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Head-Direct HiFiMan HM-101 Reviews

Kojaku

Clean, warm, smooth: The Head-Direct HM-101

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Pros: Clean, warm, small/portable

Cons: Not very spacious.

This little soundcard is worth every penny you pay. It's a clean, well-designed, sturdy piece of equipment Sound-wise, it should be noted that this DAC is very warm. It takes airy, what some may consider "cold" sound of the typical built-in soundcard in most laptops and turns it into warm, smooth sound. Now, my personal setup is pretty warm on its own. My headphones/IEMs (Grado sr225i woodied, RE-262, for example) are both warm, my current amp of choice, the cmoyBB v2.03, is also warm. So I've found the entire setup to now be a bit too warm. But I could see this little DAC doing wonders for someone to add a little liquid smooth, warm sound to their audio chain. Not to worry, it is...
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MalVeauX

Hifiman HM101 portable soundcard

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Pros: Small, inexpensive, mobile, good design

Cons: Not constructed rigorously, some noise issues, bright

  Hifiman HM-101 Portable Sound Card An inexpensive way to turn any USB capable computer into a hifi station.   So I received the HM101 and put it through some work.   Package:       Small, wow, comes with everything you need. It's so tiny. Key chain tiny. This is good. I like small when it comes to this because it's really portable. It comes with the USB cable and the unit itself. Nothing else needed.   Construction Quality:   It's inexpensive, so expect it to feel that way. It creaks and feels like it compresses when you press it or handle it. It's not super cheap feeling, but...
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Llloyd

Nice Value Sound Card

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Pros: Cheap, Portable, subtle warmth, good detail for the price

Cons: Average Value

This was the first piece of audio gear that I ever owned when I was venturing outside of what I could get from local electronics stores.  I wanted to see if this would provide any difference with my RE-0 earbuds and my friend's ATH-M50.  I cannot speak for what I know now which is a lot more, but at that time I felt it was an improvement over generic computer audio.  My friend and I were on a road trip, and this was the perfect device to use in our hotel rooms out of my laptop.  We were doing a lot of turntable.fm sessions then and I will say it performed nicely.   From what I remember to what I know now, this is probably slightly less than I would expect...
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Mp3robbo

HM-101: Good, if you can tolerate the hiss

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Pros: Good sound quality, well designed, easy to use

Cons: That hiss!

I bought this sound card to replace the Realtek set-up in my laptop, and it does a pretty good job.   It's very small, it's easy to set-up, it provides powerful amplication, and has a much more accurate DAC than what is inbuilt in my laptop.   But that hiss! When I read reviews of this product I was aware of the fact that there was a slight hiss, but after testing this I think that those review understated greatly the amount of hiss that comes through this device. I find this hiss to annoy to use, and so I'm just using the inbuilt set-up on my laptop until I get a better amp. I don't know whether it's just the motherboard of my laptop causing the hiss to be so great,...
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