I don't think it's the best. It's just sad such a cheap player outperforms the hm 801. Also, if you want a colored sound why not eq, instead of paying extra and sacrificing usability?
You're assuming you can that your sighted listening is objective. The problem is the human ear in a sighted test is not a objective, try doing an unsighted test at least. Yes computers are obviously more objective than sighted tests, and they can measure minute differences beyond the spectrum of human hearing. The professional audio industry relies on these objective tests, but amateur audiophiles claim to know better.
Newer doesn't always equal better (especially in consumer goods), but overall there have been vast improvements. The availability of cheap, effectively transparent digital sources is evidence of this.
Edited by Antony6555 - 11/22/10 at 8:45pm
Originally Posted by Inks
Again have you listened to it? Nobody is making the assumptions, you are the who is. I've listened to the player and compare them attentively and that's a fact i'm not theorizing like you. Sure graphs are accurate but they don't tell you the whole story, it's the human ear that does.
The NOS is a vintage DAC but newer doesn't always equal better. Ipods are using newerr Cirrus DAC in their ipods now ,but they definitely sound worse than the older Wolfsons they used before. Many other examples are known throughout.