I got the PAW 6000 to replace my MK1 Lotoo 5000 that finally gave up the ghost, after 6+ years of heavy use. ( actually still very functional, battery gave up, so wont hold charge) - And actually was just thinking of a replacement 5000, upgrading to the current version, as the quirky UI, I was used to, and the sound I was more than happy with.
But then started thinking about maybe an audio upgrade while at it. I looked at the Paw 6000 as this seems to be gathering great reviews, and my pockets definitely have bottoms in, so have a budget, and the paw 6000 , on top of the stella performance and quality accolades, seems to be a great value unit, plus Musictech seemed to offer the very best price I was able to find, so I contacted Andrew, and bit the bullet.
And extremely happy with the player, very intuitive, and customizable, and sounds beautiful, and a solid feeling unit I can easily see keeping me happy for many years. The whole experience, was fantastic, even my concerns of shipping to Canada were settled, Incredibly fast, reasonable postage. So if considering the PAW 6000, or even Misictech, Id recommend both in a heart beat.
First, GREAT service and fast shipping, no-nonsense customs - Thank you Grace!
The Lotoo PAW 6000 is an excellent value all around! I've had several A&K's, Sony WM1A &1Z, Sony ZX507, Fiio's.,.. overall sound quality and OS speed, battery life make this easily the best value under 2K, in my opinion. The quality of your files (flac or dsd) and the right IEMs or headphones also make the difference, as with any.
Really happy with this purchase, recommend it over A&K, Sony, and Fiio. As soon as I discovered Lotto is a big brand overseas that produces various pro-audio and related items, as well as being the producer of the (legendary) PAW Gold/Touch I decided to try my luck.
So--- A++ build quality, FAST OS (and so easy), great battery life, GREAT EQ! (Spend time with the EQ - it is very configurable), Excellent sound quality (++ better than the AK Cube imo), Gain works great, LINE Out is a plus. I can plug it into my Carver M I AMP with the 4.4 line-out... background and spaces between tracs are just as black as with iem's - never had that with any other DAP.
Received January 31, today is February 4 - ~30 hours on this player already - excellent! I may go for the Gold/Touch soon, if it's that much better than the P6000 I'd guess it is the Reference Player of all.
Lotoo P6000 - CA Andromeda's - Sony Kimber balanced 4.4 cable
I'm delighted with my acquisition of the LP6K because it makes a perfect companion with my Sony WM1Z which I also love. The LP6K is very light and easy to walk around with in my pocket. The unit powers up in mere seconds unlike my Sony which takes close to a minute to refresh the database.
It sounds great with all of my iems. More reference sounding without the extra warmth from the Sony. Now I can have two different flavors depending on my mood. I had trouble pulling the trigger on the full sized Gold Paw Touch as a second unit due to the price, weight and battery life. After reading all the reviews about the Paw 6000, it was an easy decision. I'm very happy with the purchase and I highly recommend it. As usual, dealing with Andrew was a pleasure.
I'm going to speak rather plainly for those folks who don't understand all the 'lingo' which usually accompanies these types of reviews for such products :
I took a chance on buying the PAW 6000 from Lotoo as I have never purchased a high-res player that was Not made by Astell & Kern. ..I am glad I did. The PAW 6000 of course 'sounds' exceedingly good, very very neutral sound with not much in way of coloration of the music. However, what makes this unit shine high and above ALL OTHERS OUT THERE are threefold : 1. The batter life is phenomonal. I'm getting 12 to 15 hours of continuous playback even whilst using 24 / 190 resolution tracks. 2. The approach to Equalizer is excellent, with excellent features, excellent presets, and in the settings you are even given the control to increase/descrease roll off for various frequencies...and much much more. 3. The unit is FAST, as in SUPER FAST START UP along the lines of a 2 second start up!!! No more waiting for 5 minutes. No more needing to wait for your 500 gig sd card to load, as it is nearly instantaneous!!! The unit is also SMALL, at least compared to my Astell & Kerns. My most favorite player thus far has been...and Continues--to--be the Kann Cube, which is super powerful, and the sound stage is quite large, deep, and rich. Howerver, the PAW 6000 is not too far behind it in these respects. As for the 'sound' of the PAW 6000, it is every--bit--as--good, if not better with certain tracks, than ANY of my Astell & Kerns. It also comes with a very nice and very well made leather case. Something which Astell & Kerns DO NOT come with, as they seem to think it is good customer relations to charge us very high prices for their units THEN bend us over for an additional 200 for a case which SHOULD COME WITH EVERY SINGLE ONE of their rather high-priced units. I like this unit SO much, that I may in fact end up getting rid of my Astell & Kerns and switching, fully, to products made by THIS company 'Lotoo'. Every--single--one of my Astell & Kerns has failed at the jack. EVERY--F-ING--ONE--OF--THEM. Even my apple i-pod's jack is still fine after using it for 9 years now.
As for quality, the PAW 600 seems to be exceedingly high quality, feels good in your hand, and looks very nice in all respects. The UI / software is EXCELLENT, and, like I said, it is FAST...as in, VERY FAST. When I'm at home, I continue to use my Kann Cube which is a beast and has a very rich soundstage and plenty of power for my power hungry headphones. Howewever, I am now finding myself grabbing the PAW 6000 for 90% of my listening...be it out on my mountain bike with my Campfire Audio Atlas IEM's, or at work, in the car, out and about. I like it so much, like I said, I may just jump ship and get their top of the line unit which I think is called the 'Lotoo Gold Touch'...??? ..I VERY MUCH like the fact that, for $1,200., it came with a very nice protective case. I makes me feel much better as a purchase than I feel when buying from Astell & Kern...which makes me feel like I am doing business with a company that seems to like to stick it to us instead of thinking LONG TERM.
I would not hesitate to buy this unit if you're looking for something that has a sound equal to most other units that cost maybe 500 more than this one. It is on par with units that cost over $2,0000, and mind you, I'm a very picky dude with a LOT of listening miles. One thing to note is the fact that the unit did seem to sweeten up nicely AFTER about the 100 hour mark of usage. Lotoo says it needs 200 hour burn in, but I found it to be nocibably smoother after about 60 hours of usage.
To emphasize : Battery life is a game changer. Sound signature is super-high end, with no coloration, BUT, with the ability to add some color if need be via the stupendous approach to Equalizing, something which the Astell & Kerns do poorly at. And last but not least : the UI is FAST FAST FAST!!!
I didn't give it 5 stars due to some quirks I'm having. The unit has locked up a few times, I reboot it and it's fine. I also Bluetooth it to my Polaris RZR PRO XP Ultimate (Rockford Fosgate system), I lose my ability to adjust my volume on the Polaris after about 20 minutes, I then have to reboot the Polaris to get it working again. Then the cycle starts over, lose my volume controls.