Hope it will cost £700 and no more for us in the UK.
Anybody know how much is the docking station? Can you use 6.3 mm headphones with the dock?
My Iphone 5 - 32 gig was £600 ( $930) and it sounds worse than a Clip.
$999 is a good price point for a hi end player, if it is bug free, and sounds better than the 801
I've spent more on cables.
never understood why such large memory is commanded here??, I have a bag of SDs and Micro SDs to use with my Hm-601 or Studio-v both into a Voyager. I never run out of music.
I bet by the time it hits the UK it'll be £999 ie $1550 plus docking station that I would never use.
It will probably have no decent dealer support in the UK if it goes wrong.
So I am looking for a used HM-801
Why not go for a DX100? It's far superior to the 801 and its UI is greatly improved due to firmware updates.
Is it so far fetched to just take 1 64 GB card in your unit with you or not wait til 128 GB cards are out? I really don't think it's as big of an issue as its being made out to be. Plus the fact that you have expandable memory without being controlled. The memory limits will be up to 2 thousand gigabytes in the future. Apple won't be able to control the market with their current proprietary nonsense once the memory reaches around 256 GBs. Also keeping in mind the sound quality isn't that great either on apple.
Can't argue about the UI. But carrying around a 3 piece bomb is just not for me. That alone is not worth the inconvenience for the apple UI and at least from comments I've gathered nor is the sound quality better than some single unit solutions.
Doubt he heard the DX100 with the latest firmware. Big difference. Also while it's not a requirement I do enjoy pairing my DX100 with a good quality portable amp which improves it even more. Still smaller than a 3 piece stack as well.
I'd say always make sure your headphones or IEMs are gonna be worth upgrading your source first. If not then it's gonna leave you very disappointed with the gains. Once you've determined your headphones or IEMs are sufficient then upgrade your sources. You may wanna consider waiting til the Hifiman 901 comes out and listening to multiple reviews including from owners of the DX100 and people who have been able to do thorough cross-comparisons between both units. Heck if the 901 is indeed better in both UI and sound I'm all game myself. Also how portable do you wanna go and what will you be using the DAP with? There are other alternatives such as Hisound, Colorfly, etc. But I can tell you for sure I will not be carrying around a 3 piece stack lol.
Currently I use Tralucent 1Plus2 Hyrbid IEM, Sennheiser IE80 with silver cable/tape mod and Sony MDR-7550s. I plan on getting the Heir 8A down the road and I'm sure other IEMs and full size headphones. I formerly had Sony EX1000, JVC FX700, IE7, Custom TF10, RE262 Open-back Denon 5000s and Audiotechnica W3000 ANV. I've tried the AKG3003, Fit To Go 334 and GR07.
So far I'm quite happy with my current set up. For portability, battery life and sound quality in mind the Studio V 3rd ANV is amazing. For pure sound quality I still prefer the DX100 though.