Review: Luxury & Precision L3 – The IEM DAP

Interface :

 

1 X PO (3.5 mm) Interface

1 X Balance OUT (2.5mm) Interface

1 X Line Out / SPDIF OUT (3.5mm) Interface

1 X TF card slot / USB DAC interface

LP L3 Board

Specifications:

  • Crafts: 6 series aluminum-magnesium alloy body, CNC integrated molding process, surface anodic oxidation brushed and sandblasting processing, back cover for carbon fiber CNC machining, 6 layer immersion gold PC
  • 16 GB internal memory, micro SD up to 128 GB (need to be formatted as FAT 3 file system 32G)
  • Screen Size: 3.5inch
  • Screen: resolution 480 * 320 OGS full lamination capacitive screen
  • Master: 1812C / Coprocessor: 1812M / Power management chip: 1812P
  • OP Amp: Crown 18120 (x2)
  • Headphone Amplifier Chip: Crown 1812A (x2)
  • Filter capacitor: ESR MLCC Murata
  • Buttons: ALPS buttons
  • Digital to Analog Chip: Cirrus Logic CS4398
  • Sampling rates up to 32 Bit/768 kHz, supports up to DSD256
  • USB: Sampling rates up to 24 Bit/192kHz
  • Power: 1.2V using 3.5mm output, 2.4V using 2.5mm output, @ 35 Ohm load.
  • Audio Format Support:MP3,WMA,WAV,OGG,FLAC
  • Life time: about 10 hours single-ended output, balanced output about 8 hours
  • Dimensions: 60 * 114 * 15.2mm
  • Weight: 165g

LP L3 Measurement 2

LP L3 Measurement 1

Build Quality

Measuring 60 * 114 * 15.2mm and weighing 165gr, the L3 is a little smaller and lighter than the L5PRO.

The unique design with the volume button on the top right, aside from some details, is exactly the same as before. I really love the look and feel of the L&P L5PRO and I’m glad they just made this player smaller.

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Lieven is living in Europe and he's the leader of the gang. He's running Headfonia as a side project next to his full time day job in Digital Marketing & Consultancy. He's a big fan of tube amps and custom inear monitors and has published hundreds of product reviews over the years.

16 Comments

  • Reply July 12, 2016

    Barun C

    Nice review Lieven. Certainly looks like a good player. Lots of competition in that price bracket now with a lot of other Chinese manufacturers with or without the known background offering similar hardware and capability.

    The only player that stood out in the price bracket in the recent memory is the S.Korean trailblazer Cowon Plenue D. I got to use it for a day and I found it to be the most convenient player in terms of functionality & application in terms of a portable audio device or a DAP out today in the category of high-res support.

    I currently use the Questyle QP1R, and even though I consider it a superior player compared to the Pleneu D in terms of SQ, but in form factor it is currently 2nd to none (Subjectively), other manufacturers should follow the example of this player as size does really matter today as it has always has in the portable segment.

    • Reply July 12, 2016

      dale thorn

      Your 2nd to none comment is a bit ambiguous due to the ‘even though’ statement before it. Which player is second to none, and in which respect?

  • Reply July 12, 2016

    dale thorn

    So how many mw do you get at those voltage outputs at 35 ohms?

    • Reply July 12, 2016

      Lieven

      I think that info is somewhere in the Headfi thread, but this player doesn’t need big power

  • Reply July 13, 2016

    Barun C

    Aah. Sorry for the confusion. I mean the Cowon Plenue D has an advantage of form factor as it is very small compared to almost all the hi-rez capable players out now, coupled with the fact it has a responsive touch interface almost as good as a smartphone (Circa 2015) and better than the high end AK players (AK240, 100 II), which is a major plus and has a decent sound for the price with almost no hiss.

    I meant the size of the player and the touch interface responsiveness 2nd to none in the DAP market today.

  • Reply July 13, 2016

    Shellbearnoon

    Nice review as always. Are you going to do the review for the upcoming AK70 ? Looking forward to the comparison between these two as I heard the 70 didn’t sound that great for it’s price.

    • Reply July 13, 2016

      Lieven

      Not sure it will be me who has the L3, that will review the AK70

      • Reply July 13, 2016

        Shellbearnoon

        That’s a shame, no offense to any other reviewers but I always like your style the most. Thanks for the quick reply anyway.

        • Reply July 13, 2016

          Lieven

          Thank you. Let me see what I can do 🙂

  • Reply July 17, 2016

    Solid

    Is it a good idea to pair it with Mojo?? Or just the player itself will do??

    • Reply July 17, 2016

      Lieven

      Good question. For IEMs the L3 is dead quiter and sounds awesome. SO I’d just recommend using the Mojo if you don’t like the L3’s sound sig (I love it), or when you need to power harder to frive headphones

  • Reply November 18, 2016

    Eric

    I too had noise issues with my DX80, I bought it pretty much on your guys recommendation off the DX50/90 but the 80 was noisy with my SE535’s, nosier than my Macbook headphone jack which I found unacceptable, also when powering it on it made funny noises. I could also hear the hiss with other headphones, I asked on head-fi and other places and nobody else had this issue even with SE535’s so I figured mine must be defective but I had such a horrible experience with the retailer I just returned it and didn’t buy another, I’m thinking I might get the Sony Awz guy next.

    Another huge issue with the DX80 is the UI and touch screen, its so bad, borderline unusable and its hard to get artist names and album are correct, this is why so many people still use phones and iPods.

  • Reply November 18, 2016

    Eric

    And why are the corners so pointy on the DX80 OMG!, I do like the included case and screen protectors tho.

  • Reply May 22, 2017

    Matus

    Was there any relevant firmware update since this review was posted? Thank you.

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