Lotoo PAW S2
This dongle is well built. It has a neutral, slightly warm tonality and it brings a nice timbre out of my e 4000 iems. I like the EQ it has, very effective at helping me match whatever headphone I'm using. Overall I'm very happy with this device.
Love the support to my phone music without eating up the battery of the phone. Quite efficient.
As I sit listening to War on Drugs, I am reminded of not just how much I missed my Lotoo for 3+ weeks. My cables became compromised (my best cat) right when my PAW S2 arrived.
And so I am comfortably at Vol 47 on Flat with the new PAW S2. Easy to compare from a razor-sharp memory, despite the absence from my PAW S1. I read several reviews that leaned me into asking Andrew @ MusicTeck a couple questions, but he wisely did not sell me on these, and rather let me read a more detailed review by an expert greater than I.
In a word, the PAW S2 is brilliant. Sure, louder. But the music is more forward on my Unique Melody MEST than before. I did not have issues with my S1 amp or my UM MEST. But as a guy into tech, you learn to grow into new shoes each year or so. The S2 will drop you to your knees a bit. The sheer presence of texture will bring it.
It is well far more warm, textured, deep and fast in the sub-bass and I’m hearing very thinly audible nuance at the high end on the same songs I’ve heard 20x before. It’s reaching me, subconsciously, deeper into the music than before.
And maybe the best thing I can say for this amp is “you don’t know what you don’t know.” What you are not hearing on the S1 you don’t know is actually there. I hope that helps. I’m just a guy who loves his instruments, his vocals — this passes through my ears like the fingernails of a lover scratching my back. It feels like THAT.
Purchased thru Amazon and highly impressed with the powerhouse sound! Makes my HD6XX sing and removed the veil. My favorite eq is Rock. Simple plug and play with my iPad Pro and laptop. Firmware update was a bit confusing, but I figured it out without bricking the PAW S2.
I already had a Lotoo PAW S1 and when I saw this I decided to take the leap and upgrade to the Lotoo PAW S2. Overall I am very impressed and glad I made the choice to upgrade.