Originally Posted by Sonic 748i
That's a frequency response graph. The standard amplifier in the HiFiMAN like I've said plenty of times is the weakest link of the unit. They should redo those tests with the GAME Amplifier or line out to a much better amplifier. Also, they must be deaf if they don't hear how much better the HiFiMAN sounds over other mp3 players. Every person who has bought the HiFiMAN immediately heard the sudden increase in sound quality including our very own jude over at Head-Fi who said the HiFiMAN sounds like anything but a portable audio player. It sounds like something that belongs in a full size rack plugged into a wall. They're reviews of the HiFiMAN compared to other MP3 players in which the HiFiMAN downright triumphs them. But anyways, lol, this article doesn't convince me one bit because what I'm hearing right now no other MP3 player can come close to mimicking.
Unless I got a faulty unit, or I am deaf. When I first get them, using the GAME module, I certainly didn't have any wow factor. What I think HiFiMAN is better than iPhone 3G:
- HiFiMAN has a strong output, and music has more dynamic, or power.
- To my ears, HiFiMAN in fact has very good instrument separation and imaging. Good 3D presentation.
I am using GAME module, which is designed to use with IEMs as far as I am concerned. However, it turns out that HiFiMAN has very bad synergy with SM3, which is my current favourite. I am assuming the 'Normal' EQ setting means flat (EQ off), and SM3 straight out from HiFiMAN headphone jack gives me the most forward mids I have ever heard. Just mids, and mids intruding into bass as well as treble. Actually I have to admit that my last post was a litlle bit exaggerated, but I am very disappointed with HiFiMAN, at least when pair with my SM3.
I tried to pair SM3 and HiFiMAN as DAC, but not much changes compared when I use them as player.