heard it and written about it seem quite impressed.
Bogart
Actually I had heard this product when I was gone back China for business. I was totally impressed by the sound by thing little thing, it got good treble, and neutral mid range. I am not a bass lover, so the bass, to me, is acceptable. The build quality is pretty good. I got a small hand ( iphone 5s is just suitable for my hand), and this product makes me comfortable in my hand. Though the operation system might seems to be weird for someone. But I think this simply system would be much more efficient after you got used to it.
Listening Interstellar soundtrack now, and definitely, I didn't hear so spacious sound before!
QA360 is no slouch, keeping the price low, performance high. I seriously like that device. Also 901 needs to learn about how to be a durable and though from QA360 :happy_face1:
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@shakur1996 Yup, I tested it with SE5way of course. The player is "slightly" on the bright side especially on on upper mids section. While I wouldn't call SE5way dark, it gives a little bit sparkle to it which is nice in my opinion. It has a lot of juice to drive it so don't worry about it either. I generally like the sound a lot, to be honest, if I had money I would actually order one. I believe it is pretty close to the TOTL daps league in terms of sound and as for the durability, build quality, UI it is definitely a keeper. So for around 500 bucks, I would call this a big win for QLS.
Another:
My 2 cents after auditing Pre-release sample of QA360 at Shanghai for 1hr:
1, Build quality is actually up there with DX50/90, with slightly better tactile feeling regarding the brushed aluminum finish. But the final product is said to drop the brushed aluminum for a matte finish more inline with Macbook.
2. UI is bare-bone minimalistic but fortunately without that 'cheap' feeling often accompanied by similar approaches. UI response is top-notch with practically zero delay. Power-on time is most impressive under 3 sec. Playback is organized in folder fashion, which could be a bless or curse. There's no menu within menu fuss to dig around, any function is within 1~2 click away. I personally enjoy the no-UI design.
3. Sonic wise, I'll just lay a little background to put things in perspective: I audit with my Fitear F111 and TDK BA200 then briefly tried AKG K3003 and Senn IE800 as well. I generally enjoy open but calmful sound-signature with a hint of sweetness and I appreciate liquid smooth vocal with rich timbre and a sense of fragility embedded; I'm rather sensitive to any sibilant. To better describe my bias, I prefer X5 sound to DX50/90 by quite some margin. With that in mind, I'm rather impressed with QA360's sq during my short audition: It's immediately apparent that F111 is over driven by QA360 and doesn't make a good match. So I'll just skip the details. It would be nice if QLS implemented a gain switch as I feel that behavior will exhibit on other low impedance high sensitivity single BA IEMs as well. With BA200 however it's a match made in heaven. QA360 sound overall more towards desktop rig with extremely dark background; soundstage is not excessively large but by no mean confined or congested with a nice sense of ambiance. Instrument separation and imaging is accurate yet feels effortless. Bass has the weight of presence and fast transient to pack the details of subtle fade-out; Mid is smooth and detailed yet a hair line recessed for my taste making vocal sound slightly less emotionally involved, the timbre and subtle articulation is there, but sound a bit hollow and distant. And more importantly it sounds just fast, not harsh, but a bit too fast and relentless for you to sink into the music. It's more of a personal taste and I'd still describe the tonality as neutral and transparent, and it is perfect for instrument representation. Vocal sibilant exists but doesn't bother me. High is well extended and textured, it's bright but not aggressive. K3003 & IE800 both pair pretty good with QA360, giving out a healthy, neutral, transparent sound. K3003's BA tweeter unit somehow remedies the flatness of the sound and brings back some delicacy into vocal. Other than pairing with F111, I give the sonic performance edge to QA360 comparing to X5. Yet I do think X5 packs just about right amount of coloration to bring more musicality in the mid/high freq range to make it enjoyable non-the-less. Overall I think the QA360 makes a great reference DAP, it has the power to adequately drive most IEM and some low impedance cans. It may not sound 'toxic', but it doesn't break a sweat until it breaks down at the most complex classical music scenes. It always got everything under control and gives you the illusion that it can handle even more.
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It handles complex music better than X5, DX50/90; AK100; not quite as good as HM901; Actually one of the better ones I've heard on a portable all-in-one, but seldom does any portable DAP handles complex scene with huge dynamic ranges with confidence. Unless you're really into that genre though, it wouldn't be a deal breaker.
Another (obviously not native English speaker):
My initials (vs dx90) HP: NAD Viso HP50 Tracks: Mainly avant-garde metal (Diablo Swing Orchestra) and psychadelic rock (Camel)
Having had dx90 since its release you can guess how was I deeply accustomed to its sound q. Now using hp50, which a too revealing, and dx90's hiss at gain 2 and 3 became obvious. Now comes the rough differences:
1. Obviously: SIZE. While dx90 has some old fashioned looks QA is not that large if encountered alone in the nature :) 2. Connectivity: Dx90 had many options. HP, Line, Coax were its -outs. QA has hp, analog, optical (3.5mm), IR out, 5v power out. 3. Sound: dx90 was almost bright and clear. QA is neutral to its bones. And clearer. Bonus: Tried dubstep: Fuller and more "realistic" as computer generated sound could be. And fiercier especially in the bass drop phases. Plus basses hit harder at chords. Bonus2: Röyksopp - Only This Moment: Backing vocal is obvious. Music got elevated into something else with QA :) Bonus3: Pain of Salvation - Remedy Lane (FLAC - almost crystal clear now) Bonus4: Gorillaz - Feel Good INC (Flac): Wow. Was wondering how more this device could get better?! Now listening almost a brand new song than the same song I am listening for nearly a decade.
These recordings are done out of the QA. Will try using a hybrid Schiit Vali clone tomorrow. And a dedicated tube amp Monday.
ps: Couldnt get to vol 250 at dx90. Can never listen at 150 with this one. 70 does it. ps2: QA is buttoned like ancient devices. No iphone class touch screen.
From the thread I linked:
My QA360 has been in my hand over 100 days/ 500 Hrs. Hold Hifiman HM901 and IBASSO DX100 at the same time, QA360 has been the most played(almost the only) played portable source in the past three months. I am a careless user and QA360 endured at least half dozen drop from hand hold position and survived (twice to hard face of pavement while walking). So I am quite confident about it's durability. :) Sound wise I prefer QA360 better than HM901 with balance card or DX100. To my ears it's more natural sounding, especially with the new firm ware (WAV only V1.1.01).
Head-Fi discussion thread includes some mini-reviews from early adopters: http://www.head-fi.org/t/708636/qls-qa360-another-dsd-capable-dap
"....chosen by the audiophile community." Pfffft
I feel like I'm missing something.
Whereas the FiiO X5 supports more with FW2.0. [img:X5_EN.hdv.jpg]
DrBob
one thing I hate about X5 is that it sounds better with E12 or E18. Other than that, X5 is almost great for me (looks awful).