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Zorloo Ztella

curlypaws

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How can Zorloo manage to offer a direct Lightning interface, but Cyrus and AudioQuest apparently can't come up with anything better than asking you to use the clunky Apple Camera Kit gubbins to connect? As an iOS user, I'd be tempted by this DAC for that reason alone.
 
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I got both the MQA and the non-MQA versions. Build quality was not up to par. The connector for the 3.5mm headphone jack came off. The cylindrical metal piece that was glued to the wire dislodged. There were some static issues with sound cutting in and out. Sent emails to support multiple times. Never heard back. Purchase at your own risk.
 

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jbeclectic

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How can Zorloo manage to offer a direct Lightning interface, but Cyrus and AudioQuest apparently can't come up with anything better than asking you to use the clunky Apple Camera Kit gubbins to connect? As an iOS user, I'd be tempted by this DAC for that reason alone.
Also have a look at the FiiO i1 - virtually identical to the Zorloo - but has been out much longer - Surprised WHF haven't spotted it!!
Anyway its a lightning 3.5mm DAC Amp - but not much of an amp. It comes in 2 cable lengths 7cm and I think about 80cm (much to long). Volume +/-, track skip etc on the 3.5mm socket.
Sounds good, relatively neutral I prefer it to the Apple or Belkin dongles costs about £40 - not the easiest thing to find - Advanced MP3 Players got one of mine.
 

mwe888

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How can Zorloo manage to offer a direct Lightning interface, but Cyrus and AudioQuest apparently can't come up with anything better than asking you to use the clunky Apple Camera Kit gubbins to connect? As an iOS user, I'd be tempted by this DAC for that reason alone.
Zorloo doesn't offer a direct lightening interface. They supply a USB-C to lightening adapter pigtail. Also, they claim that headphone controls will still work, and phone calls can be passed through the Ztella. They cannot. Their tech support blames Apple stating they are limitations on the iPhone. However, Zorloo keeps advertising this functionality on their iPhone bundle page, knowing they cannot deliver.

On sound quality, I hear a lot of extra pops, crackles and interference compared to my Dragonfly USB dongle

About the only use I have for the Ztella is listening to music on my Bose noise cancelling earbuds while mowing the lawn. In such cases, it's a lot more convenient than the Dragonfly, which constantly pulls out of the phone, or loses connection at the lightning port. I was hoping for a more universal, albeit casual listening experience, when I'm away from my laptop or home audio system.

In all, I feel it's kind of expensive for what you get, but it does serve a very limited purpose, just not what I was hoping for...
 

Clint74

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Zorloo doesn't offer a direct lightening interface. They supply a USB-C to lightening adapter pigtail. Also, they claim that headphone controls will still work, and phone calls can be passed through the Ztella. They cannot. Their tech support blames Apple stating they are limitations on the iPhone. However, Zorloo keeps advertising this functionality on their iPhone bundle page, knowing they cannot deliver.
Unfortunately I just found this out the hard way after purchasing the Ztella to use with 3.5 mm headphones with mic also for calls.
I wrote to the support and they answered me:

We are sorry that iPhone doesn't external USB-DAC for call function.

This is pure BS and close to beeing a scam...this is from their Kick starter page:



With Ztella, the mic and buttons on your connected headphone are fully supported and passed back to the phone or computer, so there is no need to change headsets for a call or for gaming.

I call this fraudalent.....

Also isn't the apple lightning adapter an external dac too? As all the lightning headphones on the market?

Very upset

I don't think I'll ever get my money back as I actually tried it when I first got it but didn't try the phone calls and now it's been a couple of months.......
 

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