The HM-901 with standard amp really surprised me. The sound coming from the standard amp is as powerful as the DX100+MK3B combo. Just so odd.
The difference though is the DX100+MK3B combo sounds tighter in the bass slam area and a little more coherent.
The gap between the 2 is very small though, making the DX100+MK3B stack existence really pointless.
The HM-901 with balanced amp on my JH13 sounds simply amazing.
It doesn't have the huge power behind the sound like the DX100+MK3B stack, yet sounds more enjoyable.
So so smooth, musical, magical in the atmosphere it delivers. There's an amazing tonality that i just can't describe.
With slower vocal tracks, you just stop everything you're doing to just wanna soak up that special emotional moment.
On fast tracks, you just want to dance, shake your body and move to the groove. And i thought the DX100 was already "toe tapping" fun.
With the balanced amp used, do i select the "Balanced" or "Normal" switch next to the headphone out? Both have a slight difference.
On Balanced "Sounds more neutral but clearer" while on "Normal" sounds a bit warmer but still clear.
Firmware 1.080 is still buggy though.
The HM-901 when turned on and ready to play (after media scan complete), plays without sound. Track timer ticking, no sound.
Changing music tracks occasionally result in still hearing the track playing very faintly. When selecting a new song track to play, the previously stopped track resumes.
On times when change of music tracks work, the songs play without sound.
The last button moving to last played track can be unresponsive at times.
All these issues go off after powering off and on a few times. Yes, it's a pain but this player is just sooo good.