Originally Posted by immtbiker
Make sure it is not 24/88. The three players will only play 24/96.
It's .ape format, bitrate showing as 436, frequency as 44.1k and encoder as 'Monkey's Audio v3.97 (Extra High)'.
Originally Posted by Lubanja
I wasnt aware that the high/low gain switch did anything with the sound bass/treble/clarity. I just figured it was an alternate volume measure. Can anyone confirm ?
Keep in mind that this audition was mainly done with Westone 4's, which have an impedance of 31 ohms. My best guess (as an amateur and ignoramus of electrical/audio components) is that the extra power boosts the lower/mid frequencies because they require more juice than the high end. That, or the hifiman treble roll off is shining through by refusing to increase the treble in volume at the same rate as the bass and mids. The clarity and details I'm again going to attribute to higher ohm iem's requiring more juice.
Another update: I still have to eject and re-insert the sd card for the hifiman to find anything on it. After updating the firmware the first two reboots didn't have this problem, but since the third reboot it's been happening again.
Originally Posted by melomaniac
thanks for all the impressions and reports here. well, I finally ordered one myself, after dithering over the xmas deal, and worrying about usability complaints, and so forth. will be nice to have some portability for hirez files, which is ultimately the only reason I opted for a new DAP.
I hope you enjoy it! It's a lot more useable than people have been saying. The only thing is finding a compatible card and tracks. Besides that, the UI is quite quick and to the point.
I agonised over buying it for months. Initially I wanted the HM-801 and Westone ES5's, but an impending eurotrip forced me to go a little lower. I'm glad I bought it in the end though.
It's not nearly half the brick people complain it is. It's actually quite small and fits well in my jeans/work pants/shorts pockets. I don't own any skin tight pants so I guess I'm lucky. I saw a size comparison of the 601 to the 801, and now having bought a 601, all fears that the 801 is an oversized brick are completely diminished. Can't wait to be able to buy the 801.
Also, to whoever is thinking of buying this, make sure you have a collection of high rez files ready. I've been listening to 192khz mp3's with the hifiman of various things that I don't yet own in a high resolution format and it doesn't justify the price. Crap in, crap out. Its almost disappointing listening to lower resolution files as I got used to the great sound and for some strange reason it feels like its the hifimans fault even though it's not at all. So everyone make sure you have high rez files!