let the eq settings "sharing" begin
im interested with my sansa clip sounding like a dx100, or at least a hm602 =)
The 601 uses a DAC from the early 1990s. 16 bit hardware was still pretty new back then, so its definitely not 24 bit. So if you record it at 24 bit, any error from the recording is very small compared to the error built into the 16 bit word size.
You can replicate a straight-forward sound signature, but this won't recreate the overall sound of a player as so much more comes into effect. Whether it's a degree of "good" distortion the player introduces (i.e. like tube amplifiers add distortion which many find favourable), a specific timbre to the sound, detail retrieval, or some other subtlety in exactly how the analog signal is formed via the DAC and amp built into the DAP.
I honestly don't believe I can make my Cowon X7 or Rockboxed iPod 5.5G ever match a DX100's or HM601's overall sound. Signature? Yes. Total presentation? No.
(That said, I'll gladly be proved wrong)
I never realized it down sampled them... seems useless to even ave 24bit files if they aren't being played at 24 bits xD [n my hifiman is sittin next to me poor guy]
Still, I got my Hifiman Hm 601 USED for $125...
No one ever thinks the placebo effect applies to them, but it always does:
And a warm sounding DAC is just a silly idea, and sampling down 24 bit files to 16 is face palm helmet territory:
Yes, I know: you can hear this stuff. People have - honestly! - claimed this for decades, but whenever their $10,000 CD player and $20,000 valve amp have been blind tested they've been unable to tell them from a playstation and a cheap receiver amp with some simple EQ. I understand that you feel otherwise - but looking at from the outside, what would you rationally believe when every claim of unique "warm" etc amps and sources has been debunked when tested in the past?