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Nice Value Sound Card

A Review On: Head-Direct HiFiMan HM-101

Head-Direct HiFiMan HM-101

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Price paid: $50.00
Llloyd
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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 from a 50 dollar product.  There is a nice warmth going on and it is a bit grainy but it has a charm to it.

 

A few reviews I've read said that the fact that this dac only outputs 16/44 is a compromise. I don't think that's true.  16/44 is fine and will offer all the musical enjoyment you could ask for.  Once you forget about your file's sample rate and listen to music.  If you're looking for a touch of power and detail compared to your PC, this is for you.  If you have reasonable headphones you will notice a difference.  I don't recall any hiss from my experiences, but I don't doubt the other reviewers.

 

If you're looking in this price range and you can deal with the drawbacks, I think this is a pleasing product to have by your side. I've you've read about the hifiman house sound this kind of goes in line with that.  Happy hunting.

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