Before I start, I'd like to point out the obvious. The Poke II doesn't have the versatility of XD05-BAL. In terms of power too, it doesn't offer as much as the XD05-BAL. Therefore, if you're looking for a portable dacamp with BT capability that offers the flexibility of being used as an integrated dacamp, or just a DAC (BT in, USB in/ SPDIF in, Line out) or as a just as an Amp (Line in), and are ok with carrying a larger and bulkier unit, the XD05-BAL which is in the same price range, might be a better fit.
However if you're looking for something lightweight and easily pocketable, albeit with limited IO options (BT in, USB in, 3.5mm SE PO and 4.4mm BAL PO) the Poke II is a good contender. The major difference between other BT dacamps such as FiiO BTR3K, BTR5, BTR7 or Shanling UP4, UP5 is the massive battery (4000 mAH) and power output. The smaller bt dacamps are usually limited too 200mW or lesser, while the Poke II offers 700mW, which is more than what the FiiO M11Plus, M11S or iBasso DX160, DX170 offers.
IMO the Poke II is in a relatively strange space in terms of pricing and form factor. In theory, the Poke II could compete with hipdac or Q3, but it is definitely more expensive than those and far more powerful. I wouldn't place it in the same category as the XD05-BAL / Gryphon / Q5s either, because those dacamps offer a wide variety of IO options (Spdif, toslink, Line In, Line Out).
The Poke II definitely looks cool and stands out from the regular grey/ black / silver colored gear we usually get. Perhaps the Pokémon licensing is a factor that contributes to the relatively high price tag. I personally like the looks of this and this is perhaps the only piece of gear that I don't want to tuck inside a cover / pouch
Sound wise, this is quite different from the XD05+ (AKM) and XD05-BAL (ESS). The Poke II features Dual CS43198 dac chips. I've recently fallen in love with Cirius Logic DACs cuz they seem to have a good balance of musicality and technicality that IMO places them in between the typical AKM velvet sound and the ESS sound.
The Poke II includes EQ, gain and filter options. There are 2 filter options, 1 is a tad bit lean, with refined treble, while the other is a little warm with more weight in the mids and better bass presence. EQ options are mostly pre-configured, although one can personalize the bass and treble response in the "Tone" EQ mode. I use the Poke II as a bt dacamp for my phone, since it includes a mic, making it convenient to answer calls without having to remove my IEMs. It also doubles up as my dacamp for gaming (PS4 BTA30 Pro Poke II), thanks to the enhanced dynamics in the Game and Movie EQ modes.
The mic seems to pick up my voice fairly well when the unit is placed in my shirt pocket. It also has an option to double up as a power bank (thanks to the 4000 mah battery).
All in all, I'm quite happy with my purchase of the Poke II and would like to thank the team at TheAudioStore for the super quick delivery.
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Its best wired headphone i have ever owned.
This demo unit is as perfect as the original one. The sound quality, the bass, everything is best.
For the price point of 245 rupees the quality is good.
The proliferation of the 4.4 mm (Pentaconn) connector on the output side of amps and DAPs has not been matched on the input side, except for few iFi products. The 4.4 to dual XLR is hence like heaven-sent. And TheAudioStore price is simply unbeatable.
I think earphones are just good. They are light, very minimal design, comfortable for long listening hours, sound quality is crystal clear, cable quality is also good, buttons don't work unless you have a quality converter or DAC. It has mic, what more you want. Overall it is a decent earphone.
It is my first IEM, it has good sound, first impression will be bad but as you will listen , it will be very pleasant. Use special one eartips
Friends, this is the best dac out there for the price and rightly said, it leaves no competition behind. Go for it without any second thought and this is no boasting but Pritam Ji is a good man and he will guide you in case you seek any advice.
I have been using the normal earbud style earphones earphones from ambrane, portronics etc which are priced at below 400Rs and decided to upgrade to the VE monk plus, the difference in sound clarity is easily differentiable. there is clear separation in the base, vocals etc. I guess once you use better earphones, you understand the difference in audio quality. I purchased the without mic version as i needed an earphone that works with My nokia express music 5310 as modern earphones with mic are not supported.
The HiBy R6 Pro II is an absolute triumph in terms of build and sound quality, but it wins at the cost of battery life (5.5-7.5 hours). If you're able to accommodate this design choice, I believe you'd be hard-pressed to find a better DAP for under $1000.
The R6 Pro II is built like a tank and looks stunning in purple. Album artwork pops on the crisp 2K display, and I've yet to encounter bugs with the rock-solid implementation of Android 12. Although it runs warm during operation (especially Class A mode), it's not been an issue thus far.
The AKM chipset offers musicality against a pitch-black background without compromising on neutrality. Its MSEB feature provides ample customization options and enables listeners to tweak the sound as per their preferences. The soundstage width is already excellent, and I hope the depth improves after burn-in to lend more of a holographic experience.
Works as intended!
It is amazing. The sound quality and the look both.
Sony does not disappoint with the NW-A306. I like the customization possibilities and the android interface.
The shell is big bit somehow very comfortable fo extended use. The sound signature is about what I expected soo no complaints there. The only thing is I'm not a big fan of l connectors but that's a minor gripe.
This is my first IEM and my mind is blown by the audio quality of it and also the premium feel and built quality of the IEM which is made by Zr ceramic. It not only looks and feels good but also the clarity, passive noise cancellation, and comfort are good. Definitely a 10/10 and would suggest the people to buy it. The gift packaging it came into was also very thoughtful from the side of 'The audio store' people and was impressed by it.