Originally Posted by redquilang
well according to kenwood (ive never heard it), their new HD20GA7 seems to have the greatest SQ of ANY DAP. they have inserted an amp into their player and, besides the great design and screen, this seems to be the only selling point as it doesnt play videos or pictures. quite a shame. but if you just want a great looking, great sounding player, the HD20GA7 is the player for you. their only selling it in japan, but it has english text on it.
if it had video and picture im sure it would be the greatest out there period.
I do own the HD20GA7 and I think Kenwood would be right if the player didn't hiss quite as much as it does. It hisses more than the iHP-120 (but not that much more). As it stands, the hiss with more sensitive IEMs is completely unacceptable, which limits the player's compatibility options. It's 6mW x 6mW output also limits it's ability to drive many full-size headphones.
With the few headphones with which it synergizes well, it does
sound better than any other DAP that I've ever heard (and PCDPs, too). It's warm, dynamic, has a coherent soundstage and plenty of detail, though it is somewhat lacking in ability to resolve micro-detail. It makes up for this with musicality and a full-size CDP sound.
I keep promising a review. Maybe someday I'll get to it