a little comparison:
-mids, sweet like a dark chocolate.
-sounds fuller and creamier.
-the bass is one of the strong point.
-the soundstage is like a small to medium size room.
the studio dap:
-airy, not too dry not too warm.
-unbelievable for its size, one of the best sounding dap.
-the soundstage is so big, its not cramped or compressed.
-this rivals one of the best bang for the buck dac in the market - the maverick audio dac D1.
-when use as a sole "amp", it has no signature of its own, its very transparent.
when paired with imod, the sound you'll be hearing is not the amp itself, but the imod's own sig...(i hope you get this).
-bass lite, very 3-dimensional sounding player...even 128kbps mp3 sounds great in this thing!
-the UI is not buggy...youll get use to it, and you can find your way around, you'll just need a little practice and time.
-its pocketable, very light, and i love this dap!
-pairing with another amp is unnecessary.
my reading in this dap is...this dap isnt dark.
its like neutral.
its not like a bright ipod classic, or the ipod touch with a touch of a warmth...
nope, its kinda neutral to me.
its not too bright nor too dark sounding.
hisound STUDIO is winner in unbelievable soundstage and crystal clear instrument separation. it sounds like a hi end dac in a portable body..