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EarStudio – firmware update 1.3.2

After skipping 1.3.0, which brought the LDAC codec (among other tweaks) to the ES100, I decided to apply the latest update via my Mac mini. Fortunately, Radsone has improved the instructions for entering DFU mode and it worked perfectly.

Once finished with the update, the LDAC codec was automatically selected and I must say, it sounds fantastic paired with my Pixel 2. For those unfamiliar, LDAC supports 24/96 over Bluetooth. Bravo!


I’m a fan. In fact, I subscribe to Tidal’s $20/month Hi-Fi tier. I’ve also had paid subscriptions for other services including Apple Music, Spotify, and Pandora. Suffice it to say I’ve more than dabbled in this world of rented music. I still enjoy my own personal library and on occasion purchase music but streaming is just so compelling. How could it not be with literally millions of songs at your fingertips?

Album oriented

I’m a bit old fashioned when it comes to music listening. During much of my day I listen to radio streams, but I much prefer listening to an entire album once I’ve settled in for the evening. Tidal and Spotify are perfect for my listening style and now Pandora is finally entering the on-demand fray with it’s Premium tier. They’re playing catch up to a degree, but their massive catalog coupled with their fantastic algorithms (Music Genome Project) may be enough to propel them back to the top of the heap. Curious to experience the latest from Pandora, I signed up for the Premium 60 day free trial.

Sound quality

Of import to me is sound quality and I can’t help but wonder if the quality of Pandora’s $10/month Premium tier will be good enough to upend Tidal in my world. (I would love to dump Tidal to be honest, but that’s another topic altogether.) Considering Tidal Hi-Fi streams at 1411kbps (CD quality) and Pandora Premium streams at 320kbps it’s doubtful, but time will tell. I’m hopeful. Ask me in 60 days.