Originally Posted by jelt2359
I have been thinking of doing this- I can do 801 vs 901 -> coaxial -> speaker amp to he6, and as soon as my cable arrives I will also do 801 vs 901 -> mini to mini -> portaphile 627 to my current favs, shure se846
Maybe this weekend
Used as a DAC to feed my Temple Audio Batam Gold speaker amp and then to my HE6, my 801 just sounds incredibly analogue and tubey. There is a beautiful romantic emphasis on the mid-range. The 901 in contrast sounds more 'digital'. Better bass, better treble, but mid-range is less magical, less lush. My Audio-Gd DAC9 (same DAC chip as the 801) in contrast sounds the most digital of all, although the bass and treble and detail retrieval is even better.
Personally I would put it this way- the 901 is clearly technically superior to the 801. But for my preferences (I'm a sucker for this type of sound), I would reach for the 801. For more modern music (hip hop, etc), though, I think the 901 would be a much better choice.
Makes me glad I did not sell my 801.