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Ibasso DX100, Colorfly C4 or Hifiman HM 801

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

Hi all.I think those are the 3 main only trully HIFI DAPs out there at can play 24 bit 196 Khz music.

Let's try to compare all 3, SQ, portability and wich you will choose and why,

Wich of all 3 will work better with Sennheiser HD800?Is Sennheiser HD 800 better then Westone ES5, 4 when is about instrument separations and soundstage?

Thanks,Levi

post #2 of 20

Yea, lets keep this thread only for the comparisons of the 3 mentioned above.

post #3 of 20
Thread Starter 

Maybe in the near future we can have a comparisons of the 3 mentioned above.I would like to hear more, and help people choose the right DAP out of those 3, includding me.

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post #5 of 20
The HM-801 maxes out at 24/96 (with some problems) and does not play 24/88. C4 only does hires in wav not in flac. I have both (HM-801 with the balanced module) and think it probably sounds slightly better than C4 but I'm selling it at staying with C4 because I just love the whole feeling of the C4. Both are seriously flawed in numerous ways but can deliver very good sound with proper care and attention. DX100 I have not tried.
post #6 of 20

Tried c4 and 801. What hifiman801 exceeds C4 is its mids. Very smooth and engaging, while C4 sounds just like your laptop. The DX100 I haven't tried, so my suggestion is to wait for a while, after people put up reviews on it.

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From the other thread:
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Originally Posted by drmind View Post

And last but not least: a brief comparison with HM801.

I've had it like 30 mins in my possession so I've got a chance to briefly compare these two.

I started with the HM801 and I really liked it. The bass was very pleasant and mids were fine. I thought it was a bit dark (if I correctly use the term). Meaning that the highs were dim to my ear. I think if I didn't had the DX100 I might have bought the HM.

But then I plugged my phones into DX100. And I definitely liked it more. To my opinion it was a head above the HM. The sound was pretty balanced, there were no frequency ranges that DX100 would highlight more then others. Unlike the 801, which to my taste was paying too much attention to the lows and mids with no good treating of the highs. With DX100 sound was wider and fuller, more filled with music. The HM801 got the music to be concentrated (in a good way) and DX100 forced the sound to really open, to present it like it is, with lots of details and harmony in every frequency range. The soundstage was wider in DX100. The sound had more life in it. My opinion is that DX100 has more natural sound comparing to the HM801.

I had not much time with these two nor any vast sound testing experience, but I would definitely choose the DX100 over HM801 for its sound quality.

P.S. I'm not good with the sound language and my native language is not English, so I apologize for the clumsiness of the language in my impressions.
P.P.S. I've got a picture from the meeting where I've got a chance to compare these two. Thank you guys from pleer.ru! beerchug.gif
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P.P.P.S. Everything I wrote can be applied only to the records with good mastering and good quality of the record itself. There are tracks that despite everything sound practically the same from my iPod and from DX100. But the records that received a good treat at studios had really opened up and sounded great with all those awesome things I've described. And in fact, I was astonished when some records of 2000s opened up less then some records made in 80s and 90s. Before listening to DX100 I was pretty sure that everything recorded after year 2000 must be better in quality then those before.
post #8 of 20

The link is much appreciated.  Obsviously he had the C4 with him also.  Too bad he didn't mention the C4.

post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by gzbaga View Post

Tried c4 and 801. What hifiman801 exceeds C4 is its mids. Very smooth and engaging, while C4 sounds just like your laptop. The DX100 I haven't tried, so my suggestion is to wait for a while, after people put up reviews on it.


Must be one absolutely fantastic laptop you have if it sounds like the C4
post #10 of 20
Thread Starter 

So,i still hope that one will come up with impression of the DX100 vs C4 Vs Hm801.Will be nice if somebody ca compare all 3, SQ, soundstage etc.so people can have a better understanding how DX100 is like.

post #11 of 20

 

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I used with my JH16

 

C4= Warmed Sound

 

Hm801 = Clear Sound , Not warmed and Good mid , Full of energy while listen music 

 

 

 

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Dx100 = Sound super very flat

 

 

So i kept 801 only one etysmile.gif

 

 

post #12 of 20

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Originally Posted by Jalo View Post

The link is much appreciated.  Obsviously he had the C4 with him also.  Too bad he didn't mention the C4.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/592076/ibasso-dx100-dap-cases-imgs-video-pg-1-review-impressions-pgs-1-5-30-43-45-57-75/660#post_8130483

post #13 of 20

I have a but..... how good are these compared to the new WM-Z?.... the WM-Z is hiss free, a stupendous soundstage with great clarity.... if these guys can beat that hands down its got to be worth the extra investment.

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This might be a dumb question but could anyone tell me the third player from the right?  It goes Hifiman hm801 then Colorfly C4, then ?  then Ibasso DX100.

 

I'm curious what the player is.

 

Thanks for any input.


Edited by emonkey - 5/20/12 at 6:10pm
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Originally Posted by emonkey View Post

 

 

This might be a dumb question but could anyone tell me the third player from the right?  It goes Hifiman hm801 then Colorfly C4, then ?  then Ibasso DX100.

 

I'm curious what the player is.

 

Thanks for any input.

 

That's the IHIFI 812

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