Originally Posted by retrophonic
Thank you very much, I currently have the 812V2 and was considering the Studio V 3 or the IHIFI960. Next week.
Already owning the 812, you probably understand what I mean - it's well built and everything, but there are areas that can be improved. The volume knob thing that I already mentioned is one example. Another is the screen - the 812 is exposed, the 960 has a glass cover. I'm sure I'll never use my 812 in such a way as to damage the screen, but it's still nice to have the better coverage of the 960. Also the buttons feel more solid on the 960, even down to the clicking noise they make.
As for sound, my initial impressions are that it is very much in the same family but better extension on both ends, better soundstage and imaging, and slightly better detail retrieval. I'm not yet sure it is a huge upgrade just on sound alone (need to do a lot more listening to determine that) but as an overall package it is worth the upgrade price.