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post #1231 of 1285

You could buy my Case and Custom cable! :) haha.

 

I did a comparision between the Fostex and Hifi-M8 either in this thread or the Hifi-m8 thread.

 

I`ll try to find it.

post #1232 of 1285

August 2013 post>

 

Hifi-M8 and Fostex hp_p1.

Using ipod Touch 4G.

 

The difference is moar p`wer!  Better clarity, balance!!, soundstage, neutrality, dynamics.

 

Hifi-M8 on 1ohm setting with low gain = Fostex hp_p1 high gain filter 2.

 

Hifi-M8 on 1ohm setting with low gain and treble +1 = Fostex hp_p1 high gain filter 1.

 

So are they comparable? well yes and no.

Yes in that one can re-create the Fostex signature using the Hifi-M8 as above, but no when one starts to play with the ohm settings, bass and treble switches and add more gain.

 

Hifi-M8 = More clarity, options, balance and soundstage = Hifi-M8.

 

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Update Feb 2014.

.Fostex hp_p1 is a great piece of gear, but the Hifi-M8 does beat it, significantly? Well at this stage of the game its incremental rather than leaps and bounds.

 

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My testing was also flawed as at the time the community had the ohm on the switches back to front (should be 11,2,1), I originally tested with the Hifi-m8 set at 11ohms trying to match the Fostex 10ohms headphone output, but actually had the Hifi-m8 set at 1ohms! (I have edited the above to reflect this).

 

I would like to have compared them with my Touch 5G.

post #1233 of 1285

The Hi-Fi M8 has always had the intention of being used in the professional environment, to the best of my knowledge. The HP-P1 has never had this goal. So neutrality/balance can be thrown out. Would any buy a HP-P1 to use professionally?

 

Meanwhile, somebody could pair the HP-V1 (if anybody has one) to the HP-P1 and pass impressions here. Would be appreciated.

post #1234 of 1285
The best synergy for upgrade Fostex HP P1

Source : iPhone 4s
Music File : WAV
Dac / Amp : Fostex HP P1 use as DAC through Line Out
Amp : Ko Jo KM 01 Tsugaru Edition
Iem : Earsonic SM 64 v1. 112 Ohm version

High : more life with better clarity and detail
Mid : sweet and intimate sound and better pronounce how the Sanger sing very clear
Bass : better bass than direct with Fostex HP P1, more clean and better detail
Separation : Better than direct with Fostex HP P1 , that you can detect individual more accurate
Soundstage : about the same level , because Fostex HP P1 is strong in wide soundstage and with Ko Jo KM 01 Tsugaru
Has better depth

Music genre : sound best with this set up are Jazz , Audiophile West and Mandarin , Slow rock , Classical music
Not so good fior electronic and hard rock

Conclusion : sound quality so intimate that you never get Boring , the whole night Hera music with this set up
You can listen for many hours never get fatigue In your ears
I never heard my SM 64 v1 so good like to nite , like iem 1000 USD

Note : for all Fostex HP P1 please don't sell yours , it is one of the best. dac amp for iDevjce on the market
The sound quality is classic , never get boring you can add very good amp to get different SQ

IMO


post #1235 of 1285
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Originally Posted by rudi0504 View Post



Note : for all Fostex HP P1 please don't sell yours , it is one of the best. dac amp for iDevjce on the market
The sound quality is classic , never get boring you can add very good amp to get different SQ

 

 

Yup. This is why I still have mine. It's a great piece of kit on its own but it's also a VERY good DAC that matches exceedingly well with a number of different amplifiers.

It represents some of the best bang for the buck in portable audio IMHO.

post #1236 of 1285

Theres the rub though, The caveat is that to truly shine the Fostex needs an exterior amp (which is why Fostex has released a buddy amp for the hpp1).

 

Also the reports of imbalance is off putting, mine had slighter louder sounder on the right side.

post #1237 of 1285
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Originally Posted by ExpatinJapan View Post
 

Theres the rub though, The caveat is that to truly shine the Fostex needs an exterior amp (which is why Fostex has released a buddy amp for the hpp1).

 

Also the reports of imbalance is off putting, mine had slighter louder sounder on the right side.

 

I actually disagree. I find the HP-P1 to have an excellent onboard amplifier. It's an added bonus that the DAC and line-out allow for the additional benefit of being able to pair with other amplifiers.

post #1238 of 1285

The headphone out and the line out can be used simultaneously on my HP-P1.

post #1239 of 1285

Speaking of amping...

Will an amp of the class of a Fiio E12 or JDS C5 improve on the HP-P1 SQ?

Anyone have any experience with these models?

 

Cheers!

post #1240 of 1285

I've had the HP-P1 for over a year now with ipod touch 5G (64GB) using AAC files and listening through with Westone 4R & UM3XRC, the sound improved drastically and I could hear things I never heard before in music. Also I have the Accudio app installed.

 

Also this set up is pretty big (height-wise) and adding another one into the mix may be desirable for some but is out of box for me.

post #1241 of 1285

A bit late for the question regarding a shorter Lightning cable: V-Moda sells one that might fit the bill http://v-moda.com/tuono-lightning-cable/

post #1242 of 1285
post #1243 of 1285

Back on the case issue... :)

Anyone know a good case just for transport.

To carry the HP-P1 on my backpack to and from the office?

I am thinking about an HDD case, something like this:

 

Anyone know if the HP-P1 fits a 2.5 hdd case?

Any sugestions?

 

Thanks.

Cheers!

post #1244 of 1285

I use a small fanny pack and keep all my possible connectivity cables in it. I can also throw in my HD25's or DT1350's for a complete portable rig.

post #1245 of 1285
To answer my own question... smily_headphones1.gif
Just pick up today an unbranded carry case for a 6 inch GPS device. The cost was just 2.5 euros and I really like the fit! It looks like it was made for the HP-P1.

Here are a couple of pictures:





Cheers!
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