Originally Posted by purk
Would love to hear your thought on the regular 16 bit 44.1khz comparison b/w the DX100 vs. F807. The F807 has no chance against the DX100 playing hi-rez material, but I thought that the difference is much closer with regular 44.1 khz lossless.
Well, (I guess this is relative) but to me Lana Del Rey's 24/44.1 is quite regular. But I also have Michael Buble's Call Me Irresponsible & It's TIme albums on both DAPs (16/44.1). Let me have a listen to these.
P.S. BTW, is there a way to stop the NW-F807S to stop pausing the music when I unplug the headphone jack? I synchronise the tracks to start simultaneously on both DAPs and that's how I A/B but it's PITA to have to hit play on the 807S, then forward to catch up with the DX100 (or to pause the DX100 to wait for the 807S to catch up).
Edit: Raw notes whilst I'm listening :-
A) Michael Buble: It's Time: Quando Quando Quando, and It's Time
1) DX100 deeper bass
2) Vocals on 807S seems to be a little more forward than the DX100 (maybe that's why I've read some of you have mentioned the 807S may be more neutral)
3) I seem to feel the DX100 gives better separation between the vocals and instruments - however I'm not really ready to say that the DX100 has a wider soundstage but the 807S seems to sound somewhat more congested
4) There seems to be clarity in the DX100 over the 807S too - is this another side-effect of (3)??
5) Holographic effect on the DX100 not as great but still apparent over the 807S. But the difference between the two is reduced quite a bit when the sampling rate is lower (i.e. non-hires).
B) Hideki Matsutake & K.I. Capsule: Digital Moon: James Bond Theme & Diamonds Are Forever (basically late 70's electronic synthesizer music)
1) Harder to tell with electronic music 807S seems more energetic
2) DX100 provides the "bigger sound" but somewhat "slower"
Difference seems more apparent with more acoustic instruments and vocals but less so with electronic produced music. If I don't have the DX100 by my side, the F807S is quite satisfactory. Having the DX100 there, the DX100 seems to be the more satisfying DAP sonically. Size, portability, battery life, etc. factors are probably more obvious.