Review: Luxury & Precision L5PRO – Sound First

Technical Specifications

 

  • Master: 1812C
  • DAC chip: AKM latest generation VERITA 4490 (DAC supports sampling rates 32BIT 768KHZ, DAC supports up to DSD256)
  • USB support sampling rates up to 24 Bit/192Khz
  • Crystal: 1PPM TCXO
  • Op amp: 1812O double crown
  • Amp: 1812A single crown
  • Coprocessor: 1812M supports up 32BIT decoding and hardware solute various DSD format (DIFF, DSF,DAT and ISO format)
  • Power management chip: 1812P
  • Professional volume chip: CS3310
  • PCB: 6 layer 3U dark gold matte black
  • Inductance: sun lure closed electromagnetic inductance
  • Filter capacitor: ultra-low ESR MLCC Murata X7S 6.3V100UF
  • Buttons: Alpine extra-long life buttons
  • Built-in memory: 32GB, Micron extra-long life dual channel FLASH, Number of erased times is about 5000 times
  • Charging voltage and current: the charging voltage 5V, the charge current must be greater than 500mA, recommended more than 1.5A charging current, in order to obtain the fastest charge rate.
  • Support format:
  • DSD lossless; DSF (DSD), DIFF (DSD), ISO (DSD)
  • PCM Lossless: FLAC, WAV, AIFF, APE, ALAC, WV (WavPack)
  • Compressed Losses: MP3, AAC, WMA.OGG
  • NOTE: part of supported format need worked with the later upgrade software
  • Life time: about 12 hours
  • Dimensions: 123mm * 63mm * 16.9mm.
  • Weight:217g

Sound on the next page

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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.

12 Comments

  • Reply December 10, 2015

    Brooko

    Nice review Lieven – and I share your sentiments. L&P have an absolute winner if they can just unlock the missing features and polish the UI. A truly great sounding DAP.

    • Reply December 10, 2015

      Headfonia_L.

      Thank you Paul. I just don’t get why they want to get the USB DAC functionality before the basic stuff. But yes, a great sounding player

  • Reply December 10, 2015

    digitldlnkwnt

    Nice review L! I think overall most of these Chinese companies are learning the early lessons of Apple – hardware is nice but software makes it run. I don’t care if this thing pours honey mixed with nectar covered in ambrosia into my ears if the software sucks it’s not worth it. I think we are at the point now where companies need to pay closer attention to their UI prior to release. Five years ago i would be more understanding given that the hardware alone justified the purchase even if the software UI was a bit flaky. Now, I buy DUAL ESS chips or equivalent in a 450.00 player WITH a good UI. No gapless playback in 800.00 DAP in 2015? Really? Or a shuffle that can’t really shuffle? Hell even my iPod shuffle shuffles better than that and it’s 10 years old! Sorry L&P but if you want my 800.00 dollars you have to better than that.

    • Reply December 11, 2015

      Headfonia_L.

      Thanks. I do hope they keep improving the FW/UI cause it really does sound good

  • Reply December 13, 2015

    Rich

    Great write up Lieven! You mentioned the L5PRO is analog sounding. How does it compare to the Calyx M which to my ears is more analog sounding? The M really pairs nicely with higher end IEMs like the Sennheiser ie800 so I’m assuming the L5PRO would too.

    • Reply December 13, 2015

      Headfonia_L.

      Thank you. The Calyx M is kind of in between the L5Pro and the X7. Try before you buy is always the smartest option 🙂

  • Reply January 17, 2016

    Splutje

    “I’m still waiting for the new iBasso DX80 to arrive and I’ll update this part when it finally arrives.

    Did you receive the DX80 already and made any comparisons to the L&P?

    • Reply January 17, 2016

      Headfonia_L.

      My first DX80 was faulty and the second one hasn’t arrived yet. But it’s clear the L5pro is a level up form the DX80

  • Reply January 20, 2016

    Pascual Villaseca

    Little question.
    If we only take sound quality as a parameter.
    Which would you think is the winner between the Fiio X7 and the L&P L5Pro?

    • Reply January 20, 2016

      Headfonia_L.

      It depends on what you’ll be using it with. The X7 for now with AM1 is only really good for IEMs. The L5PRo does everything really well.

      that being said the X7 has a wider sound stage and more layering

  • Reply February 9, 2016

    Coll. IEm

    anyone have both hm901 and L5pro ..

    compare to each other ,which one has bigger and meaty sound

  • Reply March 14, 2016

    Alex Ignatiev

    Hi! Could You help me a little? Going to change my sony nwz-a15 for something better(around 1000$). At the same time I have VorzAMP Pure II +. Thinking of L&P L5Pro( but someone said VorzAMP Pure II +doesn’t imrove L&P L5Pro much) So maybe I should take Fiio X7 or something else to my VorzAMP Pure II +? Thanks in advance.(also going to buy DUNU DN-2000J )

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