Review of the Hisoundaudio 3rd Anv.
For the last few days I have had the pleasure of listening to the Hisoundaudio 3rd Anv. Well pleasure doesn't sum it up, it is a very enjoyable and musical instrument. I am not going to belabor my summation of what I hear with hyperbole and gushing enthusiasm. Simply put, the Anv 3 does musically what most all daps should strive to do, play music and if recorded correctly, play it so that are not left wanting something more and you forget that are often wishing for more. You get it with the Anv 3. It is transparent, as transparent as anything I have heard and beautifully layered. Imaging is not bloated nor too narrow. Somehow they got this aspect right on.
Bass foundation does not drag down the lower mids nor overpower any other aspect of the frequency range and is taught and fast. I mention bass because so often, it is the easiest to get wrong, at least in my experience and can be so pronounced in being wrong. Extension of the high frequencies is there with no hint of grain or glare. The mid frequencies shine. Such a presence and projection and body to voice and instrument, for me, it captures the expression of the music I am hearing.
The UI is about as simple as it could be and from there, if less, you wouldn't need a screen. Some may want more, some artwork or just a bigger screen but frankly it serves its purpose and to me, that is all I want. Five buttons will do the navigation for you. And while I don't always get the center button correct, there is a learning curve, I still like the simplicity.
A crazy aspect of the Anv 3 is the run time. You could go across the Pacific or Atlantic a couple of times and not need to charge this thing and even then all it needs is a USB. I mean it runs and runs. I have had it on all day today and all 4 bars are still showing. The 80 hours, though I have not tested it, seems to be a valid figure. I have no idea how they get the sound and volume out of this little beast and still get such a long run time.
The case, well as you most likely have read elsewhere, it is solid and seems like a solid block of aluminum in an anodized light gold color, which I enjoy since most everything I have is black and I find the gold to be very classy looking.
So there you have it. If you value sound, as I do, I don't think you will miss anything and have a lot to gain with the Anv 3.
Phones used for listening:
ESW10 JPHN rewired with TWag v3 OM
JH13 Pro cabled with TWag v3 OM
I use SanDisk cards, both 32gb and 64gb.
Oh, I did try the Anv 3 with the new The Lightning fully balanced portable amp by RSA. The Lighting is the smallest balanced amp I know of and is almost exactly the same size as the Anv 3. It is one of the best portable amps I have ever heard and the transparency of the Anv 3 worked fantastic with The Lightning. Using the headphone out is like a line out. I could hear no degradation to the sound and enjoyed the balanced sound the amp provides.
Edited by jamato8 - 6/19/13 at 1:03am