Luxury & Precision L&P P6 Pro

FPGA.

I didn’t talk much about FPGA functionality in P6 design since this info only became available to me now.  According to L&P, most of their audio players (L5, L3x, L6, L4, LP6x, and P6x) feature FPGA to optimize performance by running independent processes in parallel with master controller.  But it was never a big focus of discussion until LP6 where ultra large-scale Intel FPGA with more functionality was utilized in the design.

I don’t know the exact details of FPGA used in P6, L&P only mentioned it is from a domestic brand manufacturer.  Also, Luxury & Precision R&D team is the one who writes and optimizes all FPGA code.  I think some will find it interesting to read about the functional tasks implemented in that FPGA:

  1. Linear compensation of discrete R-2R DAC.
  2. Low-level logic processing of discrete R-2R DAC.
  3. S/PDIF OUT function.
  4. I2S protocol decoding and recoding.
  5. The high-precision and low-phase noise external clock connected to the FPGA is used as the master clock and fed to the discrete R2R DAC, which is generally referred to as “FPGA MASTER”.
  6. The high-precision and low-phase noise external clock connected to the FPGA is used as the main clock and fed to the Bluetooth module.
  7. Use FPGA built-in DSP resources to do high-performance digital processing for specifically customized sound tuning and optimization of different earphones.

The last one is a very interesting feature with the first profile already released for JVC HA-FW10000 IEMs.  I don’t have these IEMs to test, but hoping they will release more in the future for other popular IEMs.

MCU

OS / GUI.

P6 Pro still running the same proprietary minimalist non-Android operating system found in P6 with nearly identical interface and functionality.  Thus, please refer for all the details to my original P6 review.

One difference I found was in Key Setting menu which offered similar to P6 menu control setting of using Knob, Media control, and Knob + Media control, and additional option to Disable these in favor of using only the touch screen navigation in P6 Pro.  And due to touch screen, now you will find Return to previous screen touch shortcut at the top of setting screens.

The other big difference was in the Playback window due to implementation of touch controls.  All the elements from P6 playback window are still there, including L/R power meter, display of bit depth and sampling rate of the song, thumbnail of album art if one is embedded, format of the track, and the timeline of the song.  In P6 Pro window, you get Return to the previous screen shortcut in the upper left corner and System setting shortcut in the upper right corner.  Plus, Play/Pause touch button and Skip next/previous buttons at the bottom of the screen.  And my personal favorite – being able to fast forward/back through a song by swiping the timeline bar.

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I do wish the timeline swipe bar would be a little longer, but for those who are familiar with previous L&P touch screen models, this is a big step forward.  I know, some going to raise their eyebrows after reading this, but L&P DAPs were always about minimalistic GUI, optimized system resources, and the focus on audio performance.  Touch screen interface where you can swipe forward through a song and Bluetooth Rx mode with LDAC is a big step forward for them.

P6 Pro touch screen operation:

Page 3 – Sound Analysis and Comparison.
Page 4 – Pair up and Conclusion.

6 thoughts on “Luxury & Precision L&P P6 Pro

    1. It will, but P6 Pro is a smoother more organic source, so it pairs up better with neutral or more revealing iems. Those two might end up being a little smoother, less revealing in pair up with P6 Pro.

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  1. How the user interface compared to Lotoo? On the PAW6k, I like that I have suffle/repeat/etc, EQ and add to playlist all on the Now Playing screen. Looks like with the P6 you’d need to go to the settings icon for play mode and EQ, and maybe out to the main menu for adding to a playlist?

    One thing I wish the PAW6k had – when shuffling music, I may land on an artist or ablum that I want to dive into. There’s no quick way to do that, I have to jump out to the main menu and then browse until I find that artist by name. Doesn’t look like the P6 would be any different but thought I’d check.

    Weird question – any similarities in timbre with the Shanling M6? I liked the sound from that DAP, and the descriptions in your reviews makes it sound like there may be some similar direction between them.

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    1. Probably a good idea to look through my original P6 review, I covered GUI and the interface options in more details there. But tbh, if song handling, sorting, managing, tagging, etc. very important to you, P6 Pro is not that advanced and won’t meet your needs. PAW6k will handle it better or might as well go with android dap where you can download and use different apps. Regarding the sound, shanling M6 is on entry to mid-fi level of sound performance, P6 pro is a flagship level dap. Timbre/tonality could be similar, but so does $99 M0 if you are looking for something neutral and smoother. What sets it apart is resolution, separation and layering of instruments, soundstage, super black background, very low noise floor, etc.

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  2. What is the quality of streaming via Bluetooth dac of P6pro ? is it closed enough to playing file in SD card still?
    Love you review.

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