Despite my crappy ears and poor review skills i also concur with my findings :)
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I don't know what they recommend. There are many that are made, some good and some not. I don't know about pailiccs. I know the non magnetic are available but the problem is the pin is small and you do need strength or it will bend and possibly break so you need a quality TRRS and everything should be fine. The nice thing about the TRRS, they are easy to solder and can have a very low profile.
Never really able to A/B the DX100, AK120, and HM-901 in the same setting with same tracks, but definitely the I would say 901 gave me the biggest wow factor in its sound amongst my first listens of these players. Whether or not this sound is your cup of tea (or choco milk as the way someone described the 901), or if it would continued to wow you would be entirely subjective.
From your profile, you used to owned DX100.
In your actual experience, do you feel AK120 & HM-901 sound better than DX 100?
I never heard the 901 and do not have the AK120 yet...however I really liked the DX100. I sold it because it was much to big in my opinion. I also preferred it amp with a T1 amp, made the sound more refined to my ears. I know use either a Tera player or an AK100 stage 2 mod. The AK100 modded is in my opinion close to the DX100 in terms of performance WITH IEMS. It has more clarity, but does not have as much power / space / authority. However, with the new Russian firmware, I find the modded AK100 even better, as it has thicker sound. I will see when I get the AK120.
I think I might also get the 901 when I find it in Shanghai, but only with an upgraded amp, to make it really worth my while.
I'm scratching my head here - how can the DX100 be too big for you but the 901 is not too big for you? They're very, very nearly identical size!
It seems like some of the head-fiers are now shifting gear towards the AK120.
I'm really hope iRiver can cut down the price of AK120 at least same level as HM-901 which is $1K.