Great thanks for the confirmation, it should be a stupid question but I've realised its not considered standard functionality by many players!Yep- seamlessly. To be honest this is something I'd have though was absolutely expected. I'd have only raised it as an issue if it couldn't do it.
It is a niche market. Biggest in Japan and that part of South east Asia. But headphone audio is a bigger market than home HiFi. It is potentially lucrative to capture the fraction of headphone owners that want portable qualityI do wonder who the target audience is for these devices, considering its not the 90's anymore and pretty much everyone has a mobile that does a decent enough job, plus when your on the move critical listening isn't so important. Sounds insanely niche.
The review mentions that the Pioneer doesn't sound as powerful as the ZX2. Pioneer's specs say it can do 75mW into 32 ohms and Sony 15mW into 16 ohms. What would cause it to sound less powerful?
Also, the review mentions the EQ is only present in the music player app. Does that mean others like Spotify and Tidal cannot be EQed?
I've got the ZX2 at the moment but am a bit concerned about longevity in terms of the outdated OS. There will come a time when Spotify/Tidal will not run on Android 4.4 so I'm thinking of switching to the Pioneer.. but I like nice lows so not having an EQ in other apps might not work for me!
Just bought one of these at the Hi-Fi show on my doorstep here in Bristol and have been surprised to hear just how low the volume is driving my Shure 1545 headphones, likewise through my B&W C5's it doesn't sound a great deal better than my iPhone 6.
I have since (not certain if 100% correct) learned on that the UK software suffers from a non removable EU volume cap currently. I just wonder if the software you were running @Ed Selley was UK or overseas due to it being a demo unit?
Any insight would be fab. Many thanks...
Nice review Ed
I'm looking for a new machine to replace my iPod Classic 80Gb classic that is over 10 years old that I use in my car via Audi Music Interface and also whilst flying, listening on Klipsch in-ears.
We are a Mac household and nearly all of my files are Apple Lossless and I'm I no hurry to re-do over 70,000 tracks.
The biggest appeal of the Pioneer is the "massive" storage capabilities. Do you know how easy it is to copy over the Apple Lossless files maintaining their album order and artwork?
I am also considering the A+K Jnr or an iPod Touch 128Gb with the Oppo HA-2. No need for any of the other functions on the Touch as I have an iPhone for all the other stuff
Pity Apple didn't replace the 160Gb Classic with a 256Gb SSD version.