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Which one to get? Fostex HP-P1 vs Sony PHA-1

post #1 of 31
Thread Starter 

Anyone have these two DAC/Amps?

 

I am deciding between the two and was wondering how they compare. Every where I looked no one seemed to have a direct comparison between the two.

 

I use a Fiio E7 now.

 

 

Any help is highly appreciated. Thanks.

post #2 of 31
Fostex is a step above the Sony.
Cheaper to get a vmoda verza which is a step side ways from the sony.

But better to get in on the pre-order for the hifi-m8.
post #3 of 31

are yoou saying that, vmode verza its better than the fostex and the sony?'can you explain please

post #4 of 31
Please forgive me if im not posting in the best place. Will the hp-p1 work with the iphone remote cable. I have a pair of ah-d7100 's and noticed the supplied iphone cable does not work with some portable amps like the audinst amp-hp. So now im looking for amp that does or another solution (adaptor or what not). I really want a fostex hp-p1! Thanks for your time guys.
post #5 of 31
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Originally Posted by christox1234 View Post

are yoou saying that, vmode verza its better than the fostex and the sony?'can you explain please
Fostex is the best for sound quality out of the three imho.
Sony and the Versa have similar sound quality which is not far off from the fostex.
The size and price of the verza makes it attractive.
I have the Fostex but will eventually sell it as I have a hifi-m8 on the way.
post #6 of 31

The Fostex also allows you to use the unit as a DAC only, which means you can run your iDevice through an external amp.

post #7 of 31
Anyone know if the apple remote cable works with fostex hp-p1 or any amp for that matter. I know it does not work with audinst amp-hp.
post #8 of 31

im asking because i want a good amp/dac for my ipod, so you are saying that the Hifi-m8 are the best of them??
 

post #9 of 31

i check the HiFi-m8, and i will go for it too!!!

post #10 of 31
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Originally Posted by christox1234 View Post

i check the HiFi-m8, and i will go for it too!!!

 

I think it will be.  But it isn't released yet

post #11 of 31
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Originally Posted by christox1234 View Post

i check the HiFi-m8, and i will go for it too!!!
there will be four different types of hifi-m8 . Choose wisely.
post #12 of 31

I should go on the HiFi-m8 thread and write how I'm buying the Sony.  rolleyes.gif

post #13 of 31

ì didnt know it!!!
 

post #14 of 31

I tryed both recently.

 

PHA-1 sounds more lively and HP-P1 is more balanced, but there isn't a big difference. Maybe HP-P1 is a little better, but it may also because the PHA-1 I used is totally new. I then chose PHA-1 just because it's cheaper.

 

There is a soft skin on HP-P1 which is very thoughtful design for protecting devices scrape each other. However the one I've tried was used about three months length, and the skin was damaged, so kinda unpleasant appearance.

 

Well, I don't know how my friend used it so I can't say it's a weakness, but you may consider this as a reminder.

post #15 of 31
Thread Starter 
I had decided on the HP-P1. It is a bit lacking in the low end. At least that's my observation. I really like it though. The clarity and separation is awesome.
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