Well I have received the T51 TeKMOD done by Burnway, here my first impressions of this mod.
I have to say first that is not an easy task to implement a new amp in this tiny device, very little room for adding new components and cabling it,
you have to be meticulous when welding and cabling. A watchmaker work !
With this mode you are also getting a new battery installed, this is a good new to give a second life to this beloved DAP.
I have used the Sony XBA4 and InEar StageDiver SD-3, the XBA4 pair well due to the very low impedance output.
But the SD3 bring me to another level of restitution and presentation.
Many prefer to use the line out of the T51 because the HO was not quite satisfactory. This is where the mod is really interesting, for a pocket frendly Hifi DAP.
I would also say that I use a 64G micro SD card with FLAC files and boot time is fast.
To start with what bothers me is the pop noise when the player turns on the amp, is a little harder than before if I remember correctly, or my new SD3 are more sensitive.
Even for untrained ear the improvement is more than significant, the sound stage is much larger than before, the bass are deeper with a great texture,
with colored IEM as the SD3 you have more than enough bass and they are realy well controled, an awesome result.
The level of detail is impressive giving more musicality to all the instruments and life to voices, it's really noticeable even to me
Clarity and depth are also two things that I can describe for this mod, separation of instruments is just as good as the rest.
A really musical sound with a good sense of speed.
I'm really happy with what I hear, for me this is what I would expect from an audiophile sound.
This mod is great and I hope others will confirm my impressions with different IEM's !
I'm really impressed and happy with the result, thank a lot to Burnway.
Edited by Migou67 - 9/22/13 at 5:02am