My reason for wanting the Hifiman is to have it all in one player. It would replace much of my stuff.
Regarding amps - I can see the use of The Protector with Hifiman if one wants to use balanced headphones. But why do people pair the $700 Hifiman with a small amp? Or worse - with a huge amp! :) What portable amps is an improvement over the Hifiman amp?
I mean, the Hifiman costs $700 for a reason right? It has really good dac and amp inside? What could be the reason for the price if not quality components? $700 for stupidly over sized dap with 4 gigantous gb of storage? Of course the answer is that people want the best sound no matter the size. But to buy a Hifiman with that high price tag and not use half of whats inside it is...maybe not ridicolous but a bit weird.
To start things off, the Burr Brown PCM1074UK DAC in the HiFiMAN is what is most valuable to the people who buy it. The amplifier inside the HiFiMAN, believe it or not, is the bottleneck of the device. It cripples the HiFiMAN's potential so therefore I bypass it by going line out to a much better external portable amplifier ( RSA The Protector ). The HiFiMAN doesn't have internal memory dedicated to storage of media. It has about 1gb of internal memory for firmware files I believe. It has SD/SDHC card slot for unlimited storage of up to 32gb's at a time. The HiFiMAN by itself is the best sound you can get from a portable DAP but people like me who want to maximize our equipment will use our HiFiMAN as only a portable high end DAC.
Edited by Sonic 748i - 5/16/10 at 7:23am