Originally Posted by syryanyang
Hey I have a dilemma and need some help here
Basically I have $800 and want a desktop dac/amp combo and a portable dap. Then I find that HM-801 can do-it-all. So which one do I chose?
Note that I listen to music at home more so dac/amp are more important to me.
Basically, it sucks unless you are a member of the "objective measurements mean nothing" club. DAC performance is very graphable and if you compare this to other DACs, you'll find it's poor:
The 801's strength is in driving demanding cans like HD800s; with low impedance cans it distorts heavily:
I'd suggest getting and O2/ODAC combo for the desktop and a separate DAP. Unless you want to drive really low efficiency phones, a Sansa Clip is excellent once it is Rockboxed. This combo will cost a lot less, should sound better, and you won't give a damn if the DAP gets eaten by a tiger.