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I tried downloading again, and noticed the second time took much longer than the first. Firmware is updated! Thank you all.

post #3242 of 3252

I bought this line out jack. Works fine with 901, I can use my own cables now.

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ZY-HIFI-Cable-HIFIMAN-HM-901-HM-802-line-out-dock-ZY-070/251691195197?_trksid=p3693.c100102.m2452&_trkparms=aid%3D333008%26algo%3DRIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140212121249%26meid%3D97076681b4e142ae9dc32db4430dd3dc%26pid%3D100102%26prg%3D20140212121249%26rkt%3D4%26

post #3243 of 3252
With the supplied cables being so short I use this http://m.richersounds.com/#!/product/camb-aud300-couplers which allows you just plug in any interconnect, the 901 seems to like my Nordost Red Dawns !
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I also have a set of RCA couplers and have used my RCA cables to the desktop headphone amp. However, I found it inconvenient since my RCA cables are only 1 meter (3ft) and they are relatively heavy in connection to the HM-901. Since I already got a 3 meter long RCA to mini stereo jack cable, I also got the LOD / plug. I ordered directly from their home page (see the other HM-901 thread).
post #3245 of 3252
Have they ever given a reason as to why their cables are so short? Its just silly
I have a 3m rca interconnect from qed I need to find, would be ideal, though hirez on 901 does not sound as good as red book on my Linn Ikemi though my main system. So we are not there yet
post #3246 of 3252
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Originally Posted by KT66 View Post

Have they ever given a reason as to why their cables are so short? Its just silly
I have a 3m rca interconnect from qed I need to find, would be ideal, though hirez on 901 does not sound as good as red book on my Linn Ikemi though my main system. So we are not there yet

I guess it's because the HM901 is a portable player, you can put it right on top of beside your amplifier (portable or desktop one). But I agree, the cable is a bit too short. Would be great if it's 40-50cm long.

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Any sign of the dock yet? Santa needs to know
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Any sign of the dock yet? Santa needs to know

It's been out in China for some months already, but Hifiman sold out their stock soon after it's released (to market).

 

But I heard it'd be available again in Hifiman's official store very soon (if not already available).

 

I'd been waiting for stock for too long, eventually I gave up waiting and bought the EF100 instead, which is surprisingly good when paired with HE560. And its price is about the same as the dock station.

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It's been out in China for some months already, but Hifiman sold out their stock soon after it's released (to market).

 

But I heard it'd be available again in Hifiman's official store very soon (if not already available).

 

I'd been waiting for stock for too long, eventually I gave up waiting and bought the EF100 instead, which is surprisingly good when paired with HE560. And its price is about the same as the dock station.


I have had a dock for some time now. It works well and I like the sound with the buffer on. It provides many options. 

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I've been using my new 901 with LCD-X (balanced) and JH-16 the last couple of days. I am using the balanced amp card. Here are some preliminary findings:

 

 

 

-The overall tonal clarity is unmatched by either of the other rigs I've owned. (iPod/JH-3A/Algorhythm Solo, and iPod/HiFi M8)

 

-The treble and upper mids are a bit bright and sibilant, but this is probably because I'm used to headphone setups that are a bit on the warm side.

 

-The max volume level is still a bit too low for me with the LCD-X on balanced and high gain setting. I do tend to listen at louder than average volume levels and know that orthos are tougher to drive. My iPod/HiFi M8 combo provides a great mix of adjustable power and clarity for both my phones, and I'm missing that last bit of oomph here.That said, the SQ is the best I've heard on any portable setup.

 

- On normal and low gain settings,the treble and mids sound crystal clear through the JH-16's, but the bass seems to get muddy, grainy, and slightly distorted at higher volumes. I'm considering getting the IEM card because of this, but I'm now skeptical after reading a post earlier citing the low max volume level with iem's. 

 

-The center wheel cycles through the menu/options way too slowly. I have a sizeable music collection, and it takes quite a while to get from A-Z. I probably just need to categorize folders by letter with subfolders for artists of said letters.

 

 

 

In summary, the HM-901's DAC(s) with my headphones easily make them the best sounding portable setups I've heard, but the its amp section/card aren't quite up to par. If I could combine the 901's dual Dacs with the Hifi M8's amp, I'd have a big brick of portable audio perfection.

 

Would that be possible? I ordered the HM-901 usb cable. Not sure if they would be compatible. Would I need a HiFi M8 LX and then be able to use a trs to optical adapter cable?

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I have had a dock for some time now. It works well and I like the sound with the buffer on. It provides many options. 

Yeah, those who have used it all like the sound improvement with the dock station. Well, let's see how it goes then.
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Originally Posted by the8o88y View Post
 

I've been using my new 901 with LCD-X (balanced) and JH-16 the last couple of days. I am using the balanced amp card. Here are some preliminary findings:

 

 

 

-The overall tonal clarity is unmatched by either of the other rigs I've owned. (iPod/JH-3A/Algorhythm Solo, and iPod/HiFi M8)

 

-The treble and upper mids are a bit bright and sibilant, but this is probably because I'm used to headphone setups that are a bit on the warm side.

 

-The max volume level is still a bit too low for me with the LCD-X on balanced and high gain setting. I do tend to listen at louder than average volume levels and know that orthos are tougher to drive. My iPod/HiFi M8 combo provides a great mix of adjustable power and clarity for both my phones, and I'm missing that last bit of oomph here.That said, the SQ is the best I've heard on any portable setup.

 

- On normal and low gain settings,the treble and mids sound crystal clear through the JH-16's, but the bass seems to get muddy, grainy, and slightly distorted at higher volumes. I'm considering getting the IEM card because of this, but I'm now skeptical after reading a post earlier citing the low max volume level with iem's. 

 

-The center wheel cycles through the menu/options way too slowly. I have a sizeable music collection, and it takes quite a while to get from A-Z. I probably just need to categorize folders by letter with subfolders for artists of said letters.

 

 

 

In summary, the HM-901's DAC(s) with my headphones easily make them the best sounding portable setups I've heard, but the its amp section/card aren't quite up to par. If I could combine the 901's dual Dacs with the Hifi M8's amp, I'd have a big brick of portable audio perfection.

 

Would that be possible? I ordered the HM-901 usb cable. Not sure if they would be compatible. Would I need a HiFi M8 LX and then be able to use a trs to optical adapter cable?


Thanks for your impressions. Happy to know that what I (also) got is so good ...

 

You must be a loud listener! I get a comfortable level with HE-6 driven by the Balanced amp card ... although I don't consider it to be anything called loud. I sometimes would have liked it to be able to get higher, but I usually don't listen much louder than the max this combo will play.

 

I don't think the USB cable for the HM-901 features audio output - or am I wrong? This one says it's only for data exchange: https://head-direct.com/Products/?act=detail&id=166

There is a S/PDIF output (and input) cable that will feed an external DAC: https://head-direct.com/Products/?act=detail&id=170

 

However, I don't see the point in going that route (digital out to external DAC). If going for a portable double-brick solution, I would rather go line out to an external amp.

 

I hope that HiFiMan launches a HQ discrete amp card for the HM-901 - a card that will be so good in SQ that we won't consider portable amps at all. Desktop amps is another story.

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