Originally Posted by fanboy2012
801 is known to be able to drive the hardest to drive headphones, such as HE500, and it can drive it with authority with the standard high power amp card and still easily with the standard low power amp card.
You don't have to buy the balanced or GAME amp card if you want even better details, as it comes standard with free 2 different amp modules, one meant to be for IEM and the other for the hardest headphone.
I can't use the high power amp card with my JH16, as it will blow my ears even with the lowest volume.. With the low power amp card, I can use my JH16 at the lowest volume, and it is still slightly too loud for sensitive phones.
So even basic amp modules can drive better than DX100.
Tell you what, if you are in KL next time, I will let you test my 801, so that you won't write reviews based on just website pictures.
This is a thread about the DX100.
Nobody is, I hope, under any illusions that a portable amp is capable of doing with, say, orthodynamics, what a full-sized desktop amp with comprehensive power supply and amplification circuits can do, either the 801 which, for the specifications I can find for it, doesn't output more than 77mW, or the DX100, which doesn't listen any output above 245mW.
Also, how loud the volume is has to do with gain, not power. This is a common misunderstanding on these forums.
If the DX100 and HM-801 have a radically different sound, then it may well be down to preference which one anybody would like.
It's great that more companies are interested in making good-sounding portable players, but please don't turn this into some kind of battle, which it isn't.