Lotoo PAW 6000 Reference Grade Portable Audio Player
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.
This is my first Lotoo after trying a bevy of daps in the last 6 months including Hiby R5, DX220, DX160, Cayin n6ii A01, Sony Wma1, Colorfly U8, Shanling M5ii, well you get the point.
So what makes the Lotoo stand out as my favorite? Well the build is top notch and the size and weight are just perfect imo. I love the controls and having the volume control on top instead of the side is really nice.
Also the UI is ultra fast, it boots up in literally 2 seconds, almost as fast as a unit in standby mode. It's also well thought out and is a joy to use with lots of customization. You can be playing music with one button press after boot up, lovely.
Then there's the sound, open, detailed and very accurate and natural with a touch of warmth. Honestly it's at the highest level, you get a nice big holographic stage and pin point layering and 3d placement with a nice black background- a very clean output also.
Then if you want to tweak the sound you have a very capable peq on board which gives you lots of control, and some decent dsp effects are there too if you want to use them. I think the thing sounds excellent without any eq, but it's nice to have the peq for certain cans and iems.
In summary this is probably the nicest non android dap I've tried and if you don't need android or streaming this is one hell of a dap. Flagship sound, great build quality, ultra fast well though out UI make this thing brilliant.
Oh, and I forgot to mention the great battery life, it's really good I'm getting about 13 hours on balanced out volume 50. And it comes with a beautiful leather case. :)
I have had the DAP for about 2 weeks now and it's been an upgrade coming from the Hiby R6 Pro. The Paw 6000 has more resolution and noticeably blacker background, and it eliminated hiss issues that I was getting with the R6 Pro on more sensitive IEMs. It's been a great pairing for my Tia Trio's. Although it does not have Tidal streaming capabilities, this has been a non issue with Bluetooth DAC streaming option when paired to my cell phone. The sound is neutral with a hint of warmth. Both the 3.5mm SE and 4.4mm balances outputs sounds great, with a slight edge in dynamics with the latter. The UI is very snappy and easy to use. The leather case that is included is very sleek and makes for a very classy look. I'd happily purchase this DAP again.
Just received the Lotoo PAW 6000 and I’m blown away by its build quality, speed of operation, compact form factor, but most of all its sound. I have owned many DAPs over the last year including Cayin N6ii, Hiby R5/6, Ibasso DX160/220, Shanling M6 but the Lotoo PAW 6000 knocks them all out of the ballpark. It sounds fantastic straight out of the box but 30 minutes playing with the PEQ settings has resulted in a sound that is absolute heaven when paired with my Dan Clarke Aeon Flow Closed 2 headphones. I honestly cannot find anything to fault with this DAP, it really is a steal at this price. Oh, and the support provided by Andrew was first class as always; he never fails to put the customer first!