Originally Posted by jude
Sorry about the delay.
One of the things I was waiting for was confirmation on the final DAC section decision from Head-Direct. Some discussions I had with Fang shortly after I posted the first part suggested that there might be changes.
I got final word from Fang today that the prototype I have (which is still just the DAC and media player sections, but sans the latest software version for the media player UI) is representative of what will be in the production units.
So now you will soon see the second part. I'd like to post my Can Jam Impressions first, and then I'll finish this HM-801 second piece--hopefully by this weekend, or during it.
NOTE: Keep in mind that the prototype I have does not have a headphone amp section.
Thanks Jude for the reply. Not to hurry you but just want you and Nankai know there are actually a few people waiting for this product.
I'm now using D10 and IMod 4G during my travel (3 hours daily) and when I'm back to office I use the PC -> D10 which sounds better. I just hope that I may use "PC -> Dac -> amp" like system during my travel and certainly Hifiman answers my "prayer".
If possible, please compare the DAC of your prototype to the best portable DAC available currently. Comparison with Pico DAC would be very helpful. If there are something even better than Pico DAC (I think EFN or some other members have some portable DIY DAC),
Finally, will Nankai give you another prototype that has the amp section? So far I haven't read a really positive comment of the amp section and this is the only thing holding me back at the moment. ES3x is extremely sensitive and I really don't want to find the Hifiman hissing with it