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Interesting, any experience with minibox card??? I actually just purchased my 901 with iem card
No, I only had the standard, balanced card, and now have the IEM card. Read reviews about the minibox card, seems to be pretty good one. But I'm afraid its output power is too much for IEMs, might end up like the balanced card to me. It's really hard to make an amp which can drive everything nicely, not even for full sized desktop amp unless with some gain settings.
That's strange, 901 isn't as colored as 801 but it's still very musical and full. Also you can use the vintage switch to roll off your upper treble a bit.
Overall it's a clear step up from 801.
I didn't really follow the 901 closely. Too rich for my blood. But I think that the HD/Vintage switch is just an awesome idea. There are those that love the musicality of the older Hifiman players (I did) and those that wanted full accuracy. The ability to quickly switch it up is brilliant.
901 is a step up on vocals too. Although you get the extra lushness and warmth on the vocal on 801, but you lose the sparkle (sibilance etc), air, resolution, ultra detail and smoothness on the vocals.
901 is so far the best DAP for vocals IMO (in ak120, dx100, 801 and 901).
But I am not surprised some people just prefer more colored sound, especially when their brains are burn in too much with it.
I still remember I had a hard time adjusting when switching from 801 to dx100. But after I could appreciate the neutral and "complete" sound, it's almost impossible to go back. Sadly dx100 has a slight recess in the mid part of the spectrum to achieve its super spacious soundstage and smooth treble. 901 is just better in vocal department.