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Thank you very much Ivan for the preliminary impressions. I'm a little afraid of the "digital" sound now though. Guess I'll find out when mine arrives - think it'll have to go through an honorific 48 hr burn-in at least. I should be able to provide the RWAK100 vs DX100 comparison but it may take me some time.
well i guess I was trying to say the pros rather than the kind of stereotypical cons to a digital kind of sound. Meaning i got good nice extension and a more gradual decay rather than a more rolled off kind sound that i usually get from my HM-801. So after more listening I can say this is turing up to be a dream DAP for me. For these reasons:
1. Compared to my current home rig Beta 22 w. buffalo 2 this DAP is quite neutral, a little clinical sounding but everything seems to be there, compared to the HM-801 witch is warm, rolled off witch is very musical but not as detailed and a bit of loss of dyamics due to a perhaps more background noise? (Im using stock amp card). So in this case I would say this the RWAK100 has a great advantage using hires material over the HM-801, but for lower quality material i still tend to reach for the HM-801.
2. Some comments about the UI, I find the loading time from bootup a little slower than i thought. Also when connecting to a computer you get a prompt asking you access the storage, i find this a bit of an chore since I like how on the HM-801 you plug it in and it simply shows up as a mass storage. The volume control is better than I thought. Im finding the knob is great for adjusting volume for IEM or for fine adjustments for my full sized hp while using the on screen control for gross adjustments. Overall the UI is great I do have some minor complaints hopefully they will correct it with updates.
3. From what vinnie told me about driving IEM vs fullsize hp, I found it was definitely true. Basically you need to turn it up a bit to get into comfortable listening levels for fullsized unless you really like to crank it up. Even though it most likely cannot drive more demanding hp as well as a DX100 it gets the job done but in a smaller package, so for me a big plus.
4. Im not sure if anyone already stated this but you can charge this from any USB connector, this means I dont really need to lug around a mini brick charge like I did for my HM-801. Im not sure if the DX100 can do this also but none the less Im really glad for it. It also charges quite quickly as well I did not time it so I cannot say for sure.
I did some listening with my HD800 and will report back with some more opinions with my other hp with it as well.
PS Im curious but does the DX100 normally get warm to the touch after some time of cont. use? I just wanted to know since it was a reason I seriously getting something that ran cooler than the HM-801 since its so hot outside where I am at school, so a walk with my DAP sometimes outside feels a bit to warm for comfort. So far the AKW100 does not have this issue so another personal win in favor of the RWAK100.