Originally Posted by alphaphoenix
The attitude goes both ways guys and gals. On board storage is one the last concerns if external storage is available. If you have a SDXC card that's fully supported by the player and firmware, why would you want to format to FAT32?
Has anyone on this thread ever heard/owned the HM-801 or any Hifiman product. Yes, you can find a lot of bashing on other site threads about how much overpriced this and that is, you'll always have those who voice there opinion on specs and other folks impression, but never their own, which is the only one that should matter.
Has anyone ever heard of a high-end dual chip desktop DAC - c'mon. High price is the price of flagship products, regardless what it is. How many of you paid nearly $500 for an iPod Photo? That should put some perspective in things - hopefully.
I own a HM-801, a Balanced Amp Module, HM-601 and HE-500's. The HM-801 sounded pleasing but output impedance, low internal storage, poor battery life and clunky ergonomics/UI disappointed me in the end. Firmware ended up bricking the device 8 months in. HE-500's had a defective driver on arrival and a host of quality control issues but sounded great when functioning normally albeit not as natural or realistic as the LCD-2's. HM-601 had a euphonic sound sig but hiss, UI, onboard storage and general plasticy aesthetics made it overall a disappointing experience. The Balanced Amp Module was the worst: could not detect a single difference between it and stock module (friend had a hm-801 that we could use to a/b it). Couldn't even tell a single difference from between single ended out and balanced output from the Balanced Amp Module.
I generally feel kind of ripped off. I have enjoyed the HM-801 and HE-500's sound but the range of other issues were too big to ignore (like the HM-801 bricking itself and the complete waste of money that the Balanced Amp Module was). The lack of integrity and condescension shown by Fang to his customers is what really gets me though.
I try to be fair and only say things as I see them. I hope people realise that. I hope that by bringing up these negative points Fang can improve his products and the way he treats his customers and the whole audiophile community can benefit as a result (as well as his business). But first he must respect the community and their opinion.