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post #16 of 126
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Originally Posted by slwiser
Another interesting link with additional links at the bottom. Just look for model numbers in each link like HA2002 or the Stello DA100 for example. Go to those links and use your google translator for further information.

http://www.headphoneclub.net/zeroboa...esc=asc&no=122
Thanks, but I find the Korean -> English translation close to not-understandable at all. Especially this one could be interesting:

http://translate.google.com/translat...language_tools
post #17 of 126

Some information on Higher Fidelity HF-HA01

According to www.headphone.com.hk (Chinese website), the HA01 is made by a "reputable" Japanese company, and has great synergy with Audio Technica cans.

Issue 298 of AudioTechnique Magazine (Hong Kong magazine) carries a review of HA01, using L3000 as the testing can. The writer said it is amongst the best solid state headphone he has heard so far.

The HA01 used a proprietary "Triacting Circuit" which essentially employs two voltage amplifier circuit to drive the same power amplifier circuit inside the headphone amp.

Looking a the published photos under a magnifying glass, the circuit layout and components application are both very neat and professional, and despite the similarity to the face plate, back plate layout as well as chassis compartment of HA-5000, the internal layout of HA01 is very different. (the location and execution of volume pot, and the heat sink and power supply arrangements are most obvious) Just by looking at the photos, I am convinced it is a different design.

In Hong Kong, the HA01 is priced (listed) at HK$4,225 (around US$540) whereas a HA-5000 will be priced (fixed) at ~ HK$7,500 (around US$ 960). Taking into retail discounts, I would say the HA01 is approximately half the price of a HA5000, and can be pretty good value.

The HA01 has only 1 pair of RCA input, 2x headphone out.

Hope this helps.
post #18 of 126
There is no firm report of HA01's origin, some mentioned it was designed by a Hong Kong designer who lived in Japan but no proof have been given out. Another mysterious report is HA01's circuit is quite similar to the FET design of HA2002 and HA5000 (and, some also argue HA2002 and HA5000 is identical in circuit and different outfit).

And again, that Hong Kong Headphone shop reputation is disputed and I personally advise to avoid that shop when you visit Hong Kong. If you need Hong Kong headphone shopping guide, kindly visit Mingo-HMW and we are delighted to share our experiences with you guys
post #19 of 126
galileo

I checked out your web site forums. It appears to be very active and has a good following with high end products. Of course, I used the google translator but I get the flavor of some of the posts.

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Originally Posted by galileo_c
There is no firm report of HA01's origin, some mentioned it was designed by a Hong Kong designer who lived in Japan but no proof have been given out. Another mysterious report is HA01's circuit is quite similar to the FET design of HA2002 and HA5000 (and, some also argue HA2002 and HA5000 is identical in circuit and different outfit).

And again, that Hong Kong Headphone shop reputation is disputed and I personally advise to avoid that shop when you visit Hong Kong. If you need Hong Kong headphone shopping guide, kindly visit Mingo-HMW and we are delighted to share our experiences with you guys
post #20 of 126
Well since no one else is willing to try it out i just ordered the HA-01 I'll see....
It looks good from in and outside, if it sounds good i really dont care for its origin.
And by the pics above i really doubt it will sound crappy...
post #21 of 126
bizkid, where did you order from? I have been looking for several days trying to figure out where to get it.
post #22 of 126
Again our options makes for exciting times. I will be looking forward to your impressions.

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Originally Posted by bizkid
Well since no one else is willing to try it out i just ordered the HA-01 I'll see....
It looks good from in and outside, if it sounds good i really dont care for its origin.
And by the pics above i really doubt it will sound crappy...
post #23 of 126
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Originally Posted by bizkid
Well since no one else is willing to try it out i just ordered the HA-01 I'll see....
It looks good from in and outside, if it sounds good i really dont care for its origin.
And by the pics above i really doubt it will sound crappy...
Well done,
you deserve a medal for your bravery

post #24 of 126

Higher Fidelity Company - contacts

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bobs
bizkid, where did you order from? I have been looking for several days trying to figure out where to get it.
I found the following from an advertisement posted in a Hong Kong audio magazine (AudioTechnique):-

Higher Fidelity Company:-

Tel: (852) 2330 5683
Fax: (852) 2363 7930
email : info@hiroshi.com.hk

Hope this helps.

F. Lo
post #25 of 126
I ordered mine from Kingsound: http://www.headphonehk.com/

The HA-01 seems to be pretty new, i just noticed it on their frontpage, it came out last month if i'm not wrong.
post #26 of 126
thanks guys, i sent an email to both addresses asking for a price quote. Hopefully i will be able to place an order on monday.
post #27 of 126
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Originally Posted by slwiser
galileo

I checked out your web site forums. It appears to be very active and has a good following with high end products. Of course, I used the google translator but I get the flavor of some of the posts.
Kindly write in English if you would like to follow up the posts.

I do wanna try HA01 too as I have W10 also, haven't found a matching pair till now (Can't afford HA2002/HA5000 :P)
post #28 of 126
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Originally Posted by bizkid
I ordered mine from Kingsound: http://www.headphonehk.com/

The HA-01 seems to be pretty new, i just noticed it on their frontpage, it came out last month if i'm not wrong.
christianxxx ???

Well, that's the benefit of being an early adopter.
The community does remenber your screen name(s), and you do have something valuable to contribute.

There's a fine line between being a pioneer and being a guinea pig though.
post #29 of 126
Thread Starter 
bizkid, I respectfully request you also order the AT-HA5000 to compare with the Higher Fidelity.
post #30 of 126
Quote:
Originally Posted by bizkid
Well since no one else is willing to try it out i just ordered the HA-01 I'll see....
It looks good from in and outside, if it sounds good i really dont care for its origin.
And by the pics above i really doubt it will sound crappy...
bizkid

Please post your findings when you get the unit...we are all DYING for a review (hopefully good). I also e-mailed for a quote and need an amp for my ATH-W5000. I was going to order the Singlepower MPX3 but with all the recommended upgrade options the end price skyrocketed

btw...can you tell us the retail price?
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