Lotoo PAW 6000 Reference Grade Portable Audio Player
Beautiful reproduction of the music, no coloration or emphasis. Absolutely black background. If you hear any noise, it's in the recording. The operation is clean, fast, and straightforward. There is no better player if your primary concern is the playback of your collection.
What can I say, it sounds just like the A01 motherboard for Cayin N6ii, just not as warm; but it's much, much, much faster in every aspect. I know many may be turned down by the fact that Lotoo is still putting a mere AKM4493 Dac chip in their device, while the trend nowadays is for upper-mid tier DAPs to cram in 2 of the newest DAC chips available such as the ESS9038 or AKM4499, or AKM4497 at the very worst. But I assure you that Lotoo has proven yet again, that they can challenge other TOTL DAPs boasting the newest hardware, and show that the paw series is capable of offering the same, if not better, sonic performance than their "more advanced" competitors.
With that being sound, if you're looking for something exciting and fun sounding, the Lotoo products are not really for you. Though the p6k is slightly less analytical than its big brother, it's still inherently a DAP with reference (flat) tuning, meaning that you won't be getting a resounding boost in the bass or splendid sparkle in the treble. If you're looking for a balanced-sounding DAP to listen to all your locally-stored music, definitely give the Paw 6000 a try.
Lotoo PAW 6000 Reference Grade Portable Audio Player (English Version)
I owned several DAPs before the Lotoo, flagship Astell&Kern SP1000m, Fiio M15, M11 Pro and other recent flagships, none of them can match the lightning fast custom OS of the Lotoo. Not to mention the OS also has many interesting functions and features that you won't see on a expensive Astell&Kern device and best thing of all, it's NOT Android, don't get me wrong, with Android you can sideload music streaming apps but I consider the Paw6000 to be a pure dedicated HIFI player and it takes some out some of the battery draining apects an Android OS would have. Battery is 15 hours on paper (13.8 hours in my experience unbalanced at around volume 50).
Sound wise it has a very detailed neutral reference sound concept, very true to the recordings in the files that you play and you can hear the details especially in the low end. The mids are very detailed with the highs sounding clear and not harsh. You can filter the sound to you liking as well if you experiment with the PEQs.
It can drive my planar headphones and large speakers very well too, another plus for this DAP.
Overall for what the PAW6000 sells for, it is well worth the money imo. Lotoo's DAPs are unmatched for the functionality and convenience they have they have. Their firmware updates are seem to always add lots of new features.
Since I first heard them at can jam I knew I had to get this player. The first thing that stood out what the very black background compared to other daps and they are great for my iems. Has a very nice dynamic sound and having a peq is a nice touch, you can literally change the flavor of the sound to your liking. I also like the fast boot up time and how easy it is to add music to your folders and no need to scan the card to import them in the music player it's done automatically *stares at M11* all in all for the price I would say it's worth it if your music is all on card and you wanna take them everywhere you go, the lack of streaming doesn't bother me at all about a month in ownership and this DAP is just what I wanted.