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Despite ExpatInJapan's differing tastes in music from me, I concur with his findings.

Despite my crappy ears and poor review skills i also concur with my findings :)

post #227 of 2814

Thanks.

post #228 of 2814
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post

 

Are Pailiccs TRRS 3.5mm non-magnetic? I see Pailiccs mentioned every now and then in the audio context. Is there a brand that Hifiman recommends since they're (only maker I know??) using balanced TRRS 3.5mm sockets?

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. 

post #229 of 2814

I had DX100, TP, and I really like the AK120.

If price the same wich will be best SQ wise?

Thanks

post #230 of 2814
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Originally Posted by ExpatinJapan View Post

Despite my crappy ears and poor review skills i also concur with my findings :)

Lol EIJ....

 

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.

post #231 of 2814
I am getting an ak120 first, it is impossible to get my hands on a 901...even in China.
post #232 of 2814
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Originally Posted by Mimouille View Post

I am getting an ak120 first, it is impossible to get my hands on a 901...even in China.

 

From your profile, you used to owned DX100.

In your actual experience,  do you feel AK120 & HM-901 sound better than DX 100?

post #233 of 2814
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Originally Posted by Mimouille View Post

I am getting an ak120 first, it is impossible to get my hands on a 901...even in China.

Nice Mimouille! That's what I did too. Now the 901+iem amp board have to really wow me even more for me to thru with this purchase.
post #234 of 2814

The balanced HM-901 amp module. Uses OPA627AU's :-

 

 

 

As opposed to the Fujiya February '13 Portaken Show, HM-901 demo there uses AD8397. Whether that is the "Standard" amp module or not, I don't know :-

 

 

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I believe the 8397 op amp is the standard module. 

post #236 of 2814
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Originally Posted by cyberalpha11 View Post

 

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.

 

Michael

post #237 of 2814
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Nice Mimouille! That's what I did too. Now the 901+iem amp board have to really wow me even more for me to thru with this purchase.


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.

post #238 of 2814
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.... I really liked the DX100. I sold it because it was much to big in my opinion.

 

 

 

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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! confused_face(1).gif

post #239 of 2814
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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! confused_face(1).gif

I can't speak for Mimouille but I gave up DX100 for AK100 for size/UI/battery life, found AK100's sound less than satisfying, demo'ed 901, got mesmerized by its unique sound, waited until stumbling upon the AK120, but still can't forget the wow factor I got from the 901 demo. I highly doubt the 901 would displace my AK120 but I also believe I will still get the 901+iem amp board module when it became available. I guess such is the life of a headfiers lol!
post #240 of 2814
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I can't speak for Mimouille but I gave up DX100 for AK100 for size/UI/battery life, found AK100's sound less than satisfying, demo'ed 901, got mesmerized by its unique sound, waited until stumbling upon the AK120, but still can't forget the wow factor I got from the 901 demo. I highly doubt the 901 would displace my AK120 but I also believe I will still get the 901+iem amp board module when it became available. I guess such is the life of a headfiers lol!

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.gs1000.gif


Edited by cyberalpha11 - 6/11/13 at 9:31pm
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