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post #46 of 122
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Originally Posted by a_tumiwa View Post

@Danneq: i think JVC xa-V80 is better than hd500?


 

You have heard them both? How do they compare to the Kenwood HD20GA7? This guy thinks that the XA HD-500 sounds better than the HD20GA7 (but only a little bit better). More here.

 

I think the XA HD-500 seems nice, mostly because of the included cradle with line out and the IR remote. I was thinking it would be nice to plug it in to my home set up and use with wav-files. But on a 6GB microdrive I would only be able to fit a maximum of 15 albums...

But it still looks interesting.

post #47 of 122

Passionate post revenge! Makes a lot of sense too. I myself was totally caught up in getting all the toys. I easily got my virtual bill over $1000 dollars. I learned more and reasoned that something like a D2+ or maybe the new J3 with a pair of SE530's would sound fan-freakin-tastic to me, especially considering what I have now. (see sig)

post #48 of 122

My vote is for the S:flo2, but just based on price/SQ performance. Best player I've heard, but the UI is a pain and the FW upgrade process can be grueling (I just went through it. Ugh). But on balance, I love the SQ on this player, more than any Sony or Zune I've heard, or Clip/Clip+/Fuze via HP out.

post #49 of 122

Another vote for the S:Flo2 here. I also have a Cowon D2, Zune 30 & iPod classic and none of them come even remotely close to the S:Fl02 unamped. I am using UE Triple Fi 10 and the S:Flo2 is the only one that can do them justice.

post #50 of 122

If the OP is asking for the best sound quality in a MP3 player the HiFiMAN HM-801 is the best, and it's a fact.

 

/thread.

post #51 of 122

I'm in the same boat as you - check out the Studio Is... seems to be a decent solution but no guarantees hehe. A home rig is easy to obtain... but hard to be there to enjoy :). And mainstream companies... I seriously doubt they care enough about SQ to satisfy me... ever.
 

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HM-801 for MX400? Are you all out of your minds? It's all S'Flos, HifiMans and Clips on every single thread, in every single forum these days. What is going on?

 

Sonic boy, right now I have a JH13, a UM3X, an Ed.8 and a HF2 next to me. I have a Benchmark and a Lavry on my side. I have a Raptor and a Phonitor in fair distance. A serious Naim player on a shelf, next to my Naim/Neat main system. I have more than 10,000 euros to spend but you know what: I am not going to buy your player. I am not going to look like a twerp carrying a brick with a prehistorical design in my pocket, dragging the charger in a trolley because the battery will die in less time then that of my Vaio, I am not going to carry 150 tiny SD cards because your high-end masterpiece has less capacity then a 20$ DAP.  And even if I could live with all these shortcomings, then what? You're going to tell me I need to pay another 1000 dollars because your fantastic player can't even drive my IEMs straight out of its pathetic HO?! And then a certain Chinese manufacturer has the guts to sell me another crap amplifier to compliment as badly (it's not me, it's users who have actually bought the Game who say it) my IEMs? Are you serious? Are you absolutely, 100% serious? Because if you do, I pitty you.

post #52 of 122
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Originally Posted by Sonic 748i View Post

If the OP is asking for the best sound quality in a MP3 player the HiFiMAN HM-801 is the best, and it's a fact.

 

/thread.


Wouldn't that be more like an opinion?

post #53 of 122
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Wouldn't that be more like an opinion?

So it's an opinion the JH13 sounds better than a iPod earbud? LOL.
 

post #54 of 122

Your fanboy is showing ;). Just saying.

post #55 of 122
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Originally Posted by miguel0927 View Post

Your fanboy is showing ;). Just saying.


Even if I didn't own the HiFiMAN, and heard it briefly and couldn't afford it I would have said the same exact thing.

post #56 of 122

 

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Originally Posted by EphemeralHope View Post

I'm in the same boat as you - check out the Studio Is... seems to be a decent solution but no guarantees hehe. A home rig is easy to obtain... but hard to be there to enjoy :). And mainstream companies... I seriously doubt they care enough about SQ to satisfy me... ever.
 


 


 

You could always go the audiophile way and get a HifiMan or an iMod or whatever. If you would want something which is small and quite portable, made by mainstream companies and doesn't require amps to sound good on the go, you could always look back in time. Kenwoods HDD DAP:s (HD10GB7, HD20GA7, HD30GB9 and HD60GD9) sound very good for something coming from a mainstream company.

So as to not get Sonic 748i on my case, I will admit that the HifiMan (while not having heard it), might sound better. But for a DAP made by a mainstream company (note this, Sonic 748i  ), the Kenwood HDD players are probably the best sounding DAP:s out of the box.

Nowadays Kenwood only release flash DAP:s and apparently they do not sound as good as the older HDD players. I think that Kenwood was purchased by JVC a few years ago, so JVC might have Kenwood release the less good sounding stuff...

Victor (or JVC as they are known outside of Japan) released the Alneo XA HD-500, which was a 6GB microdrive HDD, in 2005 and the SQ of it is said to be as good as the Kenwood HDD players. JVC still release flash players. I do not know how they sound, though.

 

Anyway, I think that there are mainstream companies that have made good sounding DAP:s. Unfortunately, these DAP:s have been too localized (basically just released in Japan) and have swiftly disappeared from the radar of everyone but a few...


Edited by Danneq - 5/19/10 at 11:19pm
post #57 of 122
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Originally Posted by Sonic 748i View Post

If the OP is asking for the best sound quality in a MP3 player the HiFiMAN HM-801 is the best, and it's a fact.

 

/thread.


have you heard both players ? if not then don't say anything.

post #58 of 122

What are the two players you're talking about? The HiFiMAN has components superior to any DAP on the market.

post #59 of 122
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Originally Posted by Sonic 748i View Post

What are the two players you're talking about? The HiFiMAN has components superior to any DAP on the market.


 

Are you responding to my post about the Kenwoods and the JVC? Well, that shows that it is sad that good sounding DAP:s made by mainstream companies is so unknown to the majority of people. Everyone knows about iPod and Sony. Many know about Cowon, iRiver and SanDisk Sansa. But DAP:s that beat them sound wise are unknown just because they were not spread enough by their manufacturer.

 

The HifiMan is a specially made DAP by a small, specialized maker. I was talking about DAP:s made by mainstream, multinational companies.

 

Even if the HifiMan might be the bee's knees, it is still not for everyone and not just because of the pricetag.

post #60 of 122

Sorry, you were replying to momomo6789.

I second you, Sonic 748i. Which two players are you talking about momomo6789? 


Edited by Danneq - 5/20/10 at 12:04am
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